myCornwall pack a bag for a night at the St Ives Harbour Hotel.
Clustered on the West Coast of Cornwall, the bustling town of St Ives attracts people to its shores all year round due to its vibrant art scene, sweeping beaches and chic boutiques.
Stretched across the striking landscape of Porthminster Bay, the luxurious St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa is ideally situated to take in the beauty and charm of the surrounding town whilst being a short stroll from the soft sand of Porthminster Beach.
On first impressions the hotel looks classically stylish yet unassuming and I am pleasantly surprised by the efficient plan for parking in the form of a building opposite the hotel and the clever use of a car lift. As I walk towards the entrance my attention is drawn to the stunning unspoilt view, sweeping down from the hotel and out to sea, a true picture of Cornwall in all its finery.
The reception is bright and inviting and the surrounding furnishings emphasise a sense of opulence that we later find to be continued throughout the hotel. Upon collecting our key, we make an early dinner reservation and head in search of our room.
As we pass through a number of doors and winding hallways we are given the feeling of belonging to a hidden wing of the hotel creating an appealing sense of privacy. Entering our suite we are immediately drawn to a luxurious four-poster bed, in a bright and spacious room, the furnishings are lavish and comfortable, but perhaps most impressive of all is an adjoining balcony providing us with a magnificent view down across Porthminster beach and out across St Ives.
Winding back through the belly of the building we pass through a vast lounge area complete with elegant sofa’s and catch a glimpse of the restaurant ahead. The food smells delicious and I can’t wait to taste the culinary creations on offer.
We are led to a table by the window allowing us to admire the scenery as we tuck in to delicate dishes created using local produce. Both myself and my partner opted for the confit chicken balls with shallot and tarragon puree and beetroot syrup, a deliciously light dish that led us on to our main course. I chose pan-fried sea bass served with purple potato and a tomato compote while my partner decided on the grilled rib-eye steak, French fries, grilled tomato and peppercorn sauce, and no meal would be complete without a sweet treat to round off the evening.
It was an easy choice to make with my favourite desert on offer, a vanilla panna cotta with meringues and strawberry jelly and for my partner a divine dark, milk and white chocolate trio. The meal was a delight to the senses and full of subtle flavours.
We awoke the next morning to the sound of waves crashing on the beach and seagulls calling. After a delicious breakfast in the restaurant from a choice of continental and cooked dishes we headed to the hotel’s latest luxury addition, the onsite spa. With a cluster of four treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and crystal steam room the morning was sure to be one of pure relaxation. We were booked in for one of their most popular treatments, a back, neck and shoulder massage using divine holistic products and ESPA therapy techniques. Thirty minutes later and we both emerged feeling pampered and stress free. A truly beautiful space where the stresses of daily life are left at the door.
The staff at the St Ives Harbour Hotel pride themselves in maintaining a luxury establishment and their passion for both their positions and the people who visit is clear for all to see. A slice of paradise not to be missed.
St Ives Harbour Hotel – Porthminster, The Terrace, St.Ives, Cornwall TR26 2BN
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