During the nineteenth century, Bournemouth became a spa town which attracted the elite of Victorian society. Royalty, aristocracy and plenty of famous authors became frequent guests of the hotels that sprung up to house the influx of visitors. These hotels focussed on providing relaxing and revitalising spa breaks, making use of Bournemouth’s clean sea water, fresh air and the plentiful pine forests that surrounded the town. Some of the hotels in Bournemouth that offered these spa treatments even pumped in fresh water from the Bourne stream and sea water from the coast, using it for soaking and salt baths which they claimed had healing properties found nowhere else in England. Along with this, the hotels had to meet the high standards of accommodation, comfort and customer service that their clientèle expected.
The same is just as true nowadays. Bournemouth’s reputation as a leading holiday destination hasn’t diminished, and our three Bournemouth hotels provide the same level of service and quality which drew in the Victorians all those years ago. The Cumberland Hotel is the jewel in our crown, recognised as one of the most fashionable properties in the UK. With stunning sea views and a Miami Art Deco theme, you can relax in the decadent glamour of the 1930s whilst still enjoying the urban chic style that makes the hotel so popular. Complete with an outdoor pool and striking architecture, The Cumberland is unique amongst the hotels in Bournemouth.
That’s not to say our other hotels aren’t comparable, of course. Guests in any can make use of the facilities of all three after all, and The Suncliff Hotel, right next door to The Cumberland Hotel, holds the majority of our leisure facilities, with an indoor heated pool, spa tub, sauna, gym facilities and a tournament-sized squash court open to guests. Meanwhile, The Cliffeside Hotel has its own outdoor pool and a much more intimate feel. It’s also home to our superb contemporary restaurant, providing meals made with fresh, locally sourced produce, and bar, complete with a terrace from which to look out over the sea as the sun sets.
Of course, as tempting as spending your entire stay in our lavish hotels may be, you’ll want to get out and enjoy Bournemouth too, and there is plenty to do throughout the town. You can head for Bournemouth Gardens to enjoy the Pine Walk, just as the Victorians did, and attend the open air art exhibition held every summer. There are also plenty of boutique beauty shops around the town just waiting to be discovered.
If you’re looking for something totally different, why not head to the Bournemouth Oceanarium, which offers a tour through the world’s oceans? Or you could take a trip up in the Bournemouth Eye, a helium filled balloon that’s chained to the ground, but offers you views from 390 feet up and is on the doorstep of our Bournemouth hotels. You also have easy access to Poole harbour and Christchurch, or can take the short trip to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Monkey World, Compton Acres, and the Bovington Tank Museum.
The Bourne Free Pride Festival takes place annually in July and has been going from strength to strength. Each year, performers, entertainers and supporters turn up for a weekend that celebrates diversity in the community and join in with Bournemouth’s Gay Pride march. We believe that our hotels are the perfect fit for gay and lesbian travellers, and welcome guests coming for the Bourne Free Pride Festival each year.
Our hotels are the perfect place from which to explore the Jurassic Coast, the New Forest and the Purbeck Hills, the first being a World Heritage Site and the latter two falling inside Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can head out on a long, tiring but gratifying walk one day, then spend the next recuperating with us.
Finally, anybody who appreciates a great meal or night out will find themselves perfectly at home in Bournemouth. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs waiting for you in the centre of town, and you won’t be short of concerts and performances with the Bournemouth International Centre, 1812 and an O2 Academy all putting on live music. Or you could enjoy an evening in one of the many beachfront cafes or bars that overlook the sea.
For more information please contact us or call us on +44 (0)1202 298350.
What’s on in Bournemouth 24 – 26 May
Buzzing with events, gigs and festivals throughout the year, Bournemouth attracts thousands of British holidaymakers every summer.
Boasting stunning coastal vistas, award-winning beaches and glorious open spaces, the resort is as known for its aesthetic beauty as its happening events landscape, which is propped up by a leading live entertainment venue in the shape of the Bournemouth International Centre.
Should you be planning a last minute break in one of the wonderful Bournemouth hotels on the weekend of 24th – 26th May, here is a list of some of the things to see and do whilst in this spectacular part of the UK.
- That’ll Be The Day – Taking place at the Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom in Bournemouth on Sunday 26 May, this fantastic rock ‘n’ roll variety show is returning by popular demand for a brand new production. Currently in its 27th year of constant touring in the UK and Europe, audience members will be wowed with a selection of classic hits by a skilled set of performers.
- Bournemouth 7s Festival – The largest rugby, netball and music festival in the world will be returning to Bournemouth from 24 – 26 May. Featuring over 300 rugby, netball and dodgeball teams participating in a range of competitions, revellers will be privy to an action-packed weekend of sport, music and entertainment.
- The Thai Food Festival – Returning for 25 – 27 May, Bournemouth will be alive with some of the freshest and tastiest dishes Thai cuisine has to offer. Holidaymakers can expect a flurry of stalls offering up the finest dishes to pop up on The Square in Bournemouth, offering up the perfect opportunity for a culinary expedition.
Whatever you plan on doing whilst on a break in one of the idyllic hotels in Bournemouth, you are sure to generate memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information please contact us or call us on +44 (0)1202 298350.
Welcome to Oceana Hotels
Four hotels, overlooking the ocean.
Oceana Hotels have three Bournemouth hotels, The Cumberland, The Suncliff, and The Cliffeside and one boutique style hotel in Torquay, The BEST WESTERN Hotel Gleneagles. Our hotels offer eight unique bar lounge experiences, from an intimate club bar to a palm lined outdoor ultra lounge. Boasting over 320 rooms, many with ocean views and balconies. All of our hotels have chef driven global menus, and use the best fresh local produce.
Our mission statement
Oceana Hotels are unique resort style hotels which have achieved between them some of the highest AA 3 star hotel ratings on the South Coast. We offer good quality, comfortable, 3 star hotel rooms. The standard of the public areas, dining options, facilities and services are delivered at even higher standards. At Oceana we aim to give our guests a unique experience. This is at a 3 star price, with the added extra of the “can do” service culture, whilst going the extra mile where possible. For this reason we have several awards and highest ratings in our category. Our four hotels are also situated in ocean fronted premier locations and our goal is to make sure our customers not only enjoy their stay but also return time after time. Read our mission statement.
For all reservation enquiries or bookings call 01202 298 350 or
Cumberland Bournemouth: 01202 290 722 | Suncliff Bournemouth: 01202 291 711 | Cliffeside Bournemouth: 01202 555 752
BEST WESTERN Hotel Gleneagles: 01803 293 637 | Weddings/Events: 01202 298 350