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.
- Family swim times
- Six treatment rooms and one double treatment room
- Relaxation area
- Sleep room
- Two manicure and pedicure stations
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- Spa pool
- Steam room
- Part of the Hand Picked Hotels group
- Made for Life
Our Spa Spy review
L'Horizon Hotel and Spa overlooks St Brelade's Bay beach, one of the loveliest in Jersey. The white-painted hotel sits right on the beach wall so you just have to hop down from the terrace to the curved stretch of sand.
If you're staying at the hotel, you can reach the spa along a ground-floor, light-filled corridor which takes you to the health-club reception desk. If you're visiting for the day, you can use the spa's own entrance. From the road, large glass doors open onto two staircases rounding up to the first-floor spa-reception area.
What's on offer?
The stylishly serene circular reception on the first floor is very elegant. The white marble has soft grey inlay, alongside pebble wall panelling, bringing the beach indoors, and plush purple seating. This 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.
There are two sets of changing rooms. The spa changing rooms on the first floor are small but 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 two showers have frosted glass doors and shampoo and body wash, and a white vanity shelf has three hairdryers.
The pool and thermal facilities are downstairs, as is the small gym, alongside the large spa brasserie. The pool area has a fabulous view of the bay through its large windows. The 15-metre-pool is cool and clean with graduated steps at one end, and grey loungers to one side. (Check for children's swim times if you like to swim in peace.) An outside terrace also has loungers, perfectly positioned to catch the sun on bright days.
The hot tub is raised so you can bubble away while soaking up the beach view; it would comfortably seat four people. The small aromatherapy steam room is nicely steamy, with black marble seats and the wooden sauna acceptably hot; both would seat six comfortably. Between the two is an experience shower with jets to cool you down.
The large, light relaxation room has three different areas, each with purple and pale blue leather chairs and foot rests, draped with soft blankets and some shimmering gold cushions. Walls are warm mauve with panels of swirling white plaster. A large sideboard offers a choice of teas, coffees, water and a bowl of apples.
The post-treatment "sleep 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.
The spa has six treatment rooms, each nicely finished in neutral tones.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Elemis Biotec Radiance Renew facial (55 minutes, £80). This is a modern combination of tech and touch. My therapist, Jane, added in ingredients from the Elemis anti-ageing line, too, so the treatment felt very personalised.
We began with a creamy, rose-scented, then a foamy cleanser for my skin, followed by toner and exfoliation. The star of this facial, however, is the Biotec equipment. First, Jane ran diodes emitting electrical current (which I could feel as barely a tingle) over the various areas of my face. The current is designed to "re-educate" your muscles and get them to lift.
An application of blue light followed, which is anti-bacterial and aims to give your skin a deep cleanse. The red light that came next is meant to stimulate regeneration. Jane applied a deeply moisturising, cooling, pro-collagen marine mask alongside hydra-gel pads under my eyes for more intense moisturisation. This time the machine pumped compressed oxygen into my skin to brighten, which resulted in the promised radiance.
Jane finished with pro-collagen marine oil which, she explained, has smaller molecules than the marine cream, so could penetrate deeper into my skin. This encourages the production of collagen, the structures of which give firmness to the skin. Throughout, I felt very comfortable on the wide and heated treatment bed, snuggled under a soft and cosy duvet. Afterwards, I relaxed in the sleep room with a peppermint tea and noticeably smooth skin.
Treatments on offer at The Spa at L'Horizon include Elemis facials, body treatments, wraps, scrubs and massages. You can also try holistic treatments such as reflexology and Indian head massage, and treatments for men and mums-to-be. Beauty finishing touches include manicures, pedicures and waxing.
The Spa at L'Horizon also welcomes anyone going through medical treatment or who needs extra support. Touch Therapy is a massage method originally developed by the Made For Life foundation and is delivered by specially trained therapists.
You can eat lunch in your robe in the large, open-plan brasserie which looks out over the pool and ocean view. You can also opt for a cream tea.
You can pre-order your lunch on arrival. The spa-lunch menu has salads and soup to start, hot meals including fresh fish and vegetarian options, then tempting desserts such as panna cotta. Little icons next to each dish let you know whether you're opting for healthy, moderately healthy or, frankly, indulgent choices. Our broccoli and stilton soup was delicious and nicely presented, as was the sea bass that followed. Light but filling, so just right for a spa day.
If you're staying in the hotel, you might like to try the fine dining in The Grill, which has a wide-ranging menu that specialises in fresh, locally caught fish and seafood. Our teriyaki salmon was exquisite.
We loved / we didn't love
Possibly one of the best views from a hot tub in the UK.
Relaxing in the sleep room with its calm atmosphere.
The small touches: flowers in the relaxation rooms, marine details in the artwork, shimmering fabrics… they all combine to create a restful environment.
We didn't love
The cold draught round our feet in the sauna.
Who do you think would like it?
Locals love The Spa at L'Horizon. The health club has a real sense of community.
Families: The beach makes L'Horizon perfect for a summer holiday. Children can use the pool, and parents can take themselves away upstairs for a treatment. That's why L'Horizon won the Good Spa Guide Award for the Best Spa Hotel for Families in 2016.
Friends: The relaxation room, nail bar, terrace and brasserie are relaxed and informal areas, great for catching up.
Solo spa-goers: Avoid the children's swim times, relax in the friendly and informal atmosphere, then perhaps hide away upstairs with an indulgent treatment and a good book.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 Bubbles. It's a well-designed, elegant spa with reliable Elemis treatments. Some of the health-club features are a little basic, such as the changing rooms if you use them after your swim, but the relaxation rooms upstairs are nicely done and luxurious. A lovely little spa by the sea.
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.