There are some moments and some hotels that are so perfect that you’d actually have to try to forget them… Our stay at The Scarlet, Cornwall, was just that: a perfect romantic retreat. But let’s take a step back and start at the beginning.
The Scarlet has long been at the top of my list of UK hotels that I wanted to stay at and so when I was invited to stay I couldn’t have said yes more quickly! It’s a part of Mr & Mrs Smith hotels, a brand that I always look to when choosing a hotel, so I was fairly sure it was going to be a magical stay, but I was completely unprepared with how much I was going to fall in love with The Scarlet.
We checked in early as we had a lunch reservation nearby, and left our luggage at reception. And that’s when I first noticed that The Scarlet is different. There’s no reception desk, just sofas and plenty of space to put your feet up and feel as though you’re at home and not in a hotel.
After our tour of the hotel, which I’ll tell you about in the next post, we were shown to our room, which was on the ground floor, next to the spa. Our room was part of the ‘Just Right’ category: an open plan bedroom and bathroom decorated in soft, welcoming tones.
With the bed facing the coastline it’s the perfect place to wake up, throw open the curtains and enjoy one of the best views in Britain.
The Scarlet is a luxury eco-hotel, meaning that wherever possible they try to reduce their carbon footprint. So not only is the bed the fluffiest, comfiest bed that you’d expect from a luxury hotel (and covered in linen that I was oh-so-tempted to buy when we got home), but it’s also responsibly sourced, and been chosen with the environment in mind.
It also means that there isn’t the traditional coffee maker or kettle in your room as that’s not very planet friendly, but you can phone reception at any time day or night (and I tested that!) and they will happily bring you a warm drink.
The decor of the room itself, as I said is warm and homely. But I loved that it had the space for my city friendly high heels, Burberry handbag and White Company snood (an essential for a British winter!)…
…but also reminded you of your country setting, and so was perfect for my Dubarry boots and Weekend Journals guide to Cornwall.
When I was planning my trip I was so grateful for my Weekend Journal: it’s a beautiful travel guide which gives you a hint on where to stay, where to eat and what to see no matter where in fair Cornwall you are. A bit of a lifesaver if you don’t have the time to research the trip completely on your own.
And that, to me, was the beauty of The Scarlet: it was all designed so that your experience could be exactly what you wanted it to be. If you want to get dressed up in your heels and dress for dinner then you can. Or, if you want to spend the entire time outdoors, that’s entirely possible too.
As soon as I had jumped on the bed, squealed with excitement that we were finally here, I saw the view…
The beauty of the Cornish coast is something that gets me every time. The last time we visited we were staying in St Mawes, but its the area around Newquay that I love the most.
The bathroom is set just behind the bed, with a spacious bath and sink right behind the head board and the shower and loo set back, behind frosted glass.
Luxurious, eco-friendly toiletries await, as well as a beautiful little pot of bath salts to make your bath that little more indulgent.
After freshening up and soaking in the view with a glass of champagne, it was time for a very exciting and very romantic experience…
We were shown into the light relaxation room, an area of the spa where there are seats, swinging pods and recliners to allow you to truly relax and appreciate your surroundings.
We were booked in for a sunset hot tub for two, which I had been looking forward to for months. I’ve seen so many photographs and Instagrams of these hot tubs, and I couldn’t quite believe I was finally there
The hot tubs over look the ocean and are full of heavenly warm water (especially heavenly when you’re staying in November and it’s rather cold outside!). The water is still so that you can listen to the waves crash on the ocean, which we also found gave us the time to really enjoy the other’s company and conversation.
But a moment like that calls for something if you ask me…
With champagne in hand, a view I couldn’t get enough of and Andy with me, I couldn’t have been happier. It really was one of the best travel experiences of 2016.
The Scarlet is an adults only hotel which at that moment made complete sense: time to just enjoy the company of the person you’re with. Which I suppose is just how The Scarlet came to be known as one of the most romantic hotels in the UK.
After watching the sunset, finishing our glass of champagne and laughing more than I can remember, our host kindly brought our robes back from where they had been hung, and we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner.
A Cornish dream come true is the only way I can describe our first afternoon at The Scarlet – and it’s one that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
The Scarlet Hotel
We were guests of The Scarlet, but I would very happily go back again and again and again… So all opinions are definitely my own.