The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life
Horrified at your weekly screen time? Unplug and step away. The Roslin Beach Hotel is the perfect seaside digitally detox
Review by Lauren Naylor
There are very few things in this day and age that stop you feeling tense and help you switch your brain off entirely from the fast-paced world of social media. We live vicariously through others, well, I certainly do, and the last few months have seemingly passed in a blur of Instagram and minimal gain. It took a stern word with myself to realise I needed to tear myself away from my iPhone, which granted, doubles up as my computer as I’m a freelancer who often works remotely. Having checked my ‘screen time’ I was horrified at an entire 23 hours spent on social media for the week. A digital detox had to eventuate, and where better to send me than a weekend by the sea and my phone firmly locked in a holdall.
The Roslin Beach Hotel in Essex is 50 minutes from London Fenchurch Street into Thorpe Bay Station. It boasts 62 recently refurbished light and airy rooms featuring local artwork, and all rooms are abundant with calming seaside inspired azure and duck egg hues to harmonize with the surroundings. The spacious en-suite bathrooms feature opulent marble floors, with either a walk-in waterfall shower or a roll top bath.
We were lucky enough to experience the sea from our doorstep, as we enjoyed panoramic views of the Thames Estuary views from our white-washed balcony. In 2018 the hotel began a multi-million-pound refurbishment to bring all the rooms to the next level of luxury and refresh the entire location. And 2019 has brought a new all-day dining brasserie concept to accompany their recently awarded AA rosette restaurant and iconic terrace.
The veritable hub of activity charging around my brain faster than Lewis Hamilton was swiftly replaced with the gentle lull of the waves and immediate sense of relaxation. Who wouldn’t be truly grateful with getting to wind-down in a beachfront boutique hotel overlooking an award-winning beach in Thorpe Bay while sipping on a glass of fizz (or a cup of tea in my case!)?
The hotel also proffers ‘The Roslin Retreat’ complete with three cosy treatment rooms, a dedicated nail bar, and luxurious Elemis spa products to perk up the dullest of complexions should you fancy a pampering fix during your stay.
Now, in Essex, we know the locals don’t do things by halves – but the Roslin Hotel need to be acknowledged for their themed installations, and I won’t lie – at this point I was reaching for my phone to capture all the magic. On arrival, the entire hotel was adorned with balloons, pastel-hued eggs and giant straw rabbits for their themed Easter – namely just guests visiting, and this isn’t out of the ordinary having discovered Mother’s Day, and Christmas, even baby showers and birthdays are all treated with the same gusto.
The hotel doesn’t just boast the perfect location; their AA two Rosette restaurant was recently awarded the coveted Visit England Rose award, and it’s one of only a hundred restaurants to receive this accolade in the country. The menu caters to food preferences and allergies, and the staff couldn’t be any more helpful, even recommending their most scrumptious dishes – and this isn’t just coming from me, as a check on their Tripaadvisor reviews show many past customers agree. The menus change regularly and are modern takes on dishes using quality local produce (naturally we both had fish dishes) and the restaurant itself was a hive of activity, with a great atmosphere, incredible decor and gave us a unique seaside dining experience.
The Roslin is also very well known for their afternoon teas served up in the Tides Ballroom seven days a week, overlooking the sea of course, and served on ‘Duchess’ bone china. I had visited this hotel in the past for a wedding where I was the make-up artist and remembered thinking it was delightful, although its new owners have taken it to another level. The hotel has a reputation for being one of the most exclusive coastal venues in Essex with the abundance of natural daylight, their private terrace, plentiful parking, and unmistakably stunning setting and decor.
What did the experience bring us? Well, aside from eliminating daily distractions, a sense of wellbeing. Time to actually think and a time to enjoy our experience without capturing every second on a digital device. However, even more bemusing, it made me want to live on the coast. My house is currently up for sale, and we’ve set our sights on nearby Leigh. It’s amazing what effect one place can have on your being!