5 hot tubs with stunning Cornish views
The Danes have got it right, right? Alfresco bathing is not just a summer thing – they do it in the snow. I just got back from a business meeting in Aarhus that was conducted entirely in my editor’s beach home hot tub with seascapes rivalling ours here in Cornwall (well nearly). I’m thinking all meetings at Muddy HQ should be hot tub based – even with winter approaching, but while I get my accountant to confirm that’s a legitimate business expense (note to self – Cornwall self build and interiors show is next week), I’ll make do with these – five stunning locations with alfresco hot tubs.
The Scarlet – Mawgan Porth
Why: cliff top beach view in an uber eco-luxe setting. Oh and no children allowed (*silent prayer of thanks to the gods of, er silence). And yes, that is Champagne in the picture.
Good for: 100% child free pampering. Did I mention its adults only? Deep relaxation of the mind and body (ooer), couples getaways, ultra relaxation.W ith far reaching views over Mawgan Porth, this wooden cliff top hot tub is perfect for watching the waves crash whilst you sip fizz.
Why not: There’s an outdoor reedbed pool too (told you it was eco!) and when you get fed up of the views, how about a little snooze in the cocoon pods? The spa is open to non-residents, so you can book in to use the indoor and outdoor pools, steam room and have spa treatments. Residents of the hotel can use the pools and steam room for free as part of their stay.
Where to find it: The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Rd, Mawgan Porth, Newquay TR8 4DQ
The Chapel House, Penzance
Why: Penzance roof top townscape and twinkling stars. Ok, don’t all write in and complain, this is a bit of a cheat, but it is a tub, its luxe and quirky and the water is hot and bubbly, so I think it qualifies. Room 6 at the Chapel House B & B in Penzance has a glass roof that draws back for you to enjoy private alfresco bathing. The Chapel House is stunning. Mr MC and I stayed at the back in February, though room six was booked.
Good for: The suite is large enough for small parties and families as an apartment, but equally works well as a secluded hide away for couples since it is at the top of the house.
Why not: book it for a romantic get away – there’s lots to explore nearby and it makes a great stop over if you’re visiting Scilly. Great deals to be had for more than 3 nights.
Where to find it: The Chapel House, Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AZ
Fowey Hall Hotel – Fowey
Why: Seascapes and manicured gardens. Enjoy uninterrupted glorious south coast sea vistas and a cheeky glimpse of Fowey town below from this hill top hot tub.
Good For: Families – this is a luxury family friendly hotel with lots to keep them busy while you unwind in spa. You don’t need to be a hotel guest – the spa is open anyone booking a bit of a pampering. Cream tea or prosecco with your hot tub? However you take it. Muddy intern Ruth was recently treated to a bit of Fowey hot tub reloaxation for her birthday and wont stop talking my ear off about the place. Atleast I know what to get her for Christmas.
Why not: book the kids into the creche (they’ll thank you for it) and book yourself in for a spa treatment pronto. Lots of September offers on at the mo from £35.
Where to find it: Fowey Hall Hotel, Hanson Drive, Fowey PL23 1ET
Why: Panoramic Carne beach – a secluded spot that’s a bit of a Cornish secret.
Good for: This cliff top hot tub is a must for wild swimmers looking to warm up after a dip in the sea. Tranquil, relaxing and refreshing – a good one to charge your batteries. Open to residents as part of their stay and non-residents using the spa. This is an uber posh hotel – they even have their own yacht!
Why not: book ahead for a ‘get away from it all spa break’ in November and December.
Where to find it: The Nare Hotel, Carne Beach, Veryan-in-Roseland TR2 5PF
Boscundle Manor – St Austell
Why: Woodland view; the sky at nigh. Here’s a roof top hot tub with panoramic views of the Luxulyan Valley. Try it at night its a stellar place to stargaze.
Good For: Couples, adults seeking me-child free me time, weekend get aways, birthday treats. Open to both residents and non-residents booking a spa treatment. The staff are super accomodating and will quite happily serve you cocktails, mocktails and champers while you’re bubbling away.
Why not: try the Twilight package (no vampires in this treatment): gaze at the stars in the hot tub and a candle-lit swim, plus a treatment and a three-course meal in the restaurant.
Where to find it: Boscundle Manor, St Austell, PL25 3RL