We stayed in Peninsula Apartment 7, which is one of a block of self- catering apartments within walking distance of the hotel. Having holidayed in the UK for a number of years we've stayed in alot of places and this is by far the most luxurious, spacious and beautifully equipped apartment we've stayed in with the added bonus of glorious views over Porthminster beach.
We arrived at the hotel to check-in and a valet parked the car in its dedicated space for us. Parking in St. Ives is at a real premium so to have a space of our own was a real plus, although we weren't going to spend a lot of time in the car whilst on holiday.
Having checked in we were shown to our apartment. The apartment had a very high specification, was very spacious with a large open plan lounge/ dining area/ kitchen. This had full width patio doors opening on to a balcony which overlooked the beach which was a short walk away. We like our gadgets and were pleased to see the apartment had its own wifi and large TV to keep us amused just in case it rained (which it didn't much that week at all).
The main bedroom was next door to the living area and shared the same balcony. This was lovely as we could leave the doors open and listen to the sea gently lapping against the shore. The main bedroom had an ensuite bathroom with a bath/shower which had plenty of heat and power. The second bedroom was at the rear of the property and like the main bedroom benefitted from its own TV.
The kitchen had all the facilities you'd want for cooking and having a good time. We booked the apartment through the Cornish Gems website and this allowed us to pre-order food before our trip and request to have it delivered. It arrived at 6PM and we were able to enjoy the lovely fresh meat and veg prepared and cooked in the kitchen.
As the apartments were part of the hotel complex we had full use of the hotel and spa facilities throughout our stay. The spa was superb. We'd typically go around 6PM when it was quiet and had almost exclusive use of the pool, steam room and sauna. There was also a gym (which I didn't use!) which had loads of exercise parafanalia with beautiful views to admire whilst working out.
We dined at the hotel one evening and the service and food were both first class. The restaurant has spectacular views and the tables are large and well presented. The menu provided great choice of locally grown food served in a contemporary and professional way.
The hotel also had a terrace bar which on the many of the sunny days we enjoyed provided a welcoming outside experiencing drinking and eating and whiling away the hours. Under the terrace bar was open air chill-out area, protected from the rain by the terrace above and furnished with sofas, cushions and to provide a relaxing, outdoors and dry experience.
We spent a week at the apartments and all-in-all had a wonderful time. The hotel and grounds were fabulous and when we wanted to we could walk down the footpath to the beach and enjoy a walk on the golden sands. The beach includes a couple of bars and beach restaurants serving very good food... and delicious chips.
Upon leaving the valet collected our car and helped with packing. It was the end of a fantastic week and we hope to return sometime soon.