Friday, 17 May 2013

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall.

Last weekend I took my best friend Lulu to the scarlet hotel for a pre birthday treat and for her to get away from uni for the weekend.

I jumped in the car on Friday morning and 4 and a bit hours later I had arrived. Lulu arrived shortly after. The hotel is a luxury Eco hotel in Mawgan Porth Cornwall.
We checked in and were given a quick tour of the hotel and then shown to our room.

They bought complimentary coffee to our room while we unpacked and explored the room. We had a just right room, which is the smallest room they do but, was bigger in true life than on the website so that was a plus. 
It is very open plan but that is stated on the website and I read that they do provide additional privacy screens if you need them. 

For dinner we went to the hotel restaurant. We first had a drink at the hotel bar before being shown to our table.

The restaurant looks out over the sea as all the rooms do which is nice. We got a lovely big table and looked over the menu.

To start with we both had crab, we both forgot to take a photo but it was yum!

For mains I had beef with spring greens and Lulu had fish with crispy eel and greens. We also had a side of carrots and kale to share.

For dessert we shared a salted caramel cheesecake with vanilla and banana ice cream.

The next morning we got up for the complimentary class at 8am, it was yoga. They didn't promote this much so if you stay ask about the classes, as Lulu found them tucked away on the website and we really enjoyed them and found it a nice way to wake up for the day. The classes are suitable for any ability so a great opportunity to try new things. I really enjoyed it.

We then headed up to breakfast. To start we had some toast with butter and jam. I then had a massive fluffy croissant and Lulu had some seriously nutty granola.

I then had a full English and Lulu had pancakes with caramel apples. I always think a place can be judged on whether it has a quality sausage or a cheap on as a part of their breakfast. Scarlet passed the test the breakfast was great. We also had some coffee and apple juice which again was of a lovely quality. 

After our massive breakfast we pulled on our wellies as well as a few extra layers and headed down to the beach. I thought it would be fun to walk in the sea with my wellies, it was so shallow after all and wouldn't get any deeper for ages. I was wrong. A wave came up round my knees and into my boots. Luckily its a short walk from the beach to the hotel.


Once back at the hotel we had booked a cliff hot tub for 12.30 so off we went to the spa in our bikinis, robes and flip flops. The hot tub was amazing a real must, we had drinks brought out to us while we admired the view. They also have a natural reed filtered pool. I got about knee deep before the cold become too much and I hopped back in the hot tub.

After the hot tub we went for a dip in the indoor heated pool it was so relaxing and still looks over the beach. We also went in the steam room and felt so relaxed.

We then headed to Watergate bay for a walk and a bite to eat. It was so windy we didn't walk just ate. I had the classic combo of fully loaded hot chocolate and chips and lulu had ice cream and a coke.

We then headed back to the hotel and got ready for the evening, we went to Paul Ainsworth Number 6 in Padstow. Review here. 

In the morning we started with another class this time meditation. We had never done it before but thought it was a great opportunity to try and once you get over the 'trying not to laugh' phase it was actually really relaxing and I can really see how it can be beneficial. The lady who took the class was so nice and didn't make it awkward at all.

We headed up for breakfast both having lots of toast and croissants. We then wanted the pancakes from yesterday but they weren't on the menu as it changes everyday. But the kind waitress asked the chef and he said he would make some for us so we were very grateful as they were very delicious.

After this we packed up our room and checked out. We stayed a while reading magazines looking out to the less than lovely weather. That is a good thing about the hotel, there are plenty of places inside to sit, read and relax and as the weather in Cornwall can be temperamental inside space is needed.

We then headed off to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen. After this we headed home and boy that drive is long but so very worth it.

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