Looking to escape for a few days with the girls? Then the Isle of Wight is the perfect place for a girlie getaway, with a wide range of stunning stay options, spa treatments and places for sharing suppers. We’ve pulled together a few to help you get started on planning that perfect friends break away.
Stay & Spa
For the ultimate girly break that includes, cosy accommodation, treatments, and over 60 fitness and holistic classes, The House of Liz Earle at The West Bay Country Club is just the ticket. Located just outside Yarmouth in the West Wight, West Bay have teamed up with internally renowned botanicals skincare expert Liz Earle to offer an amazing retreat.
Book a Two Day Naturally Active Retreat for £290.00 per person. This includes lunch both days and breakfast, complimentary access to the calendar of daily activities, overnight accommodation in The House of Liz Earle, which sleeps four in two bedrooms. A Liz Earle Beauty Box with everything you need for the ultimate pamper session - yours to take home with you, a 30 minute Wellness Treatment of your choice each day, plus the coveted 90 minute Liz Earle Signature Facial and a personalised skincare tutorial on day two.
Top Eat: Swing along the coast to Cowes (a 20 minute drive) and grab either lunch or dinner at Nomad – a street food style eatery serving a fusion of Neuvo Latino, Asian street food and classic British. Their ‘Shut Up and Feed Me’ menus are an affordable culinary delight with lunch at only £15 for 3 courses, or supper £25 for 5 courses. You don’t know what you’re getting until it arrives on a sharing platter in front of you, the menus are designed fresh every day, and all dietary requirements/tastes are catered for. It’s the perfect sharing experience.
Must Do: Book yourself in for a hot yoga class and stretch like you’ve never stretched before (The West Bay Country Club Fridays at 7pm).
Hot Tub Heaven
For a relaxing self catering stay with the added luxury of your own hot tub, look no further than Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, in Wootton on the Island’s northern shore. Nestled among trees just next to the sea, here you can unwind in fabulous accommodation, take strolls along the beach and then come back and relax in style in your own hot tub. The lodges are all finished to a seriously high standard with sumptuous robes, beautiful décor and stunning bathrooms. They even have books and games to enjoy during your stay. There is a spa on site offering beauty treatments too.
A three night midweek stay in a Nettlestone Lodge Premier sleeping four people in early March costs from £299.
Top Eat: Head to Ryde and along the bach at Appley, where you'll find Three Buoys restaurant - winner of two myIsleofWight Awards in 2017; Best Gastronomic Experience and Best Eatery with a Sea View. Fantastic for lunch or dinner - try their fabulous Sunday lunches or Thursday Steak Night for just £15.
Must Do: Visit the Island’s new nightclub Fever & Boutique Isle of Wight. Opened 2017 the club features two clubrooms, 2 DJ’s, three bars and is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Hotel & Shop
For an exclusive hotel experience a stay at The George Hotel in Yarmouth is just the ticket. Right on the waterfront, this elegant 17th Century hotel is right next door to Yarmouth Castle and has 17 rooms and a lovely terraced garden overlooking the Solent – perfect for a relaxing sundowner. Right in the heart of the bustling harbour town, this is a great spot to do a bit of shopping in the little boutique shops that line the high street and square.
A two night midweek Spring offer costs from £400 per room based on two sharing a Classic Room in April & May. This includes two nights accommodation in a double/twin bedded room, full English breakfast on both mornings, full afternoon tea for two on one afternoon, and a £35.00 per person allowance for dinner in either of their two restaurants on one of the evenings.
Top Eat: For the ultimate waterside dining experience make the two mile journey around the headland to Colwell Bay, where you’ll find The Hut*. This stylish restaurant is right on the beach in a sheltered bay that could be in the Mediterranean. The menu is fresh, local and inspired with a wine list to match. Seating is on a series of decks that can be totally uncovered when the sun is out, or the big glass frontage can be closed if the weather turns inclement. Hats and sunglasses to use on sunny days and blankets for warmth on colder ones, are all little details that make this a real pleasure to visit.
Must Do: Yes, it’s true girls generally find they have great hand to eye co-ordination so a spot of clay pigeon shooting can be a great fun thing to try out together. Top Targets at Tapnell Farm is just a short drive away from Yarmouth and offers clay pigeon and air rifle shooting. This is a safe, fun and competitive activity for everyone and no experience or license is required. Top targets provide everything you need to enjoy the thrill of hitting your first clay pigeon or bullseye.
*The Hut is closed October - April.
28 February 2018