Sheltering beneath Portland’s Jurassic coast, the Aqua Hotel looks east across the whole of Portland Harbour – a feat of Victorian engineering built out of Portland stone to form a strong naval base of defence against France . The hotel is almost adjacent to Portland Castle, one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts used right up to the D-Day landings. To the West, at a brief walking distance, is the famous Chesil beach, 16 miles of pebble and sand formed over thousands of years bordering on the famous Portland Rocks — stunning natural features and an attraction to divers, anglers, birdwatchers, windsurfers, walkers, climbers, geologists and any outdoor enthusiast.