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Hotel Highlights

  • Geared towards perfect seaside fun
  • Style-wise apartments for friends or family
  • World-class treatments in the Cowshed spa

Overview

Set on Cornwall’s Camel Estuary, the St Moritz Hotel is a modernist marvel of a resort, with stylish wood-floored rooms and suites, a Cowshed spa and a buzzy brasserie and bar. There’s also its enviable shorefront location, accentuated by a series of charming and colourful classic beach huts. If it rains, fear not – the hotel also has a huge indoor pool. With lots of activities on offer and a very friendly professional staff, it’s the perfect place for families with children or couples craving a seaside getaway.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking St Moritz Hotel with us:

A his 'n' hers Cowshed travel set

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

45: 15 smaller doubles, 15 king doubles or twins, 15 suites.

Check–out

11am; Check-in, 4pm. Both can be flexible, depending on availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $214.31 (£129), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.

Also

Be sure to book dinner and any spa treatments well in advance – both the restaurant and Cowshed are local hotspots and can get busy.

At the hotel

Cowshed spa with nine treatment rooms, pool, sauna, steamroom, Jacuzzi and gym. Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, board games, minibar, Cowshed toiletries. Suites have full kitchens and DVD players.

Our favourite rooms

All the first-floor Suites have sea views: we particularly like the vista from 107a; 108a has a slightly bigger balcony. At the end of the building, room 110b has lots of space and two cosy armchairs.

Poolside

There's a mosaic-tiled indoor pool at the hotel's Leisure Club, and an outdoor pool (open in good weather) that's surrounded by hammocks and sunloungers.

Packing tips

The wherewithal to dress for four seasons in one day.

Also

Wellies are provided. You can buy Cowshed products from the spa, and Cornish deli items in the restaurant.

Children

The kids' room has a Wii. The hotel has a deal with a local surf outfit to offer beach sessions, included in the room rate. Children under 13 can stay on Z-beds in your room for £35 B&B. Cribs for babies are free, but there's a one-off £5 charge for linen.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

On the first floor of the 'leisure building', St Moritz's restaurant serves good brasserie food, such as fish 'n' chips and steaks, lots of great seafood and local, seasonal flavours; the lunch menu changes daily according to what's good and fresh.

Hotel Bar

Lounge by day, bar by night, a big, comfortable space next to the restaurant where children are always welcome and jazzy music tinkles. There are magazines scattered around, and you can order Doom Bar beer and local cider, as well as wine, cocktails, afternoon tea or a meal.

Last orders

9pm, or 10pm in high summer.

Room service

You can order from the restaurant menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Bring on the Boden.

Top table

Near the open kitchen.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Golfers should slip on their slacks and head to either of the two terrific courses near St Moritz, St Enodoc or Trevose. The Cornish coast is ripe for adventure – kayaking, coasteering (rambling, scrambling and splashing along the shoreline) and surfing can all be arranged. St Moritz is chummy with a nearby surf school.

Local restaurants

Thanks to his peerless The Seafood Restaurant, eatery, café and bistro  – with a fish ’n’ chip shop to boot – Rick Stein reigns supreme in Padstow. No wonder locals have taken to referring to it as ‘Padstein’ (+44 (0)1841 532700; www.rickstein.com). The views over Watergate Bay, between Padstow and Newquay, are as rip-roaring as the food cooked up by Jamie Oliver’s band of 15 local trainees at Fifteen. Here, quality Cornish produce – yarg, wild venison from Bodmin Moor, and funghi foraged by the restaurant’s own mushroom hunters – is transformed into imaginative Italianate dishes on a weekly changing menu. Booking essential (+44 (0)1637 861000; www.fifteencornwall.co.uk).

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Rugged Camel Estuary

St Moritz Hotel

Trebetherick, near Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SD, United Kingdom

St Moritz overlooks Daymer Bay near Rock, just outside Polzeath on the North Cornish coast.

Planes

Newquay is the nearest airport, served by flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and the Scillies. The drive should take around 45 minutes.

Trains

First Great Western services run from London Paddington direct to Bodmin Parkway on the Cornish Main Line, taking around four hours; it's about 18 miles (a 35-minute drive) from the hotel.

Automobiles

Head west into Cornwall along the M5 and A30, towards Wadebridge and via Polzeath on smaller roads. Polzeath is about 10 minutes of country driving from the A39, which runs along the county's northern coast. The journey takes 3.5 hours from Birmingham – less than five hours from London. There's plenty of parking on-site.

Other

Arriving by helicopter? There's a landing grid available; co-ordinates provided on request.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rufus Purdy , Word wizard

Miss Smith is not easily pleased. In the 14 weeks she’s spent on earth, only a stuffed cat, and a rousing rendition of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, accompanied by all the actions, have produced anything approximating a smile. But when we take her out of the car upon arrival at the St Moritz Hotel in Cornwall, she takes one look at the brilliant white buildings on either side of us an…
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St Moritz Hotel

Anonymous review by Rufus Purdy, Word wizard

Miss Smith is not easily pleased. In the 14 weeks she’s spent on earth, only a stuffed cat, and a rousing rendition of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, accompanied by all the actions, have produced anything approximating a smile. But when we take her out of the car upon arrival at the St Moritz Hotel in Cornwall, she takes one look at the brilliant white buildings on either side of us and beams from ear to ear. Well, I suppose they are the colour of milk.

Overlooking the dramatic salty expanses of the Camel Estuary, the St Moritz Hotel looks at first glance as though a 1930s ocean liner has decided to dock a few metres inland and drop anchor in a palm grove. Its white-and-blue Modernist façade, studded with portholes and picture windows, may seem ready to set sail for the New World, but, thankfully, this recently built hotel is here to stay. It’s just as well. The nearby villages of Padstow and Rock, facing each other across the water a couple of coves down from St Moritz, may attract as many upmarket weekenders as Tuscany and Umbria combined, but the area has lacked any seriously great hotel accommodation.

After checking into our King Room, and working out the best place to set up Miss Smith’s cot – quickly produced by the well-drilled and super-friendly hotel staff – we decide to head outdoors to check out the Cornish coastal path, which winds its way to within a few feet of St Moritz’s gardens. What was originally intended as a ‘let’s just walk down and see the sea’ stroll very quickly turns into the sort of ramble that usually requires stiff boots and a warming flask of soup. Mrs Smith, on only her second visit to Cornwall, is quickly entranced by the dramatic coastline, and insists that we carry on walking beside spray-spewing rockfaces, along sandy, brack-strewn beaches and up through golden dunes until we’re within sight of Rock – a good 25 minutes from the warmth of the hotel.

Unused to carrying 15lb sprawled across my chest over several miles of uneven track, I am particularly glad to see the St Moritz again. Approaching it from the path, it seems impossibly welcoming; its windows and portholes all aglow in the swiftly deepening twilight. As St Moritz’s bar and restaurant are in a separate, art deco-inspired building from the hotel’s accommodation wing – and, therefore, out of baby-monitor range – we decide there’s little point in putting Miss Smith to bed. So we troop into the bar for our very first family drinking session – a pint of local Doombar bitter for me, a Tanqueray and tonic for Mrs Smith.

It is 9pm before we make it over to St Moritz’s restaurant and tuck the now-sleeping baby into a space beside the table. Sitting alongside the open kitchen, in which we can watch white-clad chefs chop and char a variety of fish and meats, we share a dozen Porthilly oysters before tucking into our respective rib-eye steak and oven-roasted cod. The unpretentious dishes here may not win any awards for innovation, but all are made with the freshest available local ingredients and are executed with aplomb.

By the time we work our way through the chocolate mousse sprinkled with Amaretti and down the last of the excellent merlot in our glasses, we both agree that this is fare that perfectly complements the hotel’s location. When you’ve been blown and battered by those ferocious winds that hammer at the north Cornish coast, the last thing you’re going to want is delicate fusion cuisine. The menu at the St Moritz errs towards the hearty with good reason.

The next morning, refreshed after the sort of delicious sleep you only attain after liberal dosings of salt-heavy sea air and lying on a mattress that seems to be made of marshmallow, we return to the restaurant for tea, toast and platefuls of egg, bacon and sausages. We’re parting ways today. I’m heading down towards Land’s End to join some friends on a Fat Hen wild-food foraging and cookery course, while Mrs Smith is meeting a former colleague for a day of short walks and long lunches in Rick Stein’s personal fiefdom of Padstow.

When I return that evening after scouring the beaches and hedgerows of southern Cornwall for things to boil up or add to frittatas – including, I’m afraid to say, tree fungus and sheets of seaweed – Mrs Smith is virtually purring with happiness. It’s not just due to the loud snores coming from the direction of the cot. She’s had a wonderful day. After a couple of glasses of wine and a chargrilled seabass at the Seafood Restaurant, she tells me, she handed the baby over to her friend and was able to indulge in a full-body massage in the St Moritz’s acclaimed Cowshed Spa. Lying prone amid all the flickering candles, earth-toned decor and soft music of the sanctuary-like space for one blissful hour was, she says, the most relaxing experience she’d had since that pregnancy test first came up positive.

As we’re no strangers to an evening in at the moment, part of me wonders whether we should buck the recent trend and head into Trebetherick or Rock for a pint – but it’s a very small part indeed. I’m too full of wort and weeds to bother with dinner, while Mrs Smith shows little inclination to move from the enormous bed on which she’s lying and watching the large flatscreen set into the wall. Our room – with its soothing decor, cosy furniture and inviting, Cowshed product-filled bathroom – provides all the allure we need. If this is how weekends are going to be from now on, I’ve got no problem with that.

The Guestbook

Reviews of St Moritz Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Suite 108A on the first floor is spacious with a large balcony.

Don’t expect

I found that some areas within the restaurant and suite looked a little tired.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the bed and kitchen. The pool was nice and the service was friendly. Breakfast was cooked to order.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly staff, great suite with excellent kitchen and 'marshmallow' bed, splendid breakfast.

Don’t expect

Parking could be better and a second external door key would be good.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about this hotel was near perfect! It was stylish and classy but with a very laid back vibe. Attention to detail on everything from the facilities to the little extras made the stay thoroughly enjoyable. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food was exceptional and even though it rained, we loved every minute of the weekend break.

Don’t expect

I wish we could have stayed longer and made use of the spa!

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location, views, comfortable beds, excellent food and extremely helpful staff. They even gave us a free return ride from the hotel to Rock so that we could eat at Nathan Outlaw's Restaurant. This is the second time we've stayed here and we will certainly be returning.

Don’t expect

Nothing springs to mind.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on Not with children this time but would be lovely for 0-10 year olds

We loved

Loved "The Cowshed Spa"- amazingly relaxing massage - with very personable staff. We were in need of some TLC and Sophie massaged away my troubles!

Don’t expect

The pool was in the process of being renovated - we hadn't been told and had picked this hotel as it had a pool! They had agreed a reciprocal arrangement with a nearby hotel if we wanted to go there, so not a problem and they gave us complimentary glasses of Champagne as an apology - the staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.

Rating: 10/10 stars