Stayed here this week and we were blessed with two full days of incredible sunshine. So the weather for once did not let us down and made a fantastic break, sublime.
The hotel is stunningly located, a touch of the Riviera to it, with panoramic views of St Ives and Carbis Bay. Palm trees and beautifully maintained gardens as far as the eye can see! You need to see it to really believe it.
Malcolm and staff here are a joy. They welcome you, genuinely and spontaneously, the touch is a personal one. You instantly feel at home here. And what a home it is!
We stayed in the Treylon suite which was beautifully presented, and furnished to a high standard. The furnishing is elegant and contemporary. The suite includes a private terrace and although it lacks a direct seaview, it is warm and sunny and very well appointed with a table, chairs, parasol and comfortable loungers, to catch those rays! And its view is of the Riviera style garden below, which is a bonus in itself. The sea is also visible to left and right, so to be fair its pretty damn good.
The hotel stands apart I think in terms of the attention to detail. The rooms and indeed every single square milimetre of the hotel, is spotlessly presented. Furnishings are lavish, cream-contemporary, and lovingly maintained, to a standard I would suggest is unrivalled virtually anywhere. I defy anyone to find even a speck of dust here!!!
Breakfast is heaven, served during our stay, daily on the terrace. The choice is literally jawdropping, and the quality and the presentation, not to say the taste is exemplary. Faultless. Simply perfect.
Nearby St Ives is within walking distance for those who are mobile, via a coastal path, located at the bottom of the hotel gate. The walk takes you directly past the gorgeous Porthminster Beach Cafe, expensive but well worth one visit, for its setting alone. Further into St Ives, "On Shore" provided a pretty decent pizza meal, in a busy but enjoyable setting. Likewise the Ocean Grill, and the Seafood were both recommended, though we didn't get to try them. There is no shortage of places to eat in St Ives, and I'm reliably asssured they are GOOD places to eat too. A word of warning, the coastal walk down is 5 mins, but 20 mins back up, because its steep and a little unforgiving with a full stomach. It was part of the fun, but I'm rather glad that fun is over!! But incidentally don't try to park in St Ives, it is simply not worth negotiating the town centre roads, even if you do eventually find a parking space. Though you won't!!!
In summary, our stay was a total joy. The staff here deserve huge praise. Everyone was a joy to meet. The setting is sublime, especially in the sun. St Ives is a little gem with a stunningly sandy beach, which was unspoilt and underpopulated on our visit, but which must get very busy at times. Flawless presentation, and warm and welcoming hospitality added in, leaves this one pretty perfect. Its not inexpensive, but then gems aren't are they?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small private luxury hotel in its own grounds above Porthminster Beach, overlooking the harbor and St Ives Bay. Six luxurious rooms - one has a balcony, another a roof terrace, and another a patio and garden. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Hayes St Ives
- Hotel Blue Hayes
- Blue Hayes Hotel St Ives, Cornwall