The Isle of Wight is a holiday destination of superlatives. Home to the country's most beautiful beaches, most dramatic views and broadest range of attractions, it's not hard to see why this little island off the south coast of Hampshire is so popular with tourists. Setting the standard so high, it's fitting that visitors should seek out somewhere special to stay while they're on the island. Fortunately, the Isle of Wight boasts a spectacular spread of four star hotels.
4 Star Hotels with Pools
Whether you're looking to stay fit during your break or just let your hair down and relax, a pool is high up on the list of priorities for many travellers. While the island's beaches provide a hefty number of excellent swimming spots, they're not quite so inviting in the winter months! Hotel swimming pools promise the chance to kick back and enjoy some backstroke no matter what the weather's up to.
Unwind in the Peaceful West
The eastern tip of the Isle of Wight is undoubtedly the most peaceful part of the island. Thanks largely to its dynamic coastline and spectacular views, the area is particularly popular with walkers. The number one attraction in the west is the iconic Needles, which jut out from the very tip of the island. Other local attractions include the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay and the panoramic views of Tennyson Down.
The Freshwater Bay House Hotel is located beside Tennyson Down. The four star property overlooks Freshwater Bay - a pleasant spot for families seeking some summer sun and a safe place to swim. There's an outdoor pool for those who don't want to brave the ocean. Free WiFi is also available throughout the hotel.
Bed and Breakfasts in Cowes
Cowes is one of the most vibrant towns on the Isle of Wight. Particularly in the summer months, when keen sailors flock in from the pontoons, the town is buzzing with life. In addition to a range of independent shops and cafés and a pretty waterfront vista, the town is home to a number of excellent bed and breakfasts, and some of the best hotels on the Isle of Wight.
Mimosa Lodge B&B is set in half an acre of peaceful gardens, set a little way back from the lively centre of Cowes. The pretty garden and conservatory are a relaxing setting in the mornings, before you take the gentle stroll into town.
Head for the Beach
No matter how impressive the facilities at your four star hotel may be, guests will at some point be itching to get out and explore the island's many first-class beaches. It can be worth speaking to your hosts about which ones are best to visit and when, depending on your location and the time of year. The west offers some gorgeous rock formations, while the east's beaches are more family-friendly and sheltered.