Muddy Reviews: Summer Surfers Treat at Fistral Spa
In need of a spa day with a pal or your partner? The spa of this elegant, adults-only hotel that overlooks the UK's best surf beach is just the ticket - and I've tried it out for you!
Sometimes the break you need is surprisingly close at hand, and I can totally recommend this Newquay based cure when your to-do list threatens to overwhelm. After several crazy weeks at work, it was a pleasure to take an afternoon out of real life at Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa. There are lots of good reasons to visit but switching off for a few hours was just perfect. That and the 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 hotel is adults only and focuses on luxuriously relaxed breaks for couples and friends – there’s a time and place for kids in the pool, but when you’re on a relaxing day out, sometimes it is just nice to know you won’t get hit by a pool float.
Fistral Hotel is at the quieter (south) end of the beach, just out of the main hustle and bustle of the town itself. With the floor-to-ceiling windows, the bar and restaurant offer ring-side seats to the surf. There are of course a lot of sea views to be had in Cornwall, but this one is pretty special. The tide literally comes past the door, so it’s the volume of sea and sky that hits you here – there just seems to be so much blue. Which of course only aids the relaxation.
Elegant and grown up without being formal or stuffy, being right on the surfing beach there is plenty of laid back surf vibe here – although come evening the bar is, as you’d expect, home to a more mature crowd than sister hotel The Esplanade, or one of the more hipster places in the town itself. The crowd, well less of a crowd as Covid regulations mean numbers are limited, so more of a discreet crew, in the spa was pretty evenly split between younger couples enjoying time together and slightly older gal pals. I’ll leave it to you to imagine which group we fell into.
We were booked for the Rejuvenate spa day, so after meeting for coffee in the lounge, we started with time in the pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. One Covid regulations bonus (yes, really) is that there was no sharing, so we even had the sauna to ourselves, and then enjoyed a rather peaceful solo swim under the dark ceiling before we headed for our treatments. The Rejuvenate spa day includes a 60 minute treatment from a choice of eight treatments, and the Quiksilver Surfers Massage sounded too good not to try.
Starting with a back massage (designed to ease muscle tension in the shoulders, neck and upper arms – either from surfing, who am I kidding, it is totally from excess typing, although I can see how great it would be post surf too) then a leg and foot treatment, the Quiksilver Surfers Massage was just what I needed. All that roughness from walking on sand – aka neglecting the hooves over the last lockdown – was exfoliated away and smoothed out, along with some of my stresses, with warming essential oils and then GAIA body butter. It smelt amazing, and was so relaxing I fell asleep, which thankfully bothered no-one (if I snored, my therapist was too polite to mention it).
After a little lie down in the relaxation room it was off to the lounge bar for afternoon tea, where we ate a simple but delicious Cornish cream tea, including sandwiches, scones (jam first, obvs) and more than enough sweet treats for us both, whilst taking in those views.
We left rejuvenated, which is just what we set out for, ready to take on the world (actually, an evening swim in the harbour in the sunshine, followed by a sound bath on the beach. Well, that’s Newquay for you).
THE MUDDY VERDICT
GOOD FOR: Couples and friends looking for a fun and laidback spa day which doesn’t break the bank – the super reasonable price included robe, slippers, use of all facilities, plus afternoon tea and Prosecco.
NOT FOR: Kids or a spa treat with your teen. Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa is strictly adults only.
THE DAMAGE: Rejuvenate spa day from £105 per person
Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa, Esplanade Road, Fistral Beach, Newquay, TR7 1PT. 01637 852221. fistralbeachhotel.co.uk