Cornwall, United Kingdom

The Scarlet

Rates from (inc tax)$254.67

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Art-filled eco beach pad


Mawgan Porth’s sandy bay

Right on Mawgan Porth’s beautiful bay in Cornwall, the Scarlet hotel is an eco-luxury-lover’s dream. Architecturally, it’s a mind-blowingly modern creation of glass and straight lines, with postcard-worthy views of the sea from nearly anywhere in the hotel. Artwork by local painters adorn the walls and the rooms' colour schemes channel the picturesque surroundings in a range of aqua, coral and cream. Completing the sea-on-land experience, all rooms have private balconies or outdoor ‘pods,’ or you can sink into a mod-styled lounger on the main terrace.

Smith Extra

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A jar of Red Stuff & Wild preserve and a bag of home-made ricciarelle biscuits


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Need to know




10am (or 11am, if there's availability); check-in, from 2pm.


Double rooms from $254.67 (£208), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP250.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast. Please note: the Scarlet does not accept group bookings of more than three rooms at a time.


Ruby-red log-fired hot tubs stud the cliffside, overlooking the sea. Book in for your bubbles; they’re mighty popular.

At the hotel

Gardens, terrace with sea views, spa (booking essential) and library with DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, WiFi (bit patchy) free bottled water and Cornwall Soap Box products.

Our favourite rooms

The Just Right rooms are exactly that: peaceful and calm, with unobstructed sea views. Unique rooms have spiral staircases leading up to relaxing ‘pods’, with views over the sea-thrift-covered roof and out to sea.


There’s a natural swimming pool outdoors and log-fired hot tubs on the cliff side.

Packing tips

Birkenstocks, Annie Greenabelle and howies threads, cotton beach bags and wooden jewellery.


Maybe leave the mobile switched off – signal is next to non-existent in these parts. The hotel has two pet-friendly rooms (one Just Right room, one Unique), and dogs can stay for £15 a nigh on request; food and water bowls, towels and treats are provided.


This is a couples-only hideaway.


A biomass boiler, solar panels, heat recapture and heat exchangers are used; everything that can be is recycled; staff share cars; local produce dominates the restaurant menu; and the Scarlet organises a number of social and conservation projects.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit by a window and admire the wild waters.

Dress Code

Mermaid- and merman-chic: an aqua-hued shirt or dress, and Mrs Smith should pile on the pearls or coral.

Hotel restaurant

The Scarlet Restaurant champions local produce, with a menu that changes according to the flavours of the month. Dishes include pan-fried John Dory with wild garlic, cockle and parsley sauce, and St Ives beef with caramelised shallots, salsa verde and griddled polenta. Sweet tooths should save room for pudding – try the cider jelly with tarte tatin and blackberry sorbet. The open-plan, high-ceilinged space is splashed with scarlet hues, including low-hanging red felt lampshades.

Hotel bar

Perched above the main restaurant area, Scarlet Bar has cosy banquette seating and the obligatory sea views. If you settle in during pre-dinner cocktails, stay here for your meal.

Last orders

Breakfast is served up from 8am until 10.30am; lunch is noon until 2pm, and guests are seated for dinner between 7pm and 9.30pm.

Room service

The 24-hour room service features light snacks, salads and sandwiches.


Photos The Scarlet hotel – Cornwall – United Kingdom
The Scarlet
Tredragon Road,
TR8‎ 4DQ
Mawgan Porth
United Kingdom


Newquay airport is two miles away; fly here from other parts of Europe and the UK, including London Gatwick, Manchester and Inverness with Flybe (


Bodmin Parkway Station is a 30-minute drive from the hotel, and is serviced by the UK’s main train lines. Direct trains from London and Edinburgh stop here (


Newquay is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, and there’s free parking for guests.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take part in yoga, movement and breathing classes each morning at the hotel for free, or pay a bit extra for surfing lessons or wild swimming. Spend as much time as possible outdoors – kayaking, coasteering, horse riding, rock climbing and tree climbing should keep you busy. Indulge in an Ayuverdic massage at the spa, which has an indoor pool, hammam and a rasul (similar to a hammam, but designed for mud treatments). The beach is the perfect setting for a picnic or ball game. If you’re craving some non-sandy pursuits, head into Padstow. Hunt for souvenirs in the shops and galleries and sample local produce in the restaurants.

Local restaurants

This patch of Cornwall has been well colonised by celebrity chefs. Padstow (or ‘Steinstow’ as some locals dub it, though we've heard 'Padstein' more often) has four outposts of Rick Stein’s seafood empire: the Seafood Restaurant at Riverside (+44 (0)1841 532700;, St Petroc’s Bistro on New Street (+44 (0)1841 532700), Stein’s Fish & Chips at South Quay and Rick Stein’s Café at Middle Street (+44 (0)1841 532700). On the same street, there’s Number 6 (+44 (0)1841 532093;, which has one of Gordon Ramsay’s protégés, Paul Ainsworth, at its helm. The Custard Diner is a popular bistro at 1A The Strand (+44 (0)1841 532565), with great-value seasonal food and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. At the family-friendly Watergate Bay Hotel, you’ll find a Cornish branch of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (+44 (0)1637 861000; Expect stylish decor and moreish Mediterranean cuisine.

Local bars

Linger over a pint at the Phoenix Inn, at Watergate Bay (+44 (0)1637 860353). The pub has dazzling views of the bay, and tasty grub.


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Anonymous review

Looking out through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Scarlet Hotel, I can see a pair of wiggling legs sticking out of a giant barrel pointing up to the silver-grey sky above Mawgan Porth Bay. It's as though I've spotted someone who's fallen into a giant bowl of soup.

The legs belong to Phil – the Scarlet's Hot Tub Host. He is preparing his Dutch Kettles as he calls them, which are dotted around the cliff face, and shot with red light, glowing like unearthly cauldrons. We've just arrived and as I'm watching Phil at work, a friendly person suddenly appears by my side in the manner of Mr Benn's shopkeeper. This sleek eco hotel has dispensed with the formality of a reception desk and this kind soul is here to warmly invite us to enjoy this beautiful art gallery, restaurant and spa as if it were our own home.

These Smiths have decided to forget our real home for a couple of days in favour of this wonderfully calm and luxurious eco-hotel. As we share our actual home with two noisy children, it's a delight not to have to constantly threaten our fellow residents with a spell on the 'naughty sofa'. Apart from a notable absence of kids, The Scarlet has few – if any – house rules. Behind the scenes I imagine it is run with the quiet but firm efficiency of an Audi engine – albeit one that has been converted to run on leftover organic kitchen waste.

An ethos of sustainable comfort rather than self-conscious consumption abounds; this hip hotel could wear a line of stars on its sleeve for service and facilities. But there's no showiness here – this is the kind of place that prefers to let you uncover its special powers yourself. 'It's rather like a stealth super hero that prefers to befriend you as Clark Kent or Diana Prince then work its magic when you're not looking,' I suggest, sagely, to Mrs Smith. Not a comic book aficionado, I fear Mrs Smith has failed to grasp the gravitas of my wisdom.

Talking of new friends, everyone who works at the Scarlet is, without exception, polite and confident, super respectful of guests, each other and, of course, the environment. The Scarlet's consideration for all things natural is demonstrated by thoughtful details guaranteed to please eco-worriers such as this once professional GreenSmith. There's adjustable lighting, delicious menus based on supply rather than demand, discounts for people who come by train and taxi, unconditioned heat and air, customised furniture and sculptures made from recycled glass and paper. Guests even receive a little cloth bag for them to take home any half-used bars of soap. Take that, Cowshed.

As with all of the bedrooms, ours has an amazing view of the Cornish coastline and Mawgan Porth's golden stretch of sand and ever-shifting seascape in shades of charcoal, blue and emerald is entirely hypnotic. For a few hours after we arrive, we just lie down listening to the waves crashing beyond our window. Mrs Smith, a non-recovering TV addict, notes that such is the sensory beauty of this place the sound of television would feel an intrusion. But the Scarlet is not about prohibition, so we fling off our hairshirts and spend Saturday afternoon wallowing in a long lazy cream tea and uninterrupted DVD – luxury indeed.

In keeping with a mission statement to 'challenge the convention of other hotels', there are no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, but reviving beverages of every variety will arrive within minutes of guests picking up the phone. We take full advantage on several occasions, sampling the rose, vanilla, camomile, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom treats from the Pukka range of teas.

With surfing, kayaking, coasteering or horse riding on the beach among the outdoor pursuits on offer here, you may find small-screened distractions easily eclipsed. We head for a dip in the indoor pool, trotting up and down wooden steps past the circular bar of cosy booths above the panoramic Atlantic-view restaurant. We glide past couples all chatting and smiling, creating a constant hum of happiness over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Even the booze at this boutique bolt hole empathises with the elements here, and at aperitif time we toast our Smith reviewing duty with a Dark and Stormy cocktail. Settled in the small but eclectic library amid Henry James, Stiegg Larsson, JD Ballard, Iris Murdoch and Spike Milligan, we leaf through the catalogue of local artists displaying their works here. Fantisising about how we might decorate our own home with specially commissioned sea-inspired landscapes by Cornwall's artistic talent, we mentally plan where pieces by Lucy Turner and Steve Yeates might fit perfectly chez Smith.

With word that Michelin-starred chef Ben Tunnicliffe likes to put a smile on diners' faces and a warm feeling in their bellies, we surrender happily to supper. By the time Mrs Smith has reluctantly eaten the last molecule of her chocolate brûlée, we are as content as can be and we succumb to that decadent tiredness in a way one only can when there's a guaranteed lie-in on the horizon.

Waking early with too much energy, I leap out of bed and start doing semi-naked press-ups on the sunny balcony. Clearly this ruins a romantic moment - and possibly breakfast - for the couple out walking below. Undeterred by my pants, Mrs Smith tucks into Arlington Eggs and then disappears to have her full body massage in the Ayurvedic spa. She doesn't come back for ages, having fallen asleep (again) in the suspended pods of the relaxation room.

By noon, any clouds have completely cleared, revealing a sky of intense blue. Walking down to the beach past the natural pool, studded with granite rocks and splintered with green reeds, we pass Phil the Hot Tub Host. Perfectly upright on this occasion, he is leading his clients to and from his giant, red soup bowls like a convivial cannibal. Unable to resist his charms, we book a session and are soon neck-deep in steaming water, inhaling wood-smoked aromas, the soul-cleansing sound of waves in our ears.
Whether you're soaking or reclining, walking, feasting or fishing – it's great to enjoy a romantic escape with such a healthy conscience. 'I feel like a Celtic god,' I grin through the haze from our hot tub, fully relaxed and at ease. 'Borus,' Mrs Smith whispers, proudly demonstrating she knows the name of the Celtic god of hot springs. 'Who knew our dirty weekend would be so, well, cleansing?'

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Scarlet’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We loved the ambience, the art work, the friendly welcome, conversations and advice on Cornish gin as well as the fantastic views and utter sense of peace. A 45 min coastal path walk towards Padstow gets you to the very scenic Bedruthan Steps - and a National Trust tea shop with home made Cornish pasties and cream teas. What's not to like?

Don’t expect

It was just brilliant - can't think of anything to improve it!


Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

The food, the spa, the room, the view (when it wasn't foggy). Roos Beach café and shop in Porth

Don’t expect

Lively entertainment


Stayed on 10 May 2016

We loved

The contemporary feel of the hotel, its dedication to caring for the planet and guest wellbeing. The rooms are stylish and a little quirky. The food great, the staff just as good. The scarlet is a perfect place to relax or to use as a base to explore the surrounding area. Not forgetting its close proximity to a beautiful beach. 10/10

Don’t expect

Anything loud.


Stayed on 15 Mar 2016

We loved

The cliff top location, dramatic seas out of the huge windows and the Spa. Drag yourself out of the hotel for walks up on the coastal path, the scenery is jaw droppingly beautiful.

Don’t expect

Lively nights. The hotel has a calm, quiet chill out vibe.


Stayed on 8 Feb 2016

We loved

The spa and the yoga, hot tubs, sea views. The wine flight with the meal. Recommend a visit to Watergate Bay. 

Don’t expect

Anything "lively" - we felt that there wasn't much atmosphere in the bar


Stayed on 31 Jan 2016

We loved

The whole experience!

Don’t expect

Tea coffeein your room or a mini bar. Its much better, free room service with high quality products, like loose leaf Earl Grey!


Stayed on 20 Oct 2015

We loved

The staff are all fabulous, so helpful but not intrusive. Loved the food the rooms the spa and best of all the amazing views. The hotel organised a surf lesson with Gonzalez who was soo patient well worth it

Don’t expect

Run of the mill.


Stayed on 11 Oct 2015

We loved

The view from almost every aspect from the hotel was amazing. Every member of staff we came across were professional yet extremely, naturally friendly and helpful. The spa was fabulous and a real haven of tranquility. Great location for foodies between Watergate Bay and Padstow! Exhilarating walk along the coast path to Watergate Bay for a spot of lunch at Jamie Oliver's 'Fifteen' or a spot of kite flying. Music on a Sunday lunchtime at the local beach cafe. Beautiful sun trap beach just below the hotel.

Don’t expect

Fussiness or pretension - just relax and enjoy.


Stayed on 25 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything apart from the open plan bath and sink arrangement.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed - this hotel is absolutely fabulous - from the room to the food to the delightful staff.


Stayed on 13 Sep 2015

We loved

The relaxed atmosphere and friendly service - it was a return trip, and it's as good as I remembered. They did very well catering for a boisterous bull terrier pup, too.

Don’t expect

Dog-sitting at reception would be a great addition for true dog-friendliness - we couldn't safely leave him in the room, so we had room service each night. Lovely food and not a problem for us, so it's just a suggestion.


Stayed on 5 Jul 2015

We loved

The hotel staff couldn't do enough for us, the views and setting of the hotel is spectacular and the food is delicious. Nothing is too much trouble even with funny diets and needs.

Don’t expect

Outside pool is cold and because this is an eco hotel you come out with a bit of pond weed!


Stayed on 28 Jun 2015

We loved

The calmness of the hotel. The view is just amazing, to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the sea. The food is delicious and the spa treatments were great!

Don’t expect

Service seemed hit and miss. There were no towels laid out for the pool and the changing rooms was always wet. The bathrooms were more design than practical. Bring your own slippers/flipflops, theirs are weird and uncomfortable.


Stayed on 19 Apr 2015

We loved

We adored everything!!! The people, the incredible spa, the hot tubs outside book able for 20 are unbelievable, we had two, one under the stars and one for sunset. The menu and choice of food and drinks are fabulous and so fresh and interesting.


Stayed on 30 Dec 2014