PLANS for a £20million redevelopment of a cliff top hotel in Bournemouth have been unveiled and include a rooftop restaurant and new spa.

The transformation of The Savoy Hotel on Bournemouth's Westcliff will see an extensive package of refurbishment, extension and new build works.

The hotel is described as being in an increasing state of disrepair and neglect.

It was bought by renowned UK hotelier and owner Nicolas Roach last year.

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Before it closed its doors, a year earlier, it was operating as a 'coaching inn hotel'.

Now, plans submitted to BCP Council reveal how the new owners want to transform the hotel into "an exciting new five star brand, which will become a distinctive luxury lifestyle destination in Bournemouth."

Proposals for the Victorian villa include:

  • 21 remodelled bedrooms
  • an indoor spa, fitness and wellness centre
  • rooftop restaurant and terrace
  • new outdoor swimming pool
  • garden restaurant with salt cave

The number of rooms at the 106-bedroom hotel will remain the same, the application says, but they will be remodelled along with eight 'cottage suites' in a former stable block building.

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A planning statement says the project will create a "significant new world-class hotel, which is missing in Bournemouth".

It adds: "A multimillion pound investment in the Savoy speaks volumes for the potential of Bournemouth as a tourism destination and a location to do business.

"It will help to raise the profile of the town and attract other inward investment.

"Bournemouth is lacking a five star offering and the proposed development would provide additional wellness facilities and restaurants (open to the public) as well as high end accommodation which would help to attract visitors to Bournemouth seeking a luxury offering."

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Heritage 'sensitivities' have been balanced against the opportunities for investment, the application states, and new jobs will be created within the hotel and during the construction works, if approved.

The rooftop restaurant and bar will have views out to the Purbecks.

Owner, Nicholas Roach built the Harbour Hotels group which has 15 hotels across the south of England.