Get your blood pumping: learn to surf, master wakeboarding or plunge into coasteering before collapsing in a romantic Cornish coastal retreat
Overlooking a tranquil private cove, nestled between popular surf spots in northern Cornwall, is the idyllic St Moritz.
A ferry ride gets you to popular Padstow, it’s a short drive to many renowned Cornish holiday locations, but this little hot spot offers much more than picturesque seaside strolls and a gourmet fish and chip lunch.
Max out your stay
Adrenaline junkies can jump - or wobble - on a board (surfing newbies welcome), hire a kayak, sample water-skiing or climb, scramble, cycle and trek the coastline.
Enjoy the outdoors on a boat trip, stroll the golf course, sip wine at the Camel Valley vineyard and take in the views on horseback.
The friendly hotel host will arrange all your activities and even drive you to a local lunch spot in the hotel 4x4.
There’s a gym, two swimming pools and personal training sessions available – but we doubt you’ll need them.
Stretch off your muscles with a gentle swim in the outdoor pool overlooking the bay. All rooms come with their own beach hut, so pull out a deckchair and enjoy the sunset with a glass of bubbles before dining on local mussels in the tranquil seaside restaurant.
Time for treatments
Once you’ve maxed out on ocean-side sports, recover with a luxury full-body massage at the hotel’s Cowshed spa. Give your feet a time-out with an Ultimate Pedicure. The ‘foot drill’, which sounds scarier than it feels, removes hard skin. Once smooth, your feet, legs - and even head - are massaged before toes are given a glossy polish.
This is the perfect private cocoon for you and number two. Choose from a host of packages including Luxe Love and the ultimate Mr and Mrs; both include a relaxing couples massage.
From the sea view rooms you can wander down to their secluded bay for a romantic candlelit supper.
Staff can arrange to make your stay extra special with a hot air balloon ride, sunset cruise or tour the coastline behind the wheel of a classic car. The Calm Before The Storm package offers parents-to-be two nights of tranquility including breakfast in bed, afternoon tea, treatments for mummy and dad, then a romantic dinner both nights.
With the family
The three-room pods are also perfect for families to shut off into a self-contained apartment and the private villas create a luxury home-away-from-home feel.
Prices start at £105 per night, based on two people sharing, includes breakfast.
Find out more about active breaks on the south coast at www.visitcornwall.com
Try out extreme coasteering in Cornwall
Advance single fares from London Paddington to Bodmin Parkway are available from £14.50 each way. To qualify for the best value tickets and offers, buy your tickets in advance. Here's how you can buy before you board: Online at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk; by telephone on 08457 000 125 or from station ticket offices.
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