Minimooning at The Scarlet Hotel| UK WEDDING BLOG

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Stop the press! We have found the perfect Minimoon location. Last week, I jetted off down to Cornwall for a few days and started the trip at The Scarlet Hotel, a luxury adults only hotel right on the edge of the beach. A true haven of romance and relaxation.

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The view hits you as soon as you step inside and you just know that this place is going to be rather special. It’s a 5 star hotel with enough style and service to feel luxurious but without any unnecessary {sometimes dreaded} ponce. I love the way that it’s been designed so that almost wherever you are, you can enjoy the far reaching views of the beach, sea and beyond.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The bedrooms are all set over five different floors, each having its own outside space, a place to relax in private overlooking the coast from balconies to private courtyard gardens. In ours you could watch the waves roll in whilst you sat in the bath! Super relaxing. It’s an eco hotel, designed to be sustainable and at one with the landscape. Normally for me this sends shivers up my spine, I had a very bad experience with a so called eco hotel in South East Asia that meant you had to wash in a natural {read green gunge} pool as the hot water had run out! The Scarlet’s version couldn’t be further from that definition of eco and of course everything is still incredibly luxurious, it just means they care about protecting the environment. The ethos of the hotel is to be different and personalised, you won’t find a kettle in your room – instead just call 1 on your phone and tea or coffee will be bought fresh immediately to your room. It’s little touches like that which make The Scarlet really stand out.

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I think the spa deserves a truly special mention. I think it would be incredibly hard to find one more scenic and luxurious than this one within the UK. It’s described as a quiet, contemplative, almost spiritual place. There’s a focus on your holistic well-being, nourishing the mind, body and soul using the wisdom of Ayurveda {a type of Hindu practice} and mixing a little bit of the Cornish coast into it too. There are tented treatment rooms lit with lanterns, two swimming pools {one indoor with a big glass window so you don’t miss out on the views} and one natural pool outside. In addition to a sauna, steam room, comfy sunbeds to snuggle up on outside, cosy sleep pods swinging from the ceiling to relax inside and a maze of relaxation rooms to curl up with your favourite book or iPod gazing out over the waves crashing on the beach below. Pack your swimwear! Residents have full access to the spa, you’d just need to book in for treatments etc but even if you’re not staying at The Scarlet you can book in for a day package.

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Make sure you book in for a hot-tub session. It’s £20 for half an hour and you do need to try and call ahead to book one but it really was worth it. I’m not normally a hot-tub fan, they’re normally full of chemicals that make my skin itch. But these are no ordinary hot-tubs, you just sink into a warm bath. And the view is so incredible. You can book them throughout the year, I think on a cold winter’s day they’d be heaven or book in to watch the sunset.

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A waiter will come and take your drinks order, champagne if you’re celebrating! And then come back half an hour later with towels and dressing gowns for you. We made the most of the sunshine and relaxed around the pool afterwards before going to get ready for dinner.

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Mawgan Porth beach is just below, a two minute walk through a gate at the end of the garden, perfect for wrapping up and soaking in the sea air. I love coastal walks. If you walk about half an hour to the right on the SW coast path, you’ll get to Bedruthan Steps where we got engaged back in 2012. A really magical place, just make sure the tide is out or you’ll get cut off! And if you walk to the left you’ll reach Watergate Bay, another gorgeous beach with big cliffs and home to Jamie’s famous 15 restaurant.

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The sunsets on this part of the coast are the best in Cornwall, creating a haze over the rocks as it sets into the sea. Whatever time of year you visit, mid winter or a boiling hot summer’s day, the views will be the same and just as stunning.

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As well as the award winning spa, The Scarlet is known for its restaurant with a fine dining-esque menu that changes each month depending on what’s local and in season. We had crab to start followed by Cornish lamb {it’s so boring when you both order the same thing but neither of us wanted to budge!} and then had a sharing pudding for two, a honeycomb sphere with white chocolate mousse, pistachios and raspberries. Too delicious.

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Breakfast the next morning was a treat too, you can order smoothies, croissants, fresh fruit salads, granola and yoghurt to start with before choosing something off of the main menu. All overlooking the beach.

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If you’re staying at The Scarlet, you must go and visit Padstow {or Padstein if you know about Rick Stein} just fifteen minutes up the road. It’s a cute little fishing town with upmarket boutiques and so much choice for good food from the obligatory Cornish pasties and fish & chips to Michelin starred dinners. If you walk around the harbour and up past the war monument you get to almost deserted beaches, miles and miles of sand and sparkly sea. Or you can get the ferry across to Rock. There are so many lovely beaches around, Constantine and Porthcothan and Trevone. And make sure, whatever you do, that you find time to visit Berryfields Tea Rooms in between Padstow and The Scarlet Hotel for a heart shaped, strawberry cream tea. We found them last year when we rented a camper van around Cornwall, via Tripadvisor, and they still rate as the best cream tea in West Cornwall. Such a lovely part of the world.

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If you’re not a fan of driving {Cornwall is a longgg drive unless you live somewhere in the West Country} then luckily The Scarlet is just 10 minutes from Newquay Airport, or if you want old school romance, get a sleeper train down.

You can find out more on the Scarlet’s website here and view their current offers, they often have special deals on and spa packages.

And whilst it is perfect for minimoons, why not think about getting married here too?! Wedding info here.

A dreamy place indeed if you’re wanting to escape for a while, just the two of you.

R <3 xx

{I was a guest of The Scarlet but as always I would never ever promote something that I didn’t truly love. All opinions are my own.}

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