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The Isle of Wight is blessed with a startling diversity of attractions, luring in an increasing number of holidaymakers each year. From the island's first-class beaches to its wealth of dinosaur fossils, there's truly something for everyone. It's not just the natural attractions which make the Isle of Wight such a desirable holiday destination, though. The superb hotels on the east coast also make visiting the island an exciting proposition. Sandown is among the most popular towns on the east coast.
One of the main reasons for Sandown's popularity with tourists is its proximity to some of the most naturally beautiful parts of the island. Within a few miles of the town, there's a dramatic chalky down, ideal for keen walkers. There are also some stunning wetlands nearby, popular with birdwatchers.
Undoubtedly the chief natural attraction of the east coast, though, is the long stretch of golden sand. In the summer months, the gorgeous seafront is an excellent place for bathing in both sun and sea.
Like many seaside towns on the Isle of Wight, Sandown has a rich Victorian heritage, which is still plainly visible on the seafront. Take a gentle stroll along the esplanade and down the pier for the full Victorian experience.
The seafront at Sandown is also a great spot for fossil hunting. Those keen to learn more can head to any one of the many nearby dinosaur attractions. There's even a zoo within easy reach, although there are no actual dinosaurs on display there (unless you count the birds and lizards!).
Luring in so many holidaymakers each year, it's fitting that Sandown should house some of the best hotels on the Isle of Wight.
The Melville Hall Hotel and Utopia Spa is ideal for travellers in search of some R&R. The pretty grounds are an easy place to relax, and the different spa treatments are designed to ease those aches and pains.