St Moritz Hotel and Garden Villas

Nautical glamour near Polzeath

It’s a funny name for a hotel that’s perched on the north Cornwall coast far away from the world-famous, luxe alpine ski resort of the same title. Though it does share some common ground, not least a dramatic location with spectacular views, in this case across the Camel Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.

The hotel lies tucked away in the village of Trebetherick, overlooking the Stepper Point headland with the beaches of Daymer Bay and Polzeath just five minutes away. What could be better for a relaxing seaside holiday? Pack the children off to Wavehunters Surf School and bag yourself a poolside hammock to binge-read some holiday page-turners.

Yes, we do like to be beside the seaside, as in lazy sun-soaked beach days or bracing, winter walks and there’s nothing like sea air for stoking the appetite. Perfect then that chef David Williams is a master at creating simple, delicious dishes that highlight the fresh produce from Cornwall’s abundant larder and beyond.

Flip-flop your way from the pool to the Sea Side Restaurant for casual dining such as piled-high bowls of steaming mussels, while the à la carte restaurant offers the likes of slow-roast rare breed pork belly and line-caught Cornish cod.

To make amends for any holiday gluttony there’s an air-conditioned gym, indoor and outdoor pools, cliff-top tennis courts and wild and beautiful walks (including those on nearby Bodmin Moor). The friendly, enthusiastic Guest Host team are always on hand to help you plan your stay. Why not use the free the shuttle service in the hotel Land Rover to go for a gentle potter in nearby Rock?

If even that sounds too exhausting how about a totally lazy spa break? Cocoon yourself in the chic rustic setting of the Cowshed Spa, which offers all manner of botanical bliss, from a Speedy Facial to the all-inclusive Head to Hoof package. Then slink back to rest up in your super-comfy, contemporary accommodation in the form of rooms, suites, penthouses, self-catering apartments and villas, all a short stroll from the shore – if you can muster the energy.

Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SD

01208 862242

Chef: David Williams

Owner: Steve and Hugh Ridgeway

Bedroom rate: from £120

Bedrooms: 45

  • Kids welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Private dining available
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Wedding venue
  • Exclusive use

Restaurant opening hours

Sea Side Restaurant: 12pm-5pm
A la carte Restaurant: 6.30pm-10pm

Sample menu

Cornish mackerel, salt baked celeriac, remoulade and cornflake-monkfish, £8.95

Cornish cod, roast garlic polenta, beurre noisette, spinach, £22.95

Treacle tart, earl grey tea poached prunes, vanilla ice cream

Insider’s tip

Something to celebrate? Indulge in a decadent champagne afternoon tea in St Moritz’ elegant à la carte restaurant.

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