Review: The Scarlet Hotel and Spa, Cornwall

Take a journey inside the Scarlet Hotel’s amazing Cornish cliff side, beach view ayurvedic Spa. I describe my visit in detail and explore how it delights the senses and delivers a unique wellness experience.

After a mega drive down the country to deposit our munchkins at my sister house (and flee before she could change her mind) we arrived late in the evening at the Scarlet Hotel to a strange and unique welcome. With no formal reception we were greeted by a rather cool looking tattooed dude in a plain black t-shirt. We surprised at the informality considering the premium status of the hotel but not put off. It was purposeful, we later discovered, as part of the brand experience and concept of a home away from home. An intriguing start, what else did they have in store?

Sear view from Scarlet Hotel - copyright The Spa Diva Uk.
What a morning view!

We woke to the sounds of the waves and Spa hubby had to put up with my delighted squeals as I drew back the curtains to discover we were right on hillside that leads to the beach. We could literally step out onto our own chic slate stone patio and then wander down into the dunes. We opted for breakfast in bed instead, savouring the locally sourced, organic fresh ingredients, as we anticipated our day of pleasure in the spa. I was delighted that my plant based preferences were well catered for too!

Scarlet Hotel Vegan Breakfast - copyright The Spa Diva UK
Can’t beat avocado on sourdour toast for a classic vegan brekkie! yum 🙂

Our visit to the Scarlet Spa began with a lovely warm welcome and I immediately noticed the chilled out informal vibe with chatty reception staff sporting a very natural look. Minimal make up, soft linen-wear, flip flops and genuine smiles. Rather different to some 5 star settings. No stiff formality here!

The Treatment

I was guided to my treatment by barefooted Ollie, dressed in black with hair tied into a ponytail. He made me feel so welcome and seemed genuinely interested as he asked me about myself. I soon learned this surf fan who tours the world was a kindred spirit interested in veganism and with many similar views. Our conversation flowed and didn’t detract from the effectiveness or deep relaxation of my treatment time. It was actually a refreshing change and rather added to the energy of the experience.

A tad tricky to get into but seriously relaxing to sway and chill in.
Set an alarm if you don’t want to snooze your day away!

There was plenty of well-timed quiet to enjoy the warm dark womb like environment of the tented treatment room and Ollie’s firm confident touch was professional and very effective. I was so deeply relaxed after my treatment my arms and legs felt all floppy and uncoordinated. I comedically struggled to get back into my jump suit, which I had choosen as an easy option for changing, um nope!

Ollie waited patiently outside and waved away my apologies at the delay. He handed me a glass of water and offered to guide me to either sea views in the spa lounge or a dark, quiet space in the relaxation room. I opted for a chilled out swing in one of the hanging pods of the relaxation room. Here regained my senses a bit before emerging for our hot tub experience in the rain!

I’m writing a whole separate blog post on the hot poultice massage to describe what this felt like and the amazing effects! Follow on social media for updates!

The natural reed cleansed outdoor pool for a wild swimming experience.

The Spa Journey

The spa lounge overlooks the outdoor natural pool and shore front hot tubs with unspoilt panoramic views of the Cornish coastline, the beach only a few hundred meters away. Our turn to hop in a tub came just as the rain started to fall but the steamy and pleasingly crystal-clear waters were inviting non the less. As the wind and rain gently lashed our faces for a few minutes our spirits were undamped. We felt very at one with nature and laughed, as even in such typical British weather, it was simply stunning!

Don’t miss the cliffside hot tubs, amazing, even in the rain! ps. this not us!

A Rhassoul was something we had experienced before, but years previously, and I had totally forgotten how amazing this salt, mud & steam spa experience can be. It’s such great fun working together to rub, scrub and cover ourselves in the sweet-smelling smooth clay. The result being skin that I don’t recall ever feeling quite so soft and plump. The custom-made Cornish clay mud mixture is rich in essential oils and unique to Scarlet.

Disclaimer: No, this isn’t us either! lol

The delicious scent reminiscent of a blend of sweet Turkish delight and rose extract, a real treat for the senses. This combined with the detoxifying effect of the poultice massage had a rather unexpected but welcome effect on my cellulite. I was delighted to have noticeably smoother looking and feeling thighs for days afterwards!

The spa lounge has a cosy cool ‘pit’ with oversized bean bags and cushions. Very 70’s chic!

The spa was quite busy yet didn’t feel it, with fellow guests being mostly other couples through a range of ages. People seemed smiley and happy to float about and quietly exist side by side, respectful of the serene ambiance.

Lovely quality touches and unique art instalations set the tone!

Scarlet Spa is unique in many pleasing ways and hotel brand’s intention for it to feel like a home from home is continued throughout the spa experience and with the staff’s attentive and caring service. From art installations and fabric storage boxes in the changing rooms to the soft water of the bromine cleansed swimming pool with views that makes you feel like you’re floating into the horizon, it’s a welcome change from the cookie cutter hotel spas that we have come to expect.

Like swimming in a freshwater stream flowing out to sea!

You can enjoy a range of complimentary classes including yoga, meditation and wellness talks and workshops at The Scarlet Spa. Ollie invited me to a session of guided meditation he had running later that day. I wish we had been able to go, but alas afternoon tea in Newquay awaited us. Next time!

The yoga studio. Namaste!

Sensory Experience Summary:

Sight: Stunning Coastal views that you can literally step into! A pleasing blend of clean lines and modern design with art and boho style soft furnishing touches. A stimulating juxtaposition of light and dark spaces to explore.

Sounds: Blissful quiet and waves crashing. Eclectic ethnic music during the massage which felt well placed and relaxing in the dark tented treatment room.

Scents: The gorgeous Cornish mud in the rhassoul has a delicious Turkish delight & rose scent and is made by hand at the spa. Oula meaning ‘owl’ to honour the wisdom and knowledge of the therapists who designed the products (OMG, I LOVE THIS!) is the hotels own brand. The quality of the Oula products is tangible with the uplifting scents of real essential oil blend. Read more here on a blog from sister hotel – The Bedruthan.

Taste: Peppermint tea, still and sparkling water. A lovely, freshly prepared breakfast with vegan options.

Touch: An amazing and unique poultice massage that left me detoxed and deeply relaxed, I even struggled to get dressed. A fragrant nourishing oil and salt scrub followed by smooth white, warm, Cornish clay mud left us tingling and super soft!

Energy / vibe: Very welcoming, chilled and informal yet quite exclusive and decadent in a grounded earthy way. A real celebration of nature in an amazing setting with stunning views and a selection of holistic & ayuvedic treatments with original touches unique to Scarlet.

Usually hotel toiletries disappoint me – Not these gems! Oula the hotels own brand is divine.

If I could change anything:

This delightful spa journey could be elevated, in my opinion, by a more comprehensive tour to start with or a map (I kept getting lost, probably just too blissed out though!). I wasn’t a fan of the brown towelling robes although hubby liked them as he felt like Obi One Kenobi apparently!

I was craving some fruit juice so a wider selection of refreshments or some fruit infused waters would be nice and personally I prefer music in the spa lounge. But seriously, I’m nit- picking, it was an amazing day and I fear most spas will not live up to my heightened expectations even more now!

Details:

Address: The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4D

Website: www.scarlethotel.co.uk/spa

Product Ranges: Pinks Boutique. Oula (own brand)

Budget:

This is a high-end Spa experience with treatment prices to match, but some of the day experience are very accessible price wise with special offers (correct at time of publishing) such as:

A Scarlet Dream Day on selected dates – £75pp including arrival tea, yoga class, daydreaming workshop, cliff top hot tub, healthy lunch, plenty of time in the steam room, indoor pool, meditation room, outdoor natural pool and cedar barrel sauna (from 9:30am – 5pm) (SNAP these up there’s only a few dates available!)

Time Together Package – £85pp including time to both unwind in a cliff top hub, a bathing ritual with our salt scrub, essential oils and mineral-rich mud, relax with one another in the Rhassoul or experience good scrub down in the Hammam plus plenty of time in the steam room, indoor pool, meditation room, outdoor natural pool and cedar barrel sauna (from 9:30am – 5pm)

Spa Stays from:  £417.50pp for two nights with three course breakfasts, a three course dinner, spa access and classes and a Scarlet short journey (60 min massage or body treatment tailored to your needs) each.

Treatments from: £60 for Padabhyanga (ayuvedic alternative to reflexology) or Shirobhyanga (Indian head, neck and arm Massage) ranging to £240 for a transformative and personally tailored Scarlet Journey combining an range of therapies to suit your need.

Conclusion:

This modern hotel spa provides a rare slice of earthy, chic calm that gently restores your balance. Serene with an exclusive but unpretentious feel and a little bit boho in the best way. It offers the perfect retreat to really re-connect with yourself and/or with your partner. The stunning beach side cliff location makes for breath-taking views that inspire you to take deep breaths and just be. The staff were warm, genuine and their service impeccable .

With a holistic and somewhat rare (in the U.K) ayurvedic treatment menu and touches unique to the Scarlet evident throughout the experience, this spa really sets a a high standard. I can’t wait to try a copper tub bathing experience, Shirodhara oil pouring treatment and facial next time!

I hope you enjoyed this little look inside the Scarlet Spa. Have you been too? Tell me about your experience below OR check out their amazing ayuvedic treatment menu here and comment with what YOUR pick would be!

Spa on fellow Spa Divas!

Love, light & bubbles

Debs G, The Spa Diva xx

This IS us, smiley and chilled the day after out magical cornish escape!


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