WORDS SUE McQUEENIE
WHAT’S THE VIBE?
There’s a distinctive beach club vibe at the Cooden Beach Hotel – from the newly refurbished interior, to its spectacular spot right on the beach. Located on the stunning Sussex coastline, Cooden Beach offers a perfect blend of elegance, relaxation, and stunning sea views.
Once home to the De La Warr family, this building has undergone a nine-month ‘coastal cool’ refurbishment under the watchful gaze of owner and 30-year veteran hotelier and designer Grace Leo. Just 90 mins from London and close to Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, the 45-bedroom hotel occupies an idyllic location on its own private beach, creating that cool, Hamptons-style relaxed atmosphere.
The staff at Cooden Beach Hotel are excellent; all professional, courteous, and always willing to assist. From the warm reception at check-in, to the helpful guidance provided by the concierge, they are committed to ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all of their guests.
BEST SEA VIEW? The hotel’s rooms and suites have been tastefully designed and updated, boasting modern amenities and furnishings, including huge super–comfortable beds and proper, crisp cotton bedding. Most of the rooms offer breathtaking sea views across an ever-changing ocean vista.
HOW ABOUT THE FOOD?
The hotel’s dining experience is a true delight. The Rally Bar and Restaurant serves a delectable range of dishes, showcasing the freshest produce and championing local producers including the excellent Rathfinny sparkling wines. Fresh and seasonal menus include a ‘catch of the day’ supplied by local Sussex fishermen.
The breakfast buffet was extensive, catering to all tastes and the staff were attentive, ensuring that every dining experience was a pleasant one. Outside, the Terrace on the Beach is a wonderful location for long lunches and an afternoon drink.
HOW ABOUT THE SPA?
The hotel currently offers a full programme of spa treatments with its signature Lava Shell massage inspired by its seafront location. Watch this space as plans are afoot to build upon the hotel’s wellness facilities in the future creating a truly relaxing retreat experience.
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?
Its history. The hotel was once the private home of the De La Warr family. Their influence on the area spans to the introduction of the train station at Cooden Beach – providing easy access for guests coming in from London. During their time at Cooden Beach, they entertained many notable guests including King George VI and his family; the young Princess Elizabeth used to play on the beach with her sister Princess Margaret. It also became a favourite hideaway for the Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson, as well as Winston Churchill.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Room rates for a seascape double king room on bed and breakfast start from £260 per night.
HOW DO I BOOK?