5 Bubble Spa 2017

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 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
  • Rasul
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa cafe
  • VIP suite
  • Brow bar
  • Make up stand


  • Elemis
  • OPI
  • Natura Bisse
  • Natural Spa Factory
  • Delilah

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

The Headland is a handsome, red-brick property set high on a cliff top overlooking Fistral Bay. The hotel was star of cult movie Witches and continues to welcome locals and holidaymakers to its elegant rooms, 2 AA rosette restaurant, tennis courts and spa.

Park right outside the hotel and walk into the elegant reception with its chandeliers and plush carpets. A roaring fire in the corner took the edge of a rather soggy journey.

The spa is a modern contrast to the rest of the property and is downstairs via a sweeping staircase.

On offer

What's on offer?

In the spa reception area (affectionately called The Robe Lounge) we took a seat on a stylish sofa to fill out a consultation form using an iPad. This space doubles as a pre-treatment area and place to have lunch, and is light and airy with white furniture and large pieces of tree bark bringing nature in. Shelves of Elemis products, a nail bar and a reception desk that wouldn't look out of place in a night club complete this room.

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.

There are two changing rooms. If you are having a treatment, use the rooms along the treatment corridor which are small and beautiful, with tall, lilac-hued wooden lockers operated by keypads, and private shower cubicles containing Elemis amenities (including conditioner).

We loved the separate vanity room with its hot-pink bar and stool, hairdryer, straighteners, cotton wool and Natural Spa Factory cleanser, toner and moisturiser (both body and facial).  

The Headland Spa has a smart 12-metre indoor pool decked in turquoise mosaic tiles. At the far end is a bubble seat in each corner; push the button near the central swan-pipe and let a powerful gush of water pummel away at your back and shoulders.

At the other 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; a spa butler will come and take your drink order. We spent a good amount of time in the Cornish Salt Steam Room with its grey pebble curve bench seating six and curious wall of compacted white squares.

For a spa of this size, 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. Each has three settings: Caribbean storm, cold rain or tropical rain.

The Headland Spa also has a 15-metre heated outdoor pool surrounded by loungers and offering beach views. If you want to work out, you can use the outdoor tennis court, 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 fluffy blanket and snuggle up.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We enjoyed a Headland Marine Ritual (90 minutes; £129), a toe-to-top treatment encompassing a foot massage, body scrub, body massage and a facial.

My therapist, Zoe, led me to a clean and design-led treatment room, with distressed wood walls, cream cupboards and a private shower with large square shower head. The Headland Spa also has a couples' treatment room with private bubbly bath.

Zoe invited me to sit and place my feet in a bowl of warm water while she washed them in a gold Champagne foot scrub -- not a bad way to begin. Once dried, I lay face down on the bed so that Zoe could cover my back and legs in a Peppermint Salt Body Scrub from Natural Spa Factory; this smelled fresh and invigorating.

Zoe switched on the shower so that I could wash off the scrub; my skin immediately felt soft.

Zoe began a thoroughly relaxing full body massage using a fresh and floral moisturising oil from British brand AromaWorks; it contains May Chang and sandalwood. Zoe checked, and adjusted, the pressure throughout the massage to ensure it was perfect.

For the facial, Zoe cleansed and toned my skin using a Gold Gel Cleanse and Facial Tonic in preparation for a coal mask. The black mask has cut-out eyes, nose and mouth. While it tingled away (and boy, did it), Zoe ran some Organic Raw Coconut Oil through my hair and performed a gentle scalp massage.

The mask peeled off in one go and Zoe treated my face to a day cream containing pomegranate and grape-seed oil. On being roused and handed ice-cold water, my entire body felt soft and supple, while -- on inspection -- my face appeared brighter and fully hydrated.

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 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.

Food facts

Food Facts

You can pre-order lunch before your arrival from a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as burgers, sharing boards and afternoon tea.

Happy in our robe, we munched on an open Cornish crab sandwich with slices of avocado, peppery rocket and root-veg crisps. This went perfectly with a glass of Prosecco.

That evening we dined at Samphire restaurant with its two AA rosettes. Our starter of chicken and avocado Caesar salad was far prettier (and more accomplished) than the menu led us to believe, while our main of crispy duck breast was classic British cooking at its best. For dessert, a lemon and sesame meringue tart was suck-your-cheeks in fantastic.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The decor: The whole spa is stylish with plenty of nods to nature.

Our treatment: Our Headland Marine Ritual was toe-to-top bliss.

We didn't love

The lack of hooks near the thermal facilities: When it's busy, robes and towels often end up abandoned on the floor.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Groups of friends: The Headland Spa is a sociable spa where catching up is encouraged.

Tourists: The Headland is a great introduction to Cornwall, with its wonderful vistas, 2 AA rosette restaurant and comprehensive spa.

Couples: The Headland Spa is simply made for romance, particularly if the weather is kind enough for an early evening dip in the outdoor pool.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded The Headland Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 bubbles for its great design, choice of indoor and outdoor pool, and imaginative treatment menu.

Stylish Spy visited in September 2017 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"If you are looking for a relaxing time at this spa forget it, most of the day children are running around making an absolute racket. My idea of a spa is a place of serenity, to relax and pamper yourself; not listen to children screaming. Even centra parc's spa does not allow children into their Aqua Sana. They seam to have an identity crisis at the headland, they can't decide whether they have a spa or a family pool. Our visit was as part of a stay at the Hotel as part of our honeymoon, I won't be visiting again."


  • November 11, 2017 at 4:16 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!"

Karen Kind

  • February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"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. "


  • July 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm

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

"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!"


  • July 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"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."


  • July 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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

"I have visited every month since Jan 2014 had fabulous spa days with super products and great therapists have recommended to all my friends "

Pauline Browne

  • May 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly

"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!)."

Melanie Stephens

  • April 28, 2015 at 11:43 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"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. "

Vicky Wilcock

  • April 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"Stunning spa, beautiful location."

Lara Snell

  • April 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

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

"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. "


  • April 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Voted: A social spa

Spa Location

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Spa location

Headland Road,

01637 872211


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.

See the hotels entry on Pride of Britain Hotels.

Opening Hours

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

Treatment menu

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