We've rounded up five different ways to relax when you visit the Isle, from beautiful vineyards to meeting fluffy Alpacas!
The Isle of Wight has been the go-to destination for relaxing and taking a leisurely break since before Victorian times. In fact, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert gave it their seal of approval by building a summer hideaway here, while poets Tennyson and Swinburne found inspiration for their writing in the calm, quiet landscapes.
With 57 miles of gorgeous coastline, a leggy 500 miles of walking routes, and the space to truly switch off and enjoy fields, forests, chalk downs and sea views, it’s easy to see why the island’s pull is as strong now as it’s ever been.
Five ways to relax on the Isle of Wight
1. Adgestone Vineyard has some of the oldest wine cellars in England and offers grape to glass experiences, all in a beautiful countryside setting. One-hour tours take in the 10-acre vineyard and a lesson in viticulture, finishing with a wine-tasting session.
2. Walk the Wight Earl Mountbatten’s Walk the Wight began 29 years ago to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Now, it attracts thousands of people and has become the largest sponsored event of its kind in Europe. Four routes suit all ages and abilities, from the 26-mile Bembridge to Alum Bay walk to eight-mile flat trails.
3. Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre at Ryde is home to more than 55 birds, alongside a reptile and insect house. It offers group and one-to-one talks and handling sessions with owls, hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures, with the emphasis very much on a hands-on experience.
4. West Wight Alpacas and Llamas is a stud farm set in pretty countryside in Wellow. It’s open for leisurely strolls around the farm and meets and greets, including trekking, with the herd of alpacas and woolly llamas.
5. Steephill Cove, just below Ventnor on the sunny south coast, is one of the Isle of Wight’s hidden gems. Access is only on foot and there’s not a slot machine or car in sight. The unspoilt cove is as traditional as it gets with rock pools, a shingle and sand beach, and fishermen bringing in their catch of fresh lobster and crab. Try them at the Boathouse Restaurant and Crab Shed by the water.
Spa breaks on the Isle of Wight
The great outdoors is always within arm’s length during any holiday on the island. Even so, it’s no stranger to indoor feel-good relaxation.
Spa breaks on the Isle of Wight are mostly located towards the west. Luxury hotels in Ryde, Bembridge and Sandown, for example, offer getaways that allow you to put the brakes on. The focus is on relaxing in warm pools and steam rooms, and keeping it calm with face and body treatments.
At Bembridge Coast Hotel, there’s a heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and tropicarium. Beauty treats at the Salon Spa include lavender and rosehip oil treatments, Indian head massages and reflexology for both mind and body.
At Warner’s other island hotel, Norton Grange Coastal Village, spa days can revolve around the bubble pool and sauna, maybe even include an aqua aerobics class in the pool, with still time to book some face and body pampering.
Enjoy great service while staying on the Isle of Wight
For decades, the island has been welcoming visitors by the bucket (and spade) load. Many people are drawn to the place because of its warm, friendly atmosphere but it’s also down to the five-star service they’ve come to expect in hotels across the Isle of Wight.
From boutique hotels to adult-only retreats, the quality of rooms and food is consistently high. Some hotels put on live music and shows in the evenings, and drinks-inclusive breaks on the Isle of Wight are also popular.
Luxury rooms for your Isle of Wight break
Whether you’re planning a short break or keen to make a longer holiday of it, the island always extends a warm welcome. For such a small place, there’s a formidable choice of hotels and luxury breaks on the Isle of Wight. Maybe your preference is a little bolthole in the heart of the countryside. Or perhaps you’d prefer a sea view and the beach at your feet.
Warner Leisure Hotels is the proud owner of two properties on the Isle of Wight. Bembridge Coast Hotel sits on the east side of the island close to the village of Bembridge and just a short stroll across the lawns to a pebble and sand beach. There are few hotels on the Isle of Wight that can offer a finer setting or more stunning views of the Solent, the reason why perhaps it was a favourite of the late Queen Mother during Cowes Week.
Rooms at the hotel range from lovely Garden Suites with home-from-home comforts to Royal Rooms with feature beds and lots of luxurious extras. The sea-facing balconied rooms are perfect for sunset watching.
Norton Grange Coastal Village is on the Isle of Wight’s west coast, a convenient three-minute drive from the ferry port at Yarmouth. It’s one of Warner’s charming villages, with fresh seaside chalets providing peaceful spaces after a busy day exploring or simply relaxing on the terrace.
You can learn more about the luxury rooms at Warner Leisure Hotels here.
Fine dining on the Isle of Wight
The island’s mild climate – it’s officially one of the sunniest places in the UK – is perfect for growing a huge range of produce, just as good too for making wine with one of the largest producers of English wine headquartered in Ryde. Whether it’s an Isle of Wight restaurant in Newport, a pub or tea room in Shanklin, or one of the many beachside cafes dotting the coast, they all take advantage of local, homegrown ingredients. Best of all, the food is usually delivered from the plot straight to the plate.
Take a look at the menus to see what wonderful food is on offer at Norton Grange and Bembridge Coast hotels here.
Relax with local food and drink on the Isle of Wight
We’ve done the hard work for you and earmarked some of the best places and events to discover the tasty side of the Isle of Wight. A must for foodies..
The Spyglass Inn
This is one of the island’s most iconic pubs. The water’s edge setting, looking over Ventnor’s south coast is a massive draw, as are the live music nights. But it’s the seafood that’s the talk of the town. Fresh crab and lobster are delivered straight to the door from Ventnor Haven Fishery.
Isle of Wight Pearl
The store focuses on the views as much as the jewels. It houses a unique collection of pearl jewellery from established designers, but also has a café for relaxing with tasty treats and amazing views across the English Channel.
Newport Ale House
The ale house, located in Newport, is the Isle of Wight’s smallest pub and prides itself on its friendliness and intimacy. Here, it’s all about good old-fashioned chat and a passion for real ale direct from the barrel, along with live music and locally sourced pies.
It’s easy to see why Bembridge village has been shortlisted as Village of the Year in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019. The wonderful coastal setting plays its part in the nomination, but community spirit’s the thing here too, helped by a fantastic range of cafés and restaurants. You can expect locally sourced produce and just-caught fish at places like The Crab & Lobster Inn and The Best Dressed Crab.