St Moritz Hotel, set in pretty Trebetherick between Rock and Polzeath in North Cornwall, has opened ‘In Your Element’ – its first hot and cold contrast therapy ‘Wild Spa’ to resounding praise. The current ‘pop-up’ indoor/outdoor spa is a new addition to the transatlantic resort-style location whilst the St Moritz team undertakes a £2+ million rebuild of the indoor swimming pool and surrounding wellness areas. The new state-of-the-art facilities will open in June 2024 placing the Cornish hotel, and its Cowshed spa, at the forefront of the south west wellness industry.


Across the UK, people are realizing the positivity of the chillier season and St Moritz’s new luxury inside/outside elemental spa provides the invigorating, energising benefits of cold water exposure alongside the restorative, warming effects of heat therapy. Nestled into the secluded North Cornwall gardens, with fire pits and a full rejuvenation programme, hotel and day guests alike are now finding there’s no better way to embrace the elements this winter.


The pioneering new St Moritz Wild Spa is an exciting collaboration with Cornwall-based Water and Stone – the leading experts in hot and cold contrast therapy in the South West. Together the team has designed an original Nordic outdoor spa, all within the beautifully landscaped gardens at the hotel, as well as utilising the stunning setting of the hotel’s unheated outdoor pool.


A full Wild Spa experience programme of special events and workshops, with leading experts and additional wellness elements, will run throughout the Winter and Spring. A key part of those options will be a Lithuanian style of sauna – a ‘Pirtis’ and a sauna ceremony – both guided hot and cold contrast therapy options that have rarely been available in the UK.


Filling the sauna with scents of the forest through ‘whisking’, this Lithuanian sauna tradition is all about creating a connection with nature. A ‘Pirtis’ involves guests entering the sauna and steam mixed environment and being massaged with a mild whisking technique, using fresh birch and oak leaves bound together to create a tool.  Breathwork, alongside intention setting, ensures the guests begin to feel aligned as they drift towards a state of tranquility. They then ‘ground’ themselves afterwards using an ice-tank and the natural grass and stones that surround the Wild Spa.


St Moritz Hotel has also launched its ‘Cold Water Coffee Club’, an early morning cold water swimming club offering the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool as a safe alternative for sea swimmers. The club, which is already proving to be very popular, allows locals and visitors alike the opportunity to have a cold water swim, surrounded and encouraged by others, and to warm-up afterwards with a hot coffee in the hotel’s stylish surroundings.


Sara Last, Director of Operations at St Moritz Hotel, says, “When we opened St Moritz almost 15 years ago, we dedicated ourselves to being at the forefront of the needs and wants of 21st century Cornish holidaymakers, short-breakers and locals. For 2024, we’re undertaking a £2+ million rebuild of our indoor swimming pool as an extension of our extremely popular coastal Cowshed spa and in doing so, are stepping into a new leadership position of the UK luxury wellness landscape. Our new H2O area will reimagine the immersive spa experience, with an outdoor hydro pool, a new steam room and sauna alongside ice fountains and sensory showers.”


Sara continues, “In the meantime, what we intended as a creative, ‘interim’ measure – our outdoor Wild Spa – is bringing a major amount of inbound interest and bookings. Knowing the phenomenal interest in both cold water swimming and hot and cold ‘plunging’, trends that are most certainly being led by the Cornish market, we knew this would take off. However, although we’ve only just opened, we’re already considering how this new St Moritz Wild Spa experience could become a long-term fixture here on the North Cornish coast.”


Before, throughout and after Wild Spa experiences guests are invited to retreat to the cocoon of the St Moritz’s Wild Tipi where designated relaxation spaces, open fires and cosy corners mean that rest and recovery are sorted.


Overnight packages and day Wild Spa visits are now available. Guests can opt to:

  • Take a 2 hour solo Wild Spa journey for just £35 per person
  • Create a group booking for up to 12 people to have the Wild Spa to themselves – from £30 per person
  • Indulge in a Cloud Gazer or Star Gazer package to experience the Wild Spa followed by a welcome (non-alcoholic) Pentire and Tonic or glass of bubbles to accompany an elemental lunch or dinner – from £45 per person
  • From £190 per person per night, guests can immerse themself in the untamed beauty of the Cornish coast with the Wild Spa Elemental Package: a bed and breakfast stay, complemented by a 2-hour Wild Spa experience designed for luxurious hot and cold therapies amidst the elements. They conclude the day with an Elemental Dinner in the enchanting tipi setting


Bookings are available for optimum cloudwatching and stargazing, both for in-house and day guests (over the age of 16.) To book, go to the St Moritz Hotel Website