The recent £20m extensive redevelopment at St Michaels Hotel and Resort in Falmouth made the property the perfect cover star for the first 2019 edition of Boutique Hotelier.
The four-star has now unveiled its new look, with 84 redesigned bedrooms – including 32 new bedrooms in The Beach House complete with Elemis toiletries, Roberts Radios and Lavazza coffee machines; two new restaurants – Brasserie on the Bay and the more casual, health-focused Garden Kitchen; a relaxed social space lobby, where staff are on hand with IPads; plus a new private dining room, the Wine Vaults.
The epic new spa is home to the world’s first Cornish sea salt steam room and the largest hydrotherapy pool in the south west with 21 massage stations, as well 10 treatment rooms. The health club features a huge gym with studios to host fitness and rowing classes, again bringing something new to the west of the country.
In the January issue of Boutique Hotelier, we spoke to chairman Nigel Carpenter on how he brought the project to fruition and secured the funding to take St Michaels from drab to fab.
Also featured this month is Bailiffscourt, a property part of the Historic Sussex Hotels portfolio, where general manager Chris Alger talks about the challenges of evolving business to meet the demands of the modern guest.
We also look at how one hotel restaurant in the Lake District has managed a switchover from vegan restaurant to meat-inclusive manor and the experts from Goodman Derrick share their advice on how to manage relationships with suppliers in the best way.