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5 bubble spa 2016

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The Headland Spa

Newquay, Cornwall,
TR7 1EW

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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, it is set directly below the Victorian Headland 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.

4 people say this spa is family friendly.
8 people say this spa is a social spa.
4 people say this spa is health focused.
8 people say this spa is solo friendly.
7 people say this spa is romantic.

  • Six treatment rooms (two double)
  • Experience showers
  • Private Jacuzzi suite
  • Indoor hot tub
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Rasul
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa cafe
  • VIP suite
  • Brow bar
  • Make up stand
    • Elemis
    • OPI
    • Thalgo
    • The Natural Spa Factory
    • Delilah

Our Spa Spy Review

First impressions

The Headland Hotel sits imposingly on a headland (where else?) between Fistral Beach and the Newquay Bay on the north Cornwall shore. The hotel itself is old-fashioned charm with parts dating back to 1900, when the hotel was opened. The spa on the lower levels-- a new addition since 2013 -- is super-modern and light, and a sharp contrast to the panelled wood above. If you take the lift or stairs down from reception, you journey from a classic hotel to a twenty-first-century spa.

What's on offer?

The spa reception is mirrored and bright, and sits next to a small seating area where you fill in your consultation form on a whizzy Samsung tablet. Beyond is the spa lounge where white tables with crisp napkins are set up for teas, snacks and lunches. The décor is pale wood, with white birch trees evoking a small sense of being in a forest. Beyond the lounge is, of course, the sea.

From this central space, the spa divides right and left into two halves.

On the left is the wet area. The small pool has bubbly loungers and swan pipes that work on a timer. The hot tub was nicely hot on our visit, as was the wooden-benched sauna and the pebble-lined Cornish salt steam room. Experience showers deliver a blitz of iciness if you need to cool down between heat treatments. The thermal suite has pebbled and mosaic walls, tiled floors, and there are banks of extra towels to help yourself to. Stripy deckchairs add some jauntiness at the side of the pool.

The wet area has its own changing rooms; these may be used by hotel guests but you could also come straight down from your room in the lift in your robe. These changing rooms are functional rather than luxurious, but kitted out with all the Elemis products you need in the shower, as well as a spinner for drying your swimsuit, and plastic bags to take it home in. The pool is a hotel pool as well as a spa pool, so there are children's swim times. If you want a bit of peaceful floating about, check these out, as noise does echo in the small space.

To the right of the spa reception is the "dry" area of the spa, a more luxurious and soothing offering. The gym is on this side, as well as the treatment rooms, rasul, VIP suite -- essential when you fancy some private lounging with champagne -- and the relaxation lounge.

This side of the spa also has its own changing space, divided into five individual changing rooms, each with its own shower. These are like your own little room, with shocking pink shelves and seating. You have everything you need from facial cleanser to hair straighteners, shower caps to cotton-wool pads, to get you ready for the world in private. In practice, the layout means the room contains some awkward communal spaces; my locker seemed to be in everybody's way. The large lockers are operated by a key code with your white towelling robe inside, as well as flip-flops and towels. You can help yourself to copious soft brown towels from a store in the corridor.

The relaxation lounge (only available to those having treatments) is dimly lit with loungers and chairs, throws and blankets to drift away in. The tree of lights in the centre continues the magical forest theme. Help yourself to teas, water, fresh fruit, snacks and magazines.

Tell us about the treatments

We had the Spa Gerys-Da (Cornish for "Renowned Spa"; 90 minutes, £125). This signature treatment involves a reflexology foot massage, a body scrub followed by a Balinese massage, a facial, and a scalp massage: you are literally looked after from toe to top.

My therapist, Jo, took me to a large, softly lit treatment room with a dramatic silver mirror on the wall. As she washed my feet in a foot bath laced with golden bathing nectar, Jo talked through my consultation form and asked how I was feeling. She asked me to inhale some AromaWorks Soulful essential oil before she began. Between the scents of the frankincense and juniper berry, the wide and comfortable heated treatment bed, and the focused reflexology, I could feel myself relaxing already.

Jo used a lemongrass mix for the scrub; refreshing and aromatic. Jo's hands had a nice rhythm as she smoothed on the scrub: not too light, not too harsh. While I showered off the salt in privacy in a cunningly placed shower at one end of the treatment room, Jo re-set the bed for the massage and facial.

The massage was as rhythmic as the scrub, and muscle-meltingly de-stressing. The facial involved a very cold seaweed algae mask. While this was working, Jo gave me a scalp massage with welcome attention to my pressure-points.

Jo finished by misting a little of the Soulful spray onto my robe so that I could carry the scent around with me the rest of the day. One of the lovely things about the Spa Gerys-Da is that it includes a taste of many of the longer experiences on The Headland Spa menu. Liked the reflexology? Loved the scrub? Come back for more.

We also tried the rasul (look for rhassoul on The Headland's treatment menu) with scrubs and muds from the Natural Spa Factory. The products were beautifully laid out on slates explaining what's what, and they change with the seasons. You scrub yourself -- or each other -- slather on the mud, then sit in the steam-filled and twinkly mosaic room. The steam was intense and nicely hot, so much that we did have to splash on some cold water from time to time. The VIP suite opens up into the rasul, so this treatment is a good choice for couples: you can drift from your private sofa then return with skin as soft as the throws you snuggle up in.

Other signature treatments at The Headland Spa include Thalgo marine experiences such as the Polynesian Body ritual, which involves a coconut and vanilla body scrub and lomi-lomi massage. You can also try a range of massages from head (Indian head massage) to foot (reflexology), as well as Elemis facials, scrubs and wraps. The spa menu includes treatments specifically for men and mums-to-be, alongside finishing touches such as OPI manicures and pedicures, delilah make-up and a brow bar.

Food facts

The Headland Spa menu offers snacks, sandwiches and smoothies, more substantial offerings such as a burger or fish and chips, as well as salads and vegetarian options. If you have an allergy or food intolerance, let the spa know beforehand so they can cater for you. I had a huge falafel plate with salad that I couldn't finish, despite its deliciousness. I also tried a sliver of the chef's chocolate and avocado cake (bright green, delectable, only 100 calories). The cafe is a delightful place to eat, with its winning combination of fresh food and sea views.

If you're staying into the evening, The Headland has an elegant and formal restaurant with windows facing westwards to catch the dramatic sunsets, and a more laid-back terrace bar with locally caught fish as the focus. Both offer vegetarian options; the seasonal asparagus salad is a must-have.

We loved / We didn't love

We loved:

The seasonal muds: We drifted home in the spring in a small cloud of chocolate and vanilla, but in the summer that cloud might consist of strawberries and cream. The spa treatment menu is varied and offers something for every need.

The bright and stylish café that opens out onto a sun terrace and... yes! While we were there, the sun shone. (We can't promise this.) We also loved Fay, the spa "butler" who offered drinks, snacks, and -- when we were a little pinkly flustered after the heat in the steam room -- recommended a cooling and refreshing watermelon slushie. Just what we needed, Fay, although we didn't know it.

We didn't love:

We weren't so keen on the kids in the pool. Under-16s aren't allowed in the heat experiences or the hot tub (and large notices remind guests of this rule), but staff had to police them out of there anyway. Shame.

Who do you think would like it?

Hotel guests should make a visit to The Headland Spa an obligatory part of their stay. Forget the pitch and putt! Go downstairs because another world awaits!

Anyone looking for top-notch treatments; you don't have to be staying or be a member to enjoy the therapies The Headland Spa has to offer. Going by yourself? No matter. I did. I felt comfortable and had a perfect me-time.

Couples: The Headland Spa has two treatment rooms for couples, including a Jacuzzi suite, plus the steam room, and the setting is impossibly romantic.

Friends: You can enjoy the VIP suite with its own bar and TV if you want to settle in for a long chat after your treatments.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

The Headland Spa retains its 5 bubbles. The hotel is family-owned and this shows throughout in the friendly and helpful attitude of every member of the team; the customer service is superb. The beautiful spa allows to you move from the bright cafe and terrace to darker and soothing spaces with imaginative treatments along the way. So many things are spot right: the iced jugs of water, the fresh flowers on the tables, even the belt pre-threaded through your spa robe. These careful touches make The Headland Spa a destination in its own right.

Single Spy visited in April 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles

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    Karen Kind
    February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    LOVED MY VISIT!! This is the second time I have visited this spa and it was amazing the first time, but they are always improving which makes each visit even better! My favourite part of this spa is the is the helpful and friendly staff who would go out of there way to make your spa experience better. I also loved the added feature of new products which are supplied in each private changing cubical which means you can try before you buy. AMAZING! I have visited other spa's in the area and this Spa by far outstands them. I have already booked my next visit! Would recommend to anyone!

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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    Carly
    July 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm
    I have visited the Headland Spa on a few occasions for treatments, spa days and the occasional swim. The staff are most welcoming, professional and knowledgeable. The treatments were very enjoyable on every occasion, leaving me to feel very relaxed on my departure. The facilities are fantastic, as is the location! Would highly recommend this Spa to everyone.

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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    Poppy
    July 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm
    From the minute i entered to the minute i left i felt totally relaxed and looked after. This Spa is simply stunning (the relaxation room was my Favourite) The staff are so kind and friendly and the massage was the best i have had in a long time. I cant wait to go back!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Siobhan
    July 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm
    I have visited the Headland Spa on several occasions to have my nails done and also to have a back massage. The Spa staff were very helpful and the location is wonderful. I would highly recommend.

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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    Pauline Browne
    May 15, 2015 at 6:51 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 11:43 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 11:26 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 10:08 am
    Stunning spa, beautiful location.

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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    Jane
    April 27, 2015 at 9:07 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


The Headland Spa

Headland Road,
Newquay,
Cornwall,
TR7 1EW

Extra Information

Dining:

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

Accommodation:

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

Special Offers

Private Jacuzzi Experience at Headland Spa

£55 per two people

A unique, relaxing and unwinding experience. 

Your own private Jacuzzi bath is drawn for you using scents and oils of your choosing.

Why not sip a glass of champagne for an extra special sense of occasion? 

Tailored to You at Headland Spa

£79 per person

Targeted at soothing pains and aiding recovery, this treatment is particularly effective at easing aching backs and releasing tension in overworked legs.

Ginger and orange spiced mud is applied to the area of the body which is in most need of a little TLC. The ayurvedic and energizing spice of ginger is...

Polynesian Spa Ritual at Headland Spa

£110 per person

Inspired by four of the most beautiful islands hidden in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this treatment begins with an azure water foot bath to protect and hydrate the skin.

Next, an Exotic Island Body Scrub is applied. This vanilla-scented body scrub is blended with pure white sand from Bora Bora...

Beauty at the Beach at Headland Spa

£79 per person

Get beach ready with a luxurious treatment of your choice, followed by nibbles and a glass of fizz in The Spa Lounge. Choose from:

Avoplex Spa Manicure  Nails are shaped and cuticles tamed. Avoplex Moisturising Lotion adds essential vitamins while a scrub exfoliates.

or

Essential Pedicure...

Waves and Wellbeing at Headland Spa

£109 per person

Enjoy an indulgent 60 minute treatment, along with a complimentary OPI Infinite Shine and polish for your fingers or toes. Choose from:

Elemis Skin Specific Facial

or

Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage

or combine both 

Elemis Couture Touch Combine any 30-minute ELEMIS hands-on...

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