By Laura

My oh my, what a treat I have for you today. We’ve been looking forward to this trip for months and boy did it come at exactly the right time. After a really tough week, I was so thrilled that our trip to Cornwall fell over my birthday. Part one of our trip saw us traveling down to Cornwall, to stay in a cute seaside town called Mawgan Porth – think Padstow but without all of the hoards of tourists. Actually, it is only 7 miles away from Padstow so if you wanted to get your fix, you weren’t that far away anyway! We were staying at The Scarlet for the night, an adult-only luxury hotel that sits in the cliffs overlooking Mawgan Porth beach. They kindly put together a jam packed itinerary of spa treatments for us both but more on that a little later. 

We left our luggage at the concierge (I know we were only staying one night but we brought along all of my presents to open and some wellies for walks along the beach!), and were given a whistle stop tour of the hotel and shown to our room. We were in one of their ‘Just Right’ room s that had a little balcony overlooking the sea. It was just perfect, with simplistic styling and the little touches such as a Neom reed diffuser didn’t go unnoticed. If I had one little niggle, it would be that the bed is definitely on the smaller side compared to other hotels we have stayed at but that’s not to say that it wasn’t super comfy because it was! The double headed shower/wet room gave all the house/lifestyle inspo. 

We did a quick change into our swimwear, grabbed our robes and complimentary slippers and headed straight down to the spa ready for our afternoon of treatments. First up was a ‘Couples Short Journey’, this is the Scarlet’s own creation. You both fill out a short questionnaire about your lifestyle and two therapists do a quicky analysis of what type of massage you need based on your answers. The idea is that you explore your Ayurvedic dosha type and through this they can establish the focal points to target during the massage. We were then whisked into the couples massage room which was the most serene and peaceful space for an hour long massage side by side. It was simply glorious and just what I needed –  my therapist did say that my muscles were particularly tight but that was no surprise to me! When we were ready to, we followed our therapist to the ‘relaxation room’ which is a dimly lit space with several hanging teepee type canopies which were adorned with cushions and throws so you could sit/swing with your other half post-massage. 

We decided to take a quick tour of the spa area before checking in for our second treatment; a bathing ritual called a Rhassoul. We were talked through how it all worked and were then left to our own devices. A Rhassoul is basically a steam room in which you firstly apply an invigorating salt scrub full of wonderful and natural essential oils. You get to apply it to each other so that you get to all the nooks and crannies and ensure every bit of skin is covered. Once this is fully applied, you wash it off with the provided shower heads. Next, you apply a mineral-rich mud to each others body (this was my favourite bit because it was so funny to see Fraser covered from head to toe, hair included, in a white paste), you have to leave the mud on for 15 minutes so that it really soaks in to your skin. It was honestly so relaxing and I was both surprised and delighted that Fraser was so on board with it all. The red light comes on to indicate that the big showerhead in the middle of the ceiling is about to turn on so you can jointly wash away the mud from your skin. 

The staff greeted us as our treatment finished and whisked us away to our final spa stop of the day; the hot tub that sits outside on the cliff top overlooking the bay. It may have been dark, but there was something so calming about being in a warm tub and hearing the waves lap up against the rocks. 

I couldn’t have felt more ‘zen’ if I tried and the whole day had been a total reset for the both of us . We had about an hour to chill out  in our room before our 5 course tasting menu we had booked in the hotel restaurant.

The restaurant is that perfect mix between classy but not so upmarket that it’s uncomfortable. It wasn’t particularly busy but there was a lovely atmosphere as people conversed over a bottle of wine. We had a lovely sommelier who talked us through all the pairings for our courses. It was great to see someone so knowledgeable about where the wine came from and how they would taste on the palate. Take a look at the pictures below of the absolutely delicious food we had; I’ve written the name of each dish in the caption. Breakfast had a simple menu but everything was made to order and if you really fancied something that wasn’t on the menu, the staff were more than happy to ask the chefs if they could rustle it up for you. 

Roasted pumpkin, maple syrup and ginger soup with toasted seed

Cornish fish and shellfish stew with saffron potatoes, samphire, rouille and crostino

Cornish duck breast with sarladiase potato, shallots and quince

Selection of West Country cheeses with accompaniments

Chilled vanilla rice pudding with rhubarb, Italian meringue, lemon and ginger ice cream

I cannot recommend The Scarlet enough; it honestly was the most sensational stay and exactly what you would want from a mini-moon/staycation. The staff are so helpful, the facilities are of a serious high standard and the view is to die for. Did you know, they also do weddings at The Scarlet? They can cater to anything from a super intimate weddings of just you and two witnesses to exclusive use of the hotel for up to 74 people. It is truly spectacular and your guests would be wowed. 


Part two of our trip coming soon!

{We were guests of The Scarlet, but as always, we only recommend places we truly love}


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