Our editor Rebecca Moore heads to the popular Cornish fishing town of Falmouth in search of some rejuvenation…
For me, Falmouth feels different to the rest of Cornwall. Is it beautiful? Yes. Is there a smell of fish and chips in the air? Yes (I’d recommend Harbour Lights on the harbour). Can you spend hours on foot guided by the coastal footpath? Oh, absolutely. But it’s the buzz that sets it apart. You’ll never be bored in fabulous Falmouth.
A Cornish hotel that’s been on my radar since its exhaustive renovation back in 2018 is St Michaels Resort, set back just moments from Gyllyngvase… or as the locals call it, Gylly beach. If you’re in the market for a hotel which has beautiful views, a sensational spa, seasonally-inspired fare, oh and somewhere your furry friend can come too, then St Michaels performs.
The menu celebrates Cornwall, and while there’s a nod to fine dining it’s a relaxed atmosphere at Brasserie on the Bay. During my stay I enjoyed a three-course dinner which featured pan-seared scallops from neighbouring Fowey, locally-sourced rump of lamb and a somewhat indulgent crème brûlée to ensure my belly was well and truly full before retiring to the land of nod.
I’m fortunate enough to live in this beautiful slice of the UK full time, yet it’s still one of life’s luxuries waking up to be greeted by the ocean, and one I certainly don’t take for granted. But the biggest embellishment for me, had to be my time spent at the spa. While you don’t need to be in Cornwall to unwind, I think it certainly helps when pressing that reset button. The spa here has been sympathetically laid out, with a south-facing spa garden which overlooks the Cornish sea.
The spa’s three-hour Hydrothermal Experience allows residents and guest visitors alike to enjoy this Cornish sanctuary. The impressive hydrotherapy pool, complete with its 21 massage stations (yes, I counted) is just heavenly. Throw in a herbal Finnish sauna, an outdoor barrel sauna, and a rainforest steam room for good measure and you’re on for a restorative afternoon. A personal highlight has to be the Cornish sea salt steam room, which is currently the only one in the world. I’d recommend finishing your session with the spa’s outdoor hot tub which boasts views that stretch across the gardens and ocean beyond.
Another area benefitting from the expansive overhaul is the hotel’s health club. Home to its own sauna, steam room, experience showers and heated relaxation area, there’s also a 17m indoor pool and 350 square metre gym to build up a sweat. Guests will also find a dedicated spin, gig rowing and fitness studios, oh and its own tennis courts. Kitted out in the latest technology, it’s every gym bunny’s dream. And even persuaded me to burn off some of my over indulgence.
With calmness restored, I’m already planning my return to St Michaels Resort. Next time, I already have my eye on the ishga hot stone massage. When in Cornwall, right?