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Escape to the coast with Harbour Hotels Collection

2nd March 2012 Print
The Jetty lower deck

Bask in the sunshine of sheltered blue-flag beaches, explore the dramatic South West coastal path or simply sit back on the Hotels' decked terraces, with a glass of crisp white wine in hand, and marvel at the views.

Truly unique in their settings, alfresco dining at each of the Hotels' restaurants is an experience in itself - taste summer on the South Coast with fresh, simple and seasonal food, that's bursting with local flavour.  With daily landed fish and the freshest produce at their fingertips, enjoy mouth-watering dishes and award-winning coastal dining.

At each of the Harbour Hotels the great outdoors awaits you. Take in the coastline from a whole new perspective with coasteering, kayaking and canoeing adventures, enjoy crabbing (the Hotel hands out buckets and lines on arrival) down at the Quay, learn how to paddle-board or surf and spend days on miles of golden sand beaches. 

The St Ives and Christchurch Harbour Spas provide a tranquil haven for you to hideaway, perfect for those occasional wet summer days. With an array of coastal inspired treatments and Spa facilities, including a sun terrace with panoramic Bay views in St Ives; combine days at the beach with pampering to treat your sun-kissed skin. 

Incredible destinations and unforgettable experiences, these coastal retreats are all located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and positioned to soak up every inch of the coastal scenery. So what are you waiting for, book your 'Escape to the Coast' now with a Harbour Hotels break at any of the following Hotels. 

Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa

Wake up to incredible views over the Harbour, walk to the sugar-almond coloured beach huts on Hengistbury Head or hide away with a holistic treatment at the Harbour Spa (2012 winners of TripAdvisor's Top Ten Relaxation & Spa Hotels) - all this and more at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa.

The Harbour Restaurant and its terrace, with an outdoor grill, serves exceptional flavours from the landscape and waters of Dorset and a few steps across the lawn, perched on the water's edge, is The Jetty - Alex Aitken's award-winning neighbourhood restaurant.

The Jetty

Voted the South West's Best Restaurant, The Jetty is a breathtaking environmentally friendly restaurant that sits on the water's edge within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel.

Alex Aitken, one of the Souths's most respected home-grown chefs, heads up the team and the food is impeccable. From locally caught fish, crab and lobster to exploring farmers markets and foraging in the New Forest, Alex has a very simple food philosophy - keep it fresh, seasonal and bursting with local flavour.

The Kings Hotel, Christchurch

Located in the bustling market town of Christchurch, the character Georgian Hotel features 20 stylishly designed bedrooms, overlooking the river and Christchurch Priory.

The Kings has recently welcomed Alex Aitken, one the South's most renowned home-grown Chefs, on-board - with menus that showcase the very best local produce.

Enjoy Alex's delicious seasonal delights, and then retire to the Georgian Lounge for a snooze and a read of your favourite magazine. Explore the town centre's many delis, boutiques and independent shops, or visit the nearby Christchurch Quay, with wonderful panoramic views amongst the many yachts visiting or moored for the day at this beautiful natural harbour.

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

Come to St Ives and be inspired - by the maze of white cottages, the pristine golden beaches and the famously clear light that has drawn artists for centuries.

The Hotel sits directly above Porthminster Beach; a position which gives views over the crystal clear waters of St Ives Bay and out to the famous Godrevy Lighthouse.

Watch the fish being landed in the ancient fishing Harbour and then relax on the new seafood terrace, with amazing views of the turquoise Cornish sea.

Its new Harbour Spa features walls of glass and an outdoor sun terrace to enjoy the sea views, with coastal pampering awaiting you inside.

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel

Imagine... wide, beautiful views over the sparkling Lyme Bay, walks through the rolling green hills of the glorious Sid Valley and adventures on the Jurassic Coast. Relax in the garden by the heated outdoor pool, unwind on the sun terrace with a cool drink, sink in to a warm comfortable chair with a fresh coffee and a good book... and simply enjoy the view.

As for the Harding's Restaurant; the chefs take the best seasonal flavours from local producers and allow them to take centre stage on the menus.

Salcombe Harbour Hotel

A magical location, positioned to soak up the views from sunrise to sunset, Salcombe is the perfect place to walk, sail, swim, enjoy the golden beaches and eat the best crab sandwiches.

The Salcombe Harbour Hotel is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment and is due to re-open its doors in early 2013. Watch this space as Harbour Hotels work towards creating a stunning four-star Hotel and a selection of luxury villas and apartments, all overlooking the Estuary views.

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The Jetty lower deck