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The Isle of Wight is situated in the English Channel, just five miles off the south coast of England and is separated from the mainland by a strait called the Solent. Regular ferries run to and from the mainland to various locations, making the Isle of Wiight easily accessible.

Isle of Wight
Known for its natural beauty, it has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

Predominantly a rural landscape with 92km of dramatic coastlines, the Isle of Wight is dominated by the famous chalk ridges that run across the island and end at The Needles stacks, which is quite possibly the most famous point on the island. These rocky cliffs are home to some of the richest dinosaur fossils in Europe. 

Newport is in the centre of the island and is the main shopping area; it was once a busy port and is now mainly centred on socialising. Head to Ryde, the island’s largest town, with its 800m long pier and 6km of beaches, making it ideal for tourists.

Cowes is a popular sailing centre, and Shanklin has amazing sandy beaches and the popular old village. The seaside resort of Samdown is home to one of the island’s 18 hole golf courses, as well as the Isle of Wight Zoo and the amazing Dinosaur Museum. 

The Isle of Wight has 13 award winning beaches including three blue flag beaches spanning all coasts of the island, with the majority in the north and west, and makes the ideal day out enjoying the peace and quiet or having a fun family outing. 

For a touch of culture you’ll find lots of festivals including the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival, the Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival that is a rock music event revived in 2002 and now takes place every year.

Isle of Wight hotels selected by eGuide

The Parkbury Hotel
The Parkbury Hotel

Set in quiet gardens, 10 minutes’ walk from Sandown's seafront and the High Street, this fine Georgian building has a themed interior based on ocean travel and the RMS Aquitania. All the rooms at The Parkbury Hotel are nicely decorated and have an en suite bathroom. Guests can also enjoy tea and coffee making facilities in their room. The hotel features an appealing restaurant, as well as the Aquitania Lounge Bar, with regular evening entertainment, separate comfortable lounge areas and a games room.
Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa
Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa

By a 20-acre lake, this 4-star hotel has an indulgent spa and free Wi-Fi. Lakeside Park Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the Isle of Wight. Enjoy fine dining at the sophisticated Oyster Room or have an informal meal at the Brasserie. Relax in the lounge, bar or terrace, overlooking the lake. Some of the luxurious rooms feature a flat-screen LCD TV and a four-poster bed. Lakeside has extensive leisure facilities including a swimming pool, a fragranced Experience shower, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room.
Sandpipers Sandpipers

Sandpipers Hotel is situated in Freshwater Bay, on the Isle of Wight, just 50 metres from the beach and close to the Tennyson walking trail. The newly refurbished bar areas sell a wide range of Real Ale and traditional ciders that can be enjoyed on the large, outdoor decked area. The Restaurant serves lunch and evening meals with a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes. The hotel's original rooms are situated in the Victorian part of the building, on the first and second floor. The new wing has a further 13 rooms, 10 of which are on the ground floor.
The Hartland Hotel
The Hartland Hotel

The Hartland Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, and an in-house health club featuring a gym and an indoor swimming pool. The beach is just a short walk away. All of the elegant en suite bedrooms have TVs and tea/coffee facilities. Some of the rooms have four-poster beds, and a full English breakfast is provided. The Hartland has a restaurant, a lounge bar and a room with a pool table. There is ample free parking on site. Shanklin’s Old Village and the town centre are within easy reach.
Yelf's Hotel Yelf's Hotel

In a popular part of Ryde, Yelf's Hotel is a former coaching inn with a restaurant, close to the hovercraft and ferry services to Portsmouth and Southsea. Yelf's Hotel is one of the oldest coaching inns on the Isle Of Wight. There is a comfortable bar and lounge area with a conservatory and patio. Newport and Cowes are both a 15-minute drive from Ryde, and Yelf's is a few minutes from the sea.


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