A trip to the seaside is a classic back-to-work-and-school blues banisher – but during a trip for two at St Moritz in north Cornwall buckets and spades are swapped for buckets of steamed mussels
Book into a sea-facing room and wake to ocean blue views (bonus points for pre-arranging little touches such as a champagne or a fresh bouquet delivery). In the evening, head to the Shorecrest Restaurant where the region’s larder of diver-caught scallops, fresh fish and wood-fired roots is carefully crafted for the bespoke Valentine’s menu. Sweet conclusions come in the form of milk chocolate and hazelnut praline fondant or blood oranges and poached rhubarb – although those with a sweet tooth may find the “sharing” portions difficult to split.
Outdoorsy types make a detour to the nearby South West Coast Path, and either head towards Polzeath, Pentire Point and The Rumps (discovering sheltered sandy coves along the way) or catch the ferry to Padstow and make their way down the coastline. There are also watersports aplenty: head for the surf at Harlyn Bay or the water skiing and wakeboarding in Rock (the free shuttle service from the hotel will even take you there).
Those wanting to be pampered can kick off a retreat with a few lazy laps of the indoor heated pool, or a stroll along Polzeath beach, before heading to the hotel’s bar and making a recce of the cocktail list. Sore heads are soothed the next morning in the Cowshed Spa, with treatments ranging from a cleansing facial to a full Moody Massage. While away the rest of the day lazing in the sauna and steam room before indulging in north Cornwall’s bountiful produce at the Shorecrest Restaurant. Repeat until rejuvenated and return home well rested.
Like a magnificent cruise liner gleaming in the sun, St Moritz is a flash of white against the north Cornish skyline – the epitome of glamour and relaxation
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