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From the time we arrived to the time we left, Andy and Jo's hospitality was first class. Welcoming, inviting, friendly and warm. The room was spacious and contained all the facility's you would expect of a high end accommodation. Really first class and on our list for a re-visit.
The Isle of Wight is a truly unique holiday destination. Sitting just off the south coast of England, the island enjoys spectacular landscapes and some of the country's best weather. With so many fascinating and entertaining attractions dotted around the island, the only thing that remains for prospective visitors is to book somewhere special to stay. The small number of boutique hotels on the island really capture its soul.
Boutique hotels are small and intimate places that offer guests something unique and special. In addition to a personalised stay, guests can expect friendly and engaging hosts and a smattering of impressive facilities.
Priory Bay Hotel in the small and picturesque village of Seaview is an excellent example of a boutique hotel. The traditional hotel promises an enchanting décor and the odd surprise - from the sizeable outdoor swimming pool to the yurts set within the 60 acre estate.
Koala Cottage, located in the pretty village of Godshill, is an entirely different proposition to the Priory Bay Hotel, yet it still boasts all the charms of a boutique hotel. The five star bed and breakfast houses three deluxe suites, each offering an outstanding attention to detail. Among the village's claims to fame is the 1:10 ratio model village which depicts Godshill and the nearby old village of Shanklin.
One of the main advantages to staying in a relatively small hotel is that guests can be afforded the full attention of staff members. What this means is that guests are given access to extensive local knowledge, which can sometimes make the difference when it comes to planning an itinerary.
From knowing the best secluded beaches and swimming spots in the busy summer months to choosing the right restaurant when you venture into the town in the evening, local tips can help you get things right first time around.
Ultimately, selecting a boutique hotel can be the final part of the jigsaw that completes your plan for a memorable, tailor-made holiday. There's no one-size-fits-all holiday solution, but opting for a more personal accommodation is a great first step in the right direction.