Situated on the wide sweeping bay of St Brelades in Jersey, L’Horizon Hotel & Spa is everything a British resort should be. Friendly and welcoming it offers picturesque views of the sea, sand and open skies at every opportunity.
Most rooms have a terrace with chairs and sea view to sit and admire the breath taking views. Modern, light and airy, the hotel is one of the Hand Picked Hotel Group’s three hotels in the Channel Islands. With a relaxed, laid back feel, you instantly switch into holiday mode and are completely at home. Dining options include the terrace on the sea wall which makes the most of regional seafood and locally sourced produce fare on offer. It’s a large hotel but you never feel crowded and can escape to the beach in minutes. Book a sea view room, you won’t regret it, waking up in true morning to the sound of the sea is worth every penny.
Newly refurbished, the spa has had a £800,000 investment to extend the health and spa facilities over two floors. The top floor has seen the most radical development turning under-utilised conference space into a modern, comfortable spa. Drawing on the natural theme of the nearby beach, the fine touches and design features are a stylish addition without being twee or over-done. Driftwood glass tables and moulded plaster wall hangings depicting sea urchins and shells are simple but effective design touches, and the palette of teal in the treatment rooms and purple in the sleep areas give it a modern edge. The gym downstairs has been enlarged from its previous incarnation with new equipment and a window offering views to the sea. The indoor pool also benefits from sea views and there’s a whirl pool, steam room and sauna. It’s a great space, plenty of room to relax pre and post treatment and suits couples, small groups or individuals.
I opted for an Elemis Deep Tissue Massage. Following the usual rituals and protocols of a fine Elemis deep tissue massage, my therapist demonstrated her skill and technique working on the knots and tension in my neck and shoulders. It was deep, thorough and expertly handled going right into the muscle fibres and working out the stress and tension. Afterwards there was time to relax in the sleep room with high quality noise cancelling headphones (not that there was any noise around) but it creates a cocooned world all of your own and I napped for half an hour with a lovely blanket. It was pure bliss.
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
The entrance area to the gym which then leads up to the spa got a bit congested when spa members gathered and chatted. Moving the seating to another area might help improve the flow.
THE BEST BITS:
Swimming in the sea in the morning
Relaxing in the sleep room post-treatment
Hearing the sound of the sea from my bedroom
Long, lazy walks on the beach
Elemis Deep Tissue Muscle Massage – £69 for 55 minutes
Hand Picked Hotels (0845 458 0905) is offering two night breaks at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa in Jersey from £233 per room per night. The price includes accommodation in a Classic double room and a full traditional breakfast each morning based on two sharing.