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Archived News Release 01-03-2006

"Chic Treats" - a guide to the Isle of Wight's stylish secrets

Travellers seeking the finer things in life can now take advantage of a new guide from Red Funnel Holidays, which rounds up all the things that make the Isle of Wight a chic place to visit.

Whether visitors are hunting out the best spot to hire a beach hut, the perfect place for catching your own seafood or simply where to have a stylish but relaxing night away, the new guide gives the inside track as well as exclusive prices when booking hotels and attractions.

Chic accommodation options are listed in the guide. The funky new Hambrough in Ventnor gets a ‘thumbs up’, as does The George in Yarmouth to name but a few.

Each hotel comes with a recommendation for the coolest rooms to ask for and some of the best places to visit or dine out nearby. When booking from the Chic Treats guide or website, visitors also get the chance of gaining an extra treat when booking two-nights or more. For example, The George offers a bottle of Taittinger Champagne whilst Chic Treats guests at The Priory Bay can get a complimentary 30-minute massage or treatment voucher valued at £30.

Visitors booking from Chic Treats will receive their own Chic Treats Card, which will help them to redeem some of these exclusive treats plus those from other outlets and attractions outlined in the guide.

Chic Treats also recommends options for different places to lay your head, including Little Upton Farm and The Boathouse, a converted building with views over Yarmouth Harbour.

The guide is packed full of tips of where to find the best food and drink producers and retailers on the island. Visitors will be able to hunt out the fantastic array of garlic products at the Garlic Farm in Newchurch, the best-dressed crabs at Ivar Cottage in Bembridge or honey produced by island bees at Primrose Well Cottage in Sandown.

The island is synonymous with some of the British summer season’s best events including Bestival and Cowes Week but the guide also lists some of the lesser known events such as the Old Gaffer’s festival in Yarmouth in June which gives lovers of the traditional gaff sail rig a chance to compete plus plenty of lively on-shore activity.

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