Review: St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall

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Cornwall is a place to get away from it all. Whether you’re looking for beaches and verdant countryside, or history and tiny coastal villages. Or a few days of indulgent relaxation and fabulous Cornish cuisine. I found all this, and more, when I stayed at the St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick.

Disclosure: St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick provided a complimentary stay for myself and my husband in return for coverage on this site.

A Luxury Holiday Experience

The St Moritz is more than just a place to stay. It describes itself as a Miami-themed hotel, a “luxury holiday experience with all the trimmings, coupled with some Cornish laid-back beach vibes…” It has beautifully designed interiors and lush gardens, and activities for every type of holidaymaker.

Restaurant with tables laid for dinner. To the right is an open hatch leading to the food preparation area and at the back are shelves filled with china and books
The stylish Shorecrest Restaurant

Overlooking the Camel Estuary in north Cornwall, the St Moritz Hotel opened to visitors in 2008. With a mixture of rooms, apartments and villas it can cater for couples, families and groups. And the staff deserve a mention: I found everyone I met very friendly and helpful.

Rooms, Suites And Apartments

I stayed in a garden suite, which was stylish, spacious and fully equipped, with a large bedroom, separate living area, and kitchen. The conservatory-style windows opened up into a private garden full of colourful shrubs and flowers. I could happily have spent most of my time here, relaxing and enjoying a drink in the garden.

Looking through large open windows to a garden area with table and chairs and plants around the edge
Looking out at our private garden

The hotel has 48 rooms and suites to suit all visitors and budgets. The large king rooms have double or twin beds, and bunk beds for accompanying children. Each king room has an allocated beach hut beside the outdoor pool. The cosy rooms are smaller, but still elegant and well-appointed.

Double bed in a room with chairs and a desk, with large windows at the end overlooking a garden
The bedroom in our Garden Suite

If you are looking for full self-catering there is an additional choice of apartments, villas and houses, accommodating up to 8 people.

Eating And Drinking At The St Moritz Hotel

Even if you are self-catering you will want to sample the food at the St Moritz, where everything is imaginatively cooked from fresh local ingredients. The Shorecrest Restaurant has a small menu which changes on a regular basis – you can expect local fish and meat, and a vegetarian option. Our main courses were cod with chickpeas and samphire, and pea and spring onion risotto, both of which were excellent.

White plate with pieces of flatbread and a selection of salad items including couscous, beetroot hummus and pickled onions
A very tasty salad in the Seaside Café

The Shorecrest also has a bar where you can enjoy a drink and a bar meal. And the Seaside Café, beside the outdoor swimming pool, is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, with choices including salads and pizzas cooked in a clay oven.

Activities For Everyone

There is plenty to do without even leaving the hotel. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a gym, sauna and steam room. You can play tennis, table tennis and croquet. You’ll find a small kids’ room filled with games, and in the summer there is a timetable of activities for children. And the adults can enjoy live music evenings at the Seaside Café.

Then there is the Cowshed Spa, a luxurious space offering a whole range of treatments using natural products. I felt wonderfully relaxed after an hour-long massage, but you could also indulge in mud wraps, facials, manicures, and more.

Sitting area with two easy chairs and a small table. Around the edge are shelves holding different natural products
The luxurious Cowshed Spa

Exploring The Area

Of course, this is Cornwall and there is lots to see and do both close to the hotel and further afield. A track at the back of the hotel takes you down to a small beach and the South West Coast Path. In one direction you can hike along the cliff tops; in the other a short walk takes you to the small town of Polzeath, where you will find shops, cafés and water sports.

Looking down to sand, rocks and sea from a cliff top with long grass and wild flowers on the side
Looking down to the beach from the coastal path

Further afield, I took short trips to Tintagel and Boscastle. But you could also explore the fishing village of Port Isaac and the cathedral city of Truro, or head off to the upmarket resort of Rock and take the ferry to Padstow.

Need To Know

  • The St Moritz Hotel is on the north coast of Cornwall, 22 km from Bodmin and 37 km from Newquay.
  • It is advisable to make reservations for spa treatments and dinner in the Shorecrest Restaurant.
  • The hotel has one accessible suite and one accessible twin room. Have a look at the website for information about access to facilities.

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