L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa
A £2m refurbishment programme of the AA Four Silver Star L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa in Jersey has been completed. With a rich history dating back over 150 years, the renovation included an overhaul of the hotel bedrooms, function spaces, lounge areas and spa.
L’Horizon, owned by Hand Picked Hotels, is one of Jersey’s premier beachfront hotels. It is enviably placed overlooking the golden sands of St Brelade’s Bay just ten minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from St Helier. All 106 guestrooms and suites at the hotel – with the majority featuring balconies providing uninterrupted sea views – have been refreshed, and new electronic key systems and reverse cycle air conditioning has been installed allowing touch-of-button access and temperature control.
The hotel’s primary function suite, The Crystal Room, and the adjoining Rose Lounge have both also been updated with a refreshed décor in neutral yet elegant tones designed against a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows exposing stunning views out to sea. The smaller yet equally impressive Drawing Room, with space for up to 50 guests, has been modernised as part of the renovation and now boasts a state-of-the-art integrated sound system ideal for conferences, meetings and private events.
To complete the upgrade, and to make the most of the glorious Channel Islands sunshine, a new sun terrace has been developed adjacent to the 15m indoor swimming pool offering new relaxed-style lounge seating. Further enhancements to the hotel’s award-winning health club and spa include upgraded changing rooms and new power showers.
Simon Miller, General Manger at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, commented:
“At L’Horizon, we are fortunate to occupy one of the most impressive spots on the island and proud to have built a solid reputation as the leading hotel in Jersey for beachside relaxation and special events that ‘wow’ our guests. I am delighted this refurbishment programme is now complete, providing an enhanced offering for our valued guests that allows them to make the most of the sunshine we have here in Jersey and the unique views from our hotel.”
L’Horizon was originally built in 1850 by George Hicks, a colonel in the Benhal Army, and today the hotel has 4 AA silver stars, 2 AA rosettes in its restaurant, The Grill, 106 bedrooms including four feature suites and a purpose-built state-of-the-art health club and spa with an indoor pool, a sleep room and six treatment rooms offering Elemis beauty and holistic therapies. To find out more, please visit handpickedhotels.co.uk/lhorizon.
Hand Picked Hotels
Hand Picked Hotels was created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands and is made up of a leading collection of architecturally stunning country house hotels. The award-winning collection is renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and bespoke service by Hand Picked staff in stylish relaxing surroundings. There are a total of 17 classically British hotels in beautiful settings across England, Scotland and Channel Island retreats, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to Yorkshire and Edinburgh.
OD Projects specialises in the construction, refurbishment and fit-out of projects across five main sectors: hotel & leisure, education, commercial, historic & Listed and high-end residential. Whilst these are all core sectors for OD Projects, the majority of the company’s turnover is within the hotel & leisure sector, where they have built up a strong reputation as a quality contractor.
OD Projects has been in business for 14 years – the first ten years they operated purely as a project management specialist, while the last four years has seen OD Projects move into a main contractor role. Over the years, OD Projects have worked on many hotel refurbishment projects over the years and to date have completed the refurbishment of more than 2000 bedrooms alongside many bars, restaurants, spas and reception areas.
Clients have ranged from privately owned independent hotels to brands such as Hotel Du Vin, DeVere Venues and Village Hotels. A recent scheme for OD Projects was L’Horizon in St Brelade Bay, Jersey for Hand Picked Hotels.
Working on the L’Horizon project, OD Projects were appointed as the main contractor delivering a 50-bedroom refurbishment across three phases, over three floors. Works included the installation of air conditioning, refurbishment of case goods and soft bathroom refurbishment to all bedrooms.
To the associated corridors and stairwells OD Projects installed new ceilings and full redecoration. The company carried out various other works around the hotel, such as providing a new decked sun terrace, new poolside shower and many works to back of house areas.
James Cooper, Business Director for OD Projects, said:
“It was important for us to secure this project as it maintained a good relationship with Hand Picked Hotels – a top quality brand who we are committed to.
“Working in the Channel Islands during the winter months brings its own logistical challenges, but we dealt with them very positively and this lead to a successful delivery.”
“At OD Projects, we pride ourselves on our ability to go that extra mile for our clients. We work closely with the project team and strive to adapt our projects to fit with the demands of the operational side of the hotels. We are very much a contractor that makes it our business to understand our clients’ business needs.”