My Favourites

My Favourites

Save your favourites with a single click and you’ll never forget a brilliant Muddy recommendation.


Get the inside line on what’s unique, special and new near you, straight to your inbox across 25 counties

Back to Eat

Dip & Dine at Una St Ives

A serene eco resort on the edge of St Ives, with a beautiful spa and relaxed contemporary restaurant. And you don’t need to stay there to enjoy it.

In need of an afternoon’s peace? Er, ALWAYS. My new favourite secret place for a soak, steam and a lush lunch is this stunning eco resort and spa, just outside St Ives.

I first spotted Una when I was walking St Michael’s Way, a beautiful hike from Lelant, on Cornwall’s north coast to Marazion on the South. We got lost shortly after we passed by and looking back, we probably should have cut our losses and opted for a spa day instead but I made a mental note to return.

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen, Spa Cornwall

In the end, I came back with my husband and kids for a Sunday ‘Dip and Dine’, when you can use the spa facilities, if you book lunch at Una Kitchen. It’s a great way to stretch out Sunday lunch and make more of an occasion of it. Add a beach walk at Porth Kidney Sands and Carbis Bay and you’ve got a day of loveliness right there.

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen, restaurant Cornwall

We started with a swim, taking turns to overheat in the steam room and sauna, while the other parent watched the kids in the large infinity pool. The pool and spa area at Una is immaculately kept, spacious and full of light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Loungers and bean bags all round the pool invite you to snooze or flick through the Sunday papers while you cool off.

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen, Family resort

On the day we went, ours were the only kids there but they were made so welcome by the staff. They loved the pool and smaller (warmer) baby pool, the lawn, playground and cricket set outside the restaurant and the specially prepared mini pizzas and massive ice cream/waffle extravaganza they had for lunch.

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen, Playground Lawn

The roast at Una Kitchen comes highly recommended but we couldn’t resist the crab & prawn macaroni cheese, served with woodfired garlic bread and a falafel burger that I’ve been daydreaming about ever since. I eat meat but order veggie food more often and this was the most delicious meat-free burger I’ve ever had, with an amazing spiced umami dressing and homemade turmeric poppy seed bun.

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen, Crab & Prawn Macaroni

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen, Falafel Burger

Una St Ives, Una Kitchen Waffles

As much as Una’s a gorgeous spot to while away a couple of weekend hours, it’s also a great option for coffee and cake if you’re walking in the area or maybe an anniversary weekend away in one of the stylish eco lodges.

Porth Kidney Sands

Porth Kidney Sands

Dip & Dine on Sundays & Thursdays

  • Enjoy a swim/ sauna and steam with lunch or dinner on Thursdays, or lunch on Sundays
  • Book via telephone only, at least 24 hours in advance
  • Access facilities 1.5 hours before table booking
  • Minimum spend £15 per adult, £10 per child in the restaurant


Una St Ives, Laity Lane, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3HW. 257 000 

Find more ideas here


1 comment on “Dip & Dine at Una St Ives”

  • Jayne Phillips-Choak April 12, 2019

    I have just spent a few hours here showing clients around the luxury holiday homes and the Spa, followed by a gorgeous lunch. Utter heaven …. relaxing vibe, friendly and welcoming staff and scrumptious food. My clients were very impresses!


Tell us what you think

Your email address will not be published.

* Required
* Required

Little Black Book

The Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

View the businesses
Reader Treats Just For You!