Ahoy mateys – a second Solent Fort due to open

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    No Man’s Fort; a man-made island in the middle of the Solent, will open its doors in November after undergoing an extensive renovation. One of three forts owned by AmaZing Venues, the location will be bookable for overnight stays, corporate events and meetings from 10 November 2014.Built between 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth from Napoleon III, No Man’s Fort is the smaller sister venue to Spitbank Fort which has been open since 2012.

    The new fort will be able to host larger events; catering for 200 people and have 22 bedrooms. The exciting developments include two helicopter pads, a nightclub, laser tag, games rooms, snooker room, meeting space, rooftop hot-pool, lighthouse, gallery restaurant, wine bar and spa facilities with signature sea salt treatments where the salt is sourced from just five metres away.

    Launching in time for the festive season, No Man’s Fort will have a special party night package called Fort Du Soleil which costs £150 per person* and starts with a boat ride out from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth to fort at 6pm. After a welcome drink surrounded by acrobatic performers, partygoers will enjoy a four-course dinner followed by music and dancing in the Cabaret Bar. Revellers can roam the fort, using the games room, pool room and golf simulators throughout the evening. A special vodka luge and fire pit with rum hot chocolate and marshmallows will be open for guests before a midnight departure back to the mainland.

    For those who are looking for more of a relaxed affair, No Man’s Fort will be offering a Sunday lunch experience with a difference. The Rule Britannia Banquet costs just £99 per person and includes collection from Gunwharf Quays at 11:15am and a boat ride to the fort with a welcome glass of bubbly. Delicious canapés will circulate as guests explore their new surroundings and lunch will be served at 2pm. A three-course beef banquet will include patriotic touches and musical accompaniment before the boat will be readied for a 5pm departure back to Portsmouth.

    The fort will be accessible by boat, as well as by helicopter and overnight stays can be added to either the Fort Du Soleil or Rule Britannia Banquet packages from £150 per person, based on two sharing, which includes breakfast the following day and a return transfer to Gunwharf Quays by boat.

    No Man’s Fort has everything for the ultimate getaway and those looking to stay a little longer on the fort can indulge in fishing, spa treatments and relaxing in the hot pool.

    Daniel Fountain / 06.09.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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