The Retallack Resort and Spa is an upscale holiday village a stone’s throw away from the harbour town of Padstow. Esya Spa takes its name from the Cornish for ‘at ease’. Enjoy the 15-metre indoor pool, eucalyptus-scented sauna and mood-lit steam room before an Elemis face and body treatment. If you like a little fitness with your spa there’s a gym, classes and water sports on-site. You can even spa en famille as the resort has as a kids club, crèche and babysitting services.
- 15-metre indoor swimming pool
- Eucalyptus-scented sauna
- Mood-lit steam room
- Four treatments rooms including a couples’ suite
- Relaxation room
- Nail bar
- Spa shop
- Gym and weights room
- Fitness classes
- Restaurant and lounge
- Childcare facilities
Our Spa Spy review
Retallack Resort and Spa is a family-friendly, self-catering holiday village in the Cornish countryside near Padstow. On site are 150 five-star lodges -- the majority with wood-burning stoves and outdoor hot tubs -- a shop, a restaurant and bar (The Lookout). The resort also has a health club with gym, fitness studio and tennis courts, an aqua park, and a spa.
The Esya Spa (Cornish for "with ease") is in a separate wooden building that was refurbished and extended in 2017. If you're visiting the spa for the day, you can drive right up to the spa and walk in through the sliding glass doors.
What's on offer?
Staff warmly welcomed us in the colourful reception area, with its smart royal-blue doors and Elemis products for sale. They offered us a drink and a tour before handing us a beige robe, white slippers, and a small bottle of water.
The changing rooms are spacious and clean with several banks of half- and full-height wooden lockers operated by a £1 coin. There's a large grey bench in the centre by which to change and several baskets dotted around in which to deposit wet towels.
We admired the separate changing area for families, with its playpen, changing mat and basket of amenities such as wet wipes, nappy bags and baby shampoo. Across from here are five smart showers with cream tiles, large shower heads and shampoo, conditioner and shower gel from Eco Boutique.
A sparkly purple vanity bar has hairdryers attached to the wall, as well as a swim suit dryer and bags. Nip round the corner for the immaculately clean loos and sinks, with Eco Boutique handwash and lotion.
The 15-metre indoor pool is heated to a very pleasant 31 degrees. The high apex ceiling in white and oak wood creates a light, natural feel. There's a small bubbly hydro-pool in the corner; use the jets to massage your troubles away.
The sauna and steam room are at one end of the pool; use the ladle in the former to pour water over the hot coals. We loved the uber-steamy steam room with its eucalyptus scent and pearl-hued mosaic-tiled benches seating six.
Five chocolate-hued, lie-back loungers with cream cushions are on one side of the pool; on the other, a row of French doors opens out to The Flow Rider, a static surf wave facility with two hot tubs at the end. If it's a nice day, take a seat on the terrace and watch the action.
The dark relaxation room is decked out in golds and chocolate browns with four lie-flat loungers separated by flowing curtains. Grab a magazine, a piece of fresh fruit and a glass of fruit-infused water, and relax.
The spa also has a nail bar and a small gym and fitness studio.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed an Elemis Hot Mineral Body Massage (50 minutes; £80) followed by an Elemis Skin Booster Facial (50 minutes; £70).
My therapist, Danielle, met me in the relaxation room and led me to one of four treatment rooms with gold glinting walls and royal-blue bed linen. Danielle left the room while I made myself comfortable on the bed, lying face up so that she could begin with a foot massage using tangy oils.
Using slow strokes with her hands and forearms, Danielle's full body massage was gentle and thorough, yet sufficiently deep. The hot oils and balms felt silky and luxurious on my skin.
Danielle began the facial with an eye and lip cleanse. She followed this with a cleansing lotion of refreshing lime blossom, which she massaged into my skin and wiped off with hot mitts. Danielle then applied a second cleanser containing anti-ageing pro-collagen followed by a gentle rose scrub, which smelled wonderfully comforting.
Using an amber balm, Danielle massaged my face for a good amount of time, leaving no wrinkle unturned. Two hydrating capsules, a dab of pro-collagen marine cream and a pro-collagen neck balm later, I was ready to see the results.
My whole body felt relaxed and supple, while my face appeared super-clean and flushed with health.
Esya Spa offers a range of facials including Elemis Biotec treatments, massages, scrubs, wraps, manicures, pedicures and finishing treatments. Also on the menu are treatments for men, couples and those with just 15 minutes to spare.
You can eat lunch in your robe at The Lookout, a colourful space with surf boards hanging from the ceiling. The menu includes salads, burgers and specials such as King Prawn linguini. Hunker down by the wood-burning stove come winter.
Our fish and chips served with crushed minted peas and char-grilled lemon wedge were delightful: locally-caught, flaky fish; double-cooked skinny chips; and a tangy tartare sauce. We washed it down with a glass of bubbly.
We loved / we didn't love
Our treatment: Danielle is a seasoned therapist who made it her mission to relax my body, hydrate my skin and bring those rosy cheeks to the surface. Full marks.
The Den: Nobody needs (or deserves) to be pampered more than a sleep-deprived parent; put your child in the well-equipped crèche on site and enjoy some spa-time.
We didn't love
The close proximity of the Flow Rider: There's nothing like the sound of screaming teenagers to ruin that post-spa Zen.
Who do you think would like it?
Resort guests: Esya Spa works hard to attract guests of all ages.
Families: Separate changing areas, a crèche to leave your children in while you have a treatment... You name it, Esya Spa has thought of it.
Couples: Named Kara, the Cornish word for "love", the treatment room for couples has its own relaxation area where you can sip Champagne or take afternoon tea.
The Lookout Restaurant serves up fresh, local dishes, while The Lookout Lounge serves afternoon tea, snacks, and pizzas in an informal envrionment.
Retallack Resort and Spa has a range 85 luxury lodges on-site, some have their own private hot tub. There are also 24 one bedroom lakeside suites complete with their own private balcony.
Monday to Thursday – 9:00am to 8:00pm
Friday to Sunday – 9:00am to 6:00pm