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ESCAPE FROM LONDON: REVIEW OF BEDRUTHAN HOTEL & SPA TRIP, CORNWALL

ESCAPE FROM LONDON: REVIEW OF BEDRUTHAN HOTEL & SPA TRIP, CORNWALL

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I’ve decided to write this review from the very comfortable bed in my (very large) double room at Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth, nr Newquay. After 3 days exploring Saint Ives and Penzance, I was ready for a relaxing winter spa break in this large hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

I arrived at 1:30pm and was greeted by friendly staff at the reception, who speedily checked me into the hotel and provided me with the essential hotel/local information. Straight away, I noticed the laid-back vibe and breathed a sigh of relief. Guests were walking in windswept, rosy cheeked and smiling after beach strolls and fun family days out. This was just the sort of relaxed environment I was hoping for.

My luggage has gone from ‘minimal travel chic’ to ‘exploding with quintessentially Cornish goodies, vintage items and Christmas presents’ this week, so I was very happy to offload my bags. My large, modern and colourful room has floor-to-ceiling windows framing impressive sea views. There are Fairtrade teas, biscuits and milk by the kettle and a selection of the hotel’s very own brand of 100% natural spa products (Oula) in the bathroom. ‘Oula’ means ‘owl’ in Cornish, which made me smile.

Spa

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I had a spa treatment booked at 2:15pm, so I headed straight for the spa. The unique, sea-facing spa buildings are well prepped for indoor and outdoor relaxation days. The Lanai Spa Lounge is home to the spa reception, a laid-back bar and a relaxing lounge area, plus an outdoor pool, terrace and Sensory Spa Garden. Down the garden path is an indoor spa building with a hot, bubbly hydro pool, cedar wood sauna, eucalyptus steam room and indoor pool. There are special swimming pool hours allocated for families and children, which is great news for both families and lone travellers / couples!

Sensory Spa Garden 

Nothing could have prepared me for the unique and invigorating 60 minute, seven-stage spa treatment that takes place in the Sensory Spa Garden. Greg, who looks after the garden, walked me through the seven stages of the thermal adventure (that takes place outside in swimwear) before I began...

  • Dry Body Scrub - Dry oatmeal and Himalayan salt scrub,designed to gently remove dead skin and to soften tougher areas.

  • Hot Shower - To remove the scrub and warm me back up again! #GoosebumpsBeGone

  • Cedar Wood Sauna with a View - Recommended for 15 minutes of muscle and mind relaxation.

  • Cold Water Bucket - A quick invigorator (and a fun shock to the system)!

  • Heated Outdoor Hot Tub - 36 degrees of outdoor luxury with cool lemon-infused water.

  • Wet Scrub - Contains all natural/edible ingredients including essential oils (for softening the skin), carrot and lemon.

  • Firepit -Dressing gown, hot water foot bath, blanket and a soothing chamomile tea. An opportunity for cosiness and reflection.

The Verdict

This one-of-a-kind spa adventure forces you to take a 60 minute digital detox in the great outdoors and to focus entirely on self-care and relaxation. I had time to cherish the feet that take me from A to B, the arms that are so often weighed down with heavy bags and the muscles that I push to the limit. I was able to satisfy my lungs that crave fresh, sea air and my heart that works effortlessly hard to keep me going every day, but also to love life. My mood feels lifted, my body feels relaxed and I have remembered just how important it is to lock the work phone away, get outdoors and to truly live in the moment.

Dinner

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Having worked up an appetite in the spa, I dashed to the Wild Cafe, where the manager greeted me and kindly allowed me to move my reservation forward. I was seated in the bright, modern and casual restaurant as the lights were dimmed into a soothing evening glow. Frank Sinatra played softly in the background as I ordered a healthy avocado dip, hummus and colourful raw veggies to start. The menu is inspired by the Cornish landscape and changing seasons - I am charmed.

The chef had kindly prepared several vegan dinner options for me (I emailed the restaurant the day before to explain my dietary requirements). I chose a flavorsome mushroom linguine with a festive twist (brussel sprouts, chestnuts and twisty decorative greens). The portion size was fabulously pleasing and I experienced the best pasta dish i’ve had in a very, very long time. I finished off with a divine red wine pear dessert served with a rich chocolate brownie, light chocolate sorbet and flaked almonds. Utterly delicious.

Thoughts

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I feel like I have stumbled upon a rare gem here. In all of my travels thus far I have never been able to embrace the great outdoors in such a unique and engaging way. The hotel is suitable for spring, summer, autumn and winter stays, but to me, there is something extra special about visiting in winter. The Sensory Spa Garden and Wild Cafe were the highlights for me - both really stand out in the cold, winter weather. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of indoor cosiness and warm, wholesome food after an invigorating winter beach walk (or outdoor spa experience).

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Places worth visiting nearby:

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall | The Beach Hut | Bedruthan Steps | Padstow | Truro | Tate St Ives | St Michaels Mount | Driftwood Cafe Newquay

Booking

The hotel is now closed for annual maintenance and will reopen on 1st February at 3:30pm. Please visit the hotel website for all booking options and information. Please note, not all breaks are available for booking online. If you wish to ask any questions about a stay, please call the Bedruthan team on 01637 860 860 or email stay@bedruthan.com.

Address: Bedruthan Hotel and Spa Cornwall Trenance, Mawgan Porth TR8 4BU

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