Our favourite spots to storm watch


The Cornish weather may not always be perfect blue skies but when the wind and rain comes head out to the coast, wrap up together and watch the storms roll in.

Nothing is as dramatic and exciting as winter storm watching. Cornwall is fully exposed to the full fury of the big winter weather systems that roll in off the Atlantic and with gale force winds come huge waves that batter the coastline. If you fancy braving the weather then wrap up warm and head out to the coast – but do take care. Porthleven, Sennen and Penzance promenade are the best places to watch extreme weather. If you both fancy staying warm and dry and sharing a cream tea then you can watch the waves at a café high on the cliffs at the Minack Theatre, The Ship Inn at Porthleven and England’s most southerly café – Polpeor at Lizard Point for an epic cream tea!

Turn up the heat

Soak up the sea views from the sauna, get wet under 21 massage stations in the hydrotherapy pool and breathe in the healing air of the Cornish sea salt steam room. 

The Sunday Times,
A truly comfortable stay for the discerning traveller

‘Kitted out in soothing, nautical colours, with sleek king-size beds and walk-in rainfall showers, the rooms at St Michael’s offer a truly comfortable stay for the discerning traveller.’

Bianca Barratt, Culture Trip,
St Michaels positively glows from all of that Cornish sea air.

‘All sun-bleached decking and whitewashed timber, St Michaels Resort positively glows from all of that Cornish sea air. The new Beach House extension has 32 rooms with superb sea views, giant cosy beds and monsoon showers with Elemis goodies.'

Laura Powell, Sunday Telegraph,
Incredible views over Gylly Beach

‘Just a short stroll from the town centre, St Michael’s boasts incredible views over Gyllyngvase Beach and Falmouth Bay. It’s ideal for a wellness break: it’s home to the largest spa hydrotherapy pool in the south-west, an outdoor spa garden with a red cedar hot tub and the first Cornish sea salt steam room in the world.’

Jemma Porter, SkyScanner,
Spectacular vistas of the bay

‘St Michaels Resort overlooks the beautiful Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach – a playground for dogs and dog-owners alike. The resort has four dog-friendly room options including the sea view suite, offering spectacular vistas of the bay beyond.’

Ruth Doherty, Good Housekeeping,
Book into St Michaels Resort

‘Book into St Michaels Resort, just back from the Gyllyngvase beach, and you can continue the watery theme in one of the country’s largest hydrotherapy pools. There’s also a spa garden with hot tub.’

Helen Ochyra, The Times,
A one-of-a-kind getaway

’St Michaels Falmouth is a one of a kind get away. It’s a 4-star deluxe resort combining a welcoming and relaxed vibe hotel, two great restaurants and a fabulous spa – it’s a place to feel good again.’

Mark Smith, The Spa Man,
Already planning my return

Rosie Paterson, Country Life (April, 2019)

‘A devoted North Cornwall holidaymaker, it took something special to lure me into the south of the country. The world’s first Cornish sea salt stream room, to be specific. I’m already planning my return with a group of likeminded girlfriends.’

Rosie Paterson, Country Life,
Indulgent spa treatments

‘If the indulgent spa treatments at St Michaels don’t boost your wellbeing, the sea views from the spas garden area, with its cedarwood hot tub, certainly will.’

Joanne O'Connor,
A gorgeous getaway destination

"The town's luxury St Michaels Resort is a gorgeous getaway destination, the hotel boasts tropical gardens and is situated just a stone's throw from the beach"

Lydia Spencer-Elliott, Daily Mail,
Idyllic hideaway

This idyllic hideaway by Gylly beach in Falmouth is yoga heaven...with a series of wellness breaks and retreats

Sarah Turner, The Observer,
Wild Swim Retreat

I would consider myself a strong swimmer, but however experienced you are this retreat takes things back to basics. You’re re-taught the fundamentals of swimming, learning how to utilise less energy to allow you to move further, more easily and faster through the water. It was a real eye-opener.

Nicole Smallwood - Country & Town House,