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Last updated: 05 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Blessed with golden beaches, leafy parks and with easy access from London, Bournemouth has – like so many British seaside resorts – always been let down by mediocre, old-fashioned hotels.  All that changed earlier this year, however, with the opening of the Nici; an art-filled, super-chic hotel that feels as though it’s been airlifted straight off Miami beach.

The flagship property and first of a new chain of hotels from renowned hotelier Nicolas Roach, the Nici drew rave reviews when it opened in late Spring.

The hotel is a clever restoration and renovation of a beautiful grande dame of a building, oozing character and charm. Out back, there are spacious grounds leading to cliffs, and below them, some of Bournemouth’s best (and quietest) sandy beaches. Internally, it has a contemporary light and breezy ‘Miami South Beach’ vibe that makes you really feel like you’re on holiday.

Food is inventive and delicious, and can be served out on the terrace with wonderful sea views. At the time of writing, a world-class spa is being built in the grounds.

The town centre is a 5-minute taxi ride, but this is very much a destination hotel you’re unlikely to want to leave. It’s already a local institution and recognised as the place to be seen by Bournemouth’s young, hip crowd.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Corfe Castle

Wareham , Dorset , United Kingdom (UK)[14.8 miles]

Atmospheric ruins of a 1,000-year-old castle, rich in dramatic history dating back to William the Conqueror.

Best for ages: 6+ | £7

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Walk over Hengistbury Head

Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom (UK)[9.2 miles]

A superb 2-mile headland walk, taking in views, wildlife and a golden sandy beach. One of the best short walks in southern England.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 2 hours

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Many people sitting in a row on concrete shore line catching crabs to crab traps and nets,

Crabbing at Mudeford Quay

Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom (UK)[10.1 miles]

Families line the quay at this sleepy waterfront village, armed with lines and crabbing buckets, to see who can catch the largest crustacean.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 1-3 hours

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Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[15.5 miles]

Ringwood has been brewing its popular ales since 1978, and offers tours of its brewery along with tastings of some of its classic beers, including Old Thumper and the wonderfully-named Boondoggle.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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New Forest Cider

New Forest Cider

Burley, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[17.4 miles]

In the picturesque village of Burley, New Forest Cider offers the chance to try different varieties straight from the barrel, all made with apples from their own orchards.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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New Forest

Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

A magical, highly accessible region of ancient woodland, open heathland and postcard-perfect traditional English villages.

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