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Spitbank Fort - Luxury Floating Retreat

By: on September 27, 2013
$560 - $12,850
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If the UK's Spitbank Fort didn't look and sound like post-apocalyptic luxury at its finest to begin with, its location in The Solent, a major shipping route along the Isle of Wight, should cement the status. The Solent? Is that Beyond the Wall? Somewhere within Panem's District 13? Doesn't really come across as my dream vacation destination at first glance. However, upon further perusal of one of its pimped out floating retreats, if going to The Solent meant a stay at Spitbank Fort, I'd be in there like swimwear.

Spitbank was originally constructed in the late 19th century for governmental and military use. After suffering damage during WWII, the fort was allowed to fall into continued disarray until its purchase and rehab by a private entity years later. Today, its 8 bedrooms and extensive subsurface entertainment areas serve as a posh destination for British weekenders, company events, and grand celebrations counting down to the End of Days. With boats and helicopters departing from Gosport--about a 2-hour drive from Central London--groups can rent the entire fort on a per-night basis, or individuals can pay per person to stay overnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

For obvious reasons, a trip to Spitbank includes all meals and activities, such as dining in the full-service restaurant, getting sloshed in a meandering bar/lounge, or going home even broker than you were from paying the fort's fees in the island's poker room. Recovery from the food, booze, and financial ruin occurs on, from the looks of it, a bitchin' Astroturf deck.

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