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Cornwall Getaways at St Michaels Resort Falmouth

Are you ready for the ultimate Cornwall getaways? Located in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth in the UK, the gorgeous St Michaels Resort is a hotel and spa worth visiting. Since 2002, St Michaels Resort & Spa has provided guests from all over the world with an environment in which they can relax unwind and enjoy the best in Cornish hospitality.

Their ‘feel good again’ philosophy is embraced in all aspects of the hotel including their health club and spa to the food in the restaurant and proximity to the open ocean. They believe that well-being is all about balance and your weekend break in Falmouth can be a mixture of relaxation and activities.

Me and Theo visited Falmouth at the end of September this year and had the best time exploring Falmouth, and the nearby towns and villages. Falmouth is it an underrated town in Cornwall and is often overlooked by the more popular towns of Newquay.

Falmouth is a great town to visit and has a vibrant culture with a great selection of cafés, restaurants independent shops at galleries and fish and chip shops. Falmouth is known for its deep natural harbour and beaches. Falmouth is a great weekend break in the British countryside, perfect for a UK staycation. Other things to do in Falmouth include The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall which has interactive galleries and lots of model boats on display.

Falmouth has been shaped and influenced by a strong connection to the sea combining fascinating maritime heritage. An upcoming town on the south-west coast, Falmouth is leading the way in cultural and festival events, as well as cuisine and activities, such as the Falmouth Oyster Festival.

And the best bit about this hotel is the proximity to the beach. The hotel is situated across the road from Falmouth’s Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach, one of the most ‘Cornish’ beaches out there. Gyllyngvase beach is ideal for the entire family.

 

How to get to Cornwall

I would drive, but you can also jump on a bus, fly or get a train. Newquay Airport is 5 mins from Watergate Bay and is served by Flybe which operates year-round services from London and Manchester. If you are driving however, be organised for a road trip as it can be a pretty long drive. Stay on the A30 to get anywhere fast or head down the A38 via Plymouth and Liskeard is a much slower route into the county. Trains take quite a while, but go from London-Penzance returns from £62 through First Great Western.

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Top 21 Things to do in Cornwall

  1. Eden Project
  2. St Michael’s Mount
  3. Falmouth
  4. St Ages
  5. Newquay
  6. The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  7. Camel Valley Vineyard
  8. Tresco Abbey Garden
  9. Penzance
  10. Mousehole
  11. The Lizard Peninsula
  12. Tate St Ives
  13. Surfing
  14. Bedruthan Steps
  15. Fowey
  16. St Mawes
  17. Kynance Cove
  18. Trelissick
  19. Tintagel Castle
  20. St Isaac
  21. Port Isaac

 

Cornwall Getaways at St Michaels Resort Falmouth

Facilities

After a recent £8 million redevelopment, it’s the facilities at St Michaels that really set this wonderful hotel apart, and their attentive team go the extra mile to ensure your stay is a special one.

Here you can stroll through St Michaels Resort’s sub-tropical gardens, plunge into the world-class hydrothermal spa, and indulge in fresh Cornish crab in the resort’s 2 AA rosette restaurant. Then, step it up in St Michaels Resort Falmouth state-of-the-art health club, eat well in the Garden Kitchen, and head out to Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach – whether paddle boarding at dawn or strolling along the sea front. At the end of the day, curl up with a book by the fire and slip into the luxury linen sheets for a restful sleep in St Michaels Resort Falmouth luxury hotel.

This hotel was outstanding, in all aspects of our stay last month. From the staff, to the food, to the spa and the views, everything about this hotel was stunning, and we were so pleased we were finally able to get down to St Michaels Resort Falmouth so a stay by the seaside.

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Bedrooms

The hotel offers a large selection of well-designed bedrooms for guests to choose from, located in various different buildings. The have an array of different options so guests can choose the room that suits them best, whether that’s a family room, Beach House room or disabled access room. The hotel has 84 modern rooms and all of the bedrooms are inspired by the Cornish coast, with lots of light, deep beds, crisp cotton sheets, powerful showers and luxury facilities. 

The bedrooms at St Michaels Resort provide guests with the ultimate retreat after a long day exploring the Cornish countryside. The rooms provide the perfect place to unwind and reflect on the memories of your day, and the hotel facilities promise to make your stay full of comfort. With a stay at St Michaels Resort, you can pamper yourself in the luxury spa, experience their unique approach to dining, and let off some steam in our state-of-the-art health club (where access is included with your stay).

During our Cornish getaway we stayed in one of the Beach House Rooms with Balcony, in St Michaels Resort’s brand new Beach House Rooms. Offering the best in contemporary Cornish design, these Beach House rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that lead on to a balcony or terrace. Our bedroom featured a massive king size bed, with stunning headboard in reclaimed wood, dressing tables, Lavazza espresso machines and a mini fridge – they offer the epitome of relaxation. Our room was also one of the larger Beach House rooms with a terrace out to the side, unfortunately the weather wasn’t in our favour so we didn’t get chance to use it during our stay, but it’d be amazing during the summer time, looking out across the bay to the ocean.

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Food and Drink

On our first night of our Cornall getaway, we dined the the hotel amazing Brasserie on the Bay which overlooks the sub-tropical gardens and on to the dazzling sea. The restaurant showcases the best in Cornish ingredients and their head chef works closely with local producers, farmers and fishermen to create a menu which focuses around using locally grown and reared produce.

The chef at Brasserie on the Bay creates dishes that are fresh, of the highest quality and low in food miles – something that me and Theo loved. It felt fresh, healthy and home-grown. The morning’s catch is brought in each day, so only the freshest fish and seafood make it to your plate. A supporter of sustainable fishing, St Michaels Hotel ensure the species we choose are not threatened or from depleted stocks. 

For dinner we opted for Cured mackerel with beetroot escabeche, horseradish creme fraiche, sourdough croutons and Seared pheasant with pickled cherries, Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut, endive to start, followed by Aromatic squash curry with tamarind & coconut curry, jasmine rice, pak choi and Cornish duck breast with root vegetable dauphinoise, charred hispi, blackberry & star anise jus for mains. 

We also dined in Brasserie on the Bay for breakfast, and luckily we’re given the option of a table in the window each morning overlooking the bay as the sun came up. This was one of my favourite parts of our stay, and will stay with me for a long time. Make sure you get there earlier than later, to reserve a window spot! 

We didn’t dine here, but the hotel also has Garden Kitchen, which offers guests and spa-goers all-day casual dining with a healthy twist. Health and wellbeing are at its heart, so you will find a range of revitalising smoothies and cold-pressed juices alongside a large array of varying salads, quiches, and stone-baked pizzas, with something different every day. But eating well also means the odd indulgence, and the Garden Kitchen has a selection of cakes and other treats, changing daily. Life is all about balance right?

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The Spa and Gym

One of the best things about St Michaels Resort Falmouth is the St Michaels Spa, located within the hotel, offering both hotel guests and spa day guests the opportunity to unwind and relax! The spa offers guests a range of hydrothermal facilities, relaxation areas, and luxurious treatment rooms, all within St Michaels Spa. The hotel offers a range of bespoke treatments, from a team of expert therapists and hydrothermal experiences. This place was amazing and really allowed you to immerse yourself in restorative bliss during your Cornwall getaway.

The Hydrothermal Experience is a revitalising space centred around the massive hydrotherapy pool (the largest in the south west I might add!) with 21 massage stations, and a herbal Finnish sauna, experience showers, and steam rooms. The herbal Finnish sauna cleanses your skin and increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your organs, while daybeds and heated loungers help you stretch out and breathe in. Within the experience showers, is the world’s only Cornish sea salt steam room by Living Sea Therapy infuses local sea salt into the steam air, reducing toxins and clearing your lungs.

Beyond the pool, through the french windows, there is a gorgeous south-facing spa garden which offers views of the ocean from the outdoor Finnish barrel sauna and red cedar hot tub. Despite the weather we made sure we popped out for a dip in the hot tub in the rain! 

And if that wasn’t enough there is also Falmouth’s biggest gym on-site, offering members and guests over 315 sq. m of the best in fitness and strength training in Cornwall. Mix up your routine with the indoor prowler track and dedicated rowing and spin studios, with the gym’s fully qualified fitness instructors, swimming pool, saunas and much more.

Cost: The three-hour Hydrothermal Experience is £30 Monday — Thursday and £40 Friday — Sunday, but hotel guests and health club members receive a £5 discount and access is just £15 when added to any spa treatment

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Best beaches in Cornwall

The beaches in Cornwall are some of the best in the country, with a quality and variety of its beaches. There are many long, exposed stretches of sand on the north coast, such as Perranporth and Godrevy, with great opportunity for surfing, and then the southern coast offers more sheltered coves such as Porthcurno and Praa Sands.

There are also many remote beaches such as Harlyn and Kynance offer the chance to really get away from it all. At low tide Cornwall’s longest beach stretches for 3 fabulous miles between Hayle and Godrevy Head. Known as Gwithian Towans Beach, or at the other end Godrevy Beach, this magnificent stretch of golden sand really is one of Cornwall’s finest.

Cornwall is the UK’s surfing home and it’s easy to see why with so many beaches offering the perfect waves for both beginners and pros. The narrow peninsula, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean offers surfers the perfect collection of beaches, with nearly 200 beaches facing various directions. The variety of surf in Cornwall also makes it suitable for all levels, from the gentle waves of Polzeath to the grinding barrels of Porthleven there’s a spot for you. 

  1. Sennen (Whitsand Bay) Beach
  2. Fistral Beach
  3. Godrevy Beach
  4. Praa Sands Beach
  5. Perranporth (Penhale Sands)
  6. Bude Beach
  7. Marazion Beach
  8. Porthmeor Beach
  9. Kynance Cove
  10. Porthcurno Beach

 

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*I was a guest of St Michaels Resort & Spa – but as always opinions are my own. 

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Jessie
    November 26, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I’ve only ever been to Cornwall with work, but would love to visit and spend a week there exploring! It looks beautiful and this spa resort is gorgeous. xx

    Jessie | jessie-ann.co.uk

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