An escape to the Isle of Wight without the little ones. You’ve earned it. From rejuvenating spa hotels to quirky wood cabins, there are plenty of places to stay across the island, never more than a short journey from the rolling countryside, lively town sprawls, and immersive history.
With just two changes between London and the island’s Ryde Esplanade, car ferries between Portsmouth and Lymington, and a streamlined public transport system covering the island, spending time on the island is simple.
Here are our top five picks for hotels on the Isle of Wight for your next relaxing break.
1) The luxury of Lakeside Park Hotel
Ryde’s Lakeside Park Hotel is the Isle of Wight’s very own four-star hotel. It’s stylish, modern, and overlooks a stunning picturesque lake. Their brasserie offers delicious seasonal local produce.
The hotel also boasts the best spa on the island, with health and beauty treatments, a tranquil relaxation room, massages, reflexology, and hydrotherapy. If you’re staying at Lakeside Park Hotel, you get 10% off all treatments.
The 20-acre lake beside the hotel is bordered by 17 acres of countryside between Ryde and Newport, so it’s ideally-sited for calm walks, adventurous hikes, trips to shops and eateries, and strolls along the beach.
2) See the sea view at Seaview
With a restaurant that’s been described as “a class act” by The Times and a varied selection of accommodation which includes an old Lloyd’s Bank which was once voted the prettiest bank in England, The Seaview Hotel is an enchantingly unique place to stay.
The Seaview also houses The Pump Bar — a traditional pub decorated with seafaring knickknacks and paraphernalia — and The Naval Mess, which boasts a terrace and one of the largest private collections of naval pictures, photographs, and artefacts on the Isle of Wight.
Given that you can book seven nights at The Seaview Hotel for the price of five, there’s never been a better time to take a week off beside the sea.
3) Boutique glamping at Tom’s Eco Lodge
Get closer to the great outdoors with a stay at Tom’s Eco Lodge on Tapnell Farm, where you can choose between five beautiful safari tents, two wood cabins, and two pods. There are stunning sea views, sandy beaches, loads of space to roam, and an all-round sense of adventure.
It’s a quirky, unique place for a stopover, and the staff at Tapnell Farm are always excited to share their knowledge of and passion for the countryside.
The creatively-designed pods, pictured above, offer cast stunning landscape views from the front deck. They face west, so you’ll be in the prime spot to witness breathtaking red-sky sunsets.
4) Calmness of the cove at The Cabin
Ventnor has a long history of being a spa town, thanks to its mild climate and pure sea air. This legacy lends itself to The Cabin’s relaxing aura — it’s the ideal place to stay if you’re seeking out health-boosting holistic treatments, using organic products.
The Cabin, sited next to the sea on the western end of Ventnor Esplanade, has two indulgent treatment rooms: one at beach level, and one with loftier sea views.
Plus, there’s plenty to see and do in Ventnor! The Botanical Gardens boast many rare sub-tropical species, Steephill Cove is an idyllic hidden beach where you can spot the stars, and activities range from golf and cricket to lighthouse-seeking and dinosaur-hunting!
5) Home Sweet Holmwood
A classic seaside hotel housed in a 19th-century building, seconds from the beach, and a quick journey away from historic attractions like Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House.
Individually-decorated rooms range from traditional to relaxed, and are kitted out with TVs, desks, coffeemakers, and free WiFi. The hotel boasts a bar and a nautically-inspired restaurant for English and international cuisines, with a veranda offering stunning sea views.
Cowes’ quaint intimate shopping streets, sailing legacy, and cute cultural spots like Trinity Theatre make for a perfect entry point for exploring the Isle of Wight.
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