AMAZON has teamed up with BCP Tourism to offer three ‘smart lodges’ at Bournemouth beachfront.

The trio of lodges are among the 24 new overnight beach huts at Manor Steps, between Boscombe Pier and Southbourne, which sleep up to four adults and two children each.

Running as a trial period throughout the summer, the three huts – which have been fitted with smart technology – will cost no more than usual.

Visitors will be able to switch on the kettle, operate a robot vacuum cleaner, play music, select television programmes, switch on lights and ask for numerous details on Bournemouth’s attractions and nightlife, all by issuing voice commands.

A project spokesman, who showed the Daily Echo around one of the lodges, said: “Amazon have set up a trial with three of the beach huts and converted them to smart.

“By smart we mean there are some devices in here which you control with your voice using an Echo Show 5.

“We have prompts dotted all around so when guests arrive they know exactly what they can ask. Also just for these lodges and just for Bournemouth we have set up some Alexa blueprints, which are blueprints you can control.

“You go online and type in a question and you will get a specific response with local Bournemouth knowledge.

“These are all set up, you won’t need to connect to anything when you arrive.”

The latest nine beach huts at Manor Steps were installed on site earlier this year.

This is the first upgrade to the properties since the first ones were installed in 2017.

Chris Saunders, head of operations at BCP Council, said: “We hope that residents involved in the trial will be even more inspired to explore and experience beautiful Bournemouth and our neighbours Christchurch and Poole.”

Prices range from £275 for a four-night, mid-week stay in March to £2,025 for a 10-night stay in August.

The beach lodges are nestled in cliffs just feet from the sand around half-a-mile east of Boscombe Pier.

They can be reached on foot or by using the seafront land train.