There's something wholesome about happening holiday by the sea. For a Londoner such as myself, a good dose of salty sea air and also the sound from the roaring waves is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. So, when the opportunity presented itself to spend two nights by the sea in the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa near Newquay, I possibly could hardly resist. Offering both a spa along with a opportunity to check out one of their new Making Break workshops, it was deliciously luxurious experience: Here's why:
The Bedruthan Hotel Review: The Accommodation
As soon while you step inside the Bedruthan you're immediately greeted with a wonderful aroma of incense that gently reminds you to definitely put on relaxation mode if you haven't done so already. Your accommodation is modern and unimposing, almost blending in to the landscape as it sits on the slope overlooking the Atlantic. I stayed in one of the family rooms – complete with an enormous king-sized bed heaped with downy white pillows and a vast floor to ceiling window boasting unparalleled views of the Atlantic.
The room was kitted out by having an ensuite (including a bath), a huge television, tea and coffee making facilities and a tiny fridge stocked having a refillable glass bottle water along with a carton of fresh milk. It had been comfortable, practical and delightfully spacious. Most of all, it had been a real treat to spread out the window only a crack and permit the noise of the ocean lull you to definitely sleep at night.
The Bedruthan Hotel Review: The meals
Meals at the hotel are served either in the Wild Café or The Herring using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The Wild Café is really a cheerful child-friendly restaurant that's open daily from breakfast until dinner. Guests can also enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet, an array of local seafood, salads, freshly baked bread and daily specials. A perfect hangout for a mid-afternoon treat, the Wild Café also provides Cornish roasted coffee, homemade cakes and patisseries as well as an irresistible Cornish Cream Tea.
For a far more intimate fine dining experience of the night, head through the Wild Café to The Herring. This restaurant's pièce de résistance are its huge windows that look straight out to the Atlantic below. After drifting in from an unhurried cocktail in the hotel bar, we sat in a table by one of the windows and watched as the sunset over the ocean and the waves come crashing to the inky black shoreline in the end ate.
Similar to the Wild Café, recption menus in the Herring is a seasonal affair that changes regularly. Guests can get fresh fish, meat from local farms and an abundance of seasonal vegetables and sauces. The Herring's three-course menu is priced at an affordable lb37.50 per person and changes daily. Being a vegetarian, I ordered a plate of late summer courgette with whipped goat's cheese, wildflower honey and pesto to begin with before moving onto a caramelised onion tart with thyme and Helford blue cheese. Both starter and also the main were delightful – delicate, exciting and filled with flavour – when you are a dessert enthusiast, my highlight of the evening was without doubt a devilishly moreish chocolate tart with raspberries, Chantilly along with a generous number of almonds.
The Bedruthan Hotel Review: Making Breaks
The Bedruthan has recently launched a number of workshops that provide the chance for guests to have a well-deserved saturday and sunday and pick up a new skill while they're at it. Promising a therapeutic and relaxing experience, there's guaranteed to be something for everybody. Afterwards, you're invited to enjoy a delicious meal before heading to the spa for some well-deserved 'me time'. Workshops include baking, calligraphy, leatherwork, floral creation, crochet, jewellery-making and screen-printing.
We opted for the baking workshop and, as to be expected, it was each day put in carb heaven. The workshop occured in the hotel's sea-view garden room and the very talented and friendly in-house bakers, Chris Squire and Gregory Huxford, guided us through the technicalities of various bread doughs.
We were each given a selection of seasonal recipes to select from including some I thought were far too difficult for the kind of amateurs to attempt but no, we made crumpets from scratch, bagels, sourdough as well as focaccia. Because the workshop drew to a close we were well and truly stuffed on baked delights and that we had successfully made enough bread to give a small army for many weeks. Blissfully content, covered in flour and laden with a delicious smelling haul of carbs, we returned to our rooms to have a lie down before our visit to the spa.
Your Making Break remain at The Bedruthan Hotel and Spa includes:
- A Two-night stay with a complimentary upgrade to some sea view room.
- Your choice of creative workshop.
- Breakfast in the Wild Café on both mornings.
- Dinner at the Wild Café or The Herring on both evenings.
- An afternoon picnic along with a glass of fizz each.
- A 1pm checkout.
- Use of indoor spa facilities.
Prices start from lb594 per room for two nights, based on a non-sea view double or twin room. The price of your selected workshop is additional. For more information on the workshops, visit the hotel website here.
The Bedruthan Hotel Review: The Spa
The Bedruthan's crowning glory is the spa. Tucked on the slope underneath the hotel, the spa is serene and intimate with sweeping views of the Atlantic to have an added boost of tranquillity. The spa is available to locals and hotel guests alike but its peaceful atmosphere creates the illusion that you have the area to yourself. The spa facilities have an indoor swimming pool, a sea-view hydropool, sauna, steam room, caldarium as well as an extra special sensory spa garden.
Bundled up in sandals and fluffy white bathrobes over our swimwear, we braved the chilly September weather and headed outside for we had booked an hour-long session within the sensory spa garden. In keeping with its name, the treatment was in a basic little gated garden around the hotel grounds and we were greeted by the odor of incense and 2 friendly personnel who have been wrapped up against the chill. We were shown the person steps the spa garden treatment entailed and considering myself half-mad, I unpeeled my bathrobe to wash myself down with salts before diving right into a hot outdoor shower. A sauna, a rather nerve-wracking bucket of cold water, a warm tub along with a moisturising wet scrub later we were back in our bathrobes and dipping our toes into hot water once we sipped on fresh herbal tea with a cosy log fire.
The sensory spa garden was an uplifting experience that put me into an in-between state of feeling deeply relaxed and invigorated. It was a little cold at first but that's what made the knowledge work very well. You can't beat the feeling of sitting snugly inside a hot tub with the trickle of cool air in your face.
The Bedruthan Hotel and Spa: Our Verdict
The Bedruthan Hotel and Spa has all the facilities and luxury you could want for a luxurious saturday and sunday. On the breathtaking Cornish coastline a short drive from Newquay, your accommodation has an abundance of coastal walks and beach views to make the most of but it's the Making Breaks and sensory spa garden that make this hotel fantastic. Combining the stick with a chance to learn something new, accompanied by the best relaxation session within the spa has all the makings for any perfect weekend mini-break by the sea.
For more information about the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa and to learn more about their Making Break Workshops, visit their website here.