With a history dating back to 1860s, Spitbank Fort is a luxury hotel housed in a fully restored Napoleonic fort which occupies a scenic position in the Solent. Its secluded location and state-of-the-art decor set the backdrop for ultimate relaxation which starts with a boat transfer and a glass of Champagne on arrival.
The hotel offers accommodation in eight suites, all decorated with great attention to detail. Commodore Suites feature king beds, radios, TVs, hot drink-making facilities, and bathrooms. In-room relaxation is topped with undisturbed sea views.
Appetites are taken care of with gourmet buffet lunch, sumptuous four-course dinner, and breakfast the next morning. Hot chocolate and marshmallows straight from the fire pit on the roof terrace titillate guests’ tastebuds in the evening. The terrace doubles up as a sun deck and features a hot pool and a sauna.
- From check-in at the Solent Forts Port Office in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, ahead of the departure
- 10:00 - Please be sure to check-in no later than 11:30am
- 12:00 - Full steam ahead, as the boat departs from the Commercial Pontoon to Spitbank Fort - life jackets optional but cameras compulsory!
- 12:30 - Arrival aboard the Spitbank Fort where a chilled glass of Champagne awaits
- 13:00 - Grand historic tour commences, showing off the best of British military architecture and lovingly restored original artefacts
- 13:45 - A sumptuous buffet lunch is served in the Officer’s Mess, where guests can enjoy picturesque views of the Solent Forts, South Coast and the Isle of Wight
- 15:30 - Chill out in a rooftop hot pool, followed by a relax in the sauna with the best views for miles around
- 17:00 - Time to explore the Fort, play games or go fishing
- 19:15 - Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Victory Bar (chargeable extra)
- Fort Siren sounds as guests are called to the dinner
- 20:00 - A gourmet four-course dinner is served in the Officers’ Mess
- 22:00 - Back to the Victory Bar to enjoy the fire pit with hot chocolate and marshmallows (weather permitting)
- 08:30 Full Fort Breakfast served in the Officers’ Mess
- 09:30 After breakfast, please leave the luggage outside the room and check out at the Victory Bar
- 10:30 Departure for the mainland
- 11:00 Estimated arrival time at Gunwharf Quays Port Office
Timings subject to change
Groupon’s Guide to Portsmouth
Situated on the southern coast of England, Portsmouth has played a huge role as a port city throughout its long history, tracing back to the Roman era, and has also been one of the first cities in the world to enter the Industrial Revolution. With such a history, it was bound to become an irresistible magnet for all those interested in the intricacies of the British imperial past.
Those who love maritime stories will be thrilled to step on board of Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, to see the remainings of Henry VIII’s favourite Mary Rose or to breathe the air of the past in the heritage Portsmouth Harbour. Meanwhile, the bookworms won’t miss the opportunity to follow the footpaths of Charles Dickens from the small terraced house where he was born.