As we put international travel plans on hold, holidaying in the UK is our safest bet this summer and where better to escape to than Cornwall. Whether you’re in search of an eco-luxe spa hotel set atop rugged clifftops or a beachside surfpad to throw the perfect party, we’ve rounded up 4 Cornwall holiday ideas to book this summer…
The romantic retreat
Sat atop the rugged clifftops of Mawgan Porth. Recognised as Cornwall’s leading eco-luxe spa hotel, The Scarlet is an oasis for those craving a little R&R by the sea.
The Ayurvedic-inspired spa boasts an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows, designed to connect guests to the beautiful coastal surroundings, a steam room, copper tub, hammam, rhassoul, softly lit treatment room and relaxation space fit with hanging canvas pods, the perfect spot to curl up in after a relaxing treatment. The pool backs onto a garden and is home to a natural, reed-filtered pool as well as the hotel’s iconic clifftop hot tubs and barrel sauna, with panoramic views across the beach and out to sea.
Room rates at The Scarlet are from £240 per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes breakfast, taxes and fees.
For the group gathering…
Latitude50 has launched 3 new surf pads in Polzeath from July 2020. The pads sleep between 8 and 10 people each, and are located immediately opposite the beach – making them ideal for surf lovers, wild sea swimmers and beach explorers alike. Newly constructed, these pads have been built to maximise the blissful views across Polzeath Beach and out across the sea. Here everything Polzeath has to offer is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Friends, families and surfers alike will relish the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere and surf culture of beautiful Polzeath.
Chyanna (sleeps 8), Gwel Tresla (10) and Polsted (10) all enjoy an unrivalled beachside location, panoramic sea views, stylish cocktail bar, outdoor kitchen, cushion-filled sky hammock and four-floors of super chic interiors provide a coastal retreat to rival all others. They are surf in/surf out – so not need to drag boards and yourself back to the car park, you can just step out onto the white sands of Polzeath.
They can be rented as one, with interconnecting sound proof doors – making them the ideal base for a multi generational family escape, a wedding or just a escape to the beach with friends. They are also dog friendly, meaning you can bring your four legged friend to enjoy the beach side escape.
From £2,750 for 7 nights
CHAPEL HOUSE, PENZANCE
A B&B rich in history
Chapel House launched in 2015, after owner Susan Stuart fell in love with the property in December 2012, and set about breathing new life into the neglected building, blending Georgian style and architecture with contemporary style to create a light, airy and welcoming hotel moments from the sea. Built in 1790 to the highest standards of its day, the building has been home to several notable figures. Former inhabitants include Admiral Samuel Hood Linzee of HMS Temeraire, the ship made famous by JMW Turner’s iconic painting The Fighting Temeraire. It was also the base of the Carne family, an influential banking and mining dynasty instrumental in the development of Penzance during the 19th century through investments in the harbour and railways. Since then, Chapel House has been a family home, a shelter for WW2 evacuees, a lodging house, and from 1993 to 2011, the Penzance Arts Club.
Susan launched as a hotel in 2015, with 6 beautiful light filled rooms but now has revamped it again with the addition of two super suites, housed in a Georgian building across a courtyard garden, which would have originally supplied produce and bounty for Chapel House’s kitchen. The suites offer a wonderful sun filled space to enjoy the views across Mounts Bay – ideal with a sundowner after a long day exploring Penzance. Guests can enjoy panoramic views across the harbour over to St Michael’s Mount shimmering in Mounts Bay, and south across to Lizard Point and Mousehole. The living space has deep sofas and wood burners, ideal for hunkering down for a cosy night in. Each suite also benefits from a small but perfectly formed handmade kitchen, so that guests can book in for longer stays with self-catering.
Room rates at Chapel House PZ are from £150 per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees.
CARBIS BAY BEACH LODGES
A beachside lodge
The Lodges are Carbis Bay opened last year following a multi-million-pound beach regeneration project which saw the launch of eight luxury Beach Lodges and Suites- which are most exclusive beachside offering in the UK and a new level of luxury in Cornwall, with infinity views of St Ives Bay, a prime position and direct access onto the award-winning Carbis Bay beach. Who needs the Maldives when you have these beaches?
The lodges have a large open-plan living space and dining room, kitchenette and a private garden, allowing guests to maximise the opportunity to enjoy the Bay’s outstanding views. All Lodges are the epitome of laid back luxury, with mood lighting throughout, the most modern of technology including Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golden sands of Carbis Bay with its rich ever-changing palette of sea colours that has inspired artists for centuries, all with balconies and hot tubs overlooking the beach (ideal for seal and dolphin watching!)
The lodges sleep between 6- 8 people, with a hot tub located in the garden overlooking the surf. During their stay, guests of the Lodges are able to make use of a personal guest host available around the clock to take care of all requirements before and during their visit. Carbis can arrange private dinners, (usually cooked in the lodge but at this time cooked and delivered!) and barbecues set up on guests’ own patch of golden sand, and all can be booked via a tablet system in each Lodge. Given the isolation needs of guests, meals can be delivered daily to their door, with no contact at all.
For those cooped up in lockdown, they are the ideal luxury escape to white sands, turquoise water and sunshine – without the need to book flights.
Lodges from £1500 per night – hoping to reopen from 4 July. Call +44 (0)1736 795311
WATERGATE BAY HOTEL
Set on a spectacular, two mile surfing beach on the North Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay Hotel is the perfect destination for families seeking a contemporary beach holiday. This hotel is so close to the sea that you can watch the surfers from the pool. There are double rooms and suites and family village apartments to make you feel at home.
By day, explore everything the Bay has to offer – book a surf lesson at the Extreme Academy or take advantage of the 25-metre swimming pool and spa at the Swim Club.
By night, enjoy a sundowner at Watchful Mary – a continental style bar on the sea wall with clear views out to the horizon and music every weekend. Dine out at Zacry’s, serving classic dishes with a contemporary Cornish twist or The Beach Hut – Watergate Bay’s original beach hangout that blends local ingredients with international cuisine – from Mexico, Asia, Italy and more. All restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. There’s also dog friendly accommodation so your beloved pooch can join in the fun.
Watergate Bay are taking new reservations from 5th July onwards. Bookings from £330 per night – discover more here
Main image: The Scarlet
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