A few weeks ago I experienced a ‘Pregnancy Spa Journey’ at The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. It was honestly one of the nicest experiences of my life and I cannot wait to share the experience with you here, right now.
If you’ve not heard of The Scarlet Hotel before, it’s an adults only, boutique ‘5 star’ hotel. It can be found nestled in the beautiful cliff tops, overlooking the gorgeous Magwan Porth in Cornwall. It has an award-winning spa, a triple AA restaurant (that serves up the most delicious, fresh food) and if thats not enough, every single bedroom has stunning, unspoilt panoramic views of the sea.
If you ever have the chance to go I urge you to do so! You will not regret it.
I cannot even begin to tell you how long we have wanted to go to The Scarlet for. We’ve actually stayed in The Scarlets sister hotel, Bedruthan (which is right next door) a couple of times now and we have talked a lot about trying to arrange a child free break so that we can try out The Scarlet too.
Unlike the ‘adult only’ Scarlet, Bedruthan Hotel is a ‘family playground’ and is honestly the best family-friendly hotel I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in (and we’ve stayed in a lot of places all over the world). If you have kids then you need to check it out. They will love it too! You can read my review of Bedruthan here:
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The Scarlet Hotel
I was very kindly invited to review a complimentary Pregnancy Spa Journey at The Scarlet, but as we’ve wanted to actually stay there for a while, we decided to also book ourselves in for a mini babymoon. We managed to get childcare last minute and we decided to pay for a room so that we could arrive the day before my spa journey and stay over night.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that we’ve had quite a tough year. We found out that my fiance Aitan had stage 3 cancer back in May and the very same week we found out that I was pregnant. With our four year old daughter to look after too, me suddenly becoming the breadwinner and Aitan having to undergo months of intensive chemotherapy, to say the last six months have been chaotic would be an understatement.
After all of that, I’m sure you can imagine just how much we needed this little break away and how much we were looking forward to it. The Scarlet certainly didn’t disappoint either.
From the moment we pulled up to the hotel we knew we had made the right decision about booking a stay. The hotel really does pull out all the stops to make you feel like you can relax, literally from the moment you arrive.
You can see a full highlight of our stay on my Instagram stories here: Instagram
On arrival, a valet met us at our car and escorted us into a little lounge area just inside the hotels front doors. We were encouraged to sit down and relax on the sofa while he let the reception team know that we had arrived. He then disappeared off to park our car and took our luggage down to our bedroom for us.
Instead of checking into a traditional hotel reception, the reception team came to us and sat down on the sofa with us. It made us feel so much more welcome and instantly at home.
The receptionist welcomed us to the hotel and took us through the booking itinerary they had for us. At the same time she took any dinner or lunch reservations we wanted to make and asked us if we wanted tea or coffee ready for us in our room, for when we arrived.
After we made all of the bookings we wanted, she then gave us a little tour of the hotel, showing us each little area so we could familiarise ourselves with the layout, before she took us down to our bedroom.
As soon as we arrived in our room we were greeted with hot drinks and the receptionist took us through the various things we might want to know about the room.
Then we were left to relax.
The bedroom was completely open plan and the bathroom was fully integrated into the room making it feel much bigger and meaning that you could still spend time together, even if one of you decided to have a bath.
We actually booked one of the smallest rooms at The Scarlet, but despite being small it was still incredibly spacious and perfect for just us. Our room was one of the coastal rooms that opened up onto the clifftop and we felt so lucky to have unspoilt, but private views of the sea from our doors. In summer this room must be even better, as you can lounge on the patio and eat your meals just outside of the doors. I might live in Cornwall, but I can tell you now, I never tire of these views.
After chilling for a little bit in our room, we headed up to the hotels games room where we ate a light lunch and played a game of pool. We spent the rest of the afternoon just lazing about the hotel and in our room (honestly, it was so lovely to have the chance to do this) and then in the evening we headed down to the hotels restaurant where we experienced the most delicious three course meal.
Dinner At The Scarlet
I will admit, I didn’t take enough pictures at all, so please excuse the lack of. We spent too much time just relaxing and enjoying each others company, so I don’t have a full set of good pictures to show off how amazing the hotel, the food and everything was.
We did have three courses at dinner, but I only remembered to snap pictures of the main. The restaurant is also open to non-residents and if you live in Cornwall, I urge you to try it sometime.
The menu is forever changing and is based on seasonal, fresh, local ingredients and flavours.
You can also pair your meal with a wine course (I so would have if I wasn’t pregnant) and this is definitely an experience I want to try at some point in the next year, once baby has come of course.
All three courses were incredibly delicious but the mains definitely stood out. Aitan had the venison with blackberries and a chocolate and whiskey sauce. It was so indulgent! I opted for the less rich option and had the sea trout with a creamy mash, egg, hollandaise and seasonal greens. I have to admit, both were so amazing.
Breakfast At The Scarlet
After dinner we headed back to our room and chilled out with a movie. We had such a beautiful sleep and when we woke up, we got ready and headed back to the restaurant for breakfast. Honestly, all we did the entire two days was relax and eat good food! It was bliss.
Breakfast is included in the price of your room, but breakfast isn’t typical for a hotel. Instead of having a buffet or just a cooked breakfast, you can have two courses (if you wish) and you choose from an ever-changing seasonal menu.
There is Cornish juice on your table when you arrive and straight away you are offered coffees and teas while you peruse the menu. I wasn’t hungry enough for two courses so I just opted for the seasonal porridge, which at the time was apple and cinnamon.
Aitan had a breakfast muffin followed by smoked salmon and eggs, but there was also the choice to have a full cooked english breakfast and other delicious healthy bits such as yoghurt, fruits and avocado with eggs.
As a parent, I have to admit, it was so nice to have breakfast in an adults only space. It was not only peaceful but it was very welcome for us to get to take our time eating for a change. No rushing for fussy little ones!
After breakfast we had a little bit of time before my four hour spa journey would begin, so we decided to head to the pool for a swim and so we could try out the main spa facilities together before we separated for the day.
The pool was slightly heated, but a little bit on the cold side. To be honest, I found this incredibly refreshing though and we were lucky enough to have the entire spa to ourselves the whole time we were there.
Inside the spa you will find a really beautiful pool with views over the sea. There is also an indoor steam room, a meditation room and a relaxation room which is full of hanging pods, bean bags and other loungers.
There is also an outdoor part to the spa which completely sets this hotel apart and is what The Scarlet is famous for. Outside you will find a stunning clifftop hot tub, a sauna overlooking the sea and a natural outdoor pool. The sauna and the hot tub are open year around, but the natural pool is only available when its a little bit warmer. You do need to pre-book the outdoor hot tubs and they can adapt the water for pregnant women, but we decided to leave this part of the experience and save it for our return journey (oh yes we are coming back) when I’m no longer pregnant.
If you are a huge fan of ‘spa experiences’ we also fully recommend trying the ‘outdoor sensory garden’ at sister hotel Bedruthan. You can read our review of that here:
Related post: Experience The Sensory Garden At Bedruthan Hotel
After a lovely swim in the pool, it was time for the highlight of our stay, my pregnancy spa journey. I cannot wait to share this part with you.
The Pregnancy Spa Journey At The Scarlet Hotel
The Scarlet spa base all of their ‘spa journey’s’ on the ancient Indian holistic healing system of Ayuverda. Ayuverda is over 3000 years old and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. These doshas control how your body works.
The three ‘doshas’ are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth). Apparently, everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others and each one is said to control a different body function. It’s believed that your chances of getting sick — and the health issues you develop — are linked to the balance of your doshas. The Scarlet spa tries to help you re-find the balance, by re-aligning your doshas with treatements that are designed just for you.
Before my pregnancy journey began I filled in a questionnaire all about myself. The answers I gave all indicated which dosha was more dominant for me. I then met with Rachel, my therapist for the day, who sat me down and started me off with a warm, relaxing foot bath. I got to soak my feet and relax while we had our consultation. This gave Rachel a chance to get to know me a little bit more, see my questionnaire results and find out which ‘dosha’ I fell into and any body or health grievances I had, that way we could tailor the experience completely to me.
After we worked out which treatments would best help my body, my foot soak came to an end and Rachel started me off with a full 30 minute exfoliating body scrub. It was honestly, so nice to be pampered and the products Rachel used left my skin feeling incredibly soft.
After the scrub, I had a warm shower and then I headed to a lounge area for some relaxation time. The lounge is a really peaceful area overlooking the outdoor natural pool and the sea. In the lounge you have the choice to sit in a pod, relax on some bean bags or lie on a lounger overlooking the water. There are plenty of books around if you wanted to read and there are warm teas to sip on as well as fresh water.
While I was relaxing and reading someone came and delivered a fresh fruit salad to me and after about half an hour of blissful me time (such a rarity with kids and a busy job) Rachel collected me for the rest of my treatments.
Instead of taking me back to the initial treatment room she took me down a beautiful, quiet corridor to a unique tented treatment space where I then experienced a guided meditation. I can honestly tell you by this point I was probably the most relaxed I have ever felt in my life.
When the meditation ended I got to enjoy an hour and a half of further treatments. I opted for both a facial and body massage that Rachel performed with hot coconuts. The warmth from the coconuts helped to ease the tension in my muscles and the milk from the coconuts left my skin feeling so soft.
After the treatments the journey still wasn’t over. I then had the choice to go to a quiet room full of pods, a meditation room or back to the lounge. Rachel recommended I relax a little bit longer before heading back to the chaos of life. I took her advice and chilled out for a little bit longer.
When my time came to an end in the spa, I was then taken up to the restaurant where I was reunited with Aitan and we both got to tuck into a delicious, healthy spa lunch. This was all included as part of the journey and it was such a lovely end to my time there. Honestly, I can’t even explain how light my body felt and even Aitan said I looked different, as if all the worry and stress had been completely removed from my body.
You can read more about the different treatments available on the Pregnancy Spa Journey here: Spa Journey At The Scarlet
The healthy spa lunch was light, but filling and very tasty. We sat for a while after our lunch, taking in the views and making the most of the peace, before, it was also time for us to checkout.
We left The Scarlet feeling so rejuvenated and have already planned to head back to The Scarlet in April for Aitan’s birthday.
I have a feeling we’re going to need a grown ups night away post baby and because I am pregnant, I never got the chance to enjoy the beautiful outdoor hot tub that sits on the cliff edge or the outdoor sauna. I definitely need a good excuse to come back and try those out. Hopefully by then it’ll also be warm enough to take a dip in the natural outdoor pool and next time we are planning on trying out the ‘couples spa journey’. I’m really excited.
If you’d like to find out more about booking yourself a spa journey at The Scarlet Hotel or a beautiful adults only stag, you can find all the information you need on their website here: The Scarlet.
Have you ever heard of The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall? Would you like to experience one of their spa journey’s? Let me know in the comments below.
* The Pregnancy Spa Journey was kindly gifted to us but we did pay for the rest of our stay at The Scarlet. All opinions are completely honest and my own!