In our ongoing quest to uncover Britain’s finest hotels, we head to sunny Southend-On-Sea to discover what the award-winning Roslin Beach Hotel has to offer its guests.
There’s no better place to enjoy the British scenery than by the coast, and with the weather improving each summer, there’s even more reason to head to the sea. Home to the world’s longest pleasure pier, Southend-on-Sea is a town built with fun to be by all.
And it’s no different inside the award-winning Roslin Beach Hotel. With a unique blend of seaside charm and chic luxury style, this property is ideal for weddings, celebrations, girly weekends and romantic getaways.
Laying on the massage table at the mercy of my therapist Elda, and being treated to a lava shell massage, it felt like no one could possibly be within a good few hundred yards of the Roslin Retreat spa. The tranquil music in the therapy room and the soothing hands of the therapist made me forget that just along the corridor, the hotel was bustling with a wedding, christening, people enjoying afternoon tea and those propped up at the bar and terrace sipping on a drink. When my friend Sharon and I had walked into the Roslin Beach Hotel an hour earlier, I could swear the whole of Southend had descended to this abode on this Saturday afternoon.
Perched on the waterfront across the road from Thorpe Bay Beach, this boutique hotel is just an hour away from London and stands out taller and bolder than any other building along the same stretch of road. Expect to feel like you’ve escaped the city life right into the bosom of a seaside holiday destination. That’s the deliberate vibe throughout the hotel both inside and out, thanks to its blend of seaside charm and luxury offerings.
The tail end of last year saw the property undergo a major multi-million-pound refurbishment. It brought the 62 rooms and suites to another level of modern luxury and elegance, and saw the addition of a further three brand new bespoke bedrooms. Although we had a lovely sea view room, it’s worth paying the extra to bag a quaint balcony from where you can enjoy the outdoors without leaving it. The calming turquoise and neutral hues work in harmony with the room’s handmade furniture and the ‘oh-so-inviting’ bed.
There was also some retro touches in the shape of an old record player and rotary dial telephone. Sharon and I kicked back, perched ourselves on the comfy sofa with a Nespresso from the machine and indulged in a few tunes before venturing to the other parts of the building.