Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beach Hotels

by Josey Miller

The Scarlet, Cornwall, England

Define your relationship: Sophisticated pairs who share a special connection with each other and Mother Earth find sanctuary at the Scarlet, a new and glamorous boutique eco hotel in Cornwall, England.

Do-not-disturb factor: High. The Scarlet exudes calm, and the Cornwall area is, for the most part, a mellow haven of quaint harbor cottages and fishing villages. And it isn't a family show; in fact, travelers under 12 need not apply.

Sex appeal: From a cliff-top spot overlooking Mawgan Porth Beach, the Scarlet's sea-facing bedrooms have mosaic-tile freestanding baths and walk-in rain shower rooms, plus private outdoor spaces: Each accommodation has a balcony, a garden, or a rooftop pod for viewing the spectacular surroundings. As cozy as you may be, be sure to come out of hiding for the dining: Michelin-recognized chef Ben Tunnicliffe runs the on-site restaurant, where the market-based menu, which changes daily, might include pan-fried John Dory or charred rib of St. Ives beef. After dinner, retreat to an alfresco hot tub warmed by log fires (pictured), or borrow Jasper, the resident dog, for a romantic walk on the beach. If the way to your lover's heart is not through his stomach but through his sense of adventure, try "wild swimming": splashing around in the open ocean with an instructor, exploring caves, and spotting seals, dolphins, and other local wildlife (with rescue boards and, of course, hot toddies available as needed).

Make contact:
The Scarlet
Tel: 44 1 637 861 800
Just Right accommodations from $310, including breakfast

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