by Lucy Cornes
The Scarlet Hotel near Newquay opened in 2009, with the promise of combining luxury with sustainability. A decadent break, without the guilt trip. The 37-room hotel is heated by a biomass boiler, reliant on woodchips sourced from Devon and Cornwall. Deluxe red hot tubs, which perch on the edge of the cliff overlooking the beach, are also wood-fired. Solar panels are used to power the indoor swimming pool.
The beautifully practical sea thrift roof both insulates the building and provides a natural habitat for insects and butterflies. ‘Grey’ water is collected from shower waste, treated and then used to flush toilets.
Combining luxury and sustainability right down to the details cannot have been an easy task, yet The Scarlet seems to have redefined both terms, setting the standard for a new generation of hotels where neither need be compromised.