“It's sheer Capri at Blue Hayes, a 'private' five-room hotel perched discreetly above St Ives Bay and the bustling harbour, with white balustraded steps and terraces and stunning view. The refurbished 1920s building, elegantly decorated in light colours, makes a wonderfully tranquil place in which to spend time and, best of all, owner Malcolm Herring and his friendly team are charming hosts. Great breakfasts. Light dinners available, or take a cocktail and walk down the path to the much vaunted Porthminster Beach Cafe.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The following comments are taken from recent TripAdisor reviews, by actual guests ”This is a small luxury hotel in which attention to detail is everything. No-one goes away from Blue Hayes wanting for anything more than a chance to return.” “The fact that we return time and time again, from Australia, shows how much we love to visit. When we stay we do so for at least 2 weeks; we find it a wonderful place to unwind and a wonderful base to visit the many historic places and little fishing villages along the Cornwall coast, always coming home to a friendly drink at the bar and one of Blue Hayes' beautiful suppers. We have come to know the staff as family; they are always there willing and friendly to all. Blue Hayes just draws you back time after time.”.
What is there to do in the area?
Boasting World Heritage Site mining and an inimitable coastal culture, whether you prefer the surfing scene, artistic and cultural offerings such as the Tate St Ives, or ambling along the country and coastal paths - there’s an activity and area in West Cornwall to suit. The hotel has its own series of guides available to guests, including “A Day Out In West Cornwall by Car” which provides a map, route and pictures of the places to visit. Local bus and train services are also very good, and you will find that your only limitation will be the time you can spend here to explore the magical area of West Cornwall. There are many walks around St Ives, from the leisurely stroll to Carbis Bay and Lelant, to the more strenuous walk from St Ives around the stunning rugged coast to Zennor. Catch an open air show at The Minack Theatre overlooking Porthcurno Beach, or explore the captivating beauty of The Lost Gardens of Heligan. World-renowned eco sites such as the Eden Project and historic landmarks like St Michael’s Mount make memorable must-sees and all are within relatively short proximity to the hotel.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
After waking, breakfast can be enjoyed in bed, in the decadent Dining Room, or why not spoil yourself with a lavish alfresco breakfast courtesy of the Blue Hayes’ private terrace? Offering an array of foods for all appetites and tastes, whether you wish to feast on a traditional breakfast, omelette, smoked salmon, grilled mackerel and kippers or grilled Cornish gammon steak with any choice of eggs – meat eaters are catered for in supreme style. Alternatively, a variety of vegetarian and lighter options are available, from fresh fruit salad and freshly baked croissants to muesli with berries, homemade fruit compote, yoghurt and grapefruit. Accompanied by a range of fresh coffee, teas and herbal infusions, embark upon your day with a brilliant belly-fill, served until 10am. Blue Hayes has a VisitBritain Breakfast Award.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
A light evening supper menu is available at the hotel. Served cold between 7pm and 8.30pm, guests are required to order in advance but can dine in the choice of their location, either the Dining room or Terrace where a bottle of wine, cool breeze and slow sundown make the most perfect accompaniments.
Offering a range of restaurant-style meals prepared with fresh ingredients, the Tian of smoked salmon and Cornish crab, seared tuna steak, Thai chicken with pak choi and char-grilled Cornish beef fillet are classic examples from the range of delicious dishes available. Alternatively, the Greek feta cheese salad or Cornish Trelawny cheese and asparagus tart are equally as wholesome and filling for a supremely satisfying dining experience.
There is a mass of excellent, award-winning restaurants in close vicinity to the Blue Hayes Private Hotel. From fine dining to seafood, a range of tastes and preferences are creatively catered for, all endeavouring to use fresh, local produce whenever possible to ensure mouth-watering menus. Guests have continued to recommend their favourite venues, which have been collated in a “Guests’ Favourites” section on the hotel website, to provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Blue Hayes Private Hotel comprises a cluster of rooms that all have their own individual character, layout and style - some with balcony, roof terrace or patio, and all with fully-tiled en-suite bathrooms. In keeping with the reputation of a hotel that is regarded by many of its guests as their “special place in St Ives”, every room offers something different whilst maintaining an effortlessly easy and stylish demeanour. With six sumptuous suites to choose from, each one features en suite bathrooms with body jet showers, unfeasibly comfortable beds with pocket-sprung mattresses and goose-down pillows and a host of other facilities: from tea and coffee-making stations, free wireless high-speed internet and TVs, to lavish finishing touches such as Molton Brown toiletries.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
An escapist’s dream destination, the award-winning Blue Hayes Private Hotel is an exclusive bolt-hole that caters to guests’ every whim with an informal, friendly and polished approach. Providing all the modern facilities required for a convenient, comfortable and lavish retreat, expect the best amenities and service for a superb stay.”