St Michaels Falmouth is a one of a kind get away. It’s a 4-star deluxe resort combining a welcoming and relaxed vibe hotel, two great restaurants and a fabulous spa – it’s a place to feel good again. That’s the strap line they use in the marketing and I can definitely say after a two-night break I did feel good again. Situated opposite the blue flag Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, St Michaels has 84 bedrooms that feature contemporary coastal chic, and manage to pull it off without being cliched.
There are great rooms in the main house with sea view suites and spa garden rooms (to name a few) but your best bet is to book the Beach House. Recently renovated, its rooms offer are comfy, spacious and sparsely decorated with white walls, the odd splash of colour with coastal prints and chic fabrics. Expects a kettle, Nespresso machine, Cornish tea, shortbread, the comfiest bed and Elemis amenities. Oh and did I mention the terrace – yes when its warm (or a touch cooler) enjoy the sea air from the compact balconies. The bigger rooms have a bath. And just down stairs is the energetic Health Club with large well-equipped gym and swimming pool (with steam, sauna and jacuzzi).
In the main house you will be greeted in the arrival lounge. No reception desk here, just comfy chairs, a smile and warm welcome. It’s the best way to arrive after a long drive (about 5.5 hours from London on a good run). Staff are easy going, happy-go-lucky and a credit to the hotel for making you feel instantly at ease.
What’s on the menu
Brasserie on the Bay has commanding views across the sub-tropical gardens and out to sea. The 2 AA rosette awarded restaurant serves hearty and delicious food sourced locally – with a great selection of local fish and butchered meats. The chef offers species which are not threatened or from depleted stocks. Tick! You can enjoy afternoon tea here and breakfast is served in the same spot. There’s a bar and lounge and beyond this space is the Garden Kitchen. Light lunches, great pizzas and enormous salads will fill you during the day and on a spa day package (if lunch is included).
St Michaels Falmouth Spa
The spa at St Michaels Falmouth is the man event an opened in mid 2018. Completely redesigned and refurbished, it boasts 10 treatment rooms, manicure/pedicure room, the largest hydrothermal pool in the South West, a first – a Cornish Sea Salt Steam room (great for asthma and opening up the air ways. The UK’s very first Cornish Sea Salt steam room by Living Sea Therapy use rich salt and sea minerals within their products sourced a stone’s throw away on the Lizard Peninsula by The Cornish Sea Salt Co. Hand harvested on the coast using a zero-impact, 3,000-year-old artisanal process, the room is infused via steam with these delicate sea salt flakes and the Living Sea Complex of sixty powerfully beneficial minerals, to cleanse the skin and purify the respiratory system.
There also another steam room, experience showers, Herbal Finnish sauna and a barrel sauna out in the spa garden. There’s a hot tub outside too (closed when I visited) and a soothing Deep Relax lounge.
The Rhassoul is a great option on the menu. Book it for two and enjoy a private space where you scrub, cleanse and apply healing muds and clays to the body then sweat it out and shower off. You will feel as good as new. The muds are created by renowned spa brand the Natura Spa Factory. The rhassoul is a special experience in a private treatment room for up to four people.
You enter a traditional Moroccan steam chamber which combines water and steam therapies which help ensure lava clay and mineral-rich muds permeate and cleanse your skin. It regenerates the skin by removing dead cells and rebalances the skin by tightening the pores.
On the menu you will find some of the UK’s best brands including: Made for Life Organics, Elemis, ishga, Natural Spa Factory alongside Natura Bisse and OPI Nails.
I also tried the Elemis Poultice Powered Muscle Release massage at St Michaels Falmouth which features hot poultices with warm amber quartz crystals that are massaged in tandem with the hands to go deep into the muscles for an energising body therapy.
The best bits at St Michaels Falmouth
The Rhassoul Mud Treatment
Relaxing in the spa garden listening to the waves
Breathing deep in the Cornish Sea Salt Steam Room
Discovering the delights of Cornish Tea
Dining on sustainable local fish in the restaurant
Sleeping soundly in the comfy beds
Feeling good again
Room to improve
There were a few hiccups with food and beverage service (wrong things were delivered, and things missed).
Our Rhassoul treatment was half an hour late (it was worth the wait though)
Not enough places to lounge around the pool
A Beach House room is from £180 per night, bed and breakfast
Elemis Poultice Powered Muscle Release – £69
Rhassoul – from £30 per person (up to four at one time)
Resident access to the spa is from £35.
If you book a spa package it gives you access to the spa. My advice – book a package. You won’t regret it.
Guests staying in a Spa Suite (there are two) have complimentary access with their stay. There are also a number of packages, which include spa access – https://www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk/offers-and-breaks/spa-offers-and-breaks.