Need to know
91, including 10 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $146.88 (£117), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast, a buffet with pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurt, granola and juices; or a full-english with farm-fresh eggs and organic bacon.
The lower deck has cosy couple-sized relaxation pods to sit in and watch the waves. Afternoon tea, served in the lounge, fills its tiers with sweet-and-savoury scones, praline éclairs and small pots of trifle.
At the hotel
Cinema, spa and gym, promenade deck with relaxation pods, lounge, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free decanters of gin and sherry, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, tea- and coffee-making kit, and the White Company bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each room gets a glimpse of the calm waters and boats bippity-bopping about in the harbour. However, aspiring cap’ns can admire the British coast uninterrupted from the Deluxe Suite’s panoramic terrace. First mates can bunk up in the equally marina-facing Deluxe Doubles for a few less pieces of eight.
The indoor heated pool is the hotel’s watery ballast, ensuring doses of splashy fun and serenity, and has set times for both adults and kids. Floor-to-ceiling windows along one side look out over the marina, and water-babies can wallow – or get pummelled with massage jets – in the adjoining hydrotherapy pool.
HarSpa takes a beautifying tip from the ocean, using luxurious Espa rituals with seaweed and salt, and offering sea-shell massages in seven sleek treatment rooms. Scrubbing, rubbing, and moisturising masks are a speciality, but a spot of rhassoul-mud slinging, reflexology or holistic hopi-candle cleansing can be booked too. Couples have their own space; men and mothers-to-be have specialised signature treatments; and you can get a superfood fix in the juice bar and café.
Wellies for countryside wanderings. Leave the seasickness pills and patches at home, this stay is on a level.
All areas are wheelchair-accessible, and there are specially adapted rooms on the second and third floors, accessible by lift.
Children of all ages welcome, but the hotel’s best suited to juniors, tweens and teens. There are set splash times for kids in the hotel pool, and the cinema often screens family favourites.
Juniors, teens and tweens.
Suites and Deluxe Doubles have the most space for trios or quartets. For added privacy book tweens and teens into their own Standard Twin room.
Kids will adore playing pirates on the ship – there are decks to run around on and several tiers to explore. On rainy days, head to the luxurious cinema room where you can self-serve from the popcorn machine. Off-board, arrange a family boat trip along the coast, spy ponies in the New Forest or hit the Isle of Wight. Filled with child-friendly fun, the Isle has amusement parks (such as Blackgang Chine and the fairground and 4D-cinema by the Needles), farmyard animals to pet, beaches with calm waters and fossil walks where dino-enthusiasts can hunt down souvenirs.
The pool in the spa has set times for kids. Parents will need to keep a watchful eye on fledgling water-babies.
The Jetty is fairly laidback, so suited to family dining. Children will like snack-y cockle or chicken popcorn, and simple fish dishes with chips.
No need to pack
There are no baby-monitors to borrow, but it may be worth bringing your own if you’re staying on one of the lower decks, near the restaurant.
There’s little kit for babies-on-board so pack all you think you’ll need.