The Scarlet

'An escape for grown-ups', this striking modern hotel was built by sisters Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield and Rebecca Whittington to be 'luxurious without costing the planet'. They run it on eco-friendly lines: sustainable initiatives include grey water recycling; table cloths have been removed from its restaurant to lessen the laundry load; an annual reduction of ten per cent in the carbon footprint. It stands in a spectacular position down the hill from the sisters' other hotel, the family-friendly Bedruthan Steps (see previous entry). 'Exceptional service, beautiful rooms, delicious food,' says a visitor this year. The bedrooms are in five categories, from 'just right' to 'indulgent'; each has an outside space and a sea view. 'Our wonderful room was filled with light, and had the most amazing views whatever the weather.' In the restaurant, chef Tom Hunter uses locally sourced ingredients in sophisticated dishes like braised pig's cheek and ham hock beignets, celeriac remoulade; fillet of brill, saffron gnocchi, leek, beetroot, herb fish cream. There is a 'sumptuous' spa with 'reassuring therapists'. Breakfast, from a daily-changing menu, is 'exceptional'. (Jinder Jhuti, Louise Arnold)

  • Our lovely ‘Spacious’ room had a large bed and a comfortable sofa at a floor-to-ceiling window with wonderful views to the beach; it also had a large balcony. The twin basins and bath were in the bedroom area, but divided from it by a half-height wall. There was a large wet room and loo, completely separate. On several occasions, we had a meal on our balcony or in our room, from the brilliant Anytime Menu (no room-service charge). Every breakfast was very good. At dinner the food was good but the menus were not balanced. The starters and main courses were almost identical: pan-fried white fish. Very tasty, but not what you want throughout the meal, every meal. There was no shellfish. On the third evening they added scallops which were delicious. The Spa is excellent; the whole atmosphere soothing and other- worldly.

    B W, 13/01/2014

  • A most relaxing weekend. All the rooms have sea views. Ours clean, spacious, modern, with a superb shower and a varied lightning system. The staff had the right mix of friendly and formal. We found the relaxation facilities around the hotel superb, particularly the upstairs terrace. We loved the 'Fat Boys' littered about the hillside, where you could rest undisturbed. The outdoor reed pool was gorgeous, cold, but who cares! The hot tubs overlooking the beach, where you can relax, drink in hand, were a must. We loved the artwork in and around the hotel, and the food was divine.

    K.C., 31/07/2013

  • Truly an amazing place to stay. The setting is beautiful and the building is amazing. The staff are friendly throughout. Tea and coffee is plentiful all day,and can be taken overlooking the sea on the terrace, in the modern lounge or on the balcony of your room. The restaurant food is a highlight of any stay. The surrounding area has stunning scenery and lovely coastal walks but it's almost a shame to leave the sheer luxury of this fabulous hotel!

    Julie Cook, 14/07/2013

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Local attractions

Deep-sea fishing
Full or half-day deep sea fishing trips, with catches including pollock, cod, bream, ling and whiting.
Horse riding
Pony trekking and evening pub rides.
Surf lessons
Small groups and private lessons at Mawgan Porth.

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Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts the following discount vouchers:

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Contact Details

The Scarlet

Tredragon Road MAWGAN PORTH Cornwall England TR8 4DQ

Telephone

01637 861800

Further Information

Bedrooms

37, 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Jan.

Facilities

lift, lobby, bar, lounge, library, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, spa (indoor swimming pool, 4 by 13 metres, steam room, hammam, treatment room), natural outdoor swimming pool (40 sq metres), seaweed baths.

Background music

all day in bar and restaurant.

Children

normally not under 16.

Dogs

not allowed in restaurant or bar, some bedrooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2013] per room B&B £195-£460, D,B&B £280-£525. Set dinner £42.50. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates