Ok, so this is technically our second minimoon stay since getting married in September, but who’s counting? Plus, as we had our uk wedding reception in November, this is the minimoon for that wedding, so totally justified, right?
Anyways, we had booked this mini break months ago and I have been so excited to visit the hotel as it looked incredible when we were researching places to stay – the photos were simply stunning.
Fistral Beach Hotel is located near to Newquay, and overlooks the picturesque Fistral bay. Fistral Beach is an adults only hotel, which suited us perfectly for our night away from being parents. We had booked their rockstar package, a completely indulgent treat for a one night stay, but why the hell not?
The package was priced at £499 (yes, this is much more than we would normally spend but Ed’s parents had kindly given us some money as a wedding gift) and included a stay in their rockstar suite, a 3 course dinner, private use of their spa after hours with a glass of bubbles each, a bottle of champagne and chocolates in the room, a hangover kit for the morning, two items from their pillow menu (more on that later), breakfast and 10% off spa treatments as well as a personalised parking space right by the entrance of the hotel – totally rock n’ roll!
We headed down on the Saturday morning after dropping the kids off, and stopped halfway through the 3 hour drive to get Ed some swimming shorts as he’d managed to leave his behind.
Unfortunately Exeter, where we stopped, was fairly packed with Christmas shoppers and, rather than the relaxing lunch stop I had originally planned, we ended up rushing around and picking up a coffee for Ed from Cafe Nero before getting back on our way.
We arrived at Fistral Beach around 15 minutes later than planned, but the staff were really laid back and told us we could start the cocktail session we had booked whenever we were ready. As we were only at the hotel for a short time we decided to get straight into things.
The session was run by one of the barmen, Chris, who obviously knew his way around a cocktail menu. He explained we would be making three cocktails each during the session, and that we would be able to take the instruction card away with us at the end to recreate the drinks back home if we wished.
Chris led us through each cocktail, telling us what to do, demonstrating where necessary, and providing some interesting facts about the drinks.
My favourite by far was the Cosmopolitan, as it’s one of my go-to cocktails on a night out. I am not a fan of gin, so I gave the Tom Collins to Ed. We also made Mojitos, which were quite strong!
We had been given the choice to stop in between making each cocktail if we wanted to or just do them all at one go. We opted to do them one after the other, and enjoyed drinking them at our leisure after the class at a table overlooking the sea.
As we hadn’t got the chance to eat properly at lunchtime we also ordered some tapas style food to snack on alongside our drinks.
We had garlic ciabatta, meatballs and sweet potato fries and everything was absolutely delicious. The sauce the meatballs were served in was incredible and we dipped everything in it – so yummy!
By the time we had finished our food, we were able to check in and were shown up to our room. I’m not in the habit of staying in suites, so I was really excited to seeing what our room looked like.
Fistral Beach have something called the ‘rockstar rider’, which you can put in a request for ahead of your stay, and if you are lucky, they will pick yours. You don’t have to be staying in the rockstar suite, or have booked the package to be picked. It’s available to any guests staying at the hotel.
I loved this idea, as it’s the special touches like this which can make a stay go from good to amazing. As we were staying a couple of weeks before Christmas I decided to request ‘Christmas come early’, and my request was granted!
Walking into our suite, we were met with the magic of Christmas. The staff had put in a Christmas tree, hung stockings with crackers inside and decorated the room with tinsel, candy canes and chocolate coins. There was mulled wine and mince pies on the coffee table along with board games!
The TV was playing a Christmas channel and they had written Christmas messages for us on the windows and mirror.
The bed was strewn with even more candy canes and coins along with festive photo booth props.
There were even wrapped presents for us underneath the tree! It was one of the most magical, surreal experiences of my life (and I don’t care if that makes me sound like a loser).
We had a little tour of the rest of the suite, including instructions on how to use the hot tub, which I was so excited to get in and try out!
There was a mini fridge in the wardrobe, which was fully stocked and complimentary to us (we would have had to pay only if it had to be restocked).
We had our bottle of champagne in an ice bucket on the dressing table, and the room was equipped with a flat screen tv and PlayStation, with a small selection of games and DVDs available for us.
As we had booked for dinner fairly early, and had been asked to come down prior to this for complimentary pre-dinner drinks, we wasted no time in getting into the hot tub to try it out.
The surround sound and position of the hot tub meant that we could watch TV or listen to music easily whilst in the water, as well as being able to look out at the beautiful view. It was absolutely blissful to relax and unwind together before getting ready for dinner.
At 6pm we headed down to reception, where we were shown to a reserved table which had been kitted out with Christmas decorations, more crackers, and a glass of Bucks Fizz each.
As we were enjoying our drinks, a member of staff came over with a lovely board of festive snacks for us to enjoy. Being a huge pigs in blanket fan, I was super excited to see them, but the Christmas dinner canapés were also delicious!
Heading into the Dune restaurant, I was blown away by the atmosphere in the dining area. It was so beautiful with festive music playing and lots of twinkly lights. We were shown to our table and offered drinks, but I felt a little tipsy from all the drinks we’d had so far, so we stuck to water.
For our starters I had the mackerel and Ed went for the ham hock terrine. I regretted my decision, as the fish was very strong and I couldn’t finish it as it made my mouth tingle (I think perhaps it had black pepper on it).
For our mains I had gone for a chicken burger with fries and Ed had the seared beef fillet, which looked incredible! After our late lunch and pre-dinner canapés, I began to struggle getting through my meal, and I ended up asking for the burger to be wrapped up for me to take with us back to our room.
That didn’t stop me from sampling the dessert menu. I went for the baked cheesecake with strawberries and Ed decided on a peanut butter parfait, which he said was really tasty. My cheesecake was nice but I really was too full to enjoy it and I left half.
By the end of the meal I felt like I might burst but we had a very important place to be so I dragged my huge food baby back to the room to get changed for the spa, which Ed and I had completely to ourselves between 9 and 10pm, as part of the package.
It was so lovely. The spa was one of the most tranquil ones I’ve been in, with a generously sized pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The ceiling was so cute – with tiny twinkly lights creating a night sky effect. We were brought a glass of Prosecco each, which we enjoyed in the jacuzzi.
Completely relaxed and loved up, we headed back up to our room where we flopped on the sofa. On our way back up we had ordered the items from the Pillow Menu, and these arrived soon afterwards.
Ed had gone for the cheese and port, and I happily tucked into a bag of pick n mix as well as my burger from dinner, which was very tasty!
We ended up watching Wolf of Wall Street in the hot tub with our drinks, and it was just lovely to have some time to ourselves in such a beautiful room.
In the morning we woke to such a stunning view, I think it was one of the best mornings I have ever had. We got back into the hot tub, this time with coffee for Ed and water for me, and I read my book whilst Ed listened to the radio.
It was so nice I just wanted to stay there forever, but we roused ourselves in time to go down for breakfast, which was again served in the Dune restaurant, with the beautiful view of fistral bay visible this morning and the waves crashing against the shore creating a very atmospheric setting for our breakfast.
The hotel offer a continental buffet alongside cooked breakfast options, and a fully stocked drinks station with everything from Prosecco to smoothies, and even the chance to mix your own Bloody Mary.
I had a glass of Prosecco and some orange juice whilst Ed had coffee and cloudy apple juice.
I ordered a full English, and Ed had his favourite – Eggs Benedict. I was also greedy and ordered a plate of pancakes with chocolate sauce – so yummy!
The food is locally sourced, and all tasted so nice. There was fresh fruit and croissants on offer, which I enjoyed as well.
After breakfast we checked out, loaded the car up and went back to the spa where we had treatments booked for midday.
I had a full body massage and Ed had gone for the Quicksilver massage, which focused on the legs and is popular with surfers.
We both enjoyed the treatments – I was so relaxed from the mixture of oils and hot stones that I fell asleep!
It was the perfect end to our visit and we set off on the journey back home totally rested and ready for the week ahead (with our hangover kit from the hotel, just in case).
Our stay at Fistral Beach was a bit of a whirlwind, it has to be said, but I loved it! The fact that we got our rockstar rider request made it an experience we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
We will 100% be back at some point in the future, I’ve already discussed the possibility of coming to celebrate my 30th in a couple of years!
Our stay was purchased by ourselves, but I wanted to write a review as it was such an incredible experience and one I would recommend to anybody who wants to get away and truly relax and indulge.