Set back in the cliff side of Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, The Scarlet stands proud as one of Cornwall’s modern icons. If Agatha Christie was still alive, a wealthy heiress would meet her maker in one of the stunning 37 bedrooms!
In its own words The Scarlet is an award winning hotel for adults built to the highest eco standards, boasting delicious locally sourced food and the best Ayurvedic inspired spa you can imagine. Of course it was the winning choice for my first wedding anniversary get away or (as my husband and I took to calling it) our “anniversamoon”.
When you arrive at The Scarlet what strikes you is how in tune with the surroundings it is, given its asymetrical and contemporary design. As you walk through the double doors what hits you first is the infinity pool and the coastal view. What hits you secondly is the lack of a reception desk; just three inviting sofas. A sign asks you to leave your luggage and take a seat and immediately one of the friendly, helpful and effortlessly cool staff comes out to greet you as another unobtrusively takes your bags.
This sets the standard for the rest of the stay – all the staff are without exception part of The Scarlet experience, from delivering your morning tea or after dinner coffee to your room, taking your dinner and breakfast order or just showing you round.
All the rooms are perfectly appointed with comfortable beds, wet-rooms and if you are as lucky as we were, a bath with sea views. The view from the bed was equally as breathtaking and we couldn’t bring ourselves to close the curtains – waking up to the waves crashing against the sandy bay is far better than any dream that it might rouse you from.
On the first night of our stay we made a reservation at the hotel’s restaurant. We had heard a number of rave reviews and were not let down. I had duck egg to start followed by wild garlic tagliatelle with the most tantalising “pear three ways” to finish – I can still taste it now. If you have ever tasted something that triggered a memory or aroused a feeling, this dish managed it all. Pete had the duck with fried bread, pollock with chicken ravioli and finished with a selection of local cheeses.
After dinner we retreated to the lounge area to finish our wine and to our surprise found an American Pool table, this made for very competitive after dinner entertainment.
The Scarlet in house spa offers a range of “journeys” and in-room treatments, however we couldn’t resist the hot tub on the cliff. An hour of relaxing hot water fuelled by log fires overlooking the ocean – perfect with a glass or two of bubbly.
I am a person who knows when it is time to head home and get back into the day to day grind. However as many days as you stay at The Scarlet, it will never be long enough.
Contributor – Alexandra Pinhorn
For more information on The Scarlet, please visit www.scarlethotel.co.uk. The Scarlet very kindly extended a media rate for our stay as industry colleagues. A special thank you to Diana Massey of The Massey Partnership for the introduction.