Cornwall with kids: Post half-term self-care at Bedruthan Hotel and Spa
June 11, 2018
*Post in collaboration with Bedruthan Hotel & Spa
They say a change is as good as a rest, or is it that a short staycation is as good as a holiday? Pip has declared Bedruthan Hotel & Spa to be one of her favourites and it is often one that she will suggest when we ask her what she’d like to do. She was therefore delighted to hear that she and Buster had been invited to spend the entire day in the kids club last Saturday whilst M and I spent some time relaxing in the Sensory Spa Garden and enjoying a peaceful lunch – the perfect mix of self-care to end a busy half-term.
Bedruthan is not new to any of us, as before we lived down here, we’ve stayed and now we are locals, we frequently go there for lunch, or dinner, and make use of the excellent child-friendly facilities. Whilst I have (paid for) excellent adult only spa time at Bedruthan’s sister hotel, The Scarlet, I’d not tried the Sensory Spa Garden at Bedruthan itself before.
We were invited for an Elemental Day Spa experience which included an hour in the Sensory Spa Garden, moving through seven different areas including body scrubs, sauna, outside hot tubs and cold water baths: “a thermal adventure, going from hot to cold and back again to stimulate your senses… we’ve embraced the great outdoors and rain or shine we’ll take you through the garden and leave you feeling relaxed and cleansed”.
Also included in the day is a half day in the indoor spa with “deep indoor pool, cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room, lavender caldarium and sea view hydro-pool, along with our indoor and outdoor lounge areas” so we started the day sat in the sea view hydro-pool watching the children in their kids club playing outside on the football pitch.
The spa is adults only aside from a short family session in the mornings, so it was very peaceful. Having spent time in The Scarlet I found that the spa at Bedruthan, and particularly the Sensory Spa Garden, is run along similar lines; doing what they do best which is guided relaxation, taking away all the worries about timings and what you should be doing when, whilst giving you autonomy to relax how you see fit. We had a host in the garden who appeared with water, and to tell us that our scrub was ready in the shower, and so on, and who made us mint tea at the end made from three different types of mint that he’d grown in the garden.
This attention to detail was really welcomed, particularly knowing that the children were being well looked after and we could truly switch off, and reconnect with each other, for a couple of hours. I thought it was wonderful; the two scrubs made my skin feel amazing, and M commented how revitalised he felt. It made us realise that you don’t need to spend days relaxing, welcome as that might be, that just a morning switching off and caring for yourself, your skin and your body/mind is very restorative too. The soft Cornish air and the gentle smell of sweet wood smoke are two things I associate strongly with holidays – I am certain that being outside for bathing is very good for you in every way.
The whole garden is (obviously?) outside but it never felt cold or exposed. There are sea views from the sauna but the garden is tucked away near to the outside pool, sheltered from the wind, and the place where you begin the experience with a dry oatmeal scrub (which I am going to try and replicate at home) had a heated floor and canvas roof, so it felt like being in a yurt.
After dousing ourselves in a cold bucket shower, relaxing in the hot tub (which might not have the sea-view of the ones at The Scarlet, but had seats and was no less enjoyable) we scrubbed our entire bodies in a seasalt scrub and then sat with our mint tea around the fire pit, feet in copper foot baths.
We then headed back to the indoor spa to enjoy the steam room and a peaceful luxurious shower using their own brand Oula products (I bought the body wash to continue the Cornish spa experience in my own shower) which are 100% natural, fair trade and ethically produced, and also smell lovely – lavender, rosemary and patchouli. I noticed that throughout the Sensory Spa Garden, a small sprig of lavender, rosemary and mint had been tucked into each section of the garden, which was nice, as I am a sucker for floral details.
Our tapas lunch was served in the Wild Cafe, which is Orla Kiely and scandi design heaven. It also has a kids part and an adults-only part, so after hearing the kids were having too much fun to leave the kids club (and that they had been fed lunch) we were only too happy to eat on our own. We don’t usually get to sit in this bit, as we are usually visiting with the children, so we paid to include Trebivvan Mill white wine with our lunch, and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Once we’d had coffee, we went to collect the children who had had a splendid day with the Bedruthan Childcare team and almost didn’t want to leave. They particularly like the soft play and the amazing outdoor playground including trampolines and didn’t seem to mind a jot that they’d been left to enjoy it with the staff, who we found to be friendly, welcoming and Ofsted registered (if you mind about that sort of thing) and are available to both day guests and residents, so even if you are staying nearby, or live locally, you can book the spa and kids club without having to book a room too.
We had to leave late afternoon to make it to a school event, but had we not had to, we would no doubt have ended the day like we do many times – with the kids supper in the Wild Cafe (buffet where they enjoy serving themselves, whilst adults enjoy free tea and coffee) and a Tarquin’s and tonic watching the sunset over Mawgan Porth.
Highly recommended, either as a day trip if you’re already planning to be in the area, or as a destination – we’ve had excellent times staying in the family rooms, playing on the beach below, walking the coast path using the free baby carriers, and just enjoying relaxing as a family in the hotel in the past, and it comes as highly recommended by the children as it does by us. Enjoy!
We were guests of Bedruthan Hotel and Spa for the day which included the Elemental Spa package for two, tapas lunch and 3 sessions of kids club. We are frequent paying visitors to the hotel and I have included reflections from both our complimentary visit and those where we are there as normal guests.
Day guests can book the Elemental Spa session at £55 per person and the tapas lunch is an add on for £15 – residents can book for £45. Childcare is £10 per two-hour session for 3-7 years and £20 per two-hour session for under threes; for residents, one 2-hour session is included with the room charge.
Kids Tea is served 4.30-6pm in the Wild Cafe and costs £10 and is available for day visitors (we often do this straight after school in low season, and combine it with a walk, soft play, and using the outside play area).
Photo credits: Bedruthan Hotel (pool photo), all others my own.