The Best Holiday Apartments in Bournemouth

On a clear day, see if you can spot The Needles in the distance
On a clear day, see if you can spot The Needles in the distance | © Joshua Harvey / Unsplash
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17 December 2020

Located in the picturesque county of Dorset, this idyllic seaside town on England’s south coast has been a holiday hotspot for over a hundred years. There’s glorious seaside fun – a pier, arcades, quaint beach huts and coast-skimming gardens – and a surprisingly trendy pocket of California-inspired surf culture. Bournemouth also has some great self-contained apartments – and we’ve found the best of the bunch.

The Coach House

Once a dance school, this gorgeous white house was converted by Madelaine and Karl to realise their life-long dream of living by the sea. The couple live next door and are on-call for guests staying in their four comfortable and bright apartments, which range in size and share a patio. It’s a 10-minute walk to beaches and the city centre.
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Sea Road Apartments

Want an unfussy launchpad for your exploration of Bournemouth? This basic bolthole will serve you well. The kitchen is equipped for cooking a big dinner party and there’s a comfy living area and private bathroom. The real draw of this apartment is the location, everything from the beach with its water-sports schools, to the city centre and live performances at the Shelley Theatre are easy to reach from here.
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Beach Retreats, Southborne

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Beach Retreat is, you guessed it, a simple two-bed ground floor apartment in a quiet residential pocket of town. It’s a 10-minute walk from the beach and close to a pub and a shop. Bournemouth and its restaurants, cafes, pubs and theatres are a short drive away. Everything you need to make this your ideal base is here. Bed linen and towels are provided and a travel cot and high chair can be on request.

Chine Gardens Apartment

The best thing about an apartment? You get home comforts and you can come and go as you please. This modern roomy two-bed apartment will have you feeling like a local as you get out to try fishing, hiking or just mooch around the city. Boscombe Chine Gardens are just across the road with a cafe, mini golf and a path leading to Boscombe beach.
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Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments Alum Chine

Combine the comforts of a hotel with the freedom of an apartment, why don’t you. The Riviera Holiday Apartments sleep up to seven people with a minimum two-night stay. Take advantage of the hotel bar, restaurant and gym. The Coast Spa is a luxurious calming space with a Jacuzzi, sauna and heated indoor and outdoor pools.
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Breakfast available (surcharge)
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24-hour front desk
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Bar/lounge

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  • The Annexe

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    Aptly named, this one-bed flat is adjoined to the owner’s house, based near Poole in Dorset. It’s a cosy nook perfect for a couple and comes fitted with a kitchenette, shower and an open plan dining and living area plus a furnished patio. It’s a couple of miles away from Bournemouth city centre on a beautiful part of the south coast. The owner is next door if you need anything.

    Stunning Contemporary Apartment

    What holiday stay is complete without a widescreen smart TV and a gigantic corner sofa? It makes this immaculate ground-floor apartment perfect for curling up after a day exploring Dorset. The Nespresso machine will get you revved up in the morning and the garden views are soothing. Bed linen is provided and one of the two bedrooms is ensuite with a king-size bed.
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    These recommendations were updated on December 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.