After what had been somewhat of a hectic year, the invitation to visit the Polurrian on the Lizard on the Cornish coast was swiftly taken up. It promised a relaxing pre-Christmas sojourn which was very much needed. 

This contemporary Cornish retreat in a spectacular clifftop setting was over four hours from where I lived, but the lure of the Cornish coastline and some serious R&R made me not hesitate to say yes to the Polurrian on the Lizard. Set in 12 acres of mature cliff-top gardens, this luxury seaside hotel offers the most exceptional far-reaching views across Mount’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and even on a slightly overcast November day, it makes for a truly mesmerising view.

Nestled on the Lizard peninsula, the hotel sits on the most south-westerly point of England on the western side of the peninsula, just outside of the sleepy fishing village of Mullion along the South West Coastal Path. Venture to the back of the hotel past the pretty gardens, and guests can wander down to Polurrian Cove, a secluded beach which is one of the best in this region.

As one of the oldest hotels on the peninsula, the Polurrian on the Lizard attracts both holiday makers and locals who use the spa and restaurant facilities. It has an impressive heritage and has previously welcomed illustrious guests such as Clark Gable in the distant past. 

One of its standout features is the expansive and contemporary conservatory which has floor-to-ceiling windows which invite you to gaze upon the stunning coastline whilst enjoying lunch, dinner or even afternoon tea. The vibe is very much laidback but luxurious and it’s really easy to feel completely at home at the Polurrian.

We stayed at the brand new Island Suite at the Polurrian on the Lizard, which was located at the back of the main building with two separate entrances, three bedrooms and one incredible hot tub which almost made it impossible to never leave!

This new suite is suitable for friends, couples, families and comes not only with a fabulous hot tub to while away the hours, but your own unique transportation to boot. This came in the shape of a ‘NoSmoke’ electric buggy which is a fun yet sustainable way of exploring this gorgeous area of Cornwall. It’s very much ‘on road’ and you can drive this vintage style buggy out of the grounds and into the nearby village and down to the beach.

The suite has a separate kitchenette which is ideal if you want to do some light cooking or meal prep either before or after a serious day’s sightseeing. Having flexible accommodation is really helpful as is having two bathrooms and a separate toilet, especially if there’s a group staying with you. Ideal for those bringing pups or children, the hotel can provide guests with all those much-needed equipped essentials like changing mats, nappy bins and bed guards, should you need them.

Whilst it’s not aimed at the super luxurious market, the aesthetics are rustic yet simple and it makes for a really comfortable stay. 

The main draw is the hot tub which we took advantage of every day and night during our stay. It was the perfect place to retreat to with a glass of fizz after our long journey and got us in the mood for dinner which was served at the hotel’s Polurrian restaurant. The décor embodies a classy aesthetic with sleek lines, muted colour palettes, and luxurious textures giving it a real modern meets vintage vibe that is sophisticated yet laid back.

A simple, but delicious menu, guests can choose from starters like a terrine, soup or mussels for a starter, steak, fish & chips, turkey or similar for a main course and a lovely selection of desserts which includes a sumptuous strawberry cheesecake. 

Both dinner and breakfast were served up by friendly and efficient staff who clearly took pride in their work. The staff throughout our stay were nothing short of superb and made every effort to ensure our trip was nothing short of special.

Cocktail fans will love the chilled vibes of the Vista Lounge which serves up an impressive selection of delicious cocktails and wines. 

As this trip was all about rest and relaxation on the Cornish coast, we simply had to take advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities which includes a 30 ft indoor swimming pool and hot tub. We also indulged in a spa treatment each at the brilliant Elemis spa which included one of the best facials that I have ever had. The therapists took every care and my skin looked the best it had looked in ages. The Island Suite also has Elemis toiletries for guests to use for the duration of their stay.

For a pre or post Christmas treat, the Polurrian on the Cornish coast offers a real oasis of calm and the Island Suite is a fantastic option to enjoy a seriously chilled out break with 24 hour access to your own personal hot tub at any time you want to use it.

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