At sunset, its beach boasts a horizon that rivals the Balearics, the starlings murmurating over the iconic West Pier. The British Airways i360 makes its final flight of the evening while the waves brush over the pebbles below. Lights flick on along the promenade, and then the Palace Pier, and the locals come out to play. While previously a long-overlooked area of the City of Brighton and Hove, an elevated spot in the Marina is one of the best places to watch the phenomenon.
A stay at The Boardwalk Apartments offers this and more, with their self-catered apartments offering either sea or Marina views from both their balconies and bedrooms. Guests can relax with all the home comforts as each apartment comes with a lounge, fully-fitted kitchen and modern bathroom, as well as the usual amenities meaning everything is taken care of prior to arrival. Guests are even welcome to bring their pets on request at no additional cost, so visitors to Brighton needn’t worry about finding alternative accommodation for their furry friends while they’re away.
With Bella Italia, TGI Fridays, Five Guys and many more just a pebble’s throw from the apartments, visitors are spoilt for choice for places to eat out within the Marina. Fancy cooking yourself? A supermarket nearby has everything you need. There’s also loads to do this side of town, with a cinema, bowling, popular glow-in-the-dark crazy golf and even a casino nearby for both family and adults-only fun.
Year-round, visitors can walk 25 minutes west to the centre of the city along the seafront, wandering a little further inland to enjoy all that the quirky neighbourhood of Kemptown has to offer. In the opposite direction, the Undercliff Walk to Saltdean offers a pleasant amble or easy cycle, boasting crystal turquoise waters during the summer – reminiscent of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.
For the ultimate in relaxing escapes, guests can pair their trip with a visit to The Treatment Rooms in the New Road piazza in Brighton’s city centre. The city’s largest beauty salon, this award-winning spa has been open since 1995 and offers a huge list of treatments. Let the world melt away with their signature essential rose facial, restore your energy in their relaxation room, and enjoy the Ayurvedic tea – the blend of which is adapted depending on the seasons.
The city’s famous North Laine shopping area is just around the corner, with pubs and bars aplenty, while the city’s history – which trails back more than 250 years – is encapsulated in the nearby Arabesque Royal Pavilion, Brighton & Hove’s most grandiose structure.
A home away from home is a solace after a day of discovery, and it’s difficult to find more comfort than is provided at the The Boardwalk Apartments. For modern minimalist maritime accommodation, there’s really no competition.
A weekend may be all that you need in Brighton & Hove, however there are few who can resist its siren song; the rest are charmed back again and again.