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Nothing can bloom all year

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Tips for leaning into hibernation and rest 

In spring, the bulbs we lovingly placed into the earth way back in the autumn come alive. And so do we. Our diaries begin to fill with engagements – be it Easter celebrations, May weddings or garden parties. In summer, the days are l o n g. Sunshine drenched afternoons and balmy evenings cry out for a whole host of after work jollity. 

However the above may not apply to this year, as it hasn’t played out like we thought it would. In 2020 our world and each season’s greetings have been turned upside down, but in the run up to Christmas, are you feeling just as tired as usual? Suffering from a sort of warmer month comedown? The emotional toll of this unusual year isn’t to be ignored. But the good news is that as always, winter is coming (yes, it’s good news!), and its purpose still applies. 

During the winter months, muddy seeds slowly grow and form under the soil’s cover. And maybe we’re the same. Maybe we also need a few months of deeper rest, hidden away from the world, finding time to slow down and hibernate. Pull on woolly socks, stoke the fire and enjoy an artisanal hot chocolate. Of coursewe all still have busy lives to lead, but it’s important to weave in moments of rest, and here’s a few pointers on how you can take some downtime, and blossom when ready… 

It’s OK to say no 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, practice the art of saying no. A little self-preservation can go a long way. If pounding the streets during some post-work Christmas shopping with a friend fills you with dread, politely decline and shop online in the warm instead! (Of course, we recommend you still #shopsmall). 

Do like the mammals do 

Hibernating animals have got it all figured out. They makes themselves a cosy cave, and they stay there! Curled up in the warm, waiting for spring. Whilst going into hiding for months might not be realistic, we do encourage making your habitat somewhere you can retreat to at any given moment. Treat yourself to a lovely blanket, find your hot water bottle, pull out the winter quilts, light some candles.

Get more sleep 

Where possible, retire a little earlier. Your body needs help adjusting to the change in weather, and building its defences to help fight off the common cold. Be kind to your immune system, by getting more Z’s!

Step away from the digital 

Unplug. Upturn your phone, avoid the internet, turn off all notifications. Take some time to ‘just be’. 


Something your phone can be useful for is guided meditation. We personally like the Buddify app – its guided meditations are accessible and can help you to build a daily practice which works for you.


Strike a balance which works for you, between being active and resting. Reward yourself with a bath after an evening jog. We’re not made to keep going and going. 

If you’d like to book yourself in for some hibernation in our Cornish haven, we recommend our Winter Wellness break

A sense of hygge this winter, as illustrated by our recent guests

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Hygge – a concept cultivated in Denmark, which is said to the happiest country in the world. You may have come across this word in recent years, pondering on its pronunciation, or perhaps going a little deeper by reading into such a philosophy, and trying to be a little more hygge yourself.

For those new to this, we recommend turning to an explanation by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. In her book The Little Book of Hygge, she writes:

‘Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life – or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company – or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.’


Rather gorgeous, don’t you think? Reading this, we cast our minds to our guests. To our heartfelt reviews, the authentic images we’re tagged in, and letters sent and filled with sentiment. The moments we house, and they share with us.

Many staying at the Scarlet feel a sense of hygge during their stay, perhaps without even knowing it. And we thought you might like to feel it too. Here are some of those moments we’ve recently enjoyed viewing ourselves, over a cup of tea.

N.B. You can browse more by viewing our rather fittingly named hashtag on Instagram, #scarletmoment

Waking up early enough to appreciate this kind of sky


A warming drink, alone. In a comfortable spot


Moonset morning swim in the natural reed pool


Taking in the fresh scent of pine from our tree


The simplicity of closeness to nature. Wrapping up warm for a winter beach walk


Focussing on your favourite hobby, with no distractions


Pulling on some cosy slippers (and you can take these home!)


Food good for the soul


A long, deep bath


Winners of ‘Seaside Hotel of the Year’

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Who doesn’t love winning awards? We’re no exception at the Scarlet, but our most recent award is a special one.

We have always been fans of The Good Hotel Guide and their continued support of independent hotels. We love that they listen to their readers and the impartial reviews to recommend wonderful independent staycation hotspots across the UK – there is always somewhere new to discover and try out. So we were utterly delighted when they announced that we had been awarded ‘Seaside Hotel of 2021’.

We think the Scarlet is a hotel unlike anywhere else. When we built the Scarlet, we were lucky to find this beautiful stretch of Cornish coastline to create and inspire. It’s a quiet place for staring out over the sea, and now, we know these clifftops have gained a special place in many of our guests’ hearts too. It certainly holds a very special place in the hearts of our team. The Scarlet is always a team effort, an experience delivered with passion and love.

Thank you to all who have reviewed, recommended and stayed with us. We hope to welcome you back soon.

The Scarlet team


Re-opening the Scarlet doors

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We’re delighted to share some heartwarming news – all being well, we will be re-opening our doors on 4th July, which is sure to delight those wishing to bask in the Scarlet’s serenity this summer. As a team, we look forward to returning to the familiar sights and sounds we know and love. Here’s what you’ve been swooning over via our social channels, and before long, you’ll be able to experience your own #scarletmoment…

Ocean views from a bedside

The glistening natural, reed pool

Our iconic cliff-top hot tubs

Meadow gardens bursting with blooms

A tangerine sunset from a Spacious Room balcony

Wave watching from the retreat terrace

For reassurance:

We will be making some changes in the hotel, to ensure we comply with social distancing and to keep our guests and employees safe. You may find out more here:

We recommend – Three Night Spa Break:

Stay a while and let us take you on a journey. Indulging in a three-night spa break at the Scarlet will be a real escape from your daily life, and lockdown. Take this opportunity to wind down and make a lasting difference on your wellbeing.

Find out more here:

Finding balance – the Yin & Yang of life

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A guest post written by Kimberley Chandler, of Cinnamon Yoga

It was fitting that our stay at The Scarlet came right after a hectic trip to India, where our last stop was Delhi – just before the recent riots broke out and as COVID-19 was slowly creeping mischievously into our every day conversation.

India was, as always, an assault on the senses. An extravagant display of raw human life, laid bare. I still can’t get enough of it.

The long bus rides, waits in airports and relentless traffic did, however begin to take it’s toll.

I had travelled solo to complete a further yoga teacher training in Yin yoga – which was as calm, restorative and rejuvenating as I hoped it would be.

This was followed by 10 days of state hopping, ultimately ending in the grand finale of the Taj Mahal in Agra.

During my yoga training I learnt about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which we all have – and I likened them to the Chinese concept of Yin & Yang. Yin being the slow, restorative, replenishing Female energy, and Yang being the quick, dynamic, fight or flight, masculine energy.

I learnt of the importance of having a balance between these energies – too much Yang and we feel stressed, strung out, un-centred. Too much Yin and we feel sluggish, lethargic, depressed.

It is a concept that I now apply to my daily life – to search for that sacred balance, the sweet spot where we have harmony, equilibrium with both energies.

Spending too much time in our Yang, our sympathetic nervous system, means we will be experiencing high levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone.

This can be physically and mentally detrimental to our wellbeing.

We can literally encourage ourselves to enter into our parasympathetic nervous system. It’s like having an emergency wellbeing tool kit.

Your wellbeing toolkit:

  • Spending time in nature
  • Getting a massage
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Relaxing music
  • Creativity, arts
  • Playing with animals / children
  • Breathwork (Pranayama)

A stay at the Scarlet allowed us to replenish our Yin, to find peace, stillness and that dreamy balance once more after a hectic final two weeks in India. Thank you.

See more from Kimberly here: