A Winter Treat at Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa
Need a spa day? How about a night away with a pal or your partner? This elegant, adults-only hotel overlooks the UK's best surf beach - and I've tried it out for you!
Sometimes a holiday means piles of luggage and hours of travel and sometimes the break you need is surprisingly close at hand. Last week, after several crazy weeks at work, I took a day out of real life to chill with a friend at Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa. That same weekend, my neighbours spent the weekend there celebrating a certain big birthday, minus the kids. There are lots of good reasons to visit but switching off and spending time together is what’s it’s all about. That and ocean views that go on and on.
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa overlooks Newquay’s most famous surf beach, on Cornwall’s wild Atlantic coast. There are a lot of family-friendly options in the town but this one’s adults only and focuses on luxuriously relaxed breaks for couples and friends.
The hotel’s at the quieter end of Fistral Beach and the floor-to-ceiling windows in the bar and restaurant offer ring-side seats to the surf. There are a lot of sea views to be had in Cornwall but it’s the volume of sea that hits you here – there just seems to be so much blue. Which of course only aids the relaxation.
The interiors are spacious and relaxed, with an air of contemporary sophistication. The hotel has 71 comfortable rooms, with varying levels of luxury and one sumptuous suite. There’s also a menu of room extras you’ll definitely want to check out – from rose petals and balloons to Laurent Perrier and an adult love box. Oh la la! They even offer a hangover kit. Perfect for parents who can’t handle their booze any more. Just me?
THE SPA DAY
For our Heavenly Escape Spa Day, we arrived at 10am, grabbed a coffee in the bar then swanned between the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and pool until it was time for our treatments. I’d booked in for the 1hr30min Age Defying Facial (I need all the help I can get) and it was such a treat. As well as finishing the treatment with really bright and nourished feeling skin, I couldn’t have been more chilled.
This luxurious regenerating facial treatment is designed to help combat the signs of ageing and sun damage. Using special facial massage techniques for the delicate areas around the eyes, neck, lips and jaw line with ESPA moisturising products to hydrate and protect. It began with a gorgeous foot and lower leg massage and my therapist also worked on the nasty knots in my neck and shoulders.
My friend Becky had a beautiful pregnancy treatment and then we enjoyed a healthy lunch and glam-looking mocktails in the lounge bar, taking in those views.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
GOOD FOR: Couples and friends looking for a fun and laidback night or two away.
NOT FOR: Kids. Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa is strictly adults only! Try sister hotel, The Esplanade for family breaks.
THE DAMAGE: Sea-view doubles from £139
Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa, Esplanade Road, Fistral Beach, Newquay, TR7 1PT. 01637 852221. fistralbeachhotel.co.uk