Review: Val Jones
Boasting multiple hospitality awards including double gold at 2019-20 Cornwall Tourism Awards, and silver awards for both the Spa and Hotel at South West Tourism Awards 2019-20, St Michael’s Resort is a contemporary yet warm and friendly hotel overlooking pretty Gyllyngvase Beach. This sleek, coastal retreat is proudly decked out to pay homage to it’s Cornish coastline in shades of sea blues, greens and greys from Farrow & Ball and furnished with specially sourced materials from local suppliers.
The main part of the hotel has 52 rooms (some with sea views and balconies) and 32 Deluxe rooms in the beach house. We stayed in a beach house room which was more like a suite than a humble room (no 307). A chic and comfortable space with a luxury king sized bed, sofa, dressing table, wardrobe, fridge, flat screen TV and Nespresso machine. Decked out with a white cladding feature wall, re-claimed timber panel headboard and circular, port-hole style mirrors. The attention to decor detail on all aspect of the bedrooms was fantastic.
We had patio doors which opened out onto our private balcony, complete with table and chairs. We were lucky enough to have the end room and our balcony offered unspoilt views over Gyllyngvase Beach and beautiful bay where we could sit and watch the ships sailing in and out of the Falmouth harbour and marina. The bathrooms are bright, luxe spaces with monsoon showers, deep baths, Elemis toiletries, and fluffy robes and slippers.
We dined in the 2AA rosette Brasserie on the Bay restaurant (there is also the Garden Kitchen which is a more health focused restaurant) a fine dining yet relaxed affair which afforded fantastic sea views. The sleek, nautical decor continued with blue wooden panelled tables, fisherman pendant lighting and rope adorned pillars. Our waitress Megan offered fabulous service, always asking us if we had any questions on the menu, which was divided into Earth, Sea and Land categories. There was not a scrap left on our plates after each course, the food was delicious, cooked to perfection and full of flavour local Cornish ingredients from nearby fisherman and farmers.
The Health Club & Spa
As guests of the hotel we had full access to the health club and spa (including fitness and wellbeing classes) with no additional charge. The Health Club deserves a special mention as this is a seriously chic hotel wellness suite (hence the multiple industry award wins).
Facilities include massage stations, treatment rooms (with 60 different treatments available), four private tennis courts, 56-ft swimming pool, spin studio, a fitness studio, fitness terrace for for outside workouts, private rhassoul mud room, herbal Finnish sauna, experience showers, rainforest steam room, sea-salt steam room and spa gardens, featuring a hot tub and Finnish barrel sauna. The spa features a dedicated booking system which allows you to enjoy the tranquil setting and facilities to their full extent. If you need even further indulgent facilities there is a champagne and nail bar. The hotel are especially proud of these health, spa and fitness facilities and are looking to expand into overall wellness with health consultation rooms in the near future.
Bernie looked after us at breakfast, and she deserves a spacial mention as nothing was too much trouble. Service was warm, friendly, speedy and made for a really great start to the day.
Gyllyngvase Beach | Falmouth | Cornwall | TR11 4NB