Its that time of year to think about health. Spas are a great way to reboot your lifestyle and have a day or two of relaxation. I treat myself to a spa day each year. When making a decision about where to go this year I was immediately drawn to the clifftop hot tub at The Scarlet in Cornwall and just knew I would have to book a day there.
The Scarlet is a hotel for adults only and is just outside Newquay on the North Cornwall Coast. Driving there was a joy as I swept past small villages and deserted beaches in the early morning. The hotel intends everyone to relax from the moment they arrive. This includes having their staff park your car for you. If I had known that I definitely would have spent time cleaning it inside and out.
When I was a kid growing up in Cornwall the hotels were pretty standard with the beach being the big attraction more than the hotel. We never went away for a vacation as a family but made the most of the sand and sea on the front door instead. Today there is a whole new generation of modern hotels for couples, families and friends which include fine food, spa experiences, sports, and spectacular views. And the beach of course. The Scarlet is one of those modern hotels bringing a new holiday experience to Cornwall.
I was led through the reception area to change and then sat in a glass fronted lounge with spectacular views of the sea and beach below. Almost as soon as I started to chill out I was led to my first treatment of the day. At the Scarlet Hotel treatments take place in an exotic tented area illuminated by lanterns which transported me to another world immediately. The spa specialises in Ayurveda and having worked out I was a mixture of ayurvedic categories I settled for a wonderful relaxing massage. Just what my back and shoulders needed. A facial and head massage followed which felt like such a treat after weeks and months of work and family stress. This spa definitely helps you wind down, relax, and forget your troubles.
Once my morning treatments were over I was taken to a relaxation area where pods suspended from the ceiling cocooned those who wanted to curl up and relax. Getting in and out of them is a challenge for the uninitiated but once in I was set up for a relaxing hour before lunch- of simply doing nothing.
Lunch was nutritious, delicious and served in the restaurant with a view of the sea. What I like about spa days is you get inspiration and ideas for ingredients to include in salads and other dishes back home. Now, I visited in November and would you believe in Britain- I was able to relax in a swimsuit outdoors in the sunshine after lunch?
Then came the highlight of the day. My own dedicated hot tub on the clifftop in Cornwall. I climbed in to the wooden tub and relaxed, watching seagulls, walkers on the South West Coastal Footpath just below the hotel, and waves crashing on the beach. It was sublime and a wonderful way to enjoy fresh Cornish sea air, sink into a bath and simply chill. I loved it, and had I not been driving home would have succumbed to a glass of champagne. I could have stayed all day but time is limited in the hot tub.
The Scarlet also has a barrel sauna in the grounds and an outdoor pool cleaned by reeds. It was a delight to come here and will remain on my go to places when I return to Cornwall.
Price: £££ pricey but the quality was there.
Ambiance: although this feels and is upmarket the staff are very chilled and down to earth no matter what your background is (or the state of your car).
Location: 10/10 for the view alone
Who Goes there: Mostly couples and friends. Although I was solo and felt at ease this is aimed at the world of couples. As a single woman I’d recommend it.