A Mini-Retreat For Daydreamers
Explore your inner landscape and admire the outer one at The Scarlet's new day spa experience
Serene as a mountain lake and filled to the brim with Pukka tea, did I dream it? No, I just spent the day at the heavenly Scarlet Spa.
The minute I arrived at the Muddy award-winning Scarlet Spa in Mawgan Porth, I felt a bit sad that I’d have to go home again later. Inspired by the Ayurvedic tradition, with an emphasis on holistic wellness, it’s is an absolute haven of tranquility that wraps you up in a bubble of eco-decadence for the day.
The interiors are super stylish, with quirky modern sculptures and some of the comfiest loungers, swing seats and bean bags I’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking into. But it’s the exterior that’s the real treat.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and glorious outdoor spaces allow guests to enjoy the incredible views of Mawgan Porth beach, the cliffs and the ocean throughout the spa. It was sunny when I visited but I imagine it would be magical on a bad-weather day too.
I joined a small group for A Scarlet Daydream– a new day spa offering that combines yoga, meditation and self-reflection, lunch and full use of the spa facilities (including a soak in the cedar wood hot tubs).
It is designed to help you totally relax and focus on your self – don’t mind if I do!
Here’s what to expect…
The day began with a gentle and nurturing yoga class in the small, sea-view yoga studio, flanked by blooming agapanthus. This was led by fantastic local teacher Julia Poole, who barely troubled us to stand up throughout, weaving mindful, relaxing movement with plenty of stillness. Two of Julia’s regular students were among the guests and you can see why they keep coming back for her soulful sessions.
I always think you should leave a good yoga class with that smiley woozy feeling you have after a great massage and this was definitely that kind of experience. Best not to operate heavy machinery for a while!
The Daydreaming Workshop
I imagine, like me, this may be something new to you. It sounds lovely but what on earth do you do in a daydreaming workshop (besides the obvious)? Well let me fill you in.
This part of the day was guided by psychotherapist Franca and was all about connecting with our own deepest wisdom and guidance. In her beautiful, resonant Austrian accent, Franca led us through some exercises and a guided meditation, before handing us paper and pen to scribble down whatever had ‘come up’.
Now, I adore this sort of thing (it’s great for writer’s block) but I have to say, my mind was a bit on the blank side today and I didn’t write anything particularly revealing. Still – at least it wasn’t a to-do list and jotting down a jumble of thoughts has a very calming effect, even if they’re not too profound.
Others in the group felt they definitely had found answers to things that had been troubling them during the session.
The Spa Experience
We then had half an hour booked in the clifftop hot tubs, which have got to be some of the most perfectly positioned in England. By which point I was boiling and surprised myself by plunging into the outdoor ‘reed’ pool, which is a similar temperature to the sea. Good for the circulation you know!
Other things I loved were the meditation room, which had a tablet and a huge choice of guided meditations to try (a REALLY comfy place for a nap if the inevitable happens) and the new cedar-wood barrel sauna in the garden, whose circular windows offer a perfectly framed view of Mawgan Porth.
Fresh water and endless pots of Pukka tea are dotted around the spa to keep you hydrated — very important when you’re on your fifth sauna of the day — and a healthy lunch is included in the package too.
You sit together with other the other ‘daydreamers’ for juice (cucumber, celery, ginger and mint), crudités and salads and a choice of light main meal. We were seated slightly separately from other diners and ate in our swimsuits and robes, which felt rather decadent.
There’s nothing else on offer throughout the day in terms of food though, so if you need regular sustenance, you might want to bring along a snack or two.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Anyone who needs some time out from their everyday lives and a chance to rest and dream.
If you’re at a cross-roads or there’s something playing on your mind, the Daydream Workshop may be just what you need to reset your course.
Not for: There is an element of joining and sharing involved and the meditation is all about exploring your inner landscape. If that’s not your bag, a simple day spa package might suit you better.
The damage: £75 per person. Scarlet Daydream is much more affordable than some of the pricier day spa packages.