The 17th May marked the day when hotels were allowed to re-open their doors again as lockdown restrictions ease here in the UK, and we wasted no time in whizzing off for a night’s break at the Polurrian on the Lizard Hotel!
It definitely feels like a bit of a celebration as hospitality businesses here in Cornwall are finally able to welcome guests, and it was so great to be able to spend a night away and feel some kind of normality again, with eating indoors now being allowed again too.
The Polurrian on the Lizard is (as you can guess by the name!) based on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall just outside the village of Mullion, perched on the cliffs with spectacular views over the south coast. I’ve walked past it on the coast path before on our hike from Mullion cove to Poldhu a year or so ago, but ever been inside…
The hotel is surrounded by beautiful lawns and faces directly out to sea, with immediate access to the coast path with steps down to Polurrian cove below. Luckily for us the weather was beautifully sunny when we arrived so we knew we wanted to head down there for an explore once we’d settled in.
We checked in at the reception desk and went up to our room (the hotel still has some COVID safety measures in place, such as wearing masks in public areas, plenty of hand sanitiser, and a pretty contact-free check-in process!).
Walking in, we were blown away by the stunning view! They’d booked us in to their double sea-view room and I’d highly suggest booking one of these if you come to stay; it’s truly epic. The bed was huge and super comfy – as soon as I saw it I knew I just couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning, throw open the curtains and gaze out at the ocean.
Below is a photo of the view you could see if you stood next to the window too – you can see the hotel terraces, playground, tennis court, and coast path in the distance too.
As well as a restaurant and those outside facilities, the hotel also has an outdoor pool, and indoor health and leisure facilities, including a pool, gym, and treatment rooms for if you’d like to book some spa treatments during your stay.
We headed out for a walk fairly swiftly as we wanted to catch the last of the warmth as the wind was starting to roll in, and went down the path to Polurrian bay below. We saw a group of young surfers paddling out in the waves, and a couple heading out for a (very brave!) swim, but the beach is incredibly quiet and private due to only be accessible from the coast path – the perfect little haven!
We walked up the cliffs on the other side and admired the view from the perfect picnic spot (although we didn’t bring a picnic with us… too excited for dinner later that evening!). I always think the coastline around Mullion (picture below in the distance) is pretty incredible; there are cliff islands cut away from the land and it looks like something from Jurassic Park!
We walked back up to the hotel and had an explore before going to our room to get ready for dinner. I love the quirky decor throughout the building, with lots of hidden rooms and nooks to get lost in and sit with a book (or a drink!).
The dining room and bar area is stunning; very modern and light, with a glass front looking out to sea, but still feels warm and cosy. I didn’t take any photos of it unfortunately (too pre-occupied with food, I imagine!), but it’s a lovely spot for a relaxed lunch, sunset evening meal, or even an afternoon tea! It feels inviting like you could lounge there for a while watching the ocean.
For dinner, we were so stuck with what to choose from the menu – in a good way! We both agreed it was our ‘perfect menu’, with lots of tasty starters and a mixture of seafood, meat dishes and vegan options too, as well as woodfired pizzas to choose from.
We ended up sharing 4 starters and a main between us, because we wanted to try so much of it.
It was all delicious, and we definitely ended up rolling back up to our room (a little tipsy thanks to our cocktails and a bottle of my favourite Zinfandel Rosé wine). We snuggled in to our huge bed and woke the next morning to some epic storm scenery out of our window!
The weather had turned from sunny to 60mph winds and rain storms by the next day, but it was amazing to watch out of the window, and made us feel extra cosy watching from our sumptuous bed.
We went down for breakfast and Alex chose the Full English (he really enjoyed it, and he’s very fussy about his breakfasts!) while I went for the cream cheese and smoked salmon muffins for mine. Again, sat in the beautiful dining area it felt like we could just chill there forever watching the storm outside!
Check out the Polurrian on the Lizard hotel website to find out more and book your stay!
* We were invited for a complimentary stay and dinner in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own