This time last year we had a heatwave and we headed to Cornwall for the long Easter weekend. It was totally one of the best places I’ve been to – scenic, peaceful and idyllic. We left at the crack of dawn to drive down to Boskerris Hotel in Carbis Bay. Carbis Bay is a cute little seaside about 15 minutes along the coast path to St Ives.
The boutique hotel or converted beach house is one of the best I’ve stayed in – from pre-arrival to the end of our stay this was an amazing place…it was like staying with family without any intrusion. Beach was very close by to the hotel down a steep hill and the hotel itself was just stunning. The rooms were a little small but cosy enough and the lounge area had a Mediterranean feel with crisp colours, glass doors and patio decking -perfect for a relaxing Sunday where we read the newspapers and just took in the views in.
Breakfast was very yummy and the first time I tasted muesli – totally hooked on the home-made honey roasted muesli that was on offer at the hotel. The staff were really helpful and we loved the little touches – Easter eggs for guests, welcome cards, range of DVDs to watch, maps, towels and beach blankets to take with you to the beach.
The location was perfect – close enough to bars and restaurants in St Ives but far enough to be secluded. We had dinner in some well-recommended restaurants which the staff at the hotel recommended and booked for us:
- Blas Burgers: Home of gourmet burgers, freshly made from delicious local Cornish ingredients. A real buzzing and very friendly place with tasty burgers especially the veggie ones.
- Spinacios: a little vegetarian with fresh ingredients used in all the food. Not amazing and would agree there are better places to eat in St Ives but nice to try this concept.
- Porthmear Beach cafe: a great place on the beach with Tate St. Ives behind where we could watch the sun go down over the beach. A creative menu of tapas style options and a chic atmosphere. I loved the fact that they gave us fleece blankets when it got cold and the little booths for bigger parties.
The beaches were fantastic albeit the sea was cold – oh and an added bonus is the ability to visit the Eden Project on the way back which houses the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Totally a must-see destination showing at first-hand the beauty of the landscape and biodomes.
I really would recommend a short break here – it really is comparable to the beaches around the world and just on our doorstep!