A Cornish gem sitting on the edge of a clifftop with expansive sea views, luxury at every turn and an eco-friendly ethos. What’s not to love?
Where is it? The Scarlet is set on the clifftops overlooking the spectacular beaches of Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. Although the hotel feels wonderfully remote, it is not difficult to reach. Newquay Airport is just a five-minute drive away, with direct flights from London making this the perfect escape for Londoners. If travelling by car the A39 is a short drive and there is a national rail link to Bodmin Parkway.
Which room? All rooms are finished to a high standard and enjoy their own private outdoor spaces. Outlooks vary between gardens, cliffs or the beach and room sizes go from ‘Just Right’ to ‘Indulgent’. For a quirky layout book a ‘Unique’ room, split over two floors with a courtyard garden and spiral staircase leading to an upstairs sitting room.
What to do: Peace and tranquillity are at the heart of a stay here and guests are encouraged to reinvigorate and recharge so perhaps more important than what you do is what you don’t do. This is the ideal environment in which to switch off from the outside world and embrace the sense of calm and healthy living that this setting inspires. There are lots of spaces to sit down, read a book or take in the spectacular views. The impressive glass-fronted Retreat Terrace is a particular hit in the warmer months.
The spa is probably the standout feature with an indoor pool which has sea views, an outdoor clifftop pool filtered by reeds, a barrel cedar sauna and a mix of treatment rooms for individual or couples treatments. An uplifting relaxation area looks onto the outdoor pool and sits beside the deep relaxation space which comes complete with hanging canvas pods.
As for treatments, the usual range of facials and massages are on the menu but these are complemented with some more unusual options, including a choice of experiences to enjoy in The Copper Tub filled with steamy water, salts and surrounded by candles, or the Rhassoul where couples can invigorate each other with a salt scrub, essential oils and mineral rich mud. For something special book the private Clifftop Hot Tub and enjoy a glass of Champagne while taking in the fresh air and stunning costal views. Given the spa’s popularity it’s worth booking on arrival to avoid disappointment.
Looking for a little activity? Take a complimentary class such as yoga or guided meditation or go for a coastal walk, starting at the beach just below the hotel which can be accessed via a short walk down the cliff.
On the menu: The food is exceptional. The chefs opt for simplicity to allow the quality and flavour of each ingredient to come through. The dinner menu can include dishes such as ‘Wild rabbit ragu with tarragon potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms and parmesan’ and ‘Pan seared scallops with radish, peanuts and lime’. We would highly recommend opting for the wine flight with dinner so the Scarlet’s Sommelier can introduce you to some interesting picks that perfectly complement the dishes. There is also a vegan tasting menu available which can be paired with vegan-friendly wines.
A trip to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without enjoying some Cornish clotted cream, so indulge in a great value afternoon tea during your stay too.
Best for: This is a very romantic setting so perfect for couples but it’s also a great escape for friends or solo visitors looking for a peaceful retreat.
The close proximity to Newquay Airport also makes this a very convenient choice for Londoners who want to enjoy the Cornish coast without spending a lot of time travelling.
Anything else I should know? This is an adult only hotel so the kids will have to stay at home. But the hotel is very dog friendly so your furry friend can be part of the fun and enjoy a run along the soft sand beaches and an extra warm welcome from the friendly staff.
When to go: Warmer months are the most popular, for obvious reasons, but there is something magical about the clifftop setting even on a rainy day so this hotel will not disappoint at any time of year.
How do I book? Visit scarlethotel.co.uk.