In desperate need of a getaway, I recently spent a night at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, which is located just on the edge of the New Forest on the Dorset/ Hampshire border.
We arrived on a sunny spring afternoon and received a very warm welcome from staff making us feel very welcome indeed. With the hotel looking out over the harbour, the very attractive views were the first thing to catch our attention when we arrived in our hotel room, located on the second floor. Christchurch Harbour Hotel has an excellent spa which can be found within the hotel, and two restaurants, one in the hotel and another, The Jetty, just outside on the waterfront. Despite having plenty of facilities available for guests, the hotel still feels small and friendly.
As we arrived, we checked into our room quickly and headed straight down to the spa. It’s always nice when you can just pop down from your room. The spa offers excellent treatments using Espa products and has a beautifully lit pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. It is open early in the morning for guests, so we took advantage of this first thing the next morning too. The spa is a great place to relax, with a chill out room and plenty of facilities to try, you can easily while away several hours relaxing there, which we did. Our treatments were absolutely excellent – we left feeling extremely pampered and relaxed.
In the evening, we visited The Jetty restaurant for our evening meal. It is just a few steps away from the hotel and is a sensational spot to watch the sun go down. Head Chef Alex Aitkin has worked in the area for years, and gained a Michelin star in 1995. Much of the fish and seafood is sourced from within Christchurch Harbour itself, meaning that the quality and freshness is exquisite. Much of the produce is sourced locally and The Jetty rightly boasts about the provenance of the ingredients they use. There are even several English wines on the menu, which included a sensational English sparkling wine from the Furleigh Estate, produced in Devon.
The menu offers a huge amount of choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, with great selection of starters, mains and desserts. We opted to go for a selection of dishes to share – all of which were delectable. Starters are priced at around £8-10 and mains around £20.
The Christchurch Harbour Hotel is a very pleasant place to relax and enjoy some superb food and makes a perfect for a weekend away as it’s surprisingly easy to get to by road and rail.
How to get there: Trains run from London Waterloo to Christchurch station which is around 3 miles from the hotel
How to book: make a reservation online at Spabreaks www.spabreaks.com or by telephone 0800 043 6600.