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2 Best Spa Hotels South West England

I absolutely love the South West of England. Devon and Cornwall are so very beautiful. This is the home of the traditional English seaside holiday.

It is home to the jaw-dropping South West Coastal Path, tiny little hedge trimmed roads, amazing seafood, and some fantastic spa hotels.

Just amazing views on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall

If you are looking to combine your visit to this beautiful area with some pampering here are 2 Fantastic Spa Hotels South West England.

Spa Hotels South West England – Thurlestone Hotel Devon

Looking over the grounds of the Hotel Thurlestone

The lovely Thurlestone Hotel is in the heart of South Devon. It is very much the classic English holiday hotel. Whilst there are lots of modern elements, tradition still abounds with tea lounges and gardens galore.

Entrance to the Thurlestone Hotel Devon

The Thurlestone Hotel began as a pub – the still trading lovely Village Inn. In 1895, William and Margaret Grose purchased the Village Inn. They saw an opportunity to provide food and accommodation to golfers and their families.

In 2019, the Village Inn and its expansion into the Thurlestone Hotel are still owned and run by the Grose family – such a wonderful story.

The nautical-themed Thurlestone Hotel Spa

The family is very hands-on with the wonderful Mary often working on the front desk. I am sure that a huge part of the charm of this seaside hotel is the continued ownership by the Grose family.

View from my room balcony

85% of the guests at the Thurlestone Hotel are repeat visitors! I don’t think I have ever heard a figure that high for a hotel before. This is the type of hotel that families come to for years – and it then extends across generations.

Between the golf course, beach, pool and spa there is something for everyone at the Thurlestone Hotel.

Lots of local products in the room to try!

Thurlestone Hotel Rooms

Thurlestone offers a range of rooms and suites. I was lucky enough to have a room with a stunning sea view. My balcony was huge – big enough for 2 big comfortable seats.

The room itself was very large – there was almost a mini lounge. The bed was big – king-sized – and very comfortable.


The bathroom at Thurlestone was freshly renovated and offered a separate bath and shower as well as two sinks. Temple Spa toiletries are on offer – as well as nice comfortable white bathrobes and slippers.

Nice toiletries in the bathroom at the Thurlestone Hotel South Devon

There was a huge range of tea and coffee in my room at the Thurlestone Hotel. I loved that the minibar includes local products like Salcombe Gin – and there was fresh local fudge on offer – which disappeared very quickly.

Bedroom at the Thurlestone Hotel

Thurlestone Hotel Spa and Swimming Pool

There is so much on offer when it comes to wellbeing at the Thurlestone Hotel. The outdoor pool is huge – and rather picturesque with cute mosaics of sea life on the bottom.

There are also cute vintage style designs of old-style bathers around the pool behind the sun loungers.

The outdoor pool at the Thurlestone

This is a great place to just relax and take in the wonderful fresh devon seaside air. There is also a bar and restaurant seating area – so perfect for enjoying a drink and a snack by the pool.

Fish pool art!

The indoor spa is very sleek and modern but with a classic ocean liner theme. The indoor pool is a good size as is the hydrotherapy pool. The spa has 3 spa treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, a gym, and a laconium.

Lying by the pool

The spa facilities can be used by non-residents on a day spa basis and are perfect for spa breaks.

Pool in the spa at the Thurlestone Hotel

Thurlestone Hotel – The Village Inn

The Village Inn is where the Thurlestone Hotel started. Over the years the pub has expanded – and what was now the current owner’s grandmother’s bedroom and kitchen are now a lovely big modern room with big comfortable sofas.

The Village Inn

This is the classic English pub – full of charm and character and of course a gastropub menu. There are roasts on a Sunday, fish, and chips on a Friday and everything else you could want from a pub in between.

Big comfortable back room at The Village Inn Thurlestone

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The bar at the Village inn

Thurlestone Hotel – Restaurants

In addition to the Village Inn, the Thurlestone Hotel has the Trevilder Restaurant as well as a bar and tea lounge. There are loads of seating both inside and out to cater for the changes in the English weather.

The view at breakfast
The view over Devon from my room at the Thurlestone Hotel

We started our evening with a glass of local gin with tonic overlooking the sea. There is also a great range of wines available by the glass.

Local gin in the mini bar

For me, the highlight was the amazing views from the Trevilder restaurant. Luckily this was incorporated into the design of the restaurant – which is all about windows from top to toe.

Tiger prawns at the Thurlestone Hotel restaurant

The menu, like everything else at the Thurlestone Hotel, sources local as much as possible and in the majority of cases. I enjoyed the local tiger prawns to begin. They were lovely but the highlight was an incredibly tasty devon steak wow.

Delicious Devon steak

Breakfast the next morning was also in the Trevilder restaurant. There was a huge buffet. Local juices, local yogurts (both of which were extremely good!) as well as an a la carte hot menu.

I had a fantastic eggs benedict – outstanding local bacon and brilliant hollandaise.

Breakfast menu with local yoghurt

⇒ Thurlestone Hotel > Read Reviews on Trip Advisor Book Your Stay

Eggs Benedict at the Thurlestone Hotel

Things to do near the Thurlestone Hotel

1. Eat Crabs in Salcombe

Lovely Salcombe Harbour

This super cute harbor town is also the home of outstanding crab in many forms.

I enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the Crab Shed which is right on the harbour. The crab sandwich was outstanding. Doorstop sized soft fluffy brown bread with giant hunks of crab in the filling.

The Crab Shed in Salcombe

And as if that wasn’t enough – we also decided to try an interesting menu item. Chips combined with crab bisque with parmesan and a hint of chili. So fantastic. These could have been a meal in themselves – there was even a hint of thai flavour.

The fabulous combination of crab bisque and chips!

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Such a good crab sandwich!

2. Walk along the South West Coastal Path

Library in a phone booth!

Head out of the Thurlestone hotel and walk length. Pass the super cute local post office and Thurlestone church (which look just like they did in the old photos) and take a right just past the church.

Walk down the street that looks private but isn’t and within minutes you will hit the South West Coastal Path.

More south devon beach!

I LOVE the South West Coastal Path. It is insanely beautiful – particularly in the right weather. This section is a very easy walk – quite flat. The views are just draw-dropping – particularly looking over to Burgh Island.

I only had time to walk about 20 odd minutes each way but it made me want to walk a lot more.

Bear island

3. Visit Thurlestone Sands

Drive down some extremely small hedge-lined country lanes and you will hit Thurlestone Sands. This is a rather lovely beach and a small town.

I must admit, I didn’t get time to do much more than jump out and take a few photos but I would recommend spending some more time exploring this cute beach and town.

Thurlestone Sands

Spa Hotels South West – Mullion Cove Hotel

Mullion Cove Hotel has the most stunning location. It is literally RIGHT on the cliff top standing high. I was lucky enough to have a room in the turret on the second floor.

The room took advantage of its amazing views with 3 sided bay windows. I slept with the windows open and the sounds of crashing waves.

Mullion Cove Hotel

Mullion Cove Hotel Rooms

View from my room

My room at Mullion Cove hotel was just lovely. It was a great size and decorated in blue and white. There was a big comfortable bed and not one but 4 bathrobes available for me in two different materials.

One was a cotton waffle and the second a very soft fluffy towel type feel – I chose to use the fluffy towel type feel one. And there were also slippers.

My room at Mullion Cove

The modern bathroom featured a wonderfully powerful shower. The room had a massive range of teas and coffee and also featured local brands – as well as delicious biscuits.

Stunning views from Mullion Cove Hotel

Mullion Cove also has apartments – which were used by the cast and crew of the TV show Poldark during their filming in the area.

Tea, coffee and biscuits galore in my room at the Mullion Cove
How do i choose from 4 robes???

Mullion Cove Hotel Spa and Pool

Mullion Cove Hotel & Pool

The Mullion Cove Hotel spa is only four months old and fantastic. The modern spa building houses treatment rooms, a Himalayan salt room, a sauna, a steam room, and a hydrotherapy pool.

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Outdoor Pool at Mullion Cove

There are “refreshment” showers in the spa building and outside – which seem to involve dumping a large pail of cold water onto yourself – I wasn’t brave enough to give it a try. Oh, there is also a gym.

Sp and pool time

The large outdoor pool is heated and open between February and March.

Jacuzzi time

The highlight of the Mullion Cove spa for me was the outdoor jacuzzi. The jacuzzi has fantastic views over the coast.

Best of all, there is a bar at the spa so we were able to enjoy local gin and tonics whilst sitting in the bubbles and looking out over the coast.

Himalayan salt room at Mullion Cove Hotel Spa

Mullion Cove Hotel Restaurant

We started our evening meal in the Mullion Cove Hotel bar. They have an extensive range of wines by the glass which is always good news. There was the most stunning sunset on the night I stayed at Mullion Cove Hotel.

I spent a bit of time wandering in and out of the bar taking photos with different foregrounds. The colours were almost Asia like – deep pinks and yellows – wow.

Sunset from my room at Mullion Cove

There is both outdoor and indoor seating for the bar.

Amazing sunset colours in Cornwall

It is possible to eat in the bar which was very comfortable. We decided to have our dinner in the big dining room which has fantastic views. Dinner started with big plump local scallops with bacon and corn which were fantastic.

Scallops at the Mullion Cove Hotel Restaurant

Then for main, I chose the local plaice – a nice big portion – and crab risotto. The risotto featured deep-fried mussels and was delicious.

Delicious Plaice with crab risotto and deep fried mussels – so good!

The meal finished with local cheeses – local brie and two local blues. Breakfast in the morning is also served in the large dining room. There is a full buffet as well as a choice of hot breakfasts.

⇒ Mullion Cove Hotel > Read Reviews on Trip Advisor Book Your Stay

Things to do near Mullion Cove Hotel

1. Have fish and chips at the Lizard

Heading down the Lizard Peninsula Path

The Lizard is the most south-westerly point of the British mainland and rather stunning. There is a small town called The Lizard. Whilst it is worth a visit, the best options for lunch are further down the road. Keep driving.

Cream tea time at the Wavecrest Cafe

There is a car park on the left fo the Lizard lighthouse – but don’t park there – keep going. Park in the next car park on the right or be brave and see if there is any room at the final car park which is on the left.

Cornwall shopping

Walk down from the car park and the first place you will hit is the fab Wavecrest restaurant. There is a restaurant a bit farther down that claims to be the most southerly cafe but we preferred the look and the views from Wavecrest.

Delicious big fluffy scones

The interior of Wavecrest is all blue and white and seaside and quite modern. There are wooden tables and seating outside with stunning views of the Lizard Peninsula.

The fish and chips were outstanding! But the highlight was the Cornish afternoon tea. Wow! Super high scones which were so high and fluffy.

Looking over the southwest coastal path

A serving of Cornish afternoon tea at the Wavecrest includes two giant scones which would be enough for a meal on their own. The jam and cream were also outstanding.

Beautiful Colours on the south west coastal path

Do remember that when you are in Cornwall the way to enjoy your scone is to first spread it with jam and then add the cream. If you are in Devon then the cream should be spread first with the jam on top.

Personally, I was raised to enjoy my scones Cornwall style so I find the whole Devon cream first thing rather odd. But maybe it is worth a try – just not at Wavecrest.


2. Walk the South West Coastal Path

Wow. Absolutely jaw-dropping views. Jagged edges, sheltered coves, rock arches, stunning colours, the richest blues, and greens.

This section of the South West Coastal Path is almost ridiculously beautiful. The walking is quite easy as well – not terribly steep. Super photogenic.

Rocks and a beautiful coastline

How to get to South West England

The two main airports in this area are Exeter International for Devon and Newquay for Cornwall. Both have international flights although of course there is a more limited selection than Heathrow or Gatwick.

Stunning South Devon

Driving Around South West England

Devon is 170 miles from London or roughly a four-hour drive. Cornwall is about 260 miles from London and roughly a five-hour drive. Renting a car is a terrific option as there is much to explore by car in these areas.

If you’d like to break up the drive stop via the stunning Dorset Coast and have a treatment at Purbeck Holistic Therapy on the Isle of Purbeck.

Green shack on the devon coast

Top Tip: Rent your car from Heathrow or around Hammersmith/Shepherds Bush if you are coming from London. Cornwall and Devon are southwest of London so this starts your drive on the easiest side of London for a speedier journey.

What a sunset at the Mullion Cove Hotel

If you are driving do watch out for the very small roads – particularly around the Thurlestone Hotel in Devon. The roads are barely one way in terms of width and the traffic is two ways. These tiny roads are lined by some rather tall hedges.

They look lovely – but it makes it quite difficult to see who is coming the opposite way. There are lots of places to pull over and the locals are very understanding – but this is definitely for the calmest driver in your group.

Lovely Devon

The other option is to take the train to South West England. The closest station to Thurlestone Hotel is Totnes (17 miles away). For Mullion Cove Hotel it is Redruth station (18 miles away).

Who Paid for What in this Post

Sunset seen from Mullion Cove hotel

The lovely Grose family was kind enough to host me at both the Thurlestone Hotel and the Mullion Cove Hotel. In addition to my room, this included dinner, drinks, and breakfast.

I covered the cost of the hire car and petrol and paid for my delicious lunches in Salcombe and the Lizard – both great investments.

Also, this post contains affiliate links. That means that if you click through on some of the links in it and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. Just wanted to make sure that you knew.

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Bong @Cebu island hopping

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

These spa hotels look so amazing! Big thanks for this tips. We will be there next year .


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Wow, these spa hotels look so amazing! I love the pools they both have. I am going to England in February, so will check these out!!


Friday 8th of November 2019

A spa hotel sounds perfect! I’ll be in the UK visiting family in a few months. I might need a little solo weekend getaway while I’m there!

Olya Amanova

Friday 8th of November 2019

These places look heavenly and especially this season it is do tempting to go through each photo multiple times.


Friday 8th of November 2019

Wow, what a great view and hotel. Will definitely for sure stay in one of these hotels next with my family. they would love it thanks.

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