After you've already toured all over London, it might be time to head out to sea for a weekend stay at the Spitbank Fort private island sea hotel.
Just one mile out to sea off the coast from Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, U.K., the 134 year old Spitbank Fort was originally constructed to defend the British from Napoleon III's navy in the 18th century. These three sea-forts have been abandoned ever since until, after a staggering £3 million (US$4.85 million) makeover, they have now been transformed into an exclusive island retreat.
Each of the three bases house different functions. The Horse Sands Fort is now a museum, the Spitbank Fort has been transformed into a luxury hotel with eight suites, and the No Man’s Land Fort will become an even larger hotel, able to accommodate more guests.
Perfect for history buffs, each of the suites were originally home to one of the bases' several defensive guns. To reach the strongholds, hotel skippers take visitors there by boat.
The completed Spitbank Fort offers patrons a variety of relaxing areas to lounge, including a recreation room, spa, outdoor heated pool, a Victory Bar, and a fire pit area that gives visitors a fantastic view of the Isle of Wight.
Staying here seems like a true blast (from the past) but definitely not for the ones on a budget.... A night at Spitbank Fort will set you back £350 (US$565) per person, but, that includes an amazing location, historical value and, a full English breakfast.