On a rather soggy Autumn weekend in November Lowenna Pascoe (aka Cornwall Lover) and her partner were invited to experience St Moritz. Read on to find out what she got up to...
Out & About
“The great thing about St Moritz hotel is that you can park up and not use your car for the rest of your stay. Before check-in, we did just that and made our way down the private footpath towards Polzeath beach. From here you can jump onto the south west coast path and walk to neighbouring beaches including Daymer Bay, Greenaway, Rock and for the more energetic Trevone and Padstow.
There are plenty of restaurants, local Cornish pubs and cafes nearby, along with some must-see attractions including Padstow Harbour, the hidden St Enodoc Church and the Camel Estuary.
After a spot of lunch and a walk along Polzeath beach, we headed back to St Moritz Hotel in time for check-in.
Whichever room you decide to book you’ll be in for a treat, but on this occasion, I had arrived at a first-floor Sea View Suite. And yes, it looks as dreamy as it sounds. What was the best thing about this room? The large balcony offering views over the gardens and out to sea. Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee here or catch one of Cornwall’s famous north coast sunsets with a front row seat.
The suite had a fully equipped spacious kitchen with a coffee machine and a welcome pack, the cookies were my go-to snack. The living room had a two-seater sofa, armchair and a large TV with all Sky channels (movies included) for our cosy evening. There’s also a dining table for those that want a taste of self-catering.
If comfort is key for your stay, then you will have no trouble with the comfortable king-size beds, soft sheets and bouncy cushions. Change into your soft cotton robes and St Moritz branded slippers and you’ll never want to leave.
Finally, the bathroom. You’ll be able to indulge in Cowshed products galore, have the choice of either a bath or shower and not only dry your hair, but straighten it too.
Check in and chill out, that’s my motto. After putting on the slippers and robes, my partner and I went to the leisure building to check out the facilities. We found a swimming pool big enough for all, with a separate toddler splash pool for those coming with little ones in tow. After a few lengths and a little messing around, we stepped into the large steam room, where I lasted a whole 7 minutes before shrivelling up like a shrew. My partner loves a hot steam, so it took some persuading to get him out of there. He was more than happy to jump into the bubbling hot tub.
Other facilities include the sauna, gym, a huge outdoor pool for the warmer months, hammocks, tennis courts and table tennis. You’ll never get bored!
Food & Drink
We dressed to impress for our evening meal at Shorecrest Restaurant, after all it’s not often you get a romantic break with your loved one in such a beautiful place. Head to reception and you’ll spot the grand spiral staircase leading you up to the restaurant, the perfect spot to grab that all important Instagram shot.
At the top of the Instagram-worthy stairs we were immediately greeted by a friendly member of staff and was invited to have a drink in the bar before we were taken to our table. The fire was roaring, the music was playing and the atmosphere quickly got us in the mood for a pre-dinner tipple. If you’re like me and you love a good cocktail, you’ll be spoilt for choice with their extensive drink’s menu. Choose a traditional Mojito or if you’re feeling extra spontaneous, go for the perfectly poured Espresso Martini.
It was soon time for dinner and with our bellies rumbling we couldn’t wait. Homemade bread and Cornish butter were immediately served, and wine poured within minutes. Great service already! The menu was mouth-watering-ly good. We chose the seafood salad and mussels to start, followed by locally caught Pollock and Venison, with glazed root vegetables and sautéed potatoes. Although feeling rather full after this, it was hard to turn down the desserts that included Fruits of the Forest Cheesecake and Eton Mess. Both ordered and very much enjoyed.
After skipping breakfast in the morning (the beds were too comfy to leave) we decided to treat ourselves to a Shorecrest Restaurant Sunday Roast. I highly recommend the 3-course Sunday swim and dine offer if you’re living locally. Choose from roast beef, gammon, chicken, sea bream or pumpkin risotto.
The perfect end to a perfect stay, and what I had secretly been waiting for all weekend. In the Cowshed spa reception you’re greeted to even more Cowshed products to use at your leisure, hot drinks and the chance to purchase some products to take home. We soon headed in for our Cowshed Moody Massages and were left to pick from a choice of not 1, not 2 but 8 different massage oils! Without looking at the labels I chose the horny cow oil… The 60-minute full body massage left me feeling light, stress free and ready for a lie down by the pool.
How would I sum up my stay at the St Moritz Hotel in one word? Dreamy! Everything about it has me wanting more and I can’t wait to return. I highly recommend this hotel for couples, families and groups looking to celebrate a special occasion.
If you haven’t yet checked out their Christmas offer, do it now. Thank you for having me St Moritz Hotel.”
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