Virtual Tour

Wednesday 24th February, 2015

by Alistair, Hotel Aqua

Check out our new virtual tour.  We’ve put it together in conjunction with local Google photographer Luke Woods and Italian developers Tourmake.  This means that in addition to immersive panoramic images of the Hotel Aqua, we’ve been able to apply our brand and overlay descriptions about our services.  Lots of people know we’re a hotel because the clue is in the name.  But now everyone can take a spin around the whole building and see our cafe, bar and function room, without having to look up from their PC, tablet or smartphone.

Aerial Footage of Portland 

Monday 23rd February, 2015

by Alistair, Hotel Aqua

Portland is famous for it’s rugged beauty, a fact born out by the many artists and photographers who come here each year to interpret it’s dramatic landscape.

But if watercolours and pastels are old hat, and digital cameras passé, how about using an unmanned drone to really capture it?  Mass-manufacturing and accelerated advancements in tech specs, means this piece of classic spy technology is now in reach of of average earners, and they’re proving very popular.  

Check out this footage and let us know what you think over @TheAquaPortland


One Part Human, One Part Quality Street

Wednesday, 7th January 2015

by Alistair, Hotel Aqua

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Hotel Aqua’s first blog post!  Like many of you we made our own resolutions for 2015 so throughout the year we’ll be bringing you thoughts and ideas for how to make the most of your visit Portland.  Being ‘Banuary’ we’ve chosen to focus getting active so read on to find out more.  

 imagesIf Christmas has left you feeling one part human, one part Quality Street, you’ll be thinking about getting up and out in 2015.

The island of Portland in Dorset is a top location for outdoor adventure on the South Coast, and has loads to offer anyone who loves a challenge – especially those carrying a few extra pounds. Whatever your passion and whatever your level, we’ve got something to help raise the pulse.

As January is the perfect time to be setting yourself goals and thinking about your spring milestones here is some inspiration to get you thinking – and moving!

Tuesdays, 6.30pm, Royal Manor of Portland Athletics Club
Get in shape with this friendly group of locals who meet at the YMCA each Tuesday evening. All abilities welcome. For more details:

15 Feb, Portland Coastal Marathondownload
Cap that romantic weekend break or make marriage proposal truly memorable with a stunning coastal trail run! You can take in the famous scenery over three distances; full or half-marathon, or a 10k. Entry:

28 Feb, Tuff-Enuff Portland Breakout
This hostile and shouty assault course is designed to push you to your limits. Opt for a 5k or a 12k option. The organisers describe the event as ‘… fiendishly designed to push you to breaking point physically, mentally and psychologically and you’re in for an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.’ Painkillers optional.

12 April, Osprey Sprint Triathlon
If you want to really push yourself, why not try a tri? An indoor swim and scenic run and ride make this a great event for beginners and a great start to the season for the more experienced. Entry:

13 Feb, Portland Cliffs and Quarries
Led by the very knowledgeable and spry Bob Ford, this walk explores the geology, wildlife and history of Portland, while offering you some great views and a chance to stretch your legs over 90 minutes. For more details: 

And don’t worry if guided walks are not you thing. Portland has plenty of tracks and paths, and is small enough that you’re never too far from civilisation. This makes it a great place for exploring and mini-adventures. For ideas visit:

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Tuesdays and Sundays: Group Cycle Rides
Local bike and coffee shop Cycleccino run group rides 2+ times a week. Road and MTB runs, and something for all levels. Check-out their Facebook page for more details and to get involved:

If you prefer to take your dose of endorphins inside, the Osprey Centre and YMCA both offer traditional gym and fitness programmes.
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For climbers or water-sports enthusiasts frustrated at not being able to get outside, why not work on your fitness with SUPerFit? Indoor climbing and regular Kettle Bell Hell sessions will burn of that Christmas pudding and put you in peak condition. For details:

For a diary of activities on Portland join up at