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Reviewed on 5 Oct 2018
Tucked away in the peaceful Solent, just a few miles south of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight is in the ideal spot for a warm and relaxing holiday. While the rolling hills inland provide some spectacular scenes, the island's most beautiful spots are undoubtedly on the coast. With pristine beaches and excellent swimming, the island attracts a good number of visitors each year. What's more, there are ample beach hotels to choose from across the island.
The coastline in the west of the island is home to one of the country's most iconic seaside scenes - the Needles headland and Tennyson Down. It's not only the rock formations and the views that are impressive, though. There are also some excellent beaches in the west.
The multi-coloured sand and cliffs of Alum Bay are a popular attraction. On the south side of the Needles, visitors can find the iconic Freshwater Bay, which is also home to some of the best views of any hotels on the Isle of Wight.
The south side of the island is home to some of the most dramatic coastline, and some of the best beach hotels too. Chale Bay Farm offers a peaceful environment, perfect for unwinding while taking in the views out over the English Channel.
Most of the hotels in the south are further round towards Ventnor and Sandown. Ventnor is a picturesque Victorian resort built into the hillside. In addition to a smattering of exquisite guesthouses and B&Bs, the town offers a lively seafront promenade and an impressive selection of places to eat and drink.
The coastline in the north and east of the Isle of Wight is largely given over to yachting, but there are still some excellent beaches to be found, many of which can offer some respite from summer crowds.
East Cowes offers a gentle, sandy beach with views out over the Solent. One of the real secret gems of the island, though, lies on the south side of Bembridge. Situated on the very eastern tip of the island, this near-tropical bay offers panoramic views out to the forts of the Solent and the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth.