Located close to the water, the Christchurch Harbour Hotel is a luxury spa retreat amid serene Dorset landscape. With impressive views across the estuary to the saltwater marshes in the distance, this hidden gem is a dreamy place to while away a weekend. Inside the stone-walled spa, you’ll find a collection of HarSPA and ESPA facials, massages and body treatments, alongside specialist therapies for men and pregnant women.
Explore its crystal steam room, salt grotto and hydrotherapy pool, and wind down on comfortable leather daybeds. Treat yourself to a soothing lava shell massage and allow yourself to relax, as the warm shells penetrate deep into your muscles, easing tension and reviving tired skin. For that finishing touch, invest in a special-occasion makeover, an eyebrow and eyelash tint, a manicure and pedicure, or a wax.
For an extra-special experience, sample the six-course tasting menu at its award-winning restaurant, the Jetty. With intricately prepared delicacies that include a carpaccio of pork, sizzled scallops and wild mushroom risotto, this series of dishes epitomises good living. Run by a Michelin-star chef, the upscale eatery offers a catch of the day, with local specialities, such as Poole Bay rock oysters and Mudeford Quay shrimp.
Check into a light and airy bedroom, with thoughtfully chosen little luxuries, including crisp linen bed sheets, an iPod docking station and a glorious stash of White Company bath products. The rooms have a chic coastal feel, many with blue and white striped upholstery, bright white shutters and glossy freestanding lamps. The hotel’s Best Harbour View Rooms come with a shabby chic four poster bed and roll-top bath, plus views across Christchurch’s 7,000-year-old natural harbour.