Hotel review: Una St Ives, Cornwall

Situated in the beautiful and quaint Carbis Bay area on the North coast of Cornwall, Una St Ives is a relaxed and stylish holiday resort affording the ultimate in Cornish laid-back luxury. Set in the tranquil countryside, close to the shores of St Ives Bay, Una St Ives offers guests the chance to do as little or as much as they like.

A St Ives review

Rooms and facilities

Contemporary self-catering lodges make for a perfect home away from home, with leisure, wellbeing, and dining facilities just a stone’s throw away. The resort is spacious and spread out, giving guests both room to relax and privacy while keeping all facilities within walking distance. A clean wall-back aesthetic with nautical touches can be seen throughout the lodges, ensuring the vibes are calm and serene – the perfect place to unwind.

Perfect for couples, families, or groups of friends, the resort’s collection of lodges range from a one-bedroomed lodge to an expansive four-bedroomed home with hot tub and wood burner options. With everything you could need for your stay, the lodges include fully equipped kitchens, dining and living areas. But as well as catering to humans, the resort can also host your four-legged friend.

Sustainability and preserving the precious Cornwall flora and fauna are at the core of the resort, with all lodges featuring solar panels, sedum roofs, cedar cladding, lambs’ wool insulation and natural log burners. Natural materials are used across the site, and emphasis has been placed on incorporating traditional Cornish stone and native plants. All this works to give the resort a lusciously wild and authentically Cornish feel. Several pet-friendly lodges are available, and Una Kitchen also welcomes well-behaved dogs.

food and drinks

A Kitchen is headed up by multiple AA Rosette-winning Cornish chef Glenn Gatland. It offers fresh, wood-fired cooking in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. Mediterranean-inspired dishes, made with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients are fresh and delicious, whilst the fresh fish, pizzas from the woodfired oven and Sunday roasts are classics you’ll keep going back for.

Breakfast is made to order, and the selection caters to all tastes, with a full-English, Belgian waffles or salmon and scrambled eggs to name a few. Breakfast can be added to a stay for £12 per person irrespective of duration.

Hotel Highlights

At the heart of the resort sits the Spa at Una. Encouraging guests to take time for wellness, the spa consists of four treatment rooms providing a range of pampering and holistic treatments using Elemis products, a sun-lit 15-meter swimming pool, kid’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room alongside the Life Fitness-gym. We were treated to a deep-tissue massage which was a delightful addition to the stay and set us up perfectly for a weekend of exploring what Cornwall had to offer.

What to do nearby

The location of Una St Ives is perfectly placed for a wide variety of adventures and activities. The resort is surrounded by beaches on all sides, with Carbis Bay beach just five minutes away by car, as well as Hayle and the Towan’s beaches further along the coast at just a 15 minute drive, each of them beautiful no matter the weather.

If you’re after a livelier atmosphere, the idyllic harbor town of St Ives is a seven-minute drive away and is a vibrant hub of activity day or night. The cobbled streets lined with charming fisherman cottages are a delight to walk down as you peruse the independent shops and galleries.

The working harbor and its colorful fishing boats are a sight to behold – inspiring many of the local artists – and a great place to catch a boat trip, of which there are many. This is a brilliant way of cramming more of the gorgeous Cornish coastline into your stay (and maybe spotting a seal or two).

When hunger strikes, you couldn’t be in a better place. St Ives is packed full of incredible restaurants, cafes, and bars, many of which are serving the best there is to offer in fresh caught fish and seafood (we recommend Source Kitchen – the dressed crab on toast was divine).

If you’re willing to venture further afield, St Michael’s Mount is just 20 minutes away, Land’s End 40 minutes away, and if you’re heading north on your way home, why not stop by the Eden Project?

A self-catering stay at Una St Ives in a 2-bedroom lodge costs from £140 per night for a 3-night break in low season. This includes leisure club access. For more information, visit the website here.

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