A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I made a trip down to Fistral Beach Hotel in Newquay. After a long journey we were welcomed by the site of a gorgeous, modern and picturesque destination, which overlooks the high cliffs and rolling sand dunes of Fistral Beach.
This seafront hotel has an incredibly contemporary and modern feel to it with it’s bright, sleek decor and calming vibe. However, it doesn’t stray too far away from it’s Cornish roots, with a theme of nature and the ocean being dispersed through every room.
Fistral Beach is an adult only hotel, which stays consistently tranquil and relaxing from start to finish. The whole experience is the epitome of “the perfect romantic trip away”, more so than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
We had a spacious room with a chic seaside feel. The most unique aspect of the room was the bathroom being the first thing you walk into, with the bedroom and balcony being snuck away to the left of the bathroom. Fistral Beach pay attention to every detail, even providing us with our own personalised robes for the weekend. It’s special touches like this that really make a 5 star stay.
“Get lost in the ocean view and enjoy your own private balcony. Large windows frame the gorgeous sea, beach and surf views. Letting the light flood in from sunrise to sunset.”
This quote from the hotel about our room could not have been more accurate. Dan and I sat on the balcony with drinks in hand and watched the sun set over the vast Cornish ocean. Thanks to the amazing weather we were able to leave the doors to our balcony and our curtains open. We spent the whole night sleeping to the sound of waves and were able to watch the sunrise come up in the morning. It was such special experience as it was the first sunrise I’ve ever watched and to do so in such a picturesque setting was the icing on the cake.
The bar area in Fistral Beach Hotel is incredibly spacious, contemporary and relaxed, and is the perfect place for a morning coffee, a leisurely lunch or pre (and post) dinner drinks. Decked out with light furnishings, with large windows overlooking the sea, this area is the perfect place to relax as a couple or even catch up on some work alone.
Located just to the right of the entrance, is the gorgeous Dune Restaurant. We were greeted by draping white curtains adorned with carefully placed decor, beautiful lighting and chic brasserie furniture. The interior is filled with full-length windows which ensures optimum air and light into the building. We took a seat next to the large windows and sea view as we browsed the menu with its offering of mouth watering dishes that included gourmet burgers, succulent steaks and fresh seafood.
“We’re passionate about food and our dedication, skill and knowledge results in a menu and a dining experience which reflects the restaurant’s ambience – relaxed and very much rooted in its ocean side location.”
To start with I had the local mussels while Dan had the chicken liver parfait. Both were incredibly flavoursome and fresh whilst also being light- just what I look for in a starter. I loved that the seafood is so fresh, and the fact all of it is local makes the experience even more special. We then moved on to a Ribeye steak for me, and corn fed chicken breast for Dan. My steak was cooked perfectly, juicy and melted in the mouth. Whilst I rarely get food envy, the chicken was delicious and I couldn’t decide which main I liked best.
We finished with the show-stopper; our desserts. The restaurant really moved on to a whole different level with their perfectly presented, sweet dishes. The menu takes standard desserts and serves up completely different takes on them, adding lots of special touches and, therefore, making it a really unique experience for all the senses. My white chocolate cheesecake had been deconstructed and presented so elegantly, while Dan’s dark chocolate and peanut tart looked more traditional but brought in a powerful and delicious combination of flavours.
On our second day, we relished the chance to detox and relax in Fistral’s gorgeous Fistral Spa. Guests can luxuriate in the jacuzzi, steam room or sauna before or after treatments. I opted for a hot stone massage, while Dan chose to have a Bespoke massage to get rid of the tension in his neck and shoulders.
I was familiar with the process and products used as I have previously visited the Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall Hotel. This second experience has shown me what an outstanding range of products and treatments Gaia has. They will stop at nothing to ensure their guests receive a perfectly tailored and relaxing experience. As with Boringdon, that we visited earlier this year, the three notions of the Gaia Spa are Balancing, Awakening and Calming and the treatments are tailored to which of the sensation you would like to feel afterwards. Again, I chose a balanced treatment which helped to completely relax me but also relieve any knots in my muscles and rejuvenate my skin.
“Our philosophy centres around achieving an integration of body, mind and spirit.”
Throughly relaxed by my hour long hot stone massage, I was led by my therapist to the serene relaxation room. You can rehydrate with a variety of herbal teas and flavoured waters in here. Especially after a relaxing treatment, it’s almost impossible not to fall asleep in this peaceful setting.
After our amazing treatments we were sad to head home after such a perfect weekend stay. Overall, our visit to Fistral Beach Hotel was absolutely incredible, and we were both constantly dazed by the ethereal beauty all around us. The sheer beauty, style and magnetism of this hotel is incredible. We are already planning our trip back to the beautiful Newquay, and the haven of relaxation and peace within Fistral Beach Hotel.