This was our second stay at The Haven. The views from the dining room and many of the rooms are amazing with plenty of activity on the water and ferries from France coming and going. We didn't have a sea view but our room was comfortable and we slept well. Tea/coffee making facilities were plentiful and there was a large TV.
Breakfast was self-service and the choice of food was enormous. The evening meal offered a choice of 4 starters, 4 main courses and 4 sweets and was adventurous.
Local ferries offered the chance to visit (and land if you wishes) on Brownsea Island where Baden Powell had his first Scout camp. We then took a second ferry on to Poole itself and after exploring made our way back to the hotel on a third ferry. The captain gave a running commentary all the while - especially pointing out the homes of various football managers in what is, literally, millionaires' row.
A car-carrying, chain-linked ferry runs backward and forward across the harbour mouth which saves an otherwise long drive around to the other side. The New Forest is a short drive away ; wild ponies and interesting pubs abound.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Haven Hotel is a luxurious four-star spa hideaway. Perched at the tip of the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula in Poole and surrounded by sea and sand. With direct access to seven miles of beaches and just a couple of steps away from Purbeck over the Shell Bay chain ferry. It’s your gateway to South Coast adventure. Featuring elegant and spaciously designed bedrooms with modern creature comforts. Many of which offer ocean view balconies, so that you can embrace the sea air in your pyjamas. We believe that these naturally beautiful surroundings deserve food that’s a little special. La Roche at the Haven Hotel offers an ambient place to dine. Highly acclaimed by locals and recognised for first-class service and exceptional quality with two prestigious AA-Rosettes. Maintained by the talent and skill of Head Chef Jason Hornbuckle. When the Sandbanks sun shines, our terrace is an enviable spot for alfresco dining. You can literally hear the waves crashing as you recline with a glass of wine. Relaxation is often thought of as a luxury; at the Haven Spa we think it’s a necessity. Haven Spa is a sanctuary to unwind your mind and come to your senses. Stroll from the indoor hydrotherapy pools to the chic outdoor heated pool, complete with sea view Jacuzzi and sun lounger area. Allow yourself the luxury of a spa pampering, performed by our highly experienced and friendly therapists. We’ve chosen VOYA seaweed products to relax, beautify and rejuvenate our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Haven Poole
- Haven Hotel Poole
- The Haven Hotel Poole, Dorset