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Sustainable stays… I visit the Scarlet Hotel

In the depths of rugged north Cornwall, yet just five minutes from Newquay Airport, perched atop Mawgan Porth beach sits the luxury ecohotel nestled into the rocks. The Scarlet has scooped awards galore, with many giving credit for its dedication to sustainability. Its claiming to do things ‘a little differently’ is evident as soon as you check-in, where you’re told to sit, admire the views, and enjoy a complimentary hot drink.

There are just 37 bedrooms arranged over five levels, so the hotel never feels hectic, complemented by interior design which brings the outside in: think vast floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the bay at every turn and tranquil bedrooms complete with freestanding oval baths.

The real relaxation is to be had at the spa though. I reached new rejuvenating heights floating in one of the two log-fired hot tubs perched on the clifftop. We were lucky enough to catch a Cornish sunset, witnessing the glowing orb drop into the water before drying off in the cedar-barrel sauna. Visiting in October meant I wasn’t brave enough to dip in the natural reed filtered swimming pool, but it made a fabulous backdrop to cosying up in the relaxation room.

As you’d expect from its coastal location, the menu offers plenty of fresh, locally-caught fish, alongside modern dishes to delight meat eaters and vegetarians alike. And you certainly won’t find a better place to burn off any indulgences than a saunter along the beach and cliffs. Mawgan Porth’s golden sands, beautifully soft to the touch, are easily accessible from the hotel.

The Scarlet is a truly special place, whether you’re visiting for afternoon tea, a seriously relaxing spa day or an indulgent stay, you’ll be wanting to come back for more… I certainly am.