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Brighton Harbour Hotel review

Tamsin Wressell retreats to the seaside with a stay at Brighton Harbour Hotel

ESPA aromatherapy massage
What is it? A full-body massage, including scalp, using oils to help reduce stress and fatigue.

The spa
The spa is spread across two floors — all underground, with exposed brick and low lighting. The maze-like layout includes a heated pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, Scandinavian hot tubs and nooks filled with cushions.

The treatment
One therapist down for the day, the spa staff ask if I can wait for the treatment to be rescheduled. It doesn’t take long and I’m soon face down on the massage table after selecting an uplifting aromatherapy oil for the full-body massage. Particular attention is paid to the knot in my shoulder and as the oil soaks in, I’m given a soothing scalp treatment.

My shoulder feels lighter post-treatment, and as promised, stress and tension have reduced. It’s a great option for a simple massage that purely focuses on aiding relaxation.

The hotel
It’s right by the beach on the Brighton seafront, ideally located close to the Lanes, too. Decor is bright, bold with nautical themes — think white walls with fun, modern canvases hanging in reception. Rooms are filled with light from the huge windows, taking in views of the beach and pier, and there’s a relaxed style throughout.

The Jetty restaurant has been designed with views in mind — most tables are close enough to the floor-to-ceiling windows to overlook the beach, and design inside is simple to really draw attention outside. I dine on delicate octopus carpaccio and a light crab and chilli spaghetti before finishing with a chocolate and pistachio tart. The food is all deliciously fresh, but my highlight is post-dinner cocktails at the hotel’s award-winning marble top HarBAr.

I’m in a Sea View Corner Suite, and it’s the one room in the hotel where my attention isn’t immediately drawn to the view — instead it’s to the freestanding bathtub in the window bay and the table beside it holding complimentary decanters of gin and sherry. As with the rest of the hotel, the room is modern and bright, equipped with The White Company toiletries and a Nespresso machine.

The bar’s signature smoked salt negroni, made with thyme and orange.

Best for
A seaside retreat that’s airing on the more relaxed side of luxury.


Rooms from £135 on a B&B basis

The ESPA aromatherapy massage costs £87.50 for 70 minutes

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