There were some cool beats playing, I felt pretty warm and we were sat outside with the sea twinkling under the night sky beyond.
‘It feels like we’re in Ibiza,’ My friend Ellen said as she sipped a shimmering pink cocktail.
I agreed, it did feel like we were in some chilled-out spot on the continent.
However, we were in fact on the beachfront after landing into Southend-on-Sea.
The two of us had taken a train from London Liverpool Street to the Essex coast to check out the Roslin Beach Hotel which is around a 7 minute taxi ride from Southend Victoria station.
The 62-room property underwent a multi-million-pound redevelopment in 2018, with some impressive results from what I could gather after checking out the website.
When I first arrived I thought it seemed in a bit of a random location, with the hotel and restaurant surrounded by residential housing.
But after settling into the place, I quickly appreciated its relaxed coastal setting – a far cry from the hectic bustle of the capital.
Ellen and I were meeting up for a girls’ night away and the Roslin Beach Hotel made for the perfect place.
Everything from the fresh interior design to the hotel service was surprisingly immaculate.
We checked into room 305, an executive room with seafront views, marred slightly by a busy road running in front.
We immediately commented how bright and airy the room was, with pastel blue colours, mirrored panels and a large bay window looking out over the estuary.
Other perks I noticed included a roomy balcony, a funky record player with a few vinyls to play with, Elemis products in the bathroom and a Bluetooth connectable speaker next to the bed. I was disappointed to find no towel robes lurking in the wardrobe, only an iron and hairdryer.
With some time to play with before dinner, we took a lovely walk along the seafront.
While it was pretty overcast, it still made for a nice stroll, with coloured beach huts passing us on our way and little boats bobbing in the shallow waters.
AA TWO ROSETTES RESTAURANT
We’d booked dinner at Roslin Beach Hotel’s AA Rosette restaurant for 7:30pm. We both commented for a Monday night how busy it was, with a good upbeat atmosphere and soft lighting setting the tone.
It was a fairly cool September night but thanks to outdoor heating, we decided to take a table outside on the terrace.
One thing that’s really nice about the Roslin Beach Hotel is the use of foliage. There are flowers and pieces of greenery adorning the place, faux not real, but a nice addition non-the-least.
Out on the terrace, ferns, palms and cactus whisked us away to some exotic location.
Service was swift and efficient and we were delivered a food and drinks menu.
The restaurant offering at the Roslin Beach Hotel is particularly impressive and it has won numerous awards in recognition.
On the food front, there’s a great mix of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, with a pretty extensive cocktail and wine list.
To start we decided on the broccoli veloute – warming, well-textured and flavoursome – with some bread and olives.
We were impressed by the other dishes passing us by, with a colourful poke bowl catching my eye as it landed on a table next to us.
To accompany our delicious starters, I opted for a vodka olive martini – a little too dirty for my liking – while Ellen went for a refreshing Chambord Spritz.
Next up, I went for a grilled octopus with broccoli and white cabbage on the side, while Ellen finally decided on a vegetarian pasta dish.
‘This is the biggest bowl of pasta I’ve ever seen!’ she said as the large bowl was placed down before her.
All of the flavours worked well, my octopus was tender, while Ellen’s pasta was simply but perfectly prepared.
Our waiter convinced us into taking a dessert, and feeling a little full, we plumped on sharing a knickerbocker glory.
This creamy concoction hit the spot, and we gallantly worked our way through it.
That night we slept like logs in our giant bed.
I got up the next morning around 6:30am to do yoga as the hotel offers free morning classes but there was some confusion in my booking and I ended up going for a run along the seafront instead.
After spending a good couple of hours grazing around the amply-stocked breakfast buffet, Ellen and I checked out and decided to walk back to the train station as it was a sunny morning.
A trip to the Roslin Beach Hotel had left us recharged and refreshed.
This is a smart, low-key spot oozing with coastal character.
Roslin Beach Hotel is located at Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Essex, SS1 3BG
To book a stay or dining experience call 01702586375 or visit www.roslinhotel.com