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The Isle of Wight is a truly unique holiday destination. Cast a short way away from the mainland, the island offers an opportunity for visitors to take a break from everyday life and indulge in the natural beauty of this stunning setting. The Isle of Wight is more than the sum of its parts, and has a strong sense of identity that lures visitors back time and again. The best way to tap into the Isle of Wight ambience is to book into one of its many independent hotels.
The natural environment is one of the Isle of Wight's biggest attractions. While chain hotels typically choose or build their properties with a one-size-fits-all approach, independent hotels have a little more freedom. This means that independent hotels are often more suited to their surroundings.
Never has this been more important that when you're on the south side of the Isle of Wight, looking over the glassy English Channel. Chale Bay Farm epitomises the charm of an independent hotel, where some 26 acres give guests the chance to wander around water gardens, relax in an idyllic courtyard and sample some superior guest accommodation.
Many visitors to the island come in search of total relaxation. While the rolling hills and pristine bays go a long way to helping visitors unwind, there's no beating a spa hotel. Many of the finest spa hotels on the Isle of Wight are independent, meaning they're able to offer a unique range of treatments, many of which can be tailored to the needs of the individual.
The Melville Hall Hotel and Utopia Spa is among the most popular on the island. Location in Sandown, on the east coast, the spa hotel also enjoys a peaceful, rural setting.
Staying in an independent hotel, it's not uncommon for your hosts to a take a real interest in your stay. Plying you with local knowledge, they can really help you to get the most from your time on the island. In the summer months your hosts' inside knowledge can help you find a secluded bay when all the rest are crowded. They can also point you in the direction of the area's best attractions.