The Travelling Prince – Urban Beach

Mimi ON Apr 28, 2009 AT 5:40 pm

The Travelling Prince catches up on some light reading

The Travelling Prince catches up on some light reading

A day trip to the British ‘seaside’ is a must, and for His Highness a chance to explore a little more of the UK’s finest shorelines.  This time His Highness had opted for Boscombe on the Dorset coast an area undergoing a £11million make-over, with Europe’s first artificial surf reef being built and a selection of super surf pods; designed by Mr and Mrs Hemingway MBE.  First class all the way with South West Trains, a perfect beginning to The Prince’s delightful respite, He remarked; “one always enjoys the tranquillity of First Class travel especially as one stretches ones legs out”.

The Prince checked into Urban Beach, a stylish place located two minutes from Boscombe seafront, with open terrace and beach hut bar.  This Victorian property has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel with an exterior and interior designer beach theme.  Once inside, the open plan layout maximised space, the modest reception area was flanked by a modern bistro to the right with wall mount fireplace and driftwood themed decorations whilst to the left proudly stood a cool brushed steel bar displaying a fresh assortment of exotic fruit and an impressive selection of spirits and mixers; no doubt all of which were regularly utilised by the resident mixologist.

Room No. 7 at the Urban Beach

Room No. 7 at the Urban Beach

Rooon No.7 had  an Asian theme, it was perfectly equipped with TV, DVD, WIFI and for those without a butler; tea making facilities are included too.  A large hand painted Japanese ‘headboard’ and King Size bed with Egyptian cotton and Fogarty Down was once again a reminder of the Urban Beach design signature.  No sooner had I unpacked The Prince’s personal effects I returned only to find him at the bar sampling his usual pre dinner aperitif a G&T.  Although on this occasion an Urban Beach “GT Turbo”, made of Tanqueray No 10, fresh lime and homemade tonic syrup and shaken short.  His Highness was enchanted and with the temptation of trying another recipe, The Prince was soon sipping a Dorset Blues Mojito, served long with local blueberry juice, Pampero, cinnamon, Benedictine, infused with juiced apples. “By jingo, quite splendid, I think it’s time for dinner”.

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