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Commanding spectacular views towards Gyllyngvase Beach, one of the finest stretches of sand in Cornwall, St Michaels Resort in Falmouth was purchased by Nigel Carpenter in 2001.

Now, following the completion of a £10 million (s11.2 million) redevelopment programme, according to Carpenter, the once “tired, run-down hotel” has been transformed into a four-star oasis of health and wellness where visitors can “feel good again”.

In 2012, the original St Michaels was already running a profitable, albeit somewhat cramped, spa and health club, with the latter hitting a peak of 1,200 members. However, Carpenter says: “We were constantly managing the potential conflict between those enjoying a relaxing spa day, gym members working out, and parents and children staying at the hotel.”

In April that year, a neighbouring hotel property, Falmouth Beach, was destroyed by a fire. Recognising the need for expansion to realise St Michaels’ potential, Carpenter purchased the razed site from owners Best Western.

“We had to develop a masterplan, the key component of which has allowed us to become a full resort, playing to our success in wellbeing and wellness,” says Carpenter. “We had the opportunity to create a very large, very well fitted health club on the one side, and also a completely new spa on the other.”

On the site of the old Falmouth Beach hotel now stands the Beach House, containing 32 beautifully appointed rooms. Beneath it, opened last year, is a 1,000sqm health club with a 17m swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room, experience showers, a heated relaxation area and a sun terrace.

In conjunction with the opening of the Beach House has been the refurbishment and redevelopment of the core of the 52-room hotel, now known as The Main House, with the two buildings linked by what has playfully been termed ‘The Yellow Brick Road of Wellness’ by spa manager Lucy Mingo, due to the yellow pathway that runs from one to the other.

Alongside two new restaurants, Brasserie on the Bay and the Garden Kitchen, and the impressive Wine Vaults private dining room, has been created a stylish 800sqm spa. Here, the pièce de résistance is a 14m hydrotherapy pool, designed by Apex Pool Engineers, which is heated to a constant 35°C and offers 21 massage stations and seven different experiences.

“Our tagline as a business for the last eight years has been ‘Feel good again’. That rings even more true now in light of the redevelopments.”

Nigel Carpenter, Owner

St Michaels Resort, UK

+44 (0) 1326 312707

Owner: Nigel Carpenter

Investment: £10 million

Spa size: 800sqm

(plus an additional 1,000sqm health club)

Spa team: 21

Treatment rooms: 10

Product partners: Elemis, Natura Bissé, ishga, Natural Spa Factory, Made for Life Organics, OPI, Moroccan Tan

Thermal and wet spa design and supply: Apex Pool Engineers, Anapos

Other suppliers: Gharieni, BC Softwear, Harvia, Ellisons, Cornish Sea Salt Company, Technogym, Matrix, Escape, Concept2 and Keiser

 

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Commanding spectacular views towards Gyllyngvase Beach, one of the finest stretches of sand in Cornwall, St Michaels Resort in Falmouth was purchased by Nigel Carpenter in 2001.

Now, following the completion of a £10 million (s11.2 million) redevelopment programme, according to Carpenter, the once “tired, run-down hotel” has been transformed into a four-star oasis of health and wellness where visitors can “feel good again”.

In 2012, the original St Michaels was already running a profitable, albeit somewhat cramped, spa and health club, with the latter hitting a peak of 1,200 members. However, Carpenter says: “We were constantly managing the potential conflict between those enjoying a relaxing spa day, gym members working out, and parents and children staying at the hotel.”

In April that year, a neighbouring hotel property, Falmouth Beach, was destroyed by a fire. Recognising the need for expansion to realise St Michaels’ potential, Carpenter purchased the razed site from owners Best Western.

“We had to develop a masterplan, the key component of which has allowed us to become a full resort, playing to our success in wellbeing and wellness,” says Carpenter. “We had the opportunity to create a very large, very well fitted health club on the one side, and also a completely new spa on the other.”

On the site of the old Falmouth Beach hotel now stands the Beach House, containing 32 beautifully appointed rooms. Beneath it, opened last year, is a 1,000sqm health club with a 17m swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room, experience showers, a heated relaxation area and a sun terrace.

In conjunction with the opening of the Beach House has been the refurbishment and redevelopment of the core of the 52-room hotel, now known as The Main House, with the two buildings linked by what has playfully been termed ‘The Yellow Brick Road of Wellness’ by spa manager Lucy Mingo, due to the yellow pathway that runs from one to the other.

Alongside two new restaurants, Brasserie on the Bay and the Garden Kitchen, and the impressive Wine Vaults private dining room, has been created a stylish 800sqm spa. Here, the pièce de résistance is a 14m hydrotherapy pool, designed by Apex Pool Engineers, which is heated to a constant 35°C and offers 21 massage stations and seven different experiences.

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