The Scarlet, Cornwall
This resolutely contemporary hotel is set above the village of Mawgan Porth – just up the coast from Newquay – and a perfect, wide arc of sand to head out from with a board. The hotel, restaurant and spa are not just about location, though. The owners say they are committed to maintaining a low-carbon footprint, and The Scarlet is as easy on the environment as it is on the eye.
The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ (01637 861800; scarlethotel.co.uk). Double rooms start at