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Whether you’re look­ing for a lux­ury beach-side spa to cel­e­brate a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or are just af­ter some­where to leave the kids for half an hour while you en­joy a quick massage, Corn­wall’s spa of­fer­ings cover all bases. Here’s The Good Spa Guide’s cream of the crop


Good Spa Guide Rat­ing: 5 Bub­bles

Whether you’re swim­ming laps in the out­door heated pool while watch­ing peo­ple stroll along the beach, eat­ing a de­lec­ta­ble lunch in an open-air pavil­ion (over­look­ing said pool) or re­lax­ing in the hands of an ex­pertly-trained spa ther­a­pist, C-Side at Car­bis Bay won’t dis­ap­point. En­joy a VOYA treat­ment, bub­ble away in the hy­dro-pool or a glass of bub­bly on a lounger while star­ing at the ocean. The ho­tel it­self is a white­washed in­sti­tu­tion, with sump­tu­ous rooms and a 2 AA rosette restau­rant. New for this year are the Beach Lodges, eight lux­ury rooms housed in a sep­a­rate wooden an­nexe right on the sand. Any closer and you’d be in the sea…


Good Spa Guide Rat­ing: 5 Bub­bles

Sit­u­ated on the top of a rocky out­crop, The Head­land is a hand­some red-brick prop­erty over­look­ing Fis­tral Bay with a 2 AA rosette restau­rant, ten­nis courts and a spa. The spa, sit­u­ated down a spi­ral stair­case, is a mod­ern con­trast to the rest of the ho­tel, with its light and airy de­sign fea­tur­ing white tree bark. Ther­mal fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 12-me­tre in­door pool, a sunken cir­cu­lar Jacuzzi (where a spa but­ler will come and take your drinks or­der) and a Cor­nish Salt steam room. The over­sized sauna seats 12 peo­ple. Treat­ments are brought to you by the house of Elemis – we loved our Head­land Ma­rine Rit­ual from Nat­u­ral Spa Fac­tory.


Good Spa Guide Rat­ing: 4 Bub­bles

There aren’t many places in the UK where you can safely leave your chil­dren while you en­joy a spa treat­ment – Re­tal­lack

Re­sort is one. Set on a lake near the pop­u­lar town of Pad­stow, this up­scale hol­i­day vil­lage fea­tures lux­ury self-cater­ing vil­las, a water­park where you can do wa­ter­sports, a fit­ness cen­tre, a restau­rant and bar and a 4 Bub­ble spa. Treat­ments, brought to you by Elemis, are good value com­pared to other spas in the area, with any­thing from fa­cials to mas­sages on the menu. There’s also a 15-me­tre in­door pool, a Eu­ca­lyp­tus-scented sauna, a mood-lit steam room, a re­lax­ation room, a nail bar and a spa shop.


Good Spa Guide rat­ing: 5 Bub­bles

Imag­ine bask­ing in your own pri­vate clifftop hot-tub, gaz­ing out at the wild At­lantic seas or up at the star-stud­ded skies – and be­ing able to do so with a clean green con­science. The Scar­let is the ul­ti­mate in eco luxe; a stylishly po­si­tioned ho­tel on Maw­gon Porth Beach with huge win­dows al­low­ing you to ab­sorb its stun­ning views. The spa was well ahead of the well­ness trend and of­fers holis­tic treat­ments in lam­plit tents draw­ing on the wis­dom of Ayurveda with a Cor­nish twist. There’s a low-bro­mide in­door pool, but also an out­door nat­u­ral pool fil­tered by reeds, as well as a Ham­mam, Rhas­soul and a Cop­per Tub. Af­ter your spa jour­ney, curl up in a hang­ing co­coon bed in the re­lax­ation room.

THE CLEAR­ING SPA AT THE CORN­WALL HO­TEL Good Spa Guide Rat­ing: 4 Bub­bles

The Clear­ing Spa is sur­rounded by 43 acres of wood­land on a pic­turesque Corn­wall es­tate. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows show­case their pretty walled gar­den and the coun­try­side be­yond. The in­fin­ity pool is the jewel in the crown, jut­ting out onto the view so it feels as though you are swim­ming in na­ture. There is also a bub­ble pool, a sauna and aroma steam room, drench show­ers, plus a manicure and pedi­cure bar us­ing Jes­sica prod­ucts. Af­ter en­joy­ing the heat fa­cil­i­ties or drap­ing your­self around the pool and gar­dens, en­joy an Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates treat­ment. If you fancy a work out with your spa day, you can use the fit­ness suite which opens out onto the at­trac­tive court­yard, then re­ju­ve­nate with a smoothie in the juice bar.

THE NAT­U­RAL HEALTH SPA AT BUDOCK VEAN Good Spa Guide Rat­ing: 4 Bub­bles

Es­cape to 65 acres of peace­ful gar­dens and wood­lands lead­ing down to the tran­quil Helford River. The Nat­u­ral Health Spa, with its pool, sauna and out­door hot tub, is known for its in­no­va­tive Heal­ing with the Sea­sons phi­los­o­phy. Hugely pop­u­lar with lo­cals and guests, there are sea­sonal spa days and holis­tic treat­ments that en­sure your body gets the nour­ish­ment it needs to cope with the weather. You can also em­brace the el­e­ments with sun­rise yoga by the river­side. Nat­u­rally, the in­gre­di­ents will change with the season. The Or­ganic Spa Day uses Made for Life prod­ucts, while the In­dul­gence day in­cludes an Elemis fa­cial. Their Nat­u­ral Spa Fac­tory I Am Woman treat­ments fo­cus on sooth­ing the symp­toms of menopause, preg­nancy and pe­ri­ods.

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