Family & Life, Food, General

Our Date Day & Night at Harbour Hotel & Spa, Brighton and The Jetty Restaurant

Posted January 20, 2017 by Bethanie Lunn

After Christmas 2016 my husband and I needed some time out, with each other – just me and him – and so we visited the latest addition to Brighton’s Hotel, Spa and Restaurant scene, The Habour Hotel & Spa and the on-site Jetty Restaurant and Champagne Bar.

Come on a tour with us and take a look around with this video:

Set in a stunning 19th century period building on Brighton Seafront, both the restaurant and hotel overlook the bustling city and skyline, with views of both Piers and the i360.

My husband and I were lucky enough to have a room with a view delivering expansive views across the front, in-line with all of above and we got to see the most stunning sun set by night and rise the next day.

The Setting & Design

There are 79 bedrooms in the hotel which are all clean, crisp and modern in contrast to the period building.  A feature I appreciated in our room was the platform area with two chars facing the window and perched next to the complimentary gin and sherry.  This cosy corner was designed to make you sit, take in the view, with a tipple in hand, and just be.

The Location

You can’t beat it for memorable views, being bang in the centre of all the action – making it easy to get anywhere and experiencing Brighton in all its glory.  Because of its location however, the ‘external’ rooms can be a little noisy at times – we could hear crowds of people staggering home from their debauched nights out and traffic, but so long as you expect this and like us – you thrive on the fact that you’re in the thick of the crazy, beautiful, bohemian Brighton, then you will love it (plus they do provide ear buds if you really need them – we didn’t).

The Rooms

We stayed in a deluxe sea view double featuring a roll top bath in the bedroom as well as an en suite bathroom.  Having the bath next to your bed with a sea view from the window next to it is quite the luxury.  The design of Harbour Hotel, Brighton considers luxury carefully and provides it in the smallest, yet most indulgent ways.

I’ve already mentioned the gin and chairs facing the sea (what’s not to love about this?), but there was also a pedestal table next to the bath to perch that gin on while you lay back and relax.  The bed was enourmous with a choice of pillow textures and silky soft bedding.

Products are provided by The White Company, you have an espresso machine on your dresser and towelling robes are ready hanging. It is these little touches that set this hotel apart and give you that home-from-home feel…except this home is far more extravagant, focused on YOU and doesn’t have two crazy kids and a dog running riot.  The gin in the bedroom is the same though 😉

I also noticed how the seaside and nautical theme was celebrated and continued throughout.  From the blue and white striped crockery in the restaurant, to the frequently featured port hole-style round mirrors and windows, and even the door hanger which read, ‘all that seaside air has made me sleepy’ instead of the usual ‘do not disturb’.

I do love a destination that celebrates its location and dwelling and The Harbour Hotel and Jetty do it superbly.

Restaurant & Bar

The Jetty Restaurant and HarBAR continue the modern and crisp theme with a touch more sensuality thanks to golden velvet booths, dining chairs and inviting sofas.

HarBAR was recently awarded Brighton’s ‘Best New Bar’ at the 2016 Brighton Bartender Awards and, sipping on their cocktails, it easy to taste why.  The cocktails are executed perfectly, well blended and with plenty of choice.  The staff are also more than happy to make you a bespoke drink, simply tell them your favourite tastes and consider it done.

We ate dinner and breakfast the next day in the Jetty.  Since it was an overnight date with my other half, we had lots to celebrate and our time together as just him and I is very precious (and limited), we went all-out for dinner.

A freshly caught raw oyster kicked things off followed by lobster in garlic butter with frites and a cheese board and a peanut butter parfait for dessert.  This dessert was my kinda heaven – dripping in salted toffee popcorn crunch and toasted marshmallows.  It was so well balanced; achieving that perfect mid ground between savoury and sweet, and naughty and nice.

You can choose to have breakfast included in the room rate or not, and we were pleased to find that rate included both self-serve buffet breakfast and cooked breakfast choices.

There are plenty of healthy options on offer and with Brighton being ever knowledgeable and keen on organic, local, ethical and vegetarian and vegan options too – they also have all this covered.

Personally, I could tell that the restaurant is in its infancy, there were slight technical details in some of the cooking that could be tweaked.  My lobster was slightly overcooked for instance, and the bagel with salmon and avocado at breakfast time appeared to be reheated.  The bread was chewy in texture and the avocado warm, which I don’t like.

However overall, eating and drinking at the Jetty and particularly, HarBAR was a true delight.  Great service, knowleadable but approachable staff, a beautiful setting, locally sourced food and a vast drinks list.

The Spa

The spa is due to open early this year, so any day now.  It will eventually host Brightons only rooftop pool, think of the glamour!..or the hoards of people running in my case (no one has to see me in a bikini just yet).

The spa therapists were kind enough to take us on a tour of the upcoming spa since it is very nearly there.  You can expect a pool, plunge pool with hydrotherapy massage jets, therapy rooms to enjoy a vast range of treatments, cosy corners in which to lounge with a glass of fizz in your hand, a sauna and steam room and even a private room you can rent for you and your other half/ a gaggle of girl friends with your own private jacuzzi and prosecco on-demand.

The spa is open for treatments now, so do take a look at the service menu.

The Overall Verdict

There are no real negatives to this place.  Yes they are new so they have a bit of tweaking to do in my opinion and yes, they are in the thick of Brighton’s bustling, and often boisterous life but the Harbour Hotel & Spa, together with The Jetty Restaurant and HarBAR, have become a second home for my husband and I.

Why?

We feel welcome there.  It celebrates Brighton so considerately.  It is animated and inviting, calm and yet thriving, sumptuous and relaxing and luxurious yet accessible.

We have already returned for coffee  – which is excellent- and I’ve met girl friends for cocktails.  I have also worked from this destination wit my laptop and my husband has had a hopi ear candle treatment in the spa to clear his head.  He remarked how he hadn’t ‘felt this relaxed in a long time’.  There is a lot to love.

We now drive by it every week with a longing look in our eyes – hoping we can return to stay overnight once more.

We’re parents but we’re also people.  We’re ‘mummy and daddy’ but we’re also individuals and we also have a relationship that existed before our children; me and him.  Your relationship with your other half is just as important as the one with your kids and the one with yourself.  They all really need nurturing.

So if you’re planning on some you time, go here and don’t forget it is Valentines Day soon (Feb 14th), wink wink.

Enjoy x

Find out more and select your chosen destination at: www.harbourhotels.co.uk/hotels/

Watch my video taking you on a tour of the hotel and restaurant here.

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