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St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall

Let’s talk about the lazy beaches of Polzeath and Trebetherick, where the Atlantic waves smash on the northern Cornish coastline. 

Gorgeous houses, with breath-taking views, form little tranquil villages.
The postcode here is almost as costly as central London.  In this case it’s absolutely worth it though; you can’t put a price to waking up to rolling hills covered in wild flowers, meeting the deep-blue ocean.

What's best: it’s not at all stale and uptight! 
Tanned and  ridiculously cool surfers bring balance to the equation.
On a sunny day, Polzeath’s sandy beach looks more like a scene from relaxed Down Under, rather than good old England. 

Welcome to the St Moritz: An Art Deco boutique hotel with uninterrupted views over the point where river Camel meets the ocean. (check availability)

It's the perfect home away from home! No they didn't pay me to say that, as a matter of fact we visited the St Moritz at a time when my husband was recovering from severe back issues and although we were supposed to stay for just two nights, we ended up spending four, because we felt so relaxed and welcomed.

Our little one-bed apartment was on the ground floor and morning coffee in our private little terrace was pure bliss. So quiet, with a great view of the sea and the rolling hills around.

St Moritz also has the softest, fluffiest, most comfortable mattress, I've ever slept on! The rooms are all decorated in neutral and light, nautical, blue tones and the studios are equipped with kitchenettes in case you want to try your hand at cooking with local produce.

Cowshed Spa resides in the hotel too, but it gets so busy that you have to book well in advance.

During the day head to the small, pebbly beach, ten-minute walk from the hotel, next to colourful fields and white fences.  It's quiet and secluded.
Or jump in your car and head to the sandy Polzeath stretch, five-minutes drive away, full of families, uber-tanned surfers and little beach huts with all of the necessary paraphernalia.  

In the early evenings, fish-lover’s paradise Padstow, awaits the tide, nested on the other side of river Camel. On summer evenings, the moon shines in the calm waters of the little enclosed port. All its fish restaurants leave demanding Londoners utterly in owe, with fresh fish and robust local flavours. Rick Stein, owns about 3 of them!   

Padstow is a 20-minute drive from St Moritz Hotel, or the romantic alternative is to drive from the hotel down to Rock, a small river-side dock and catch the ferry across to Padstow. You might want to watch for the crossing-timings of you opt for that though. 
Padstow's port at sunset

River Camel at low tide, seen from Padstow

The countryside is pure and filled with positive energy to power our fast-paced lives.
Trebetherick and St Moritz were the first stop to our Cornish escape, which started as a long weekend, but turned out to be a ten day  road-trip adventure, because we were so charmed by the Cornish landscape.

Everybody needs some grounding time every now and again, to remember what’s important in life. Gaia (I love this ancient Greek word for earth) would indeed be very proud of our appreciating what’s in our garden.

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