Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1EW
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.
The Headland is an imposing red-brick hotel that looks as though it’s been airlifted from Knightsbridge and placed on the edge of Fistral Beach. Opened in 1900, The Headland is now an award-winning hotel and spa with a beautiful and unusual spa. The hotel has been stylishly and lovingly updated by the current owners while remaining sympathetic to its history and locale.
The hotel reception is a warm, welcoming area with a wood-panelled reception, grandfather clock and huge fire flanked by a pair of large metal hounds (this is a dog-friendly hotel). Beyond is a cavernous lounge with chandeliers, roaring fires, and sofas for draping oneself around after blustery walks. A sweeping staircase leads up to the hotel rooms and suites.
You reach The Headland Spa down a wide stairway opposite reception. A wow moment happens as you enter the large, light space. The open-plan reception and spa café open onto a beach terrace, so you get the views and light, despite the spa being "downstairs". The décor is delightful, with silver birch tree trunks lining one wall and white contemporary furniture – the effect is a Scandinavian fairy-tale forest, with the odd splash of pink and orange.
The curved and mirrored spa reception sits at one end of a long open-plan lounge, café and terrace. Here you will find shelves of Elemis, Thalgo and beauty brand Delilah products, with an area for make-overs and a brow bar. A chic nail suite has two orange pedicure thrones and two nail stations. A seating area at the centre of the lounge has a glass wall that overlooks the blue rectangular spa pool.
The spa café has modular white chairs and tables. In warmer weather, you can eat on the terrace and watch the surfers, or simply lie on a lounger and soak up the sun.
You will need to be buzzed in to the thermal area, which is shared by hotel guests but children’s swim times are limited, and it wasn’t too busy when we were there. There are two main areas: the pool with its various massage jets on a timer, and two bubbly loungers around the side. At one end are two showers and the clean, bright changing rooms, with lockers stocked with robes and flip-flops, and showers with Elemis products.
Through gaps in the pebble-lined walls you'll find a Jacuzzi big enough to seat six, aromatherapy experience showers, a large, Swedish style wooden sauna and a Cornish salt steam room. There are benches for catching your breath after all that heat, a water fountain to keep you hydrated, and plenty of hooks to hang your robe or towels.
Through a door are the gym and six treatment rooms. Corridors are wide and lined with framed photographs, tidal charts and wall sculptures – some of which turned out to be the state-of-the-art (literally) air-conditioning.
The small but neat spa changing rooms have a shocking-pink vanity area stocked with Elemis products. There are five individual changing cubicles if you want to preserve your modesty. The large relaxation lounge is only available to people having treatments. It has has an interesting cave-like curved design, and huge chairs and loungers to snuggle up in. Help yourself to a selection of drinks, teas, water, healthy snacks and magazines. We loved the tree-light in the middle: totally in keeping with the magic-forest feel.
The Headland Spa also has a private rasul with a range of Natural Spa Factory muds, a VIP suite with a TV and bar for couples or groups, and a couples' Jacuzzi treatment suite.
We had the Spa Gerys-Da (Cornish for "Renowned Spa"; 90 minutes, £125) which is a signature "taster-menu" style treatment. It involves a reflexology foot massage, a body scrub followed by a Balinese massage, a seaweed facial, and finally a scalp massage: literally toe to head.
My therapist, Jodie, led me from the relaxation room to a large, softly lit treatment room; stylish and clean with a bright-pink sideboard (each room is colour-coded) and a shower. As she washed my feet in a foot bath, Jodie talked through my consultation form and the areas I wanted her to work on.
Jodie left me to undress and lie on my back on the warmed treatment bed. When she returned, she placed a lavender pillow over my eyes. She began with the reflexology massage, focusing on the areas that would relax my spine. Jodie’s pressure was firm and confident, not in the least bit ticklish. Next Jodie rubbed a marine scrub into my skin, using long, stretching strokes that were both calming and, with the scrub, invigorating. She then switched on the shower and tested the temperature before leaving the room. I showered off all those minerals, dried myself and got back on the bed ready for the treatment part two.
For the massage, Jodie used jojoba-based aromatherapy oil which she applied with strong, lengthening and stretching Balinese-style strokes. The pressure was firm but not painful and reminded me of sea swirls and eddies as she moved over each section of my body, front and back, including my stomach. I felt my body grow heavy and began to drift off.
The facial was very interesting: first a cleanse and tone, then a multi-layered face-mask. Jodie applied Thalgo’s plasma gel (as someone with dry, sensitive skin, I’m a big Thalgo fan) and massaged it into my face, using her hands and poultices made from Cornish seaweed. She lowered thin gauze onto my face, and brushed on a heavy clay-like mask. As this dried, Jodie massaged my shoulders and head, and finally lifted off the mask.
After a brief rest in which I savoured the feeling of total relaxation and slight tingling from the head massage, Jodie led me to the relaxation lounge. Each stage of the treatment was interesting and enjoyable in different ways -- alternately uplifting and calming, rather like waves. It felt more adventurous than the usual facial and massage, and my skin felt soft, hydrated and thoroughly cleansed.
After relaxing, I tried the rasul. The mosaic-tiled chamber has coloured lights and two thrones, with a shower and changing area just outside. My therapist handed me a tray with three bowls: a scrub to start with, yellow and red muds for my body, a creamy coloured mud for my face. I scrubbed and showered, then smeared on the muds in the steam. It was fun even on my own (probably more so with a friend). After 20 minutes, the tropical rain shower suddenly switched on, rinsing off the mud. Fabulous.
The treatment menu at The Headland Spa offers Elemis facials and body treatments, massage, reflexology, Thalgo marine-inspired rituals and OPI manicures and pedicures. There are beauty options and treatments for men, too.
Food is served in the spa café, or on the terrace in summer.
The Headland Spa menu offers an appealing choice of sandwiches, starters and main meals. Try substantial burgers and fish and chips, or 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 delicious tagliatelle with Cornish crab, a raw juice smoothie and for pudding, the chef’s special chocolate and avocado cake (far nicer than it sounds and only 100 kcals).
The Headland also has an elegant restaurant, and a laid-back beach-terrace bar and café with stained glass windows overlooking the bay.
The imaginative design of the spa café and relaxation room: a spa to inspire.
The creative treatments, the thought that has gone into The Headland Spa menu, and the high standard of service.
The views, of course!
We didn't love
Although we loved the thermal area -- the sauna and steam room were comfortable, spacious and hot -- the hydro pool was a little too cool for lingering when we visited. We understand this has been changed since our visit, so the pool should now be perfect to enjoy.
Couples: The Headland Spa has two treatment rooms for couples, including the Jacuzzi suite, plus the rasul, and we can’t think of a more romantic setting.
We saw lots of single spa-goers enjoying the high-quality treatments, the peace and beautiful setting.
There’s also a VIP room and nail parlour, as well as little social areas for hens and friends.
We gave The Headland Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of Five Bubbles. The location, design and treatment menu make for a unique and memorable spa experience. This spa is valued as a vital part of the hotel and it’s easy to while away a day in this lovely space.
Savant Spa visited in January 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
Headland Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1EW
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.
Treatments: 10am to 7pm everyday; Leisure facilities: 7am to 10pm everyday
There are no offers for this spa.