First of all, I’m totally not sorry for the alliterative title of this post. Second of all, I’m not sorry (much) that I left Jenson for 24 hours after he spent a night being a sick. You know why? Because I was reminded that other people are more than capable of stepping in (thanks, Dad!) and that I deserve (nay, need!) time for myself too.
My friend’s birthday is a few days after mine and we thought we’d celebrate the occasion this year by having a cheeky little pamper. Then we thought, hey, why just a spa day? Let’s have a night away! That’s right, I went away for my birthday and left my kid and fella at home. 24 hours completely boy-free.
As we’d both booked the week off for our birthdays, the world was our oyster when looking for a spa break (in Cornwall), but obviously the ol’ bank balance has limits. What we wanted was a night’s stay. use of the facilities, a treatment, dinner and breakfast, all for under £100 each. Was that too much to ask for? Hell no! Enter St Moritz.
St Moritz Hotel in Wadebridge offers a fab autumn/winter deal. The Sea Spray Sunday night Cowshed spa break is just £99 per person, based on two people sharing a room. The package includes a three-course meal in the restaurant, a full Cornish breakfast in the morning, use of the leisure facilities, plus an hour-long treatment. You can’t get better than that.
We arrived around 1.30pm, excited to see that the hotel was already decorated for Christmas. The reception area is so welcoming, with a relaxing seating area, coffee corner and books.
We were shown to our twin room, with an en-suite shower room equipped with Cowshed products, board games, magazines, Sky TV with movies and sports, and mini bar. The beds were super comfy and we had a quick sit down with a brew before heading over to the spa.
As I said, the package includes an hour-long treatment, with the option of a Moody Massage, Cowshed Facial, Cowshed Pedicure, Cowshed Manicure, Udderly Gorgeous Full Body Massage or Neville Grooming Treatment. We both went for the facial, which has the added option of a scalp. hand or foot massage while your mask sets. I went for the foot massage and felt so relaxed. I went into the facial with a minor headache, which eased within a few minutes.
We then headed to the pool and Jacuzzi before going back to our room to relax some more before dinner. We discovered old episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Sky and remembered how awful the college episodes were.
Dinner was incredible! We had the choice of any three courses off the menu and our food alone should have cost £40 each. Fantastic value for money. The only add-on we had was the bottle of wine we shared, which went down a treat. I went for the cod brandade, sirloin steak and fries, and lemon posset. I could only manage some of each course, to ensure I had space for dessert. The waiter was impressed with my priorities.
A couple of hours later, with bellies full, went back to the room and fell asleep watching The Santa Clause 2 – gotta love Christmas movies on Sky. It’s always nice to have a bed to myself and a late check-out (11am, with breakfast served 8-11am) meant there was no rush to get up early.
I could have sat at the breakfast buffet all morning. With hot and cold options, plus endless coffee and fresh juice, there’s something for everyone. I started with some pastries and fresh orange juice before moving on to some sausages, bacon, eggs and beans, with coffee. Normally, when I go out for breakfast, there’s something on my plate I don’t like (tomatoes, mushrooms) but this was amazing. I’d previously had a breakfast buffet included in a hotel stay which felt very canteen-like, but this was lovely.
I can’t fault our stay at all and I’ll certainly be looking to return next year. The staff were all so lovely and accommodating, particularly when we asked to check in a little early. Would highly recommend.