The Scarlet hotel, Cornwall

The Scarlet hotel, as seen from Mawgan Porth Beach in CornwallOutdoor pool at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallOutdoor seating area at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallOutdoor seating area and pool at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallView of Mawgan Porth beach from the Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Home away from home

I’d heard enough about the Scarlet to anticipate great things from my birthday weekend at this luxury Cornish eco-hotel and I’m happy to report that not only did it live up to my high expectations but I’ve found my new favourite hotel!

The lovely, welcoming staff encourage guests to see the Scarlet as a ”home away from home” and after a quick tour it really didn’t take us longer than 15 minutes to give in to this mentality.  Our room wasn’t quite ready so, as the weather was glorious, we opted to enjoy the view from the relaxation terrace and toast my birthday with a delicious, locally-produced sparkling wine.

The building has an interesting layout with ample outdoor space and huge windows designed to make the most of the rugged coastal location.  We spent our afternoon on the beach but if we hadn’t been so lucky weather-wise we would’ve utilised the pools and spa or hibernated in the library or relaxation room.  There’s even a resident dog, Jasper, who can be ‘booked’ for walks (he was sadly on holiday for the duration of our stay).

The balconies of the Just Right rooms, The Scarlet hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallJust Right rooms at The Scarlet hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallThe Scarlet hotel's Just Right rooms at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallJust Right rooms at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallBath in the Just Right room at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallRain shower in the Just Right room at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallTri-Dosha toiletries at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, CornwallView from Just Right room balcony at the Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

The room

We stayed in a Just Right room, which (although one of the more ‘basic’ rooms) had everything we could have wanted and was extremely comfortable.  In keeping with the rest of the hotel, all rooms are decorated in a clean, contemporary style and all have balconies or outdoor ‘pods’ so you can make the most of the stunning views over Mawgan Porth Beach.

I usually sleep fitfully in strange beds (plus I’m fairly sensitive to noise) but my time at the Scarlet left me feeling amazingly well-rested.  The hotel is adults-only so it’s incredibly peaceful and when I stepped onto the balcony in the morning the only sounds I could hear were the swooshing of the sea and an understandably happy dog enjoying his beach walk.  Heaven.

The spa

While we didn’t sample any of the spa treatments we did take advantage of the cliff-top hot tubs which, needless to say, are absolutely incredible!  At £15 for 45 minutes (seaweed tubs cost extra) they’re a bargain too.  We Googled sunset times and booked ours for 7pm (click to watch my short video of our sunset hot tub experience!); I highly recommend you make a reservation in advance if you don’t want to be disappointed.

The verdict

When it comes to reviews I do nitpick (I wouldn’t want anyone to think I am biased in favour of something because it’s complimentary) but the only negative aspect of our stay was that the hotel’s free wifi is patchy and phone signal practically non-existent, however in my experience this is a Cornwall-wide issue and can be spun positively as it gives you no option but to completely switch off and relax.

I asked the boy if he could come up with anything he didn’t like about the Scarlet and I wholeheartedly agree with his response: “They make it impossible to leave.”

The Scarlet hotel and restaurant, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DG
The nearest rail station is Newquay, which is about 15 minutes away by car (£15 in a taxi). You can travel from London with First Great Western.

{ We were guests of the Scarlet but as always all views are 100% our own. }

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  • Joana Gomes

    I’ve wanted to visit Corwall ever since I started reading Jill Mansell’s books – I love British novels haha. This hotel looks like pure perfection.

  • Stephanie / FAIIINT

    This looks amazing, I’m not surprised you didn’t want to leave! The cliff top hot tubs look incredible & what beautiful views of the beach too. I love how contemporary the rooms are, just the right kind of minimal, everything you need but no fussy extras, just perfect. So glad you had a lovely birthday weekend too!

  • Mariana

    Oh my … This looks amazing!!
    You’re one lucky lady! :)

  • jo

    This hotel looks perfect, great pictures :)

    Jo. x

  • Beautiful Things

    An adults only hotel!! Sounds fantastic! I do wish there were more places like that, I’m so sick of things being ruined by people’s badly behaved brats.

    It looks like a fantastic place. Glad you had a good time. x

  • The Style Box

    It looks absolutely beautiful! Cliff-top hot tub! That sells it to me alone!
    Love the idea of the hotel dog – must be the luckiest dog in the world! Bet he gets loads of fuss!
    Glad you had a nice time

  • winnei

    Wow wow wow, this looks absolutely amazing. I am totally going to look into staying here one day or even suggest to friends for potential girly weekend get aways!

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  • tania

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! looks like a great way to spend it =)

  • [email protected] for Restaurant

    Sound fabulous! You have very well managed your hotel, look so pretty all of it. And I like much the room & all facilities are fantastic. Very nice place!