Just in time for Valentine's Day...
We always go away somewhere before or on Valentine's Day, as we love to be only with each other for a few days, away from our daily London routines! I mean, life in London is great, there is always something to do, but it can be too busy & overwhelming at times, so I always feel the need to get away for a few days now and again!
We are very lucky to live not too far from the beautiful sandy beaches of Bournemouth, only a 2-hour journey and you are there!
I always use Booking.com to look for places to stay when we go somewhere unless we are staying with family.
This time, we went away for a few nights and I found a little hidden gem of a hotel bang in the middle of the city, within walking distance to the beach and about a 15-minute walk to the pier, The Orchid Hotel. The staff was very helpful and friendly, the room was spacious, and the king-size bed was very comfortable. Loved the strong shower and the addition of a coffee machine in the room. We had dinner in their new restaurant, and it was amazing! A 10 out of 10 on flavour combination and presentation! So, definitely worth a stay!
What is there to do in Bournemouth?
First of all, the beach is just stunning, a stretch of beautiful white sand where you can hear waves crashing down. Perfect for a little afternoon stroll.
Then, you have The Pier, with its cafes, where you can enjoy great food and 2 cocktails for the price of one all day long! The Zip Line also takes you from the top of the pier to the beach below with lots of speed, adrenaline, heights and fun along the way.
We visited the beautiful Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and saw the most incredible art & artefacts, the views across the bay are just breathtaking and the cream tea stones melt in the mouth.
Beautiful old buildings and quirky streets filled with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants satisfy all ages and preferences.
The only thing you have to be mindful of is that the beach is very low and all the shops and hotels are high up on the hill, so arm yourself with good walking shoes and a great camera that can capture all the gorgeous views.
Bournemouth is definitely worth visiting in any season! I feel refreshed and happy again.
Cristina is a food photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer, loves travelling and spending time with friends.