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Headland Spa

Newquay, Cornwall,

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Hotel Spa

Has a pool

Has thermal facilities

6 treatment rooms

The Headland Spa is a Five Bubble spa in Cornwall that boasts stunning views over the Atlantic ocean. The spa is set directly below a stunning four star Victorian hotel and surrounded by the ocean on three sides.

Step in to the leisure area and rejuvenate in the hydrotherapy pool with bubble seats and jet streams, warm up in the hot tub, Cornish salt steam room or sauna before tantalising all your sense in the aromatherapy shower.

2 people say this spa is family friendly.
4 people say this spa is a social spa.
1 person says this spa is health focused.
4 people say this spa is solo friendly.
3 people say this spa is romantic.

  • Elemis
  • Afyna
  • OPI
  • Kerstin Florian
  • Six treatment rooms (two double)
  • Experience showers
  • Private Jacuzzi suite
  • Indoor hot tub
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Rhassoul
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa cafe
  • VIP suite

Our Spa Spy Review

Reviewed by: Single Spy

In December 2013

What's on offer?

A leisure pool, aromatherapy showers, jacuzzi, rasoul, steam room, hydrotherapy suite, gym, tanning suite, mani and pedi room, and seven treatment rooms, as well as a deep relaxation lounge and couples suite. Some of these facilities (the last two, for example) were still under construction at our visit in December 2013.

What were the treatments like?

Excellent. I had their signature treatment, The Dreaming, a comprehensive, 80-minute routine that encompasses light body massage, body scrub, head massage and facial, using a range of organic products from Cornish company Spiezia.

My therapist, Rachel, began by inviting me to change into a pair of long disposable shorts and lie on the bed. She began the treatment with a foot-mitt massage, gently stretching the muscles of my feet down to my toes.

Dividing my body lengthwise with the towel, Rachel then used Spiezia body firming oil to perform a thorough, bottom-to-top massage of each half of me, working the muscles of my legs and on to my sides and chest. This is not a deep-tissue sports massage, but a calming and smoothing treatment, using a rolling, wavelike motion up and down the full length of my body, although there was a little welcome stronger elbow pressure around my perpetually troublesome deltoid muscles.

Having undertaken the preparatory massage, Rachel applied Spiezia's delicious lemongrass-scented body scrub to carry out a gentle exfoliation along the pathways that the massage had taken. I say 'delicious' as the body scrub is in fact edible. (I tried some of it fresh from the jar afterwards. It's a little like grainy cereal seasoned with Thai spices.) Again, each vertical half of my body was treated in turn.

The next stage of the treatment was a head-massage, again using light but firm pressure, with tingling fingers running over my scalp and neck.

At this point, Rachel invited me to turn over on to my back, and she placed a hot towel over my eyes. (The dimmer control on the lights in the treatment rooms was not yet functional, so the folded towel was also important to neutralise the light in the room.) She then performed a further full-body massage to echo the first one, with careful attention to the knotty spots, travelling up my body and then down through my arms and hands, with attention to each individual finger.

Rachel followed this with another exfoliation treatment, until both back and front halves of my body had been covered.

For the facial portion of the treatment, Rachel removed the hot towel and applied an oil cleanser scented with rose and vanilla. After leaving that on for a few minutes, she removed it and applied a skin toner, before covering my eyes once more with another hot towel.

The treatment continued with another hand massage and further foot massage, and it concluded with a final very gentle all-body scrub. Leaving me alone to come to, and wipe myself down with the mitts, Rachel quietly left the room. Clods of exfoliant like heaven-scented wet sand fell from my body as I stood up. I was in such a weightless state that it took me a few minutes to get my balance back.

The whole routine is extraordinarily relaxing, more so than a deep-tissue massage allows you, for example. For the first time ever, I briefly went to sleep on a treatment-table (albeit only for a minute or so), which is very possibly the most relaxed I have ever been. There is a real sense that the therapist, for all her hard work, is also a collaborative part of the massage too. You aren't just having something done to you, it's a fully participatory experience. The sounds played involve plenty of lapping water and the tolling of gentle bells, which makes for a much more hypnotic and involving experience than the usual Enya-type muzak.

Food Facts

I didn't eat in the spa, but there is an area for snacking and light lunches.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved...

The location, location, location. The spa has its own dedicated entrance on the beach-side of an extensively boutiqued Edwardian hotel. Waves gently crash out there, and for the summer they will be doing outdoor treatments. A perfect symbiosis of environment and spa atmosphere. Makes you realise the point of travelling for a spa. The antithesis of coming out of a London spa all rested and relaxed and then getting on the Tube.

We didn't love...

There was nothing we didn't love about the Headland. When it's all complete, it will be stunning.

Who do you think would like it?

Discerning spaheads. It's a five-star hotel package with fabulous views over the surfers on Fistral Beach and the ocean. There is already a healthy level of local custom using the gym and pool, and once word gets out about the speciality treatments, the place will be highly successful. If every modern boutique hotel these days needs a spa, the Headland has got it just right.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We gave the Headland Spa an unhesitating Good Spa Guide Rating of Five Bubbles. I'd like to go back when the remaining rooms are finished, but what there already is is extremely impressive. Spa manager Martina Crkoňová has a dedicated and talented team, and the facilities are state-of-the-art. It's a smallish pool compared to some, perhaps, but the ambience and location are perfectly conducive to relaxation.

Single Spy visited Headland Spa in December 2013

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    Pauline Browne
    May 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm
    I have visited every month since Jan 2014 had fabulous spa days with super products and great therapists have recommended to all my friends

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Solo Friendly

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    Melanie Stephens
    April 28, 2015 at 10:43 am
    Had a wonderful relaxing Monday here with 2 friends. The atmosphere was wonderful, really warm, inviting, luxurious and peaceful. I would say it is suitable for all. We were very lucky to share the facilities with about 10-12 other people so between the Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Swimming Pool and the fabulous Showers plus the Dining Area and Outside Lounging Area it really felt as if we were in your own private Spa. A thoroughly rejuvenating day with fabulous food (halloumi superfood salad with berry smoothie for lunch then late afternoon tea & chocolate fudge cake!).

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Vicky Wilcock
    April 28, 2015 at 10:26 am
    I had an Elemis Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Facial at The Headland and the results were instant, I was delighted. I have also had spray tans and my nails done here. The Spa is very relaxing and the staff welcoming. Can't wait to return.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Lara Snell
    April 28, 2015 at 9:08 am
    Stunning spa, beautiful location.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

    1 vote | up (100%) | down (0%)
  1. 's avatar
    April 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm
    Myself and a group of friends visited The Headland Spa for a birthday treat. We were met by the very lovely reception girls who were very knowledgeable about their spa and the hotel itself. We all enjoyed a lovely swim and sauna before going through for our treatments. The treatment rooms were stunning and the treatment itself was to die for. I had a full body massage and left the treatment feeling like I was floating on air. The best way to end the treat was chilling out in the gorgeous relaxation room afterwards. The only thing I didn't try was the food. this is a must for me on my next visit. Would definitely recommend.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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Spa Location

Headland Spa

Headland Road,

Extra Information


Choose from casual beach-view dining in The Terrace, fine dining with sea views in The Restaurant or dine alfresco on The Terrace.


There are 96 rooms and suites in the hotel or opt for a five star self-catering Headland Cottage with one, two or three bedrooms.

Opening Hours:

Treatments: 10am to 7pm everyday; Leisure facilities: 7am to 10pm everyday

Good Spa Guide special offers

Fistral Spa Day at Headland Spa

£79 per person

Your £79 Spa Day includes: - 60 minutes worth of treatments - A soft drink on arrival - A sumptuous two course lunch served in the Spa Lounge - Unlimited time

The Strawberry Daiquiri Treatment at Headland Spa

£79 per person

The perfect way to unwind, indulge and pamper this summer... What better way to relax than by enjoying one of our new cocktail-inspired spa treatments? The Strawberry Daquiri is a

VIP Girls Night In at Headland Spa

£59 per person

You can enjoy a VIP girls night in with your friends any time at The Headland Spa... (Available between 5pm-10pm for between 3-6 people) For just £59pp you

Spring Into Summer Spa Break at Headland Spa

£99 per person

The ethos of The Headland Spa, ‘It’s all about you and your time together,’ has been the driving force in creating this package, designed to help

The Rhassoul Mud Chamber at Headland Spa

£45 per couple

Perfect for friends or couples A nourishing, detoxifying and cleansing ritual for two in your own private chamber. Gently massage medicinal muds and chalks into your own skin while inhaling

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