We booked a week at Gwel an Mor five star resort to follow five days in Bude where we stayed in hostel type accommodation whilst on an adventure holiday. We had a Tregea VIP lodge, three bedrooms (two twin and one double) and a hot tub on the deck. When we arrived the lodge was very clean, sparklingly so and very well decorated, none of that don't put anything decent in the place in case it gets stolen business. It felt comfortable not like the usual rental places.
We had chosen the VIP lodge for the hot tub and we really enjoyed this little treat. The bedrooms were an excellent size and the whole lodge seemed huge with just the four of us in it (especially after our bunk room the week before).
The pool was clean but small, children under 16 had to be accompanied by an adult, there are no lifeguards, it was an adequate pool but didn't really suit us, we like our children, 9 and 11, to be able to go ahead to the pool and join them ten minutes later, not possible though.
We didn't use the gym but we did have a look, it was very small with about six machines. It was much smaller than I thought it would be, but no one was using it so if you are keen on keeping up with your exercise regime you'd probably have your pick of the equipment.
We ate in the restaurant twice, once for lunch where the service was almost non existent (there were only three families in the whole place) and once for dinner which was excellent all round, including the service! The one thing it really fell down on was atmosphere, there was none.
We had a great holiday visiting local attractions using the lodge as our base. Although we enjoyed the excellent standard of the lodge and were very comfortable we really felt we could have rented a cottage in complete isolation and met as many people, none, during our stay. It is extremely private and a just a little bit too Stepford for our family, virtually all the visitors owned a car three years old or less, BMWs, Audis, Volvos, (including us) reminded me of a smart housing development in an affluent commuter town.
I think it would be excellent for people with younger children who have no choice but to be with their children every minute of the day, or those who'd love to have some privacy, I can also imagine that staying here out of season would be lovely especially with the woood burner going. We, however, like some holiday atmosphere and for the children to make friends and have a little independence, this wasn't the ideal place for us, it was lovely but dull.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gwel an Mor is Cornish for "View of the Sea." We are a 5 Star luxury self catering holiday resort which sits high on hills above the Atlantic Ocean in Cornwall.Our grand Scandinavian style holiday lodges blend beautifully into landscaped gardens and the surrounding countryside. Truly inviting with a relaxed but luxury style, the two and three bedroom lodges have everything you may need – down to the hot tub on your private terrace and log burner in the living area. Alongside the traditional wooden lodges, we also offer the contemporary style of the Residence. Launched in 2012, these exclusive eco lodges provide the ultimate in high-end holiday accommodation, complete with underfloor heating, mood lighting, DVD and music players and WiFi. You'll even find a plasma TV in the bathroom. Our Clubhouse boasts a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna while outside there is a children’s play area, tennis courts and a putting and croquet lawn.For more grown-up indulgences, The Wellbeing Spa offers an extensive menu of pampering facial, body and cosmetic treatments designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate you using marine inspired products. With a great reputation amongst visitors and locals, the Terrace Restaurant at Gwel an Mor is an informal bistro style venue with a locally sourced, innovative menu. With an emphasis on using the best seasonal ingredients the Southwest has to offer, the Terrace even offers a take away service so you can indulge in the comfort of your lodge. One of the truly unique aspects to a stay with us is the chance to meet some of the local wildlife. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gwel An Mor 5 Star Holiday Hotel Portreath
- Gwel An Mor Portreath, Cornwall