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The Scarlet Hotel – by Harrison Sutton Partnership

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The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall

Its fantastic cliff top location allows views out over the landscape.

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The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall

The outdoor hot tub and pool overlooking the sea encourage a range of invigorating sensory.

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The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall

Within the hotel, there are carefully designed spaces to retreat to for more relaxed and calming moments.

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The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall

Large glass windows and doors dissolve the division between indoor and outdoor spaces.

The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall, South West England demonstrates many biophilic features as a means to create a greater sense of health and well being for guests and staff alike. Part of this is thanks to its fantastic cliff top location, which allows views out over the landscape from the comfort of the hotel. Large glass windows and doors dissolve the division between indoor and outdoor spaces so that from within the hotel the outdoor natural reed pool can be seen, as well as the beach and the sea beyond it. But when the weather turns stormy there is also a sheltered cloister garden accessible by many guest rooms – allowing views onto more delicate forms of fauna and landscaping.

The use of glass not only offers the benefit of allowing lots of natural light to enter the interior spaces which is beneficial for ones circadian rhythms, but it also increases the guest’s and staff’s exposure to dynamic forms of nature be it water, weather, fauna and flora. As part of the Scarlet’s overall sustainable approach the extensive use of glazing also helps to reduce energy use through maximising the use of natural light until the point that artificial light is needed.

There is a strong presence of water in and around the hotel; the indoor pool with sea views allows swimmers to bath in natural light and enjoy the coastal landscape through the full array of weather conditions. The outdoor hot tub and pool overlooking the sea encourage a range of invigorating sensory interactions with the elements; outdoor bathers can hear and see the waves lapping and they can hear and feel the breeze across their skin.
There is evidence that the benefits of exposure to nature is exacerbated when a combination of senses are stimulated at the same time. This multiple sensory stimulation continues through the interior design where materials, such as stone and wood, textures and patterns are used to create a rich and diverse interior landscape full of contrasts allowing you to constantly experience fresh sensory input.

This textural and sensory contrast was an important concept in the overall design approach, as Rebecca Whittington – co founder of the Scarlet says “the best meal is the one eaten when hungry, the best hot tub is the one taken after a sea swim in the waves, the best walks are followed by warming oneself in front of a real fire”.

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The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall

Within the hotel, there are carefully designed spaces to retreat to for more relaxed and calming moments.

This strong connection with nature is again reinforced by their decision not to include a gym at the hotel, but for guests to use the exterior environment for physical benefit, be it a run along the beach, sea swim, or surfing the shore break. There’s even a hotel dog – a whippet called Jasper who is always up for a walk along the beach – good for him and of course guests who recognise the well being benefits that pets can offer.

Within the hotel, there are carefully designed spaces to retreat to for more relaxed and calming moments. There is a low-lit soft edged tented treatment area and a chill out space with womb like hanging pods inspired by the nests of Weaver birds, where you can be cocooned in a den of cushions and blankets, all suspended above the ground.

By creating a variety of spaces that appeal to different senses, the hotel caters for the physical and emotional landscape that their guests may experience throughout the day, enabling moments of invigoration or relaxation as they are desired with an emphasis on health and well-being of both guests and staff throughout.

http://www.scarlethotel.co.uk/