On the Edge at England’s Cliffside Ecolodge
A simple escape with top-notch surfing and hiking.
Our elevator speech for the Cornwall region of southwest England would start with its world-class coastal hiking, move next to its surprising surf breaks, and conclude with the eco-minded Scarlet Hotel.
Resting atop a seaside crag on the Atlantic, the property’s minimal aesthetic blends well into the surrounding landscape thanks to its green rooftop (planted with sea thrift), and curved lines that mimic Cornwall’s cliffs and coves.
Each of the 37 rooms boasts an ocean view, a private outdoor space (either a balcony or garden terrace), and a vibrant color palette that serves as a welcome contrast to the Scarlet’s stark exterior.
Gourmets, meanwhile, will applaud chef Tom Hunter’s culinary remixes of classic Cornish cuisine—think deep-fried veal with tarragon mayo. In addition to the top-notch restaurant, guests will dig the restorative spa (which includes a plush, futuristic-pod relaxation room), an outdoor pool filtered by live reeds (the way nature intended), and log-fired hot tubs on the beach.
Okay, that elevator speech went a little long, but you get the gist: Scarlet or bust, people.
The Details: The Scarlet Hotel is located in western Cornwall in the village of Mawgan Porth. Rates vary. Heads up, parents: This is a kid-free establishment, so leave the young’uns behind and relax for a week.