Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall
After the indulgence of Christmas and New Year’s festivities, there’s no better place to start your New Year’s healthy resolutions and detox than Cornwall, where the air is clean and the winter landscapes are breathtaking.
Whether you are popping down soon for a short break in Cornwall, or planning a spa weekend in the future, here are some guilt-free activities that will aid the mind, body and soul.
Indulge in a pampering treatment that will leave you feeling rejuvenated in these colder winter months. Many of the hotel spas in Cornwall are open to day guests so you can enjoy a few hours or a whole day of relaxation and replenishment.
The spa at Trenython Manor near Fowey offers an array of treatments using natural aromatherapy oils from Temple, and if you have a treatment lasting more than an hour, you’ll receive complimentary use of hotel’s spa pool, pool, steam room, sauna and gym.
The Clearing Spa is located at The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate near St Austell and boasts single and double spa treatment rooms, and a variety of treatments including the signature Ultimate Cornish Trilogy that uses Cornish clay, mud and pure plant oils.
If you had one too many mince pies over the festive period, a boot camp fitness session could be just what you need to kick-start the exercise regime. Action Fitness Cornwall (www.actionfitnesscornwall.co.uk classes) offers boot camp-style fitness classes that take place throughout the year in various outside locations such as on a beautiful Cornish beach or in a verdant park.
Relax your mind with a soothing sea-view yoga session at Human Compass Sandy Hill Physiotherapy Centre in Charlestown. Using Pranayama techniques, the instructor will teach you how to stretch, breathe, meditate and unwind. (www.humancompass.co.uk). During the warmer months in Cornwall, many yoga instructors offer outside yoga sessions on the beach or in the countryside.
A dip in the ocean is said to add years to your life, and a plunge into the chilly sea in Cornwall could very well boost your immune system, improve circulation and hydrate your skin.
Thankfully Cornwall is surrounded by the ocean and there are plenty of places to enjoy a swim, whether it’s off a beach in Looe, or the Fowey harbour. You might want to wear a wetsuit to begin with, but if you’re feeling brave, a swimming costume or shorts will do. Surfing and paddle boarding are still great activities to enjoy during your visit to Cornwall in the winter months. As always, pay attention to any warning signs on beaches and rivers, and consult a doctor if you have any existing medical conditions, before taking the plunge.