From the north facing sailing centres of Cowes, Yarmouth and Seaview to sheltered southerly resorts such as Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown the island is definitely worth a visit and our list of the best places to stay in the Isle of Wight should inspire you to call a friendly guru and book your break.
The Isle of Wight is a sheer delight. It is carpeted with a diverse countryside, part dramatic, part gentle, and has a quirky charm all its own.
The George Hotel in Yarmouth is one of the best places to stay on the Isle of Wight. This family friendly Georgian property with a huge sun terrace overlooking the Solent has superb period features inside including a17th century panelled hall and bedrooms with crooked wooden floors.
The best bedrooms have private decks. Guests can eat and drink on the terrace when the weather permits and take in the huge sea and sky view.
The suntrap garden is a perfect spot for a very long lunch or if you don't quite make lunch this charmingly accomodating hotel serves breakfast at any time of day.
Beach huts and ice cream stalls, crab shacks and oddball cafes, pretty villages, harbours full of bobbing boats, thatched cottages, cosy pubs, rivers, cliffs and gentle cycleways along disused railway lines: simple, timeless pleasures.
The island is hugely popular and this is reflected in the increasing number of great places to stay on the Isle of Wight .
Seaview, The Isle of Wight
An eccentric family run hotel in a fabulous setting - the 1930s with a ‘60s twist. Forget en suite bathrooms, but for families wanting a very relaxed seaside atmosphere at reasonable rates, with lots of friends to make, it's an experience. The antithesis of boutique.
Gurnard, The Isle of Wight
Top quality food with Solent seaviews to match - a delightful and stylish b+b close to Cowes and popular with sailors. Just three bright, seaside chic, minimalist bedrooms, one with a private terrace. A lawn overlooks the sea. Delightful.
Yarmouth, The Isle of Wight
Handsome, relaxed Georgian hotel in charming Yarmouth with great Solent views. Popular food, lovely bedrooms, some with antique panelling and private decks. Family friendly, a great base for sailing or exploring the Island.
Seaview, The Isle of Wight
Friendly, stylish hub in the centre of charming Seaview, popular with locals. Boasting a busy terrace, two restaurants and a mix contemporary or chintzy bedrooms in various sizes, some with views. Great base for sailing or local exploring, 50 yards from the sea.
Ventnor, The Isle of Wight
An enchanting clifftop villa with spectacular seaviews, in charming Ventnor. Lovely light and modern bedrooms with pampering bathrooms. Nearly all bedrooms have views, some with balconies.The fine dining restaurant uses local produce and experimental cooking. A chic stay.
The Isle of Wight
Stylish guesthouse in a charming thatched Georgian villa, overlooking Ventnor and the sea. Rooms are all white, with designer furniture and abstract art abound. Groups and families can also stay in the stables apartment adjacent to the house. A tranquil place to stay, with wooded gardens.