A luxury eco spa and hotel set overlooking the rolling waves of Mawgan Porth in Cornwall, recently declared one of the best 50 beaches in the world by The Times Travel Magazine. Because of this, the beach is the star attraction at The Scarlet and is visible from every single room in the hotel, making for an affirming feel-at-one-with-nature experience.
The hotel takes its ‘eco-friendly’ pledge seriously, too. Eco paint has been used throughout, the hotel uses a biomass boiler for heating, solar panels for heating the spa pool, harvested grey water is used for toilets (that’s water from showers and baths), rain water is also harvested for things like car washing, guests who arrive on foot, bike, bus or train receive a carbon footprint discount, the natural pool is filtered by living reeds, the slippers are made from recycled plastic bottles, all produce is sourced as locally as possible (and nothing comes from outside of Europe). That’s just a few of the many, many ways in which The Scarlet work on its sustainability, for a full list of its eco credentials check here.
Relaxed, friendly and peaceful. The feeling of ease starts as soon as you step through the doors and clap eyes on the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the expansive Mawgan Porth. There is no official reception desk (The Scarlet wants you to feel as if you’ve arrived home rather than at a hotel) but staff appear whenever you need them.
The Scarlet is adults-only (but you can bring your dog) so is serene and tranquil throughout. It’s not fussy; staff wear yoga leggings made from bamboo and tunics from a local company called EKO. They’re chatty but not intrusive and helpful but only when you ask for it.
Because it’s an over-18 hotel expect lots of couples, though we spotted a mother and daughter, plus one woman flying solo. If restorative relaxation is what you’re after you’ll be very welcome here.
The Hero Treatment
The ethos of The Scarlet is wellness not beauty – you’ll get no anti-ageing treatments here – and they operate an Ayurvedic spa. Each treatment starts with a consultation to determine which dosha, or body type, you are and then a bespoke massage, or ‘journey’, is created for you. The treatments all take place in lantern-lit tented rooms followed by a chill out in one of the hanging cocoons in the darkened relaxation room.
There’s also a steam room, sauna, meditation room, natural outdoor swimming pool and complimentary yoga every morning.
Is The Food Any Good?
Yes. And affordable, too. A three-course meal with a glass of fizz and a wine flight costs £40 – without the fizz it’s £30 per head. Maybe I’m jaded by London prices, but that seems like a bargain to me. All food and wine is locally sourced where possible and the menu is varied and interesting. The menu changes regularly but I ate Cornish crab salad on toasted rye accompanied by a vibrant Madeleine Angevine wine from Polgoon in Cornwall, followed by Cornish duck breast with figs, mashed potato and braised cabbage teamed with an oft-forgotten wine – Valpolicella from Veneto, Italy, rounded off with sticky toffee pudding served with salted caramel sauce and Lustau dessert wine from Jerez, Spain.
The food was hearty and tasty, and the wines delicious. All expertly explained in such an interesting and engaging way by the sommelier.
... And You Must
Have a glass of bubbles in one of the outdoor hot tubs overlooking the cove. You’ll feel totally immersed in the surroundings and decadent all at the same time. It was the highlight of our trip. That, and the 30-minute walk along the cliff tops to Bedruthen Steps for a traditional Cornish cream tea. Delightful.
If you’re looking to recharge and reset in total luxury, I can’t think of many better places. The location of The Scarlet is the main selling point; to wake up, step onto your balcony and be so close to Mawgan Porth that you can almost touch it is to know true joy. And that’s even before the spa’s therapists have got to work on you.
Double rooms start at £240 per night, including breakfast. The Scarlet also offer various packages, from Babymoon Breaks to Love Yourself Breaks, see scarlethotel.co.uk for more information.