The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Mawgan Porth , Cornwall
England TR8 4DQ
Tel: 44 1637 861800
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This cliffside property tucked away on Cornwall's north shore eschews rustic seaside themes for a more urbane design and quirky Ayurvedic spa. The hotel has strong eco credentials, employing solar panels, biomass boilers, rainwater-harvesting, and gray water recyclingand a delightful ten-percent discount for guests arriving by foot, bike, or public transport. The all-natural philosophy takes center stage in the popular spa with its "get messy" local mud treatments and seaweed wraps; other spa highlights are the cliffside hot tubs and a natural swimming pool cleaned by reed beds instead of chemicals. The 37 guest rooms are contained in the striking architecture of glass, angles, and clean lines, but interiors are less successful: a mishmash of Nordic-style materials, decadent baroque flourishes, and local art with a prevalent nature motif occasionally lead to over-design, like the curvaceous terrace chairs that wobble unsteadily and collect rainwater in the seat. Despite the hotel's design quirks the attentive staff are professional without acting overtrained.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Room 12 in the second highest Spacious category has point-blank sea views with a balcony and free-standing bath. In summer, the cheapest rooms (called Just Right) are great value with direct access to the cliffs and outdoor pool; room 37 is the best of that batch.