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The ScarletCornwall, England
Stunning style and luxury that does not cost the earth. The UK’s first new-build environmentally and gay friendly boutique hotel incorporating uber cool design. A place for adults to escape, relax, dream, revitalise and be inspired.
"The feeling is one of sybaritic relaxation, and don't miss the sunset, whatever you do." The Telegraph.
Spectacular cliff top site overlooking Mawgan Porth beach with far reaching views over the rugged Cornish coast in North Cornwall.
You will not want to leave this eco chic boutique hotel but if you had to you could walk along the Cornish Coastal path or pop into Padstow for some local colour.
About The Owners
Emma, Debbie and Rebecca are sisters with a strong sense of place in their native Cornwall. Their desire was to create a space they could share with their families and friends - a place where they could laugh, recharge and cherish.
Quite simply their vision was delicious food, deep comfort and a welcome for all - very different to the elitest hotels that pass for luxury. But the way they have done it has pushed boundaries and shifted some big perceptions. They have shown that luxury and style can coexist very happily with an environmental ethos. They are all mothers but ‘Scarlet' is their collective baby. Like her name she is bold and reflects their combined daring and love for life.
Douglas Streatfield, 2013
Had a lovely break with my partner - it was short and very very sweet. Probably one of the best mini breaks I have had in a hotel in the UK - and a great Spa as well.
Arriving after a long drive from surrey we were greeted by a friendly lady that came to check us in and set the standard of relaxed and efficient service that was maintained throughout the stay. There seems a lot of staff members around and they move very fast and are very helpful!
We had booked a Generous Room and it had fabulous views of the coast, beach, cliff and you could hear the sound of the sea all day and night. The room was excellent, nice things in it, chic and modern with a open plan bath area and a large shower/wet room. Perfect.
The food is outstanding.... We do love our food (sadly for the waistlines) and enjoyed lovely breakfasts and dinners there - also had a lunch one day as well. A lot of the food is locally sourced and had divine mackerel for breakfast one day and three elegant and tasty courses in the evening meals.
The Spa treatments were fab - lovely people doing lovely things to you - what more do want? My partner had one of the more relaxing and holistic journeys and I had a head massage and fantastic hot poultice massage that left me in a state of calm relaxed happiness. They have a great lounge for recovering and resting in. There are also heated and fresh water pools to relax in.....
Lots of other great things to say -but you have to go and experience it yourself! There are lounges, pools, tubs, terraces, libraries, bars and nooks and crannies to settle down in. All in all a great stay in a wonderful place.
Review by Lotte Jeffs, Travel Editor at Diva Magazine
It’s good for the conscience to know that the hotel here you’ve chosen to spend a gratuitously indulgent weekend is eco-friendly; that when you order another glass of champagne in the hot tub, a polar bear doesn’t loose its Arctic home. It’s even better when a hotel is modest with its environmental credentials, because when you’ve splashed out on a luxurious trip away you don’t want to feel guilty for using a towel, or be shivering under the duvet because the solar panels haven’t seen enough sun.
The Scarlett Hotel, perched on a Cornwall clifftop and offering awesome sea-views from every room, is the perfect example of eco-chic. First impressions are of a stunning, stylish interior completely at one with the natural beauty of its surrounding scenery. The reception is all slate and stone and untreated wood. Floor to ceiling windows reveal the rugged coastline while bright, statement-print furniture adds colour to the calm, uncluttered space. That The Scarlett operates a strict ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ programme, is a bonus – and far more evident in what it adds to the property than what it takes away.
We arrive on a sunny Spring Saturday. On entering, a sign reads ‘We know you are here, please wait a moment’ and replaces the usual hotel reception desk. It’s a novelty that complements the hotel’s gloriously laidback feel – who wants to be greeted by stressed out receptionists juggling phonecalls and rushing to check you in?
Sure enough someone soon emerges to greet us warmly and give us a personal tour of the property, chatting to us about our journey and the local area rather than just cutting us a key card and pointing to our room. It was a really nice touch and meant that staff at The Scarlett could get to know us a bit, and show that they are completely welcoming of gay couples – acknowledging that two young women could be here for a romantic weekend just as much as Mr and Mrs ruby wedding anniversary are.
Our room was, like the reception, lounge and terrace areas of the hotel, uniquely tranquil. Simple, comfortable and effortlessly stylish – the centre-point had to be the balcony, which provided a lovely secluded view of the sea and clifftop coastal path, which we vowed to walk later in the day.
First stop, however, was the spa. There’s an outdoor pool built into the cliff, which could be mistaken for a natural spring. It’s completely chemical free and filtered by reeds. A warmer option is the indoor pool, which takes advantage of the views still, with enormous sea-facing windows. Outside there are also two log-fired seaweed baths/hot tubs – on the edge of the cliff looking out to sea – which can be booked (at a charge of £35 for a couple) for 45 minutes. We alternated between the steam room, the pool and the hanging ‘pods’ in the relaxation room.
Feeling thoroughly relaxed we put the walk off for the next day, had an amazing hot poultice massage that left us in a state of utter bliss, then drank some champagne on the spa terrace before getting ready for dinner.
The Scarlett’s restaurant is another fabulously designed space with natural wood floors, well-chosen artworks and sea views (of course). The menu changes on a daily basis and uses all local produce. Being a typically fussy vegetarian the chef was more than happy to give me some specially created options for starter and main that weren’t on the menu.
The next day we embarked on the coastal path walk to neighbouring Watergate Bay. It’s supposed to take 45 minutes, but the views were so incredible (neon yellow gorse, turquoise sea, seen from a vertiginous height) we were stopping for photos every five minutes.
It was a long way for a couple of townies, but having scrambled down on to the beach at Watergate we were delighted to find a whitewashed, chic café staffed by gorgeous people who looked like they’d come straight from a WhiteStuff catalogue. Another pleasant surprise was that above The Beach Hut café stood Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. Be more organised than us, and book well ahead if you want a table here. It looks like it would be well worth it.
Cornwall is beautiful, I had the most amazing, relaxing bank holiday at The Scarlett which was topped off on the drive back to London with a stop in nearby Padstow - a picture postcard harbour village and home to Rick Stein’s seafood empire. I wish we could have stayed longer as there was so much to see but I’m more than happy to have a reason to go back.
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