Getting Inspired By Cornwall

My favourite thing about travelling is you never know what to expect. You can look at hundreds of photos of your destination, plenty of TripAdvisor comments of the hotel you’re planning to stay at or plan your trip in an Excel spreadsheet. However, there is something you cannot prepare yourself for, which is getting blown away by the unexpected situations. This is exactly what happened by my trip to Cornwall last year.

I remember Cornwall being one of those places that never excited me as a child, but I guess at that age it is not an ideal destination for your school holidays. When you hit your twenties and you get into true adulthood, you truly appreciate the peace and quiet. The true serenity that natures brings, is one of life’s simple pleasures.

When I went to stay with The Scarlet, an eco-friendly luxury hotel in Newquay, I truly experienced something no TripAdvisor comment or picture could ever prepare me for. That true reality that pure beauty exists just minutes from your bedroom’s balcony doors, the truest of sunsets and the freeing feeling of seeing miles of countryside.

The simple pleasures of seeing the winter tide crashing into the barren shore, whilst being in a boiling hot tub, whilst sipping on freshly made mojitos like you’re on a tropical island.

The Scarlet, Cornwall

It was definitely a feeling I had never experienced before, but I knew I already wanted to do it again. We all love the beach no doubt, but this was another way to enjoy it, whilst being warm enough to sip on ice-cold concoctions in the middle of winter. I felt on top of the world, feeling like I had missed out on knowing this for so many years.

The Scarlet, CornwallThe realisation that in Cornwall the beach meets the countryside, it was something I couldn’t get my head around it for ages. You would never see a beach directly next to miles of countryside in other areas, not only that, there was sheep grazing on the hills. I ¬†was feeling incredibly mesmerised that I literally got chills down my back. Nature is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Speaking of nature, my favourite thing about it is a spectacular sunset. I mean if you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that I have a hashtag called #AftabsSunsets, I think that just says it all. I had the pleasure of witnessing the most breathing taking, ‘pinch me’ kind of sunset.

The sunset was going into its hazy red/orange colouration just as I finished getting ready for dinner with my mum, but I opened the balcony doors and stepped out onto the natural balcony…

The Scarlet, Cornwall

…I wasn’t joking when I said natural balcony but added some character to the hotel. Taking baby steps out on to the balcony, just admiring my surroundings whilst breathing in the fresh sea air, I was greeted by this absolute beauty of a sunset.

The Scarlet, Cornwall

Now I have seen my fair share of sunsets, but this one was just the perfect vision of what an ideal sunset should be. Setting over head, reflecting out onto the sea with a magical glow in the air, over the hills with the intense warmth as the rays hit my face whilst it descended. I stood there for 10 minutes, trying not to blink, taking in every spectacular moment.

I got to experience all my favourite things in one go, luxury hotels, sunsets, countryside and the beach. Cornwall has truly remained as an inspirational place in my heart and The Scarlet will always be one of my favourite hotels that I have stayed at in the UK.

Have you ever been to Cornwall or stayed at The Scarlet?

Until next time…

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  • I last went to Cornwall when I was 8 and remember running along the beach. I recall it being beautiful but I’m definitely long overdue a visit! Beautiful photos and what a stunning sunset!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Awwww, that sounds like something I would do! It is beautiful and like I said you would probably appreciate it more now too. Thank you Maggie!

  • wherejogoes

    I love Cornwall and yes I have been to the Scarlet. Fantastic views, wonderful cocktails and those outdoor hot tubs! I think Cornwall has some of the best beaches in the world. We go every year but I just wish the weather was more reliable!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It’s such a relaxed place. Glad you loved The Scarlet as much as I did, I would definitely go back again. I know what you mean, I think it would be more popular in the summer months.

  • Well you’ve sold it to me for sure Aftab! Like you, it never excited me as a child, as I think I was too immature back then to appreciate what’s so special about it and now I’m really eager to go! And that sunset looks epic!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I think you would definitely love it if you went back now Shikha. I’m totally with you on that!

  • Like you, I am a big sucker for a sunset and this one is beeeeaaautiful! It looks like The Scarlet helped you to fall in love with Cornwall, and I can see why!
    Polly xx

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Sunsets make me weak – it’s a good job the sun sets on a daily basis. Oh it did exactly that, it’s such a wonderful hotel.

  • It’s been years since we’ve been to Cornwall, but we’re going back in May to stay at the beautiful Trevose Harbour House and I’m so excited! The Scarlet looks beautiful and I’ve seen lots of bloggers stay there … the views are spectacular.

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I’m super jealous. I hope you have a fantastic time… Can’t wait to read about it. I think you would love it – maybe a hotel for next time!

  • Cornwall is one of my favourite places, perhaps my favourite in the UK. I used to go all the time as a kid with my Dad and I loved going back to familiar places last year. It seems everyone has a lotta love for Cornwall!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      That’s so sweet, especially as you have lovely memories associated with it. It’s a very underrated place, I say!

  • These photos are inspiring me Aftab, they are simply gorgeous!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thank you Emma – that means a lot!

  • I hear you about not being interested in Cornwall when I was little, we spent 12 weeks a year there it was so boring! Then I started showing my new husband around my home and we fell in love with it together!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      That’s the cutest thing ever! It’s definitely a place you need to experience with someone special and make fond memories.