Winter is the perfect time to get away from it all and take a well-earned break with a loved one or friends.

A grown-up getaway can be whatever you want it to be on the Isle of Wight. The Island is packed full of culture, history and foodie treats to experience away from the nip of Jack Frost. And, if you want to slow it down there’s plenty of places for a pamper, too.

It’s time to discover the Isle of Wight’s great indoors, here are lots of cosy ideas to cross off your bucket list.

Eat your way around the Island

Where do we start? The Island has fantastic local produce and lots of great places to eat and drink. Here are a couple of places to start your foodie adventure.

All aboard for lunch at award winning Off the Rails in Yarmouth, a restaurant that’s in a converted railway station. It’s a fantastic location, very Instagram friendly, and we’ve heard the Sunday roast is a real winter warmer.

Afternoon tea at The Needles Old Battery has just won an award and it’s a great way to tie in one of the Island’s biggest attractions with a tasty treat.

If you want to pick up a few gifts to take home or have a sweet tooth, stop by the idyllic Chocolate Island in Godshill. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see the chocolatiers at work in the studio.

For other great local foodie places take a look at our blog called ‘Quirky places to eat of the Isle of Wight’.

Top spot for a tipple

Soak up some true Island spirit with a drink at The Isle of Wight Distillery at the recently opened Mermaid Bar. It offers views into the distillery, so you can sit and watch the stills in action.

Our favourite is the hand-made, small batch Mermaid Gin that’s made with 10 botanicals and locally foraged rock samphire and elderflower. It makes a very smooth, delicious gin and tonic and is a rather wonderful addition to any Island visit.

Discover a rich royal history

Marvel at Osborne, Queen Victoria’s home, which has become a real-life movie set hosting Hollywood royalty Dame Judy Dench in the recent film Victoria and Abdul.

Transport yourself to a different world and feel a real sense of history and opulence in the state rooms. The estate shows you many aspects of Royal life including a glimpse into the private life of Victoria and Albert with access to the family rooms.

Exhibitions and shows

Keep out of the cold by visiting some of the latest art and museum exhibitions at Dimbola in Freshwater Bay or book tickets to a show or some comedy at Quay Arts in Newport.

If these don’t tickle your fancy, lots of other things to do can be found on our attractions page.

Put your feet up

It’s easy to combine a spa break and stay and there’s lots of options all over the Island.

The Cabin is a coastal spa and offers two luxury apartments with stunning views of the English Channel. Wake up to scenic views of Ventnor beach and book treatments at the spa for an ultimate day of relaxation.

You may not know that the Isle of Wight is the home of Liz Earle. The famous beauty brand has created a new experience called the House of Liz Earle which offers short stays and is next to the Island Wellness Spa at The West Bay Country Club and Spa, Yarmouth. This hideaway really is a home from home with a philosophy focused around wellness with the added bonus of being nestled by the spa.

Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat near Ryde offers luxury lodges and treehouses surrounded by beautiful woodland and access to a shingle beach. Woodside Spa is secluded and serene, the perfect place to unwind.

An Instagram-worthy staycation

From the quaint to the quirky, there’s accommodation for all kinds of budgets and many will also let you bring your pooch so they can join you on your break.

Tiny Homes Holidays is a boutique retreat with unique cabins that wouldn’t look out of place on a top travel blogger’s Instagram feed.

These miniature homes are next to Parkhurst Forest in Newport and offer peaceful self-catering stays. There’s also an onsite studio offering all kinds of activities that you can book including wellness and craft sessions.

The Garlic Farm in Newchurch is a treat for avid foodies who are also looking for an overnight stay. It’s already a firm favourite on the tourist trail but, it has also introduced picturesque self-catering cottages and yurts.

There are some truly unique places to stay on the Island and one that even offers a glamping experience in a helicopter! Windmill Campersite in Carisbrooke has created some quirky places to rest your head and will create some fantastic memories from your visit.

For other types of accommodation take a look at our blog called Five unique grown up places to stay on the Isle of Wight’.

Shut out the cold at one of these winter hotspots and retreat from it all on the Isle of Wight.

We are your link to reconnecting, relaxing and discovering the great indoors – book your break today!


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