Looking for a retreat that will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalised? We’ve found the perfect place for those in search of seaside zen. Set amongst the Cornish coastline, St Michael’s spa and wellness resort provides a calm refuge from the chaos of everyday life. Read on to explore the myriad of offerings provided by this South West sanctuary…
Situated on the shoreline of Gylly Beach, the hotel is easily accessible. Fly to nearby Newquay airport or take the train to Falmouth train station which is less than a five-minute walk away from the resort.
Welcoming and relaxed, trendy yet unpretentious, St Michael’s is both family and dog friendly, so bring your children and fur babies in tow. Couples can enjoy a romantic rendezvous for two, with a soul soothing side-by-side massage at the spa, or by simply spending quality time together in one of the seafront suites.
The hotel provides guests with the choice of two restaurants. The Garden Kitchen is the ultimate laid-back Cornish dining experience, overlooking subtropical gardens. Nibble on lighter bites inspired by the Mediterranean such as Padron peppers and polenta fries with black garlic aioli. Make sure to try the homemade woodfired pizzas – The Cornish Fun-guy is particularly irresistible, featuring a truffle base, exotic mushrooms, spinach, oregano and crème fraiche. On Saturdays between 12:30-14:00, there’s also afternoon tea, which additionally can be made vegan. Fizz it up and accompany it with a glass or two of champagne.
For an ocean facing seasonally sourced meal, head to Brasserie on the Bay. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, here you can indulge in freshly caught shellfish and seafood – scallops, crab arancini and hake are all highlights. The Cornish born and bred Head Chef Darren and his brigade, work closely with local producers, farmers and fishermen to produce food that’s low in food miles but big on the flavour.
When you’re looking for an afternoon tipple or pre-dinner aperitif, visit the bar and lounge situated in the heart of the hotel and serving up a range of signature craft cocktails.
Spa Seekers Sanctuary:
Having recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment, St Michael’s is a state-of-the-art spa seekers sanctuary. Featuring the UK’s first Cornish sea salt steam room, an outdoor barrel sauna, a cedar wood hot-tub, and large heated swimming pool which overlooks the subtropical gardens and seaside views across Falmouth Bay. There’s also an impressive repertoire of treatments offered by Living Sea Therapy, whose products are made from kelp and sea salt harvested from the resort coastline, to create nutrient-rich balms packed with natural vitamins, minerals and goodness for the skin.
Examples of treatments on offer include:
• Back Neck and Shoulder Massage
• Express Facial
• OPI Gold Manicure
• OPI Gold Pedicure
• Seaweed Oil massage
• Invigorating Massage
• Calming Rose Facial
• Peppermint Salt Scrub
• Lime and Lemongrass Salt Scrub
• Wild Rose Salt Scrub
• Beach Feet- Limited Treatment
Get involved with one of the many retreats the resort has to offer, including wild swimming, pilates, paddle boarding and beach fitness. Discover secret beaches and hidden coves on coastal walks led by Cornish experts. Yogis can take outdoor sessions surrounded by the sea air or visit the health club and choose from a range of over 100 fun fitness classes per week including LBT, Bootcamp and Body Balance. Tennis enthusiasts can up their game at one of the four beachside tennis courts, with balls and racquets available on request during your stay.
In a Nutshell…
If you’re looking for an active adventure or a soothing spa stay, St Michael’s resort is perfect for you. Book today and catch the Falmouth Oyster Festival, running from 16th- 18th October, offering a packed programme of cookery demonstrations, live music and freshly shucked oysters.
Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.