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Review: Retallack Resort and Spa, St Columb Major

Published on November 9, 2017
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Thrills at the family-friendly find include witnessing the kids tucking into soy-glazed pork belly with Asian vegetable salad, as much as crashing Total Wipeout-style in the aqua park, discovers Rosanna Rothery

Retallack Resort and Spa

Adrenalin-inducing activities such as whizzing along a zip wire and mastering the FlowRider are always popular with the kids, but throw in an intimate spa, luxury self-catering accommodation and a crowd-pleasing menu at The Lookout restaurant and it won’t just be little thrill-seekers urging you to re-book for next year.

VISIT for the well-pitched family menus at The Lookout. Children are treated to foods such as sea trout fillet with teriyaki noodle salad, alongside the usual backups of pizza and burgers. For grown-ups, there’s something for all appetites, including hearty steaks reared in Redruth and Pimm’s jelly and cucumber sorbet.

DON’T VISIT if you don’t dig the holiday vibe. With its surfboard decor and view over the FlowRider artificial wave, The Lookout has the ambience of a relaxed resort eatery. Book in for a few nights in the superb five star self-catering accommodation and pair the fun and good eating with a spot of lounging in your private hot tub and lazily lapping in the pool as the sun sets over the lakes.

WE LIKED the emphasis on exercise, exertion and exhilaration. An array of challenges including wakeboarding, zorbing and standup paddle boarding can be enjoyed by residents and non residents alike. Although if that all sounds too much effort, follow our lead and book in for the dreamy delirium of an autumn spa day complete with hot stone massage, Elemis facial and glass of prosecco.

INSIDER’S TIP Enjoy an afternoon tea of sandwiches, eclairs and saffron cake while your partner tries the FlowRider. You can’t beat the entertainment value of watching your loved one repeatedly falling off their surfboard.

What we ate (dinner)

Starter Smoked mackerel pâté, apple jelly, pickles, toasted sourdough
Main Panfried hake fillet, clams, samphire, focaccia crostini, red pepper rouille
Dessert Tiramisu with amaretti biscuits

3 course dinner from £22
Lakeside apartments from £178 for 2 nights

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