by Claire Corbett inDays out

Our Favourite Spa Days Close to the Falmouth and Helford River Area

Are you seeking a relaxation retreat in Cornwall to transform the mind, body and soul? Discover some of our favourite spa days in the local area where you can spend time dwelling in quiet calm.

Holidays away from the everyday routine offer up an opportunity to indulge in ‘you’ time. The restorative and awakening setting of Cornwall with its healing sea air and eye-opening landscape is a natural tonic for anyone seeking to relax. If you are looking for a wellness getaway in Falmouth that will reset and renew, we recommend combining your trip to one of our comfortable cottages with a day spa excursion. They are the perfect therapy after days spent exploring the coastal paths and harbourside towns on your doorstep.

Here’s our pick of the best spas close to the Falmouth and Helford River area, the perfect accompaniment to a restful stay that will leave you with a renewed joie de vivre.

Scarlet Hotel and Spa

Scarlet Hotel provides a quiet place to be amongst nature’s endless beauty, close to the dramatic cliff tops of the north coast. The holistic spa combines with the sound of the calming, crashing waves below. Find hot tubs on the cliff tops and a reed-filtered natural pool.

Drawing inspiration from ancient rituals and the bountiful nature of Cornwall, the spa’s treatments are curated to provide a deep sense of restoration. Indulge in a range of therapeutic massages that melt away tension, or opt for a rejuvenating facial that revitalises your complexion. From organic skincare products to skillful therapists, every detail is thoughtfully chosen to enhance your experience.

Not only will a spa day at the Scarlet reward you with a blissful treatment but their seaside sanctuary also offers a restaurant where you will find a daily celebration of stunning, seasonal food and sustainable slow-aged wines. Spa days run from 9 am to 5 pm and include a variety of different experiences to choose from including couple spa days, experiences for mothers-to-be, and solo days for personal wellbeing.

Embracing its commitment to sustainability, they employ a range of eco-friendly practices to ensure that your journey of relaxation is also gentle on the environment. From energy-efficient heating systems to organic and locally sourced ingredients used in treatments, every aspect of the spa experience is designed with both your wellness and the planet in mind. Please note that Scarlet is for adults only.

St Michaels Resort

Perched overlooking Gyllyngvase Beach and nestled among sub-tropical palms lies the calm refuge of St Michaels Spa. One of the spa’s crowning jewels is its hydrotherapy pool, a sanctuary of warm waters and soothing jets designed to ease muscle tension and promote circulation. As you immerse yourself in the heated embrace of the pool, you’ll feel the cares of the world wash away.

Emulating its coastal surroundings, the spa at St Michaels Resort places a strong emphasis on nature-infused treatments. The natural ingredients used in their therapies harness the power of the sea and the land, ensuring that your wellness journey is as holistic as it is luxurious.

As the sun sets over the horizon, you can indulge in a spa experience that’s seamlessly intertwined with the natural beauty of Cornwall.

Polurrian Spa

In a world that demands much from us, a spa day is more than a luxury; it’s a necessity for well-being. As you step into Polurrian Spa’s haven of tranquillity, you give yourself a moment of respite from life’s demands.

The benefits ripple through your mind, body, and soul, leaving you revitalised, balanced, and ready to face the world with renewed vigor.

The Polurrian has welcomed visitors to the Lizard Peninsula for over a century, with figures including Marconi, Winston Churchill, and Clark Gable taking advantage of its outstanding location. Originally built in 1890, the Polurrian was a fashionable railway hotel appealing to distinguished guests. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi stayed here while sending the first-ever transatlantic radio messages from nearby Poldhu Cove.

Here, the gentle sounds of the ocean washing against the shore provide a whispering background in the spa. Relaxing and revitalising; bestowing a clear blue mind. If the weather is sunny, guests can choose a lounger on the decking outside or around the pool and feel the sea breeze.

The Polurrian have a number of different spa days to choose from that suit all budgets, from their Taster Spa Day for £40pp to their Coastal Bliss Spa Day for £100pp.

Carbis Bay Spa

Carbis Bay Estate is a luxury coastal retreat with a privately owned blue-flagged beach, fine food, superb spa facilities and breathtaking views. Uniquely set within 125 acres of beautiful coastline, it is a logical setting for a peaceful retreat on one of the world’s most beautiful bays. Come to Carbis Bay Spa with friends, family or a loved one for relaxation, replenishment and rejuvenation. One day of pampering could be all it takes to feel completely rejuvenated.

Slip into a fluffy robe and enjoy being pampered at the Carbis Bay Spa. Stay a little while and make use of all of their facilities including a heated outdoor pool with panoramic views of the bay, a coastal hydro pool, and garden sauna cabin.

Their candlelit treatment rooms, including one for couples, neighbour a fire-heated relaxation lounge and decked balcony, which faces the bay. A spa food menu is also available and their beach hot tub is available to hire by the hour.

Their Full Spa Day for £275pp includes two spa treatments, a glass of bubbles on arrival, full use of their luxury facilities, and a one-course lunch.

Budock Vean Spa

Tucked away amidst the enchanting woodlands of Helford River, the Budock Vean Spa is a sanctuary of serenity, standing as a poetic ode to well-being, a place where time slows down and the beauty of nature embraces you in its gentle arms.

Surrounded by verdant gardens and overlooking the tranquil river, this spa offers a range of treatments inspired by nature. From therapeutic massages to invigorating facials, the Budock Vean Spa is a perfect escape for those seeking balance and tranquillity.

Indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy massage or unwind with a calming facial. Complete your experience with a leisurely stroll through the verdant gardens that lead down to the riverbanks.

The Budock Vean Spa offers more than just treatments; it invites you to immerse yourself in the sensory embrace of its surroundings. The floor-to-ceiling windows frame panoramic views that are both awe-inspiring and soothing, allowing you to lose yourself in the dance of sunlight on water.

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