Launches and Openings

The Relais Cooden Beach launches ‘sparkling’ Sussex beach front experience – ‘Retreat on the Beach with Rathfinny’

  • 5 July 2023

The Relais Cooden

A sparkling summer season awaits at The Relais Cooden Beach, East Sussex’s most stylish beachfront resort, with the launch of ‘Retreat on the Beach with Rathfinny’. The beachfront hotel invites guests to enjoy the summer season on the Sussex shores, whilst indulging in Rathfinny’s finest sparkling vintages served on the private beach, lawn and terrace overlooking the sea. 

On Saturdays, from 8th July, a DJ will play laid back tunes, whilst on Sundays, wellbeing experiences including yoga and Chi Gong will be available as well as new spa treatments from the beachfront Pergola or Sea Cottage. A summer menu featuring locally sourced seafood and seasonal favourites complements the wines served by Rathfinny. 

Retreat on the Beach sets a new tone for relaxed beachside living; from the hotel’s private seafront, guests can select either a seafront sun lounger or vintage deck-chair on the lawn to spend the day lazing under summer skies. 

Served from silver ice buckets and kept cool under the shade of branded parasols, the sparkling wines from Rathfinny put the ‘sparkling’ in this seafront experience. Available by the bottle or glass is the Rathfinny Classic Cuvée 2018, which has a distinctive buttermilk golden hue and notes of ginger, white plum, and lemon and the Rathfinny Rosé Brut 2018, a pale pink Rosé with notes of Seville orange cream, peach, and wild strawberry; beautifully showcasing the increased presence of Pinot Noir within the blend. 

Grace Leo, owner-operator of The Relais Cooden Beach, says, “Retreat on the Beach with Rathfinny encapsulates the essence of stylish beachfront living. As we enter our first full summer season following our redesign, we wanted to elevate our beach front experience and we couldn’t think of a better local partner to come on board who shares our passion for celebrating the area’s heritage and quality produce. We have always had a sparkling coastline – now we have the wines to match.”

Richard James, representative of Rathfinny agreed, “We are thrilled to be able to showcase our award-winning sparkling wines at The Relais Cooden Beach. This collaboration allows us to share our passion and storytelling for producing exceptional English sparkling wine with discerning guests and we look forward to being a part of their memorable stay by the sea.”

The crisp and refreshing wines are the ideal complement to a new all-day bar and terrace menu full of locally sourced seafood specials and fresh seasonal favourites. This new menu includes The Rally’s Smoked Seafood and Charcuterie Boards for sharing, The Relais Fruits de Mer salad, Steamed Thai Mussels, Trio of Crab Cakes, and Baked Lemon Sole. To add a touch of seaside nostalgia to the occasion, guests can indulge in an ice cream from the hotel’s very own blue and white-striped vintage ice cream van. 

Embracing the restorative qualities of the sea air, Retreat on the Beach also opens its spa pergola for alfresco treatments, which can be booked in advance or on the day subject to availability and offers a host of therapies such as the Lava Shell Massage. This therapy uses heated Tiger Clam shells as a massage tool with aromatherapy oils, great for soothing aches and pains and water retention. 

The Relais Cooden Beach offers 45 stylish bedrooms, including five new spacious veranda suites, with bright and beachy interiors in either shades of English Channel Blue or the sun-kissed tones of Persimmon.

Enquiries for Retreat on the Beach with Rathfinny at The Relais Cooden Beach can be made by contacting the hotel directly on or calling +44 (0) 1424 842281. Room rates start from £280 for a sea view double room including breakfast for two people. For all further information visit: