This impressive red-bricked hotel with stunning views of Fistral Bay was the star of the film The Witches. The spa is below the first-floor reception, spilling out onto the pretty café lined with silver birch trees which is virtually on the beach. There is an attractive thermal space with a heated pool, hot tub, spacious sauna and steam room with striped deckchairs for relaxing. You can enjoy Elemis, Natura Bissé, Thalgo and Natural Spa Factory treatments after a day by the seaside, or get muddy in the lovely rasul.
- Family swim times
- Six treatment rooms (two double)
- Experience showers
- Private Jacuzzi suite
- Indoor hot tub
- Indoor swimming pool
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Steam room
- Spa cafe
- VIP suite
- Brow bar
- Make up stand
- Natura Bisse
- Natural Spa Factory
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The Headland is an impressive, red-brick property set high on a cliff top overlooking Fistral Bay. The bay is a surfer's paradise; even if you don't fancy catching a wave or two, it's fun to watch. The hotel has a 2 AA rosette restaurant, tennis courts and a spa.
Guests can park right outside the hotel. Go through the doors into the elegant reception area -- with its chandeliers and roaring fire -- and down the staircase to the modern spa.
What's on offer?
The spa reception area has stylish sofas on which to sit while completing your consultation form. This space doubles as a pre-treatment area and place to have lunch. It's light and airy, with white furniture and large pieces of tree bark bringing the outside in.
If the sun is shining, head out onto the terrace. There are deckchairs for catching the rays and fantastic views of the wide stretch of beach below. The terrace is very sheltered so, even on less sunny days, you can sit out here and watch the sea.
The changing rooms along the treatment corridor are small and beautiful, with tall, lilac-hued wooden lockers operated by keypads, and private shower cubicles containing Elemis shampoo and conditioner (but no shower gel). Each private changing area has its own stool, work counter plus a hairdryer and a set of hair straighteners. It all feels very glam.
The Headland Spa has a smart 12-metre indoor pool decked in turquoise mosaic tiles. You'll find a bubble seat in each corner; we enjoyed the powerful gush of water as it pummelled away at our back and shoulders.
At the far end of the pool are two contemporary showers behind a glass screen, with an attractive grey pebble backdrop. Step into the sunken circular Jacuzzi seating six. The Cornish Salt Steam Room has a grey pebble curve bench, also seating six.
The sauna is impressively spacious, with two tiers of wooden benches accommodating 12, and a feature wall of thin circular tree stumps. The temperature was perfect on our visit.
Cool down between heat experiences in one of two experience showers: the first with red lights; the second with alternating blue and green. Choose between Caribbean storm or tropical rain settings.
The Headland Spa also has a 15-metre heated outdoor pool (open Easter – September) surrounded by loungers and offering beach views. If you want to work out, you can use the fitness studio or the indoor gym.
Help yourself to tea, water, nuts, dried fruit and a good selection of magazines in the relaxation room, which is the definition of cosy. Distressed wood panels flow along a curved wall, while five winged chairs and eight lie-back loungers make up the perimeter. Grab a fluffy pillow and a cream blanket and snuggle down.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the signature full body massage (60 minutes, £85) followed by the tailor-made facial (60 minutes, £80). Before beginning, my therapist, Jo, listened attentively to my long list of ailments so that she could adapt both treatments accordingly.
Once I was settled on the warm and comfortable bed, Jo rubbed aromatic oils onto her hands and asked me to take three deep breaths. Jo then used hot cloths to clean and soothe my feet, something that I found instantly relaxing.
The massage began with a warm oil which Jo dribbled across my back; she used broad strokes to relax my muscles, working down my back to my legs and feet. As soon as Jo reached my persistently knotty shoulders, she leaned into the massage, using her forearms to get deeper into the muscles and loosen them.
For the facial, Jo performed a double cleanse before massaging my jawline using lifting, sweeping strokes. She used a warm exfoliating product next; while this worked, Jo performed a relaxing head massage. Jo removed the exfoliant with hot cloths before adding a mask; as this set, she massaged my arms and hands. To finish, Jo removed the mask and slathered on eye cream and a rich moisturiser.
By the end of the two hours, I was deeply relaxed and almost asleep. Jo led me to the relaxation room, where I snuggled down under a warm blanket. Later, I looked at my skin in the mirror and was delighted to see that it was brighter and firmer. Jo's advice was to exfoliate more often; seeing the results made me determined to do just that.
The Headland Spa offers a range of massages from head (Indian head massage) to foot (reflexology), as well as Elemis and Natura Bissé facials and body treatments. 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.
Lunch is served in the stylish café area near the reception where you can comfortably eat in your robe. If the weather is nice, head out onto the terrace and enjoy the views of Fistral Beach. It was grey and slightly damp on our visit, so we sat inside and admired the views through the huge windows.
Choose from fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as burgers, sharing boards and afternoon tea. Our Club sandwich served with a glass of Prosecco hit the spot.
That evening, we dined at the hotel's two AA rosette restaurant, Samphire. The dishes were all perfectly cooked and well presented. Our crab soup starter and sea bream main were both delicious, with all the fish caught locally. Sadly, we had no room for dessert. Our advice: work up more of an appetite with a pre-dinner run along the beach.
We loved / we didn't love
The décor: From the unusual chairs in the café area and the walls made of silver birch trunks, to the hot-pink accent colours in the changing rooms, the spa is stylish.
The terrace: Even when the weather is poor, the sheltered terrace offers stunning sea views.
We didn't love
The lack of instructions: We struggled to get the jets working in the pool and the steam flowing in the Cornish salt room.
The fact that children can use the pool from 7.30am-11am and from 3pm-5pm (6pm in the school holidays) each day. Spa guests looking for peace and quiet need to plan their day around these times.
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone serious about good treatments: The Headland Spa has a wide choice of product houses and treatments to choose from.
Families: As well as dedicated children's times in the pool, the spa offers scaled-down treatments for 14-16 year-olds including manis, pedis and facials.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
There are two dining experiences: the double AA rosette-awarded Samphire and the contemporary Terrace. Whether you are looking for sophistication and style or coastal cool, The Headland caters for everything from a relaxed breakfast or laid-back lunch to an indulgent dinner, all under one roof.
The Headland has 95 bedrooms blending classic four-star hospitality with modern amenities for a truly easy-going ambiance. Wonderfully restful, each bedroom is unique. All feature tactile furnishings, restful hues and enough space to kick-back and truly relax.
Perched on a private cliff-top, 39 iconic, award-winning self-catering cottages are just yards from the UK’s most famous beach.
Treatments: 10am to 7pm everyday; Leisure facilities: 7am to 10pm everyday
Travel and Parking
Complimentary parking onsite.
The closest train station to The Headland is at Newquay. Travel is possible to Newquay by train from many parts of the British Isles.
From Newquay it is possible to fly to a range of destinations across the UK and in Europe . Please note that there is no full-time taxi rank at Newquay Airport, and so pre-booking a taxi is essential.
If you are wishing to use the bus service, the spa recommends looking at the Cornwall County Bus Service timetables.
The spa hotel accepts service dogs in all rooms and cottages, public areas, bar and restaurants.
There are rooms suitable for wheelchair users. There are several rooms with large walk in showers with low lips. There is one bedroom that is fitted with alarms operated by a pull string next to the bed and in the bathroom, this is in addition to a wireless telephone with an emergency button. There are lifts to all floors.