Lizzy Spenceley found the perfect seaside staycation spot at the St Moritz hotel in Cornwall.
Having smugly snuck out of work for a cheeky two day trip to Cornwall, we arrived at Bodmin Parkway station on an autumnal Monday afternoon to find ourselves in the midst of a torrential downpour. Typical Britain. But even this did not dampen our excitement when we arrived at our home for the night, the St Moritz hotel; a sprawling art deco style building set right on the picturesque North Cornish coast.
We were taken straight to lunch at Sea Side, St Moritz hotel’s beach-shack restaurant, where we feasted on heritage tomato linguine and plenty of champagne that banished all thoughts of work guilt from my mind. Next I was whisked off to their onsite Cowshed Spa for a much needed massage that turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever had.
As always the hour went too quickly and it was suddenly time to check into my room, a ground floor suite with stunning sea views, a gadget filled kitchen and a bathroom stocked full of Cowshed products. The décor was classically simple with luxe Italian touches, including velveteen cushions, mirrored furniture and dark wooden accents. A huge living area was tricked out with a massive flat screen TV, board games and classic 1950s novels. I’ll admit that at this point I was tempted to fall straight into the gigantic fluffy bed, but after hearing rumours of my own private beach hut (complimentary with every room) it was time to explore.
The relentless drizzle sadly cancelled out the outdoor pool, along with the assuredly spectacular views, but St Moritz hotel has plenty of other fantastic features to keep you busy. Over the course of a few hours I checked out the rest of the spa, carefully avoiding the gym in favour of splashing around the indoor pool and chilling out in the super relaxing steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Feeling refreshed and well exercised, I felt I totally deserved to stuff my face at dinner. A task made easy by head chef Jamie Porter, who at only 26 has revolutionised The Restaurant at St Moritz using locally sourced ingredients, including fish caught by his dad.
I started off with a fillet of freshly caught Padstow Mackerel, served on a bed of unctuously silky spinach taglierini spiked with crispy chorizo and luxurious confit squid. It was a celebration of Cornish produce and I loved it!
This was followed by an exquisite main of Trevisbeian Farm pork belly and cheek. Two deliciously tender cuts of meat winking up at me from an elegantly presented plate, alongside a smear of creamy polenta, tangy cauliflower puree and a thick wedge of nutty braised chicory.
Never one to resist a cheese plate, I finished my meal with the waiter recommended kickass trio of Tunworth, Ragstone and Barkham Blue, before heading to the bar for a nightcap of killer caipirinha cocktails.
The next morning, the day of our departure, I woke up to blaring sunshine. After a quick continental breakfast, we made the short journey to Rock Beach. This idyllic spot, along with nearby Polzeath beach, is within walking distance of St Moritz hotel and is perfect for surfing, sailing and endless instagraming.
Despite facing a long train journey back to London with deadlines looming, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated after my lightning stay at this stunning staycation spot.
Ground Floor Garden view Suites at St Mortiz Hotel from £295 per night inclusive of breakfast.
Transport yourself to the seaside with this fabulous whole sea bream recipe!