Spitbank Fort — An island getaway without the palm trees

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When you think of an island getaway, images of Spitbank Fort probably don’t spring to mind.

The incredible Spitbank Fort sits around 1.6km off the coast of Porsmouth in the UK.

The incredible Spitbank Fort sits around 1.5km off the coast of Porsmouth in the UK.

Located 1.5km off the Portsmouth coast, Spitbank Fort was built over 136 years ago as a gun emplacement to protect the country’s fleet in the years of Britannia rule.

Spitbank Fort — Aerial View

During World War Two, it was almost destroyed by bombing and in 1982 all military functions stopped.

Catering for guests in nine rooms, Spitbank Fort features a sauna and pool to keep guests busy.

Catering for guests in nine rooms, Spitbank Fort features a sauna and pool to keep guests busy.

A recent total transformation has turned this war torn relic into a luxury, five star, exclusive retreat.

Spitbank Fort — Looking Out

Spitbank Fort features nine rooms, a swimming pool and sauna (you’ll need it in winter!).

A games room, sea views and a wine cellar keep guests busy, while a retractable boat helps with quick getaways and nearby sight seeing.

Spitbank Fort — Bedroom

Guests have recently used the venue for weddings and large gathers. But, at $9,200 per night, it’s not exactly the cheapest way to spend a weekend.

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Paul Maric

Paul Maric has been a freelance travel writer for the past seven years.Paul’s mainstay is freelance motoring journalism, where he has contributed content to major Australian and international publications.Travelling all over the world, Paul has had the chance to stay at some of the finest hotels, eat at the finest restaurants and visit some of the most amazing locations.