LUXURY beach 'lodges' kitted out with central heating, hot showers and double beds will be open to the public this spring.

The huts have been craned into place at Manor Steps near Boscombe this week.

The row of 15 eco-friendly lodges - similar in appearance to the huts at Mudeford - can sleep four adults and two children.

Each feature fully-equipped galley kitchens, including an electric cooker and a microwave, as well as a living area and decking.

The main lounge has sofa beds which sleep four people, a dining table, storage units and a radiator.

Workers started installing the huts on Monday.

Now images showing what it's like inside the buildings have been released.

Each have their own hot shower, toilet and kitchen.

They can be rented out at £625 for a three-day weekend or four-day midweek break.

Bournemouth council has spent £1.75million on the project as part of the 'seafront strategy'.

Councillor Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth cabinet member for tourism, leisure and the arts, said the huts will be an "innovation" for Bournemouth.

“We’re over the moon about them," he said.

Improved toilet facilities are already in place at Manor Steps, while a new refreshment kiosk and a small manned beach office will also be built at the site.

New solar-powered lighting bollards have also been installed along the zig-zag path which leads to the beach from Boscombe Overcliff Drive.

It is hoped that the huts will attract more families to the area.

More than 30 smaller day huts have been moved to make way for the new builds, which measure 11ft by 15ft and feature a mezzanine level with a double bed.

The buildings were designed by beach hut specialists Ecologic Developments.

Designers from the Christchurch-based company also make bespoke huts for clients at Mudeford, where the cabins sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds.