Remote Island Hotel Breathes New Life Into Old Fort

PHOTO: No Mans Fort; a man-made island in the middle of the Solent, opened its doors last week after undergoing an extensive renovation. Anna Kunst/AmaZing Venues
No Man's Fort; a man-made island in the middle of the Solent, opened its doors last week after undergoing an extensive renovation.

The name -– No Man’s Fort -– certainly isn’t welcoming.

But the just-opened hotel on a man-made island in the middle of the Solent is taking guest reservations.

PHOTO: The second of the of three forts owned by AmaZing Venues, No Mans Fort is now taking bookings for day trips guests and overnight stays. Anna Kunst/AmaZing Venues
The second of the of three forts owned by AmaZing Venues, No Man's Fort is now taking bookings for day trips guests and overnight stays.

Located on the straight that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England, the hotel is accessible by boat via Portsmouth. It was built in 1867 to protect Portsmouth, according to its owners.

PHOTO: The fort was built sometime between 1867 and 1880. Anna Kunst/AmaZing Venues
The fort was built sometime between 1867 and 1880.
PHOTO: A stay includes return boat transfers from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Anna Kunst/AmaZing Venues
A stay includes return boat transfers from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

It’s the second in a series of three fort openings planned by AmaZing Venues. With 23 rooms, the hotel can accommodate not only overnight guests, but day visitors and events.

PHOTO: The new fort is able to host larger events. There is catering for 200 people and 23 bedrooms. Anna Kunst/AmaZing Venues
The new fort is able to host larger events. There is catering for 200 people and 23 bedrooms.

An overnight stay costs about $690 and includes breakfast. No Man’s Fort includes two helicopter pads, a nightclub, laser tag, games rooms, snooker room, meeting space, rooftop hot-pool, glass- floored lighthouse, gallery restaurant, wine bar and spa facilities.