St Moritz Garden Villas
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About St Moritz Garden Villas
The 4 star Garden Villas provide quality self catering accommodation superbly designed for family holidays and comfortable relaxation. Located just minutes away from Polzeath Beach and surrounded by beautiful coastal paths you may enjoy all of the superb facilities of the St Moritz Hotel – Cowshed spa, restaurant and bar, gym, pool, sauna, steam room and tennis.
St Moritz villas are ideally situated for your self catering Cornwall family holiday in an area of outstanding natural beauty with direct pedestrian access to several sandy beaches and the South West Coastal Path. The walk between Polzeath Beach and Daymer Bay is stunning and within walking distance from your villa.
The villas have been on site for some twenty years or more and are all privately owned and individually furnished. Though they do not come with the same design standards as the apartments (see separate listing) they offer a great accommodation option for families.
The two beds are cosy but the larger three and four bedroom villas offer more spacious accommodation. Most are arranged in an upside down format so that sitting rooms benefit from the views.
Each villa offers a fully equipped kitchen complete with microwave, a dishwasher and a washer / dryer, as well as a starter pack containing essentials.
In the lounge you'll find the TV with Freeview and a selection of Sky channels as well as a DVD player for your kids favourites! Each villa offers free internet access.
All bedding and towels are provided. One cot and one high chair is available in each villa free of charge and should be requested prior to arrival - should you need more they can be provided.
Please note that all tenancies commence at 4 pm on the day of arrival and end at 10 a.m. on the day of departure.
Places to Eat
St Moritz now offers 3 dining options and we did sample them all. The Seaside Restaurant is located near the outdoor pool and in summer there is a terrace for dining; open all day it offers lighter meals and everything from coffee to an evening drink can be enjoyed here. The bar offers a similar menu but dining here you are in the hub of the main building and it feels a little more elegant for the evening, enjoy drinks first and then a relaxed supper.
The restaurant is informal, an open plan kitchen operates and it is hard not to watch the chefs busy at work, the menu they produce is stylish and simple, they really do use local, seasonal produce and the food is of a high standard without being over priced (remember this area of Cornwall is expensive).
Breakfast is served in the main restaurant and has every option you could want, wide cereal selection, fruits, pastries and cooked menu (wonderfully cooked to order rather than a help yourself buffet).
An added bonus at St Moritz is the Cowshed Spa, an offshoot from the Soho House group it has been re-created in the same style and offers all their signature treatments, the spa girls are all delightful and well accomplished in their treatments. Arriving stressed and in need of some pampering this was certainly the place to find a bit of inner calm, cannot recommend it highly enough.
The indoor pool remains from pre new hotel days, but it is adequate and the new sauna/ steam room and changing facilities balance the overall experience. An outdoor pool will be open during the summer months and has been perfectly positioned to be shielded from the coastal wind; I suspect this area will be a real sun trap. For younger children the garden area by the outdoor pool offers space to play, there are also tennis courts, a play room with games for little ones and a wii/playstation. A laundry room for wetsuits is also offered.
Polzeath is one of the best surf beaches in North Cornwall with two well established surf schools offering lessons for every ability and a small range of shops and restaurants. There are many great walking routes from the hotel , take the coast path via Daymer Bay to Rock and enjoy an expensive coffee to sustain you for the walk back (nothing in Rock is cheap) or walk towards Polzeath and across to Pentire Head taking in the most stunning views out to sea.
So far so good and all things you would expect from a luxury hotel but where the St Moritz offers something extra really is in the standard of their service, a rotating team of guest hosts work with the reception team and duty managers to ensure there is always someone to help you plan your day. They cover everything from talking you through the days weather (very changeable in Cornwall) to offering lifts down to the beach in Polzeath, over to Rock or for an evening out; this is a great service that does mean you don't have to take the car everywhere. The team will book surf lessons and other activities, make dinner reservations (note Nathan Outlaw has a restaurant in Rock) and generally help with any and all aspects of your stay. This team are great and really make you feel that you are somewhere very special and you are, the best seaside hotel you could hope to find.