Saunas in Cornwall

Date Posted: 1 Jul 2024

By Natasha Harding

Britain’s sauna scene has expanded rapidly over the past few years and visitors to Cornwall might have noticed that many of the beautiful beaches and riversides now have a sauna in situ. Additionally, many of the county’s fabulous hotels are offering sauna experience packages.

According to the British Sauna Society, there are over 100 around the UK and Ireland and more than 30 of those have appeared in the last six months. There are many health benefits associated with having a regular sauna including pain relief, improving mental health, regulating blood pressure and easing muscle and joint tension. They’re also incredibly sociable spaces with some reports claiming that saunas have become the new pubs!

Here, sauna addict Natasha Harding recommends some of the best in the county.


Ocean Soul Sauna, Bude


Situated by the sandy Crooklets Beach in Bude, is a wood-fired sauna run by Lorna Townsend. Sessions, which are booked online, are available four days a week and there is a mixture of shared saunas for up to six people or private sessions for groups of up to eight. Lorna has also teamed up with local therapists and organises sound-bath sessions, yoga classes and storytelling events, which are finished with a sauna and cold-water dip, either in the sea or the Urban Ice Tribe bath. The whole experience is absolutely lovely and no matter how you feel when you arrive, you’ll leave feeling renewed and refreshed.

Saunas by the Sea, Polzeath


Located on Baby Bay, Polzeath, you’ll find ‘a little oasis by the sea’. The sauna is accessible via the main beach at low tide, or across the cliff tops at high tide. Sessions are currently available five days a week and prices start at £17 per person for 50 minutes of pure bliss. With its huge window facing the sea, every person gets a prime spot to enjoy the incredible views, and it’s just a short walk across the sand to the sea for a cool down. There is also a handy food and drink truck next to the sauna in case you forget your water, or just need some extra fluid after your session.

St Moritz Hotel

The luxurious St Moritz hotel in Polzeath has renovated their spa area and the result is a relaxing space that soothes your senses immediately – think muted colours, lots of comfortable loungers and low lighting. You’ll find two saunas, a steam room, cold bucket and experience shower as well as an indoor pool in the spa area. Outside, a short walk away from the spa is another pool which has glorious views of the ocean and super comfortable beds that you won’t want to get up from. Spa experiences begin from just £30 and for that you’ll get your sauna fix and a whole lot more.

Olla Hiki Sauna, Newquay


Olla Hiki Sauna has different locations depending on the time of year – and each one is pretty special in its own right. They’re currently at Bedruthan Steps for July and August and will move to Newquay Harbour in September. Owner, Sarah Wossidlo grew up in the European sauna culture and missed having a sauna that she could visit regularly after moving to Cornwall a decade ago. However, she realised her dream of running her own space in 2022. These days, she runs regular communal sessions from £8 as well as offering private bookings. She also hosts many community-based events including guided sauna rituals, sound baths and full moon events.

Escape Unplugged, Hayle


Found next to the North Quay slipway with stunning views over the lagoon to the medieval St Uny’s Church in Lelant, Escaped Unplugged in Hayle offers a wonderful riverside retreat which is perfectly placed for sauna’ing and wild swimming. The community sauna sessions are booked in half hour blocks, each with seven seats and costing £8. The company’s ethos is to build a community around the sauna and they’re holding regular events as well as pay what you can nights in support of local charities – as well as offering social prescribing sessions linked to the local doctor’s surgery.

Jubilee Pool, Penzance


The iconic Jubilee Pool in Penzance is the UK’s largest seawater pool and is filled on a high tide which allows users to enjoy cold water swimming in a safe environment. You can book a swim and 30 minute sauna in one ticket – with a sauna costing £6. The sauna is a lovely space made from traditional spruce and aspen wood to offer an authentic feeling and is suitable for users aged 16 years and older. Once you’re suitably warm, cool down in either the main pool or the geothermal pool which is naturally heated sea water.

Bedurthan, Mawgan Porth


The hour-long Art of Sauna sessions are being held regularly at Bedruthan in the stunning village of Mawgan Porth. They are a multi-sensory experience like no other and a lovely treat for yourself or a loved one. Each session begins with time exfoliating your body with a dry scrub, before rinsing off in the outdoor shower. The next stage is to warm up in the cedar-wood sauna, which affords views of that lovely beach, before cooling down in the outdoor pool. Finally, you’ll have the chance to relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs before ending at the fire pit with a herbal tea. The hour will fly by, and you’ll want to book again as soon as you leave.

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