“I think I can see the sea!!!!”
*sounds of shrieks of delight from the back of the camper van
It had been a long drive, but all is immediately forgotten as we spy a glimpse of those Cornish waters glistening in the sunshine. We had arrived in Cornwall, and were heading to Una St Ives – our home for the next few days.
Welcome to Cornwall.
I love Cornwall. I love the beautiful turquoise waters. I love the stunning beaches. I love the independent, quirky shops and the abundance of restaurants and coffee shops dotted along the cobbled streets. It was February half term, and it had been particularly cold and wet up until now. We were all longing for a bit of sunshine, sea air, rest and relaxation…and days spent on coastal walks… sporting sandy windswept hair and weathered cheeks.
Una St Ives
We had been invited to stay at Una St Ives for four nights. Una St Ives is a development of 1, 2 3 and 4 bedroom properties situated on the edge of St Ives. The stunning Carbis Bay coastline is just a mile away and the white sands and cobbled streets of St Ives are just a five minute drive from the resort.
On arrival at the resort, I instantly sensed a feeling of calm. An impressive wood clad building stood to the front of the entrance, and we then spied a collection of delightful properties dotted around the resort…29 in total – giving a definite intimate feel to the resort. We were staying in a four bedroom property. Once we had been given our keys, armed with a map of the resort, we headed over to find our property. On opening the door and stepping inside – I have to say we were wowed. The luxury home had around 33 foot of living space, with a stunning open plan kitchen diner, large sitting room with TV and wood burner, ground floor cloakroom and WC, giving us plenty of space to spread out, relax and enjoy our break. I really do love an open plan living space, I find it really works for families. The kitchen was fully equipped with cooking utensils, crockery, and there was a cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Everything you need for your holiday. The stylish decor was contemporary and modern, there was ample space and the accommodation was immaculately presented.
Upstairs led to four beautiful double bedrooms, all individually and beautifully decorated. There was a master bedroom with an ensuite, three other bedrooms; two with double beds, one with twin single beds. The family bathroom had both a bath and a free standing shower. Inside the master bedroom, there was a TV, and patio doors, leading out onto a balcony equipped with table and chairs, to sit outside and enjoy the views and the Cornish sunshine – whatever the temperature.
Una St Ives – Leisure facilities
There is everything here to allow you to escape from the chaos and daily routine and relax and unwind. We made full use of the leisure and fitness suite – every day. There is a well equipped gym, fitness classes to enjoy, and an indoor heated pool with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. I loved the fact that there was a small children’s pool – 0.45m deep…this was just perfect for toddlers and babies to enjoy. Access to the leisure facilities are complimentary for guests staying at Una St Ives.
The grounds of Una St Ives are immaculate, with well kept gardens, decking areas, stone walls and pushchair friendly (and scooter friendly) pathways. There is a play park for the children, with deck chairs and hammocks dotted around. They have thought of everything here for adults and children alike, providing a resort for ultimate escapism and relaxation. The girls absolutely loved it – particularly the play park and the swimming pool.
The Retreat Spa
I was lucky enough to be invited to the spa for an hour of relaxation, and well…. ‘me time’. Something that I honestly never find the time for. The Retreat Spa is a beautiful luxurious addition to the resort that allows you to relax and indulge yourself. Step inside to the oasis of calm and you can’t help but notice the stunning contemporary and stylish decor. I loved the seaside twist to the decoration, the calming colours, low lighting and drift wood sculptures. A beautiful setting to enjoy some well deserved pampering. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of a 45 minute facial while my wonderful husband occupied the kids back at the property.
M O N D A Y – wishing I was back spending an hour or two in this gorgeous spa…. but no- it’s back to the work and school run dash for us. I’ll just keep dreaming of relaxation… family time… sunny walks … beach days… and those twinkling turquoise waters. ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ #hosted @una.stives @stivestourism #cornwall #coastallove #cornishcoast #cornishlife #ilovecornwall #relaxation #metime #ukexplore #spa #myhappycapture #stives #carbisbay #travel #traveldeeper #traveldiaries #ig_captures #ig_travel #beautifuldestinations #beautifulbritain
The Retreat Spa is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. However, other days may be available. Please enquire for a list of treatments and to book.
We love to have an opportunity to eat out as a family – when we can. For us, we try to set aside time each month to head out and grab a breakfast, or an evening meal…giving us a night off cooking, and allowing us to sit and enjoy time together as a family without the distractions of computers, tablets, TV and toys. For us eating out is a real treat, so we loved the opportunity to visit Una Kitchen. The food was delicious. Una kitchen offers mediterranean inspired cuisine wood fired in a Gozney oven. They also offer a children’s menu and colouring pens, books and paper available for the kids. I love little touches like this that make eating out with young children easier. I can highly recommend the wood fired pizzas – simply delicious. We also popped in one morning for a cooked breakfast which was a great start to the day. With menu choices including pancakes and fresh fruit, cooked full Cornish breakfast, a vegetarian cooked breakfast and kids’ cooked breakfast options there is something to suit all requirements.
Things to do in St Ives.
Carbis Bay is a seaside resort and village and lies on the western coast of St Ives Bay. Carbis Bay Beach is a beautiful award winning beach, situated just 1 mile away – within walking distance from the resort.
St Ives is a five minute drive away. Here you will find an abundance of restaurants, cafes, independent shops and beautiful beaches. We can highly recommend the Cornish pasties from The Cornish Bakery, and we loved The Digey Food Room… not to mention those beautiful beaches….
An award winning sandy beach, popular with surfers and families, just a stones throw from the centre of St Ives, and situated just below Tate St Ives.
Tate St Ives
You can’t visit St Ives without visiting the iconic Tate St Ives gallery.
S N O W. I love the stuff… but much prefer to sit in the warmth and admire its beauty from the comfort of my chair.. anyone else with me here? This was taken last week during our trip to St Ives. We had such a lovely morning visiting Tate! Do you have any plans for the weekend?! . . . . #cornwall #TateStIves #tatekids #modernart #art #ukexplore #ig_captures #culture #beautifuldestinations #photooftheday #travelphotography #daysoutwithkids #takeyourkidseverywhere #snowscene #snow #travel #beautifulbritain #myfamilyadventures #mycolourfulkids #funseekingkids #cameramama #fearlessfamtrav #travelmadfam #culturedkids
Rock pooling and seal watching at Godrevy
This was one of my favourite beaches… set at the far end of St Ives Bay it is one of the most exposed beaches on the Cornish North Coast.
We absolutely loved every minute of our few days in Cornwall, so much so we are already planning our next visit in the Summer …..
For more information head over St Ives Cornwall Tourism Association online
Do you love Cornwall as much as we do?
Do you have a favourite beach or attraction for us to add to our list next time we visit?
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