Retallack Resort – Cornwall, spa and relax

retallack resort lake

A half term holiday in Britain in February is never going to be 7 days of wall to wall sunshine, blue, blue skies and feeling hot, hot, hot. In fact we were wondering what on earth we’d do with ourselves for a week in Cornwall, Husband even contemplated if he should bring the portable heater with us, after all the weather in the south west has been particularly dreadful in recent weeks and after days of being ribbed off by his work colleagues who howled with laughter at the thought of us down here in gale force winds he thought we might need it.

Suffice to say we didn’t need it and we are totally blown away by Retallack Resort who kindly hosted us. Please see my Instagram profile for many more photos taken during our holiday.

retallack resort and spa

Retallack is situated just of the A39 between Wadebridge and Newquay, a complex of 5 star wooden lodges that blend into the surrounding rolling hillside beautifully, a main building with reception, the swimming pool and gym, the spa and the Flow Rider – more about that later. This was our stunning view on the first morning.

retallack resort view

Also we had James Nathan winner of the Masterchef 2008 on site in The Green Room restaurant. So a trip to his place was definitely on the cards and we were not disappointed, a superb meal and we were made to feel like VIP’s.

the green room retallack resort

Question: How do we get to eat in The Green Room without the kids and no babysitters?

Answer: Retallack’s Kid’s Club. 

Retallack have the brilliant idea of offering a Pyjama party night for the kids from 7 – 9pm, you take them along in their pyjamas and they have a fun movie night on beanbags whilst you enjoy some Grown Up time. I went for the prawn starter, pheasant breast for main and pecan and meringue for dessert, scrumptious.

kids club retallack resort

There are activities running every day at Kid’s club, here are a few things the girls came home with from the Kids Club, Sweet Treats, Canvas painting and T shirt painting. 

Our home was a 2 bedroom Rock lodge. It is lovely and spacious, as you walk in there is a very handy utility room with a washing machine which came in very handy indeed with dirty boots and wet coats. The Rock lodge has a lounge leading onto a balcony, a large kitchen with dining table, a walk in closet for ironing boards, bags, storage and a downstairs bathroom too. On the balcony to the back husband spotted an Outback BBQ which he was dying to get his hands on and is now on his wishlist.

retallack resort rock  lodge

There are many kinds of different lodges available, even ones with hot tubs on the terrace.

In the main building there is a small gym overlooking the fabulous family swimming pool. There is also a spa with a wonderful list of treatments.

retallack gym

I treated myself to an Aromaceane Body Wrap (1 hour 10 minutes = £69.00), I was coated in mud, wrapped head to toe in plastic which made me think of a CSI body bag – totally irrelevant – and left to relax before I showered off was massaged and returned to my family feeling Brand New. It’s a bit messy but well worth it. I also treated myself to a mini manicure with a lovely bright red Opi varnish and managed to scuff it before I’d even left the room but the lovely beauty therapist kindly mended me.

Retallack specialise in family holidays, for babies you will find baths and changing mats in each lodge, for toddlers, high chairs and cots on request and there is a fabulous park on site with a great zip wire our twins adored. Talking of twins, Retallack also specialise in twin holidays as they know the ins and outs of travelling with 2 little ones.

There is so much more to tell you so I’ll leave you with a list of the facilities on offer and come back in a few days time with a Flow Rider report – So Much Fun

Retallack resort facilities include

  • Cornwall’s only FlowRider *
  • FlowZone children’s soft play
  • The Green Room restaurant – with Masterchef 2008 winner, James Nathan. 
  • Licensed coffee bar serving a selection of fresh smoothies, juices, beer, wine and Origin coffee
  • Driftwood Lounge for enjoying food and drinks from The Green Room bar
  • Sun terraces overlooking the FlowRider from where you can relax and enjoy drinks and a meal with friends
  • Retreat Spa with 2 Beauty Treatment Rooms *
  • 15m Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
  • Eucalyptus Steam Room
  • Scandinavian Sauna
  • Matrix Fitness Suite featuring Matrix state of the art fitness equipment
  • Spinning Studio
  • Fitness Classes and Personal Training sessions *
  • 9 hole par 3 golf course – equipment can be hired from the FlowZone
  • 2 hard tennis courts – equipment can be hired from the FlowZone
  • Acres of beautiful countryside perfect for woodland and lakeside walks as well as leisurely bike rides along our cycle trail
  • Children’s outdoor play area with zip wire and complete soft surface
  • Jelly Tots Crèche, Kids Club, Adventure Club and babysitting *
  • Pool table and starlit X Box zone
  • Changing facilities equipped with hair dryers, lockers, complimentary toiletries and swim suit spinner
  • Plenty of parking available directly outside the facilities

* Please note, these facilities are chargeable as extra.

Our tips for a great Retallack stay

  1. You can take food with you or order a Tesco delivery for day of arrival online from the local Wadebridge store. Be warned there is no shop onsite for milk and other necessities.
  2. If you are travelling with twins in a buggy ask for a lodge at the top of the hill 
  3. Book up any kid club activities along with your holiday so you don’t miss out
  4. Book up any spa treatments before you arrive to ensure you don’t miss out
  5. Book up your flow rider sessions before arrival and towards the beginning of the week as you will most likely want to go on again
  6. Don’t forget your dishwasher tablets and washing machine tabs – I did.

Disclosure: We were hosted in a Rock 2 bedroom lodge for 7 nights in self catering. Our kid’s club activities were also offered for the purpose of this review. I was given 20% off my spa treatments.


  1. February 24, 2014 / 10:35 AM

    Was so lovely to see you. X

    • February 25, 2014 / 4:39 PM

      You too but I feel like a need another holiday already!

  2. February 24, 2014 / 4:32 PM

    I use admit when I see a blogger on a sponsored holiday I tend to switch off but I have been following your holiday at Retallack with interest as we loved Cornwall and would love to go back again soon. This looks a lot like the place we stayed but with even more facilities. Will definitely be having a proper look at their website.

    • February 25, 2014 / 4:42 PM

      Thank you for saying that as I know what you mean about bloggers on holiday, so I really appreciate your compliment. We had a fantastic time and this post doesn’t do justice to everything we did, I’d have to write a book to accomplish that.
      I would recommend this place from the bottom of my heart, that is how much we enjoyed it

  3. February 25, 2014 / 5:14 PM

    I’ve been enjoying your IG feed tremendously and it looks like you had lovely weather after all. The resort looks incredible – and kind of unexpected down there, so it’s definitely food for thought :)

  4. February 25, 2014 / 5:21 PM

    I love Cornwall and this sounds amazing. I love resorts that offer a babysitting service so you can go out and enjoy an adult meal together.

  5. February 25, 2014 / 5:55 PM

    Looks like you had a good time! And the pictures of the girls on the flowrider are amazing! Where do i sign up!

  6. February 25, 2014 / 6:38 PM

    Sounds like a brilliant holiday. Your lodge looks really welcoming and comfortable and all the kids activities sound fabulous.

  7. February 25, 2014 / 7:05 PM

    This looks lovely – we’re talking about switching from our usual holiday abroad this year to one in the UK and I have had a hankering for Cornwall for a few months now having seen such greta photos and reports from bloggers, besides I think Cornwall will need it’s tourism this year more than ever before with some of the flooding.
    We’ll check Retallack out x

  8. February 25, 2014 / 7:28 PM

    This looks amazing, I’m loving village feel to the site and that you can order a Tesco home delivery

  9. February 25, 2014 / 10:43 PM

    It sounds absolutely perfect. What could be better than a spa and pool AND happy children whilst you enjoy a grown up dinner?!

  10. February 25, 2014 / 11:37 PM

    this looks great! love cornwall, we were last there at christmas might be tempted to go back for summer too!

  11. February 26, 2014 / 12:13 AM

    This looks wonderful, and such a relaxing place, with so many great facilities fr both kids and adults alike. A perfect place to chillax methinks! ;-)

  12. February 26, 2014 / 12:44 PM

    A very comprehensive review of what looks like a super family resort. Like the sound of the pyjama party. I’d fancy that myself!

  13. February 26, 2014 / 12:52 PM

    This place looks fabulous – and so perfect for a summer holiday. It really sounds as if they know their clientele, which is great.

  14. February 26, 2014 / 3:13 PM

    It looks like they’ve thought of everything to make for a relaxing family break. I love the idea of the kids’ pyjama party!

  15. February 26, 2014 / 8:27 PM

    This looks perfect for families. Something for everyone and accommodation that makes you feel at home as opposed to some resorts that make you really paranoid about your kids touching anything x

  16. February 26, 2014 / 8:54 PM

    I loved all your Instagram photos Mari.I have fond memories of Cornwall and Devon from when I was a kid.Did you buy the Fat Willy’s Surf Shack t-shirt in the end?

  17. February 27, 2014 / 8:39 PM

    pls pls take me with you next time xxx

  18. March 14, 2014 / 6:24 PM

    I like the idea of a pyjama party too! Thanks for sharing the tips for a good stay there. Dishwasher tablets and the like are the kind of things I always forget.

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