With a dramatic landscape covered by spectacular cliffs, magnificent coastlines and panoramic views, Cornwall makes a fairy tale backdrop for a romantic weekend away or spa break.
Here, old meets new – chic restaurants sit on quaint medieval harbour sides, and exquisite, contemporary boutiques enjoy sweeping views of ancient landmarks. And you’re never far away from a pint of traditional Cornish ale.
The area boasts almost limitless potential for exploring, and once you’ve finished strolling hand-in-hand along Cornwall’s beautiful beaches or getting lost together in its historic castles, there are plenty of sumptuous spas to help you unwind and reflect on your newly-made, magical memories.
Cornwall’s spa hotels are as luxurious as the surrounding area is breathtaking. Here are our favourites, with options for every budget and each offering a wide range of amenities, so you and your partner can unwind exactly as you please.
This contemporary seaside retreat, perched on the cliffs of the Lizard Peninsula, offers amazing sea views and a good range of leisure facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, gym, outdoor tennis court and a relaxing spa offering a wide selection of sumptuous Elemis treatments. The hotel is dog friendly, too, so your canine companion can enjoy a Cornish escape as well.
Originally a beautiful Victorian mansion, the dog-friendly Fowey Hall is thought to be the inspiration behind Wind in the Willows’ Toad Hall, and it’s not hard to see why. Overlooking the Fowey Estuary, it’s the perfect place for messing about on the river. Once you’ve finished exploring the immaculate grounds, retreat to the hotel’s excellent restaurant, which specialises in Cornish cuisine, or enjoy an afternoon in its tranquil spa, soaking up uninterrupted sea views from its outdoor hot tub.
Indulgence is top priority at St Ives Harbour Hotel. Its luxurious rooms, exquisite waterfront restaurant and lavish spa make this the perfect place to enjoy a slice of Cornish paradise. It’s well-situated for exploring the local area, too, just a short stroll from both the award-winning Porthminster Beach and lovely cobbled streets of St Ives town centre.
The imposing Headland Hotel, set on a private clifftop in Newquay, offers beautiful hotel rooms and luxury 5* self-catering cottages featuring everything you need for a truly romantic break. Think four-poster beds, double-ended baths and log-effect fires, plus private outdoor space for enjoying the sea breeze. The hotel itself boasts two restaurants, including the double AA rosette-winning Samphire, and an indulgent spa offering tailor-made treatments and pampering couples' experiences.
A rich, ancient heritage means Cornwall is covered in intriguing sights and landmarks, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. From castles to coastlines, here are our must-dos.
This dramatic castle is steeped in myth and legend – they say this is where King Arthur was born (and Merlin’s Cave is just around the corner). Learn about its fantastical history at the castle’s main exhibition, explore the ruins and discover the remains of a Dark Age settlement, all against a beautiful coastal backdrop.
No part of Cornwall is more than 20 miles away from the sea, and with more than 400 miles of magical coastline, it’s no surprise the area is a favourite with sea lovers around the world. Over 400 beaches are accessible on foot, each totally unique, so whether you want rugged, windswept vistas or tranquil sandy coves, you’ll find the perfect setting for a leisurely romantic walk.
Called the eighth wonder of the world by some, the Eden Project is a huge global garden nestled within giant tropical biomes, one simulating a rainforest environment and the other a Mediterranean environment. Here you’ll see a hundreds of rare and unusual plants, as well as curious and thought-provoking artworks (such as the giant bee!). The Eden Project is also home to England’s longest zip wire, if you’re feeling brave.
It can be tiring business exploring majestic Cornwall, so revitalise yourself before you head out – or relax at the end of the day – with some quality together-time in one of its excellent spas. Opt for a luxurious treatment, or simply unwind in a Jacuzzi and steam room. Your romantic escape is all about forgetting everyday life, and this is the perfect place to do it.
Cornwall is a foodie haven, especially for seafood lovers, but its gastro-offerings go far beyond the catch of the day. Fresh, locally sourced produce is the norm, with many restaurants headed up by award-winning chefs escaping the city grind. Beer and ale drinkers are in for a treat, too – you’ll find traditional pubs with extensive beer options around every corner.
This charming tearoom offers a very warm welcome, freshly baked cakes and beautifully served sandwiches. Try a delicious cream tea after exploring the nearby Perranporth Beach – you’ve earned it.
The historic Star and Garter has been a firm favourite in Falmouth for over 100 years, and while its heritage is old, its setting is anything but. Enjoy fish fresh from the boat, world class whiskies and a huge range of rums in a contemporary venue right on the waterfront.
With flagstone floors, low-beamed ceilings and a thatched roof, the cosy Pandora Inn is a traditional Cornish pub offering the freshest seasonal meals and a huge range of real ales from St Austell Brewery. The sunny outdoor area also boasts its own pontoon, so you can enjoy a pint while watching the boats come and go.
The Blisland Inn is passionate about good beer – it’s served over 1,500 varieties under the current management and has won a wide range of awards for its efforts. Situated in Bodmin, the pub’s regulars happily travel for miles to enjoy its locally-renowned hospitality, and its suntrap of a beer garden keeps visitors there all day.
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