The Scarlet Blog

No time like the present

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If you are anything like us, you’re reading this whilst keeping one eye on the family, the dog or something cooking on the stove. It’s life, a constant juggling act, multi-tasking and just doing too much at once. It’s not ideal but often necessary.

But picture this… time for yourself, time to practice being fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction: mindfulness.  

We all want to feel more calm, less stressed, improve our ability to cope and just be kinder to ourselves. Right now it’s never been more important. So, how do we become more mindful?  Let’s keep it simple, and focus on the things we can do with ease. Here’s our top tips to bring a little more mindfulness into your day.

1. Breathe

Anywhere… just take a few deep breaths for a couple of minutes. Pranayama (or ‘breathing exercises’) is a powerful stress-reducing activity. We recommend sitting in a chair or on the floor with crossed legs and a straight spine. Breathe in, breathe out and calm your mind. 

2. Stretch

Take five minutes to stretch. When you stretch you activate your blood circulation which has a calming effect on the nervous system. Your body will thank you for it.  

3. Walk

Walking is one of the most effective ways of bringing clarity to the mind and eliminating the stresses and strains accumulated throughout the day. Take deep breaths and take your time.

4. Eat 

How often do we eat with awareness, taking time to chew our food, soaking up the entire sensory experience of eating a meal. It’s not just the taste or the aromas, it’s also the people we are with. Make time to do this and see how it makes you feel and how it changes the experience of eating.

5. Digital Detox

Take a step back from technology. It’s hard as it has become such an important part of the daily routine. Perhaps start with giving yourself a digital curfew to help calm the mind before bedtime.  Airplane mode is your friend.

6. Daydream

When was the last time you just sat and let your mind wander? Allow yourself to daydream every now and then, the benefits are quite something. Daydreaming helps boost your creativity, gives you greater focus, concentration and can improve your memory.

Now is the time for a little more self care. Every second counts. 

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: https://www.scarlethotel.co.uk/our-plan-to-keep-you-safe/

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: scarlethotel.co.uk/three-night-spa-break/

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:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yoga_cinnamon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cinnamonyogakimi/

Pan fried cod, wild garlic veloute, asparagus and Morel mushrooms

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Springtime brings an abundance of wild garlic which is perfect for foraging enthusiasts that love seasonal dishes. Our chef, Mike Francis loves to cook this recipe at home and can often be found foraging on the coastpath and in hedgerows for its ingredients. Wild garlic is really easy to spot, but the Morel mushrooms can be a little more tricky, so if you’re not that confident then you can pick these up from most supermarkets. For the finishing touch try pairing this with Saumur Blanc, L’Insolite Domaine des Roches Neuves (Loire, France) 2017 

Pan fried cod, wild garlic veloute, asparagus and Morel mushrooms
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 x fillet of cod – portioned into 4 pieces
500g freshly picked wild garlic – washed
2 x potatoes – peeled and chopped
1 x onion – peeled and chopped
½ leek – chopped and washed
1 x stick celery – chopped and washed
250ml vegetable stock
50g butter
100ml double cream
2 x bunches asparagus
20 x Morel mushrooms 

 Method

Wild garlic veloute – in and hot saucepan add a little oil and the butter, put in the onions, carrot and leek and cook until soft. Add the potato and vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Turn down and leave to simmer until the potatoes are cooked. Once cooked add the wild garlic and the cream and boil for 1 minute. Pop into the blender until smooth and pass, return to pan and leave on a low heat. Season to taste. 

In a hot non-stick pan, add a little oil and place the cod into the pan skin side first, season with a little salt. Once there is a little golden brown colour around the edge, place into the oven at 180c for five minutes. In the meantime cook the asparagus in a saucepan with a little water, butter and salt for 2 minutes or until it can bend. Pan-fry the morels in foaming butter until soft, don’t cook to harshly otherwise they will go crusty. Take out the fish and turn over, finish with butter and squeeze of lemon. Place wild garlic veloute into the bottom of a bowl, place the asparagus and Morel mushrooms around and final place the cod in the centre of the bowl and enjoy. 

Wine pairing

We recommend pairing this with a Saumur Blanc, L’Insolite Domaine des Roches Neuves (Loire, France) 2017. The grapes are aged on fine lees for 12 months with regular batonnage. The nose is rich and enticing, with pears, pineapple and honey. The palate has a marked vitality, with perfect balancing acidity. 

This is such an incredible wine and will pair perfectly with Mike’s recipe.  The green notes of pear and asparagus and garlic pair classically.  The rich texture of the wine from extended lees contact with the rich creamy sauce and depth of this dish from the morel mushrooms is delightful.  The high vibrant acidity will cut through the richness leaving your palate wanting more. 

The story of the Scarlet slippers

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‘Love me, don’t leave me’

It’s tradition for a luxury hotel to lavish plenty of single-use items to its guests – disposable toothbrushes, miniature bottles of shampoo, the soap bar that’s used once then goes in the bin.

Here at the Scarlet, though, we have a healthy suspicion of tradition and like nothing more than challenging tired ideas of luxury.

We knew we wanted to avoid single-use items, but tripped up when it came to our slippers. They were vital to the luxury, home-from-home atmosphere we wanted to create, but we didn’t like the amount of packaging, where they were made, or the single-use nature of your average hotel slipper.

So, we set out to find beautiful slippers to fit our  Scarlet eco ethos and we soon discovered Kaaita slippers, each pair are made of six recycled plastic bottles, they’re machine washable,  recyclable and are perfectly ergonomic.  The minimal packaging leaves plenty of room for us to add our own ‘love me, don’t leave me’ label to encourage guests to take them home to prolong their use.

Being more sustainable is our culture, and our teams are always looking for ways to improve this, we now have 111 ways in which the Scarlet is sustainable.

 

Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Five easy ways to prioritise your self-care in 2020

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Putting self-care at the top of your agenda is about looking after yourself first.

We’ve put together five quick and easy ways to begin 2020 with you as the priority:

1. Give yourself a five minute recoup moment each morning, or evening, whichever works for you. Find your favourite song and do nothing but love it (or dance to it!).

2. Build on the habits you love by noticing the positives in why you’re doing them, i.e. I’m going to yoga because it makes me feel calm and strong.

3. Don’t do it all alone, connect with a friend and combine social connection with you time (we’re biased, but a spa day might be good for that!)

4. Add something just for you to your to-do list, at the top, just one thing – book a haircut or read 10 pages of your book for example.

5. Try something new to kick start prioritising yourself. Always fancied an art class? Want to get to know other people at book club? Go for it!

Looking for a luxurious spa day? Discover our spa days and special offers.

Proposing at the Scarlet

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Proposing at the Scarlet

With our dramatic cliff top location, beautiful sea view bedrooms and hot tubs, the Scarlet has played host to a number of romantic and memorable proposals. Spring, as a season of hope and new beginnings, seems a fitting time to pop the question. And, if you’re thinking of proposing, you may be worrying about how best to ask in a thoughtful and tasteful way that doesn’t fall into being awkward or formulaic. How do you say the words ‘will you marry me?’ in a way that truly reflects who you are as a couple?

A few of our favourite Scarlet proposals…

  1. We once ran down to the beach and wrote ‘will you marry me?’ in the sand for one guest who wanted to propose to his girlfriend with Champagne sitting in one of our clifftop hot tubs.
  2. Another guest was having a treatment in the spa, so a couple of us grabbed the opportunity with her partner to create a path in rose petals and tea lights from the entrance of their room to a heart with the ring in the middle.
  3. One guest asked us to provide bubbles on the table at dinner, but we went the whole hog and presented the couple with a menu we’d printed out just for them. Halfway through this special menu was ‘marry me?’. That certainly made choosing their mains more interesting!

Being privy to, and helping out behind the scenes at, such an important moment in a couple’s life, is always a great privilege and something in which we delight.

If you’d like to feature the Scarlet into your proposal idea, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01637 861 800 or by emailing stay@scarlethotel.co.uk – we can discuss any ideas you have and ways to make your proposal truly personal.

Top tips for a perfect proposal

Make it personal: Take some time to sit and think about what would be a meaningful proposal for your partner, and for you as a couple. What are some of your best memories together? What makes you different as a couple? What would your partner really appreciate? Maybe you love going for walks together, so pick one of your romantic walks. Or maybe you’re both avid music fans, so propose in the middle of a live performance during a favourite song.

Be spontaneous: Don’t be afraid of spontaneity. It’s okay to make your proposal when the mood takes and the timing feels right, rather than having everything planned, timed and precise. This could be anytime, during a wild and rainy clifftop walk, while loading the dishwasher, or at the end of an amazing meal at your favourite restaurant.

The words: The sentiments and words you use can be just as important as your actions. Take a little time to practice what you’d like to say – either verbally or in a written note. Add something personal such as the true reason you want to spend the rest of your life together.

Be creative: Add a little creativity or craft into the proposal and show how much you’ve been thinking about it. You could make your own engagement ring, write a poem, or spray paint a ‘Will You Marry Me?’ canvas you can keep.

Remember it’s the little things: The little things matter – try to incorporate small touches that mean something to you as a couple. Whether it is a keepsake from your first date or some of your favourite foods.

Lighting and ambiance: Add some romantic lighting. Lighting makes a huge difference to the atmosphere – if you can add some candles (even battery-operated ones if you’re outdoors), twinkling fairy lights, lanterns, or pick an evening with a perfect sunset, or a clear starry night – you can really add to the romance.

And finally…choosing the ring: The ring can be a really difficult to decision to make – to choose something your partner is to wear for the rest of their life. If you’re not confident, you can go for an inexpensive, token ring – maybe hand carved in wood, or a simple jelly sweet if your loved one has a sweet tooth – and then you’ve got the fun of ring shopping together. Alternatively, try thinking outside the box – a vintage engagement ring, maybe a family heirloom, something designed an crafted by a local artist or jewellery maker, which could incorporate a family stone, or even a beach find.

If you’d like to feature the Scarlet into your proposal idea, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01637 861 800 or by emailing stay@scarlethotel.co.uk – we can discuss any ideas you have and ways to make your proposal truly personal.