I found myself at a lose end a few weeks ago after Connor left on a last minute business trip and 90% of the world was at Glastonbury. I don’t mind being home alone for a week, but I like to know in advance so I can make a few plans to keep me busy. So in this case, when I had two days notice of a week alone and everyone I knew already had plans, I was really not looking forward to it. Luckily, my wonderful mama stepped in at that point and suggested we take the spa break we’d been talking about taking for weeks, so on the hottest day of the year we bundled into the car and made our way down to the Bedruthan hotel.
The Bedruthan Hotel is tucked away on the cliff in Mawgan Porth, a tiny Cornish village where you’ve got more chance of finding a 24hour Rolex retailer than phone signal. It’s set on a cliff top next to it’s sister hotel The Scarlet, which is a favourite of my parents’. We thought we’d give the Bedruthan a whirl this time, and we had such a great time!
We booked a twin room for two nights, and having arrived on the hottest day of the year immediately threw the windows open and turned the fan on! The room was clean + tidy, bright and colourful, with block coloured walls and mutlicoloured fabrics everywhere. It’s such a happy space, I can’t imagine anyone being grumpy there! The room was small but perfectly formed, two beds, two armchairs, a desk, plenty of storage space and a good bathroom with a bath and shower (I love me a hotel bath).
Since it was so hot, we decided to bikini up and head down to the pool!
I can’t imagine the outdoor pool sees much action, England is not exactly renowned for it’s good weather, but it was an unseasonable 34 degrees so a dip in the pool was utterly heavenly. We did a few laps and then hopped onto some sunloungers to dry off in the sunshine! We arrived at the perfect time, because after an hour by the pool the sea mist began to roll in and within minutes it was cooler and the sun had vanished! We took that as our cue to head back to the room, get changed and head to the bar!
Now the Bedruthan is probably one of the most family friendly hotels I’ve ever stayed at, they’ve honestly thought of everything you could possibly need for kids,but the bar is a strictly ‘grown ups only’ hotel and it’s such a lovely space! They’ve got a droolworthy cocktail list, a fantastic playlist and the cutest behind the bar setup of ingredients. I ordered a Strawberry Pimms, and my mama had a gin and tonic which came with a giant wedge of pink grapefruit, so delicious!
We sat out on the balcony with our cocktails, enjoying the last of the warmth, and marvelling at how the gorgeous view had vanished under the mist almost instantly!
After polishing off the cocktails we moved inside with a bottle of wine that the very helpful barman helped us pick out! He let us try a little before we settled on the bottle (since we both suck with wine!), and we were very grateful for that!
Before we knew it, our 7.30pm dinner reservation had rolled around, so wine in hand we made our way to the restaurant!
We booked a table at the Wild Café, favouring a more casual dining ambience after a long day travelling! We were able to choose adult only seating too, a nice touch for those travelling without kids, and we were seated in the gorgeous restaurant with views out across the cove. We ordered a bread basket + carrot and coriander patties to share for starters, the bread was light, thick + fluffy, served with fresh olive oil and balsamic, and the patties were delicious, lightly seasoned and served with tzatziki, so good I want to try and make them at home!
My mum had a steak for her main course, whilst I opted for the burger, a brioche bun and fresh beef burger piled high with bacon, salad, onion relish and my favourite – Davidstow cheese. All the food was local, fresh + delicious!
The next morning we were back in the Wild Café for breakfast, and it was honestly probably the best hotel breakfast I’ve had. The staff at check in had handily told us the quietest times to eat, so we were able to bag a table at the buffet with minimal fuss and without too many people around. They had a great selection, fresh juices and fruit, cereals, pastries, breads, and a great selection of locally sourced hot food. Delicious sausages, bacon, garlic mushrooms, vine roasted tomatoes, beans and eggs, even sourdough drizzled in olive oil. I was impressed by the selection of coffees + teas, and even the selection of gluten free cereals available!
If you’re travelling with kids too they had everything, plastic cups and plates so the kids can dish up their own breakfasts, high chairs and booster seats for the kids a little older!
Breakfast over, I headed down to the spa for my treatment! I booked in for an Ila Kundalini Massage with a Rose Facial, and it was unlike anything I’ve previously experienced. The spas at the Bedruthan and Scarlet are ayurvedic, meaning they’re looking to create balance and harmony in your whole experience within the body. The treatment was described as being ideal for ’emotionally exhausted souls’ and aims to calm the parasympathetic nervous system, something that seemed perfect for me after everything I’ve been through over the last year. I spoke at length with my therapist before the treatment began about my health and the surgeries I’ve had this year, and not only did she help me really feel at ease, she also recommended a few lifestyle changes based on ayurvedic practice to help me in my recovery, which was a nice touch.
The treatment itself was fantastic, very calming and soothing. I loved the scented oils used and the use of heat (tiny hessian sacks full of himalayan salts heated up and placed along the chakras of the spine) and honestly was so sad to leave after the treatment!
I spent a little time in the main spa, dipping in and out of the saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs, and a little time sat on the balcony overlooking the sea, bundled up in my robe, and honestly felt so at peace.
Most of the rest of the afternoon was spent in the ‘Tranquility Space’, a room in the main hotel with giant squishy sofas, bookshelves filled with novels + gorgeous views of the ocean! I got sucked into a book for the first time in months, and spent the rest of the day trying my hardest to stay awake!
One more killer breakfast (complete with toast and marmite) the next day and we were relaxed + ready for the drive home!
We had such a lovely time at the Bedruthan and wouldn’t hesitate to head back there if we were in need of some R&R! If you’re looking for a spot to relax, drink tea and soak up the sea air, I couldn’t recommend a better spot!
Are you a fan of spa breaks?