L’Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa
St. Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, JE3 8EF
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
6 treatment rooms
Built in 1850, L’Horizon is right on St Brelade’s Bay one of the most beautiful of Jersey’s beaches. The health club has a beachside 15-metre pool, Jacuzzi, small sauna and steam. The large and buzzy spa brasserie is on the same floor, overlooking both the pool and beach. Head upstairs to the shiny new Elemis spa is on the floor above, with a chic little nail bar, treatment rooms and two stylish relaxation rooms: a dark post-treatment sleep room with headphones, and a large, stylish chill-out space.
L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa commands the prime spot on one of the loveliest beaches in Jersey -- St Brelade's. The white-painted hotel is perched right on the beach wall so you just have to hop down from the terrace to the curved stretch of sand. Balconies drip with flowers, making the place feel rather French Riviera.
The spa has its own entrance; large glass doors open onto two staircases rounding up to the first-floor spa. The facilities are on two floors, linked by the spa brasserie in the centre.
The stylishly serene circular reception area is all white marble with soft grey inlay, elegant pebble wall panelling, and plush purple seating. The sunken lighting is very calming and the scent from the spa candles relaxing; you can immediately tell this is a special place to be. The reception area has shelves of Elemis products and a small marble-effect desk. A door leads to the manicure suite with two cream pedicure thrones and a wooden desk for painting nails. Net-curtained windows let in natural light, with beaded curtains separating each area.
The changing rooms are clean and minimalist, with pale marble tiles on the walls, gentle lighting and a wall of swirling white tiles that recall the lapping of waves on sand. The lockers are spacious and there are white leather benches to sit on. The changing rooms have two showers with frosted glass doors and shampoo and body wash, toilets opposite handwashing basins, and a white vanity desk with three hairdryers.
Head downstairs to use the pool and thermal facilities, past the large spa brasserie. The pool area might be a little old close up, but its setting more than makes up for it; large windows look out over the terrace to the bay.
The 15-metre-pool is cool and clean with a row of grey loungers to one side. The hot tub is raised so you can bubble away while soaking up the beach view; it would comfortably seat four to six people. Up a flight of steps is a small aromatherapy steam room -- nicely steamy -- and a hot wooden sauna; both would seat six comfortably. Between the two is an experience shower with jets to cool you off.
The large, light relaxation room has three different areas, each with purple and pale blue leather chairs and foot rests, draped with a soft herringbone blanket. Walls are warm mauve with panels of swirling white plaster. Long dark beaded curtains separate the three areas. A large sideboard offers a choice of teas, coffees, water and a bowl of apples.
The deep sleep post-treatment relaxation room is dark and cosy. Each of the six curving purple leather recliners is separated by gold beaded curtains so you can block out the world and drift away. Each recliner has a set of headphones, a reading light and a selection of magazines. Help yourself to teas and water from a small shelf.
We had the Hand Picked Body Combo (55 minutes, £69).
My therapist, Jane, met me in the relaxation room and led me to a treatment room decorated in warm blue hues. We discussed my consultation form (tight shoulders, sensitive skin) and I settled on the wide, comfortable bed.
Jane began by washing and massaging my feet, then applied a salt scrub the entire length of one side of my body with long, stretching strokes. Although the scrub was quite abrasive, it felt blissfully good on my skin. Jane held up the towel and let me roll onto my back, before rubbing the scrub onto the front of my legs, décolletage, shoulders and arms. Once I was covered, Jane turned on the shower and left the room while I showered off the scrub. My skin felt gorgeously smooth.
I lay back on the bed, ready for the massage. Jane started with my feet and legs, using a mix of freeform strokes and medium-firm pressure. On my back, she used her hands and forearms, with a blend of Swedish and Balinese strokes that felt divine. When I turned over, Jane massaged the front of my legs until they felt loose and relaxed, then moved up to my décolletage. The scent of the Japanese Camellia Body Oil filled my nostrils as she stretched the tense muscles around my shoulders and up into my neck and hairline.
Jane covered me with towels and lowered the bed, leaving me to get up while she fetched a glass of water. She led me to the dark relaxation room where I closed my eyes and drifted off. My skin felt clean and silky, my limbs light as air.
The Spa at L'Horizon offers Elemis facials, body treatments, wraps, scrubs and massages. You can also try holistic treatments such as reflexology and Indian head massage, treatments for men and mums-to-be, and beauty finishing touches.
Lunch is served in the large, open-plan brasserie which looks out over the pool and ocean view. We were happy eating in our robes.
You can pre-order your lunch on arrival. The spa lunch menu has salads and soup to start, hot meals including steak, fresh fish and vegetarian burgers, then tempting desserts such as passion fruit panna cotta or berry pavlova. Each carries a little sign -- healthy, moderately healthy, indulgent, vegetarian -- and there are gluten-free options.
You can also go for a cream tea, which was part of our package. There are four to choose from, including a gluten-free, but we plumped for one Savoury and one Traditional. Both came on tiered plates and looked and tasted great. My favourites were the scones with Jersey black butter and clotted cream. We may have overdone those...
Bubbling in the hot tub gazing out over the horizon.
Snuggling up under a blanket in the deep sleep relaxation room.
Walking off our sumptuous cream tea along the bay on a sunny September afternoon.
We didn't love
The light in the dark relaxation room shining in our eyes.
The pool and thermal area needs updating; however, its prime position and view are pretty special.
Locals love The Spa at L'Horizon. The spa offers lots of great deals and the health club has a real sense of community.
Families: The beach and hotel make L'Horizon perfect for a summer holiday location. Kids can use the pool, and parents can sneak off for a treatment.
Friends: The relaxation room, nail bar, terrace and brasserie are relaxed and informal communal areas.
Romantics can enjoy a couple's massage and afternoon champagne tea, followed by a stroll along the beach.
We gave L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 bubbles. It's a well-designed, spacious spa with lots of relaxation space. Visit with a best friend and spend the day drifting between treatments, thermal facilities and catching up.
Savant Spy visited in September 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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La Route de la Baie, St. Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, JE3 8EF
L’Horizon serves locally caught seafood and modern French-British cuisine. From 2AA rosette fine-dining restaurant and a large beachfront terrace, to elevenses or afternoon tea in The Lounge and Bar there is something for everyone here.
Ocean-view classic, executive, delux rooms and suites.
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