5 Bubble Luxury Spa 2022

The Headland Spa


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 comfortable sofas perfect for relaxing. You can enjoy Elemis and OPI treatments, as well as a selection of treatments bespoke to The Headland Spa, perfect after a day overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or getting muddy in the lovely Rhassoul.

The Headland also boasts a new £10 million pound Aqua Club complex, complete with six pools (three indoor; three outdoor), including a 25-metre pool, an infinity ege pool overlooking Fistral Beach a family splash pool and a hydropool.  

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Features

  • Family swim times
  • Six treatment rooms (two double)
  • Experience showers
  • Private Jacuzzi suite
  • Indoor hot tub
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Rhassoul
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa lounge
  • VIP suite
  • Brow bar
  • Make up stand
  • Aromatherapy showers
  • Outdoor Sunset spa
  • Infinity edge pool

Products

  • Elemis
  • OPI
  • Delilah

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

The Headland Hotel is an imposing red-brick Victorian mansion set high on a cliff top with far-reaching views over Fistral Beach. The bay is a world-class surfer’s paradise, with surf school to match; even if you don’t fancy catching a wave, it’s mesmerising to watch. The five-star hotel has a 2 AA rosette restaurant, a stylish spa and a new £10 million wellness complex - The Aqua Club - with no less than six sleek pools and Atlantic views to die for.

Guests can park right outside the hotel and enter through the revolving door into the elegant reception area. Head down the staircase - or press -1 in the lift - to reach the modern spa.
 

On offer

What's on offer?

The spa reception area has stylish sofas to sit on while completing consultation forms. This space doubles as a pre-treatment area and spa lounge to have lunch. It's light and airy, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, white furniture and large pieces of silver birch.

If the sun is shining, head out onto the terrace where grey rattan chairs and sofas are perfectly positioned for catching the rays and soaking up beach views.

From reception, a door leads to the wet and thermal area with small, but perfectly formed, changing rooms at the back. Two private shower cubicles contain Elemis amenities; there’s also a bench, two private changing rooms, a hairdryer, a bank of keypad-operated lockers and cozzie dryer. Help yourself to towels on the way out.

Begin your spa journey with a dip in the sleek 12-metre indoor pool – handsomely decked in turquoise mosaic tiles – with its central fountain and corner bubble seats.

At the far end of the pool you’ll find two showers behind glass screens, a sunken circular Jacuzzi seating six and a Cornish Salt Steam Room, also seating six.

The spacious sauna has two tiers of wooden benches accommodating 12, and a feature wall of thin circular tree stumps. Cool down between heat experiences in one of three experience showers: Caribbean storm, tropical rain or cold rain.

Beyond the spa reception there’s a mani & pedi room with bold orange tulip chairs; a low-lit corridor leads to the treatment rooms and, at the very end, a cosy relaxion room. Help yourself to tea, fresh fruit and a good selection of magazines. Five winged chairs and six lie-back loungers make up the perimeter; fluffy pillow and blankets come as standard.

If you want to work out, you can use the indoor gym.

The Aqua Club is The Headland’s new £10m all-singing-and-dancing wellbeing complex located in a separate building a short walk from the hotel. With its sweeping curves, pale wood, rugged Cornish stonework and incredible ocean views, it’s an architectural dream. The calm and sleek interior – in crisp white, cool blues and greens - pays homage to Cornwall’s lush landscape.

Collect a locker wristband from reception and head to the white glossy changing rooms where you’ll find three private changing rooms, four shower cubicles and two WCs. There’s a mirrored vanity area with three countertop sinks, two hairdryers and Elemis hand & body wash and lotion. The changing rooms lead past a row of rainforest showers to the main area.

A dip in the impressive 25-metre lap pool – with its Mermaid-tail tiles and light-green Cornish stone – is a must. Relax pool-side on curved woven loungers with side tables; super-attentive butlers will take care of your hydration needs.

The indoor hydrotherapy pool has hydro beds and jet stations; bring your kids to the dedicated children’s shallow splash pool in the centre.

A little bridge leads you to from the changing rooms to the centre of the club, where you’ll find the Deck Bar: a curved building with log burner at the centre, and plenty of woven chairs and tables to chill out post spa-ing.

There’s more outside to admire: a Vitality Pool with tall granite centrepiece – a nod to Cornwall’s Celtic history. Chill under the open sky on a jet beds or soothe the shoulders under a swan neck pipe. Much life-pondering is sure to happen in the Edge pool with its curved floor-to-ceiling glass and un-obstructive view of the blue expanse; The hot and toasty Sunset pool (we told you there was six) will have you wishing you could move in.

It's worth noting the Aqua Club is free and unlimited to all hotel residents (booking essential). Spa-goers on the Headland Signature Spa Day get two hours access. All other visitors can pay for a 3-hour session (adults: £30-£40; children: £10-£15; robe hire: £5).

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We tried The Headland Wave Ritual (85 mins, £135) a head-to-toe, five stage ritual designed to detox, destress, and soothe mind and body.

My therapist, Becky, collected me from the relaxation room and led me to the treatment room to ask about my individual requirements. She then left the room so that I could get settled on the treatment bed, lying face up. Becky asked me to take three deep breaths to inhale an aromatic oil before commencing the treatment with a soothing foot ritual.

Becky then completed a full body brush, using firm wave-like upward strokes along my legs and arms to boost circulation. Turning onto my front, Becky drizzled warm Frangipani Monoi Body Oil onto my back to begin a Wavestones massage using heated hand-carved white jade to work deep into the muscles. Becky then focused on my problem shoulder area, providing some much-needed relief.

For the Elemis mini facial, Becky performed a double cleanse using Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter before massaging my jawline using lifting, sweeping strokes. She used a gentle rose exfoliator to remove any build up. Becky removed the exfoliant with hot cloths before adding a Herbal Lavender Repair Mask. While this worked, Becky performed a heavenly scalp massage.

To finish, Becky removed the mask and applied a Lavender Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsule and Peptide Adaptive Day Cream.

By the end of the treatment, I was deeply relaxed and may have even dozed off. Becky led me to the relaxation room, handed me some water and left me to snuggle under a warm blanket.

The Headland Spa offers a range of head-to-toe massages (think Indian head and reflexology) as well as Elemis facials and body treatments. The menu also includes treatments for men and mums-to-be, alongside finishing touches such as OPI manicures and pedicures.

Food facts

Food Facts

Lunch is served in the stylish spa lounge next to reception. Feast in your robe; if the weather is nice, head out onto the terrace to admire Fistral Beach.

Choose from a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers, curries or Afternoon tea. We opted for a healthy starter of roasted pumpkin salad with kale, feta and pomegranate dressing, followed by Moules Mariniere with crusty bread served with a glass of Prosecco – which hit the spot.


The Aqua Club offers Mediterranean-inspired food at The Deck. Flatbreads, pizzas and freshly prepared salads are the order of the day. Plus hot or cold drinks throughout the day and sunset cocktails.

For dinner, we headed to the hotel's two AA rosette restaurant, Samphire. Our seared scallop starter – with garlic, parsley butter and Samphire - was served in the shell, and was delicious. The main: Asian-inspired duck breast with roasted plum and pak choi, was equally tasty, Sadly, we had no room for dessert.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The Sunset Pool: bubbling away in the Aqua Club’s steamy-hot jacuzzi – glass of Prosecco in hand – whilst watching the sun go down over the Atlantic was one of life’s magical moments.

The staff: everyone we encountered was down-to-earth and friendly; their interaction with guests is top notch.

The design: From the sweeping curves and natural Cornish stone in the Aqua Club to the cool white chairs and silver birch trunks in the spa café, The Headland is super stylish.


We didn't love

It’s hard to find anything we didn’t love, but if we had to be really fussy we’d like a poolside lounger beside the spa pool – oh and the Sunset Pool all to ourselves please.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Couples: Walk barefoot on the sand, book a Rhassoul mud treatment for two and enjoy the most romantic views across Fistral Bay.

Ocean lovers: The views from the Aqua Club and spa terrace are good for the soul. Soak it up and feel your shoulders drop.

Families: as well as dedicated children’s splash pool in the Aqua Club, children age 12 and over can enjoy the hydrotherapy, vitality and the sunset spa pool (when supervised).

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded the Headland Spa and Aqua Club a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 Bubble Luxury for its dreamy design, extensive indoor and outdoor pools, delicious food and staff who genuinely love their job. The imaginative treatments are performed by people who really know their stuff, too. And did we mention the epic Atlantic views?
 

Scarlet Spy visited in March 2022 and awarded it 5 Bubble Luxury.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"This is by far the best spa I’ve ever been too!! Me and my partner are excited to save up to go again!! "

Rosie Hill

  • May 25, 2022 at 10:00 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"The spa is absolutely beautiful along with an incredible hotel and grounds. Would highly recommend to all!"

Hannah F

  • May 17, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"The Headland Spa is a relaxing spa with excellent facilities and treatments and the best views to enjoy your refreshments whilst getting away from your daily stresses. Staff are extremely attentive, espcially Sonia from the Aqua club who always has a smile on her face and cant do enough for you. "

Emma

  • May 17, 2022 at 7:38 am

Voted: A social spa Romantic


"I have been to the headland a few times for spa days and also done a spa weekend which was such a relaxing break on the doorstep!! Highly recommend their new area the aqua club."

Kirsty Rayner

  • May 16, 2022 at 10:57 pm

Voted: Family friendly Solo Friendly Romantic


"We held our daughters wedding here and it was an amazing day followed by a lovely few days break with our dogs included. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the hotel, holiday cottages and Spa to anyone. The Staff, food, location and relaxing Spa were all absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to return."

Tracy

  • May 16, 2022 at 7:19 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

Spa Location

Spa location

Headland Road,
Newquay,
Cornwall,
TR7 1EW

01637 870200

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Extra Information

Dining

There are three dining experiences: the double AA rosette-awarded Samphire, the contemporary Terrace and the Mediterranean themed Deck restaurant. 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. 

Accommodation

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.

Opening Hours

Treatments: 9am to 7pm everyday; Leisure facilities: 8am to 8pm everyday

Travel and Parking

Complimentary parking onsite.

By Rail

The closest train station to The Headland is at Newquay. Travel is possible to Newquay by train from many parts of the British Isles.

National Rail

By Air

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.


By Bus

If you are wishing to use the bus service, the spa recommends looking at the Cornwall County Bus Service timetables.

Accessibility

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.

Treatment menu

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