myIsleofWight Guide to Finding the Perfect Pool
Not everyone has a pool at the resort or hotel where they are staying and they're a great place to unwind or take the kids come rain or shine. But an indoor pool on a rainy day is an especially good find to escape the rainy day blues.
Here’s our myisleofwight guide to the ones you can use without necessarily being a guest.
Possibly the best indoor pool on the Isle of Wight is that at Lakeside Park Hotel in Wootton at their swanky spa where there is a 10 x 5m heated indoor hydro-pool with integrated shoulder massage jets, a spa pool, sauna, steam room and a fragranced 'Experience' shower to “stimulate, awaken and revitalise the senses”. Plus there are treatment rooms where you can book anything from a pedicure to a hot stone massage. It’s £15 per person to use the spa, although it’s free if you book a treatment.
Medina Leisure Centre has two indoor heated pools: the main pool and a fairly large shallow pool right next to it for children. From the café above you can have a snack, hot or cold drinks after your swim and look down onto the pools from the internal windows. The centre is just outside Newport on the Fairlee Road and has loads of free parking (for up to five hours).
Ryde’s Waterside Pool the edge of the canoe lake is both an indoor and outdoor pool as the retractable roof is opened when the weather is warmer. Only a stone’s throw from the beach, there is plenty of on-street parking but parking charges apply.
West Wight Sports Centre has the deepest pool on the Island with a deep end of 3m, and has two diving boards. It has a smaller 12m x 4.75m learner/hydrotherapy pool that is only 0.8m in depth. Fun hours for kids are run from 11am till noon on weekdays in the school holidays and pool equipment supplied.
There are also two pools at the Heights Leisure Centre in Sandown with an on site paid for car park. The two deck level swimming pools are open seven days a week. There are early morning lane swimming sessions, casual sessions during the day and evening, as well as swimming lessons and water workout classes.
You don’t always have to be staying at a resort to use the pool facilities. At Thorness Bay Holiday Park you can buy a day pass for £5 per person and this entitles you to use the indoor pool and you can attend the entertainment in the evenings. At Lower Hyde Holiday Park, which is also a Park Resort, you have to buy a family ticket that will entitle two adults and two children to use the pool and facilities for the day, including the evening entertainment. Extra adults and children are then charged at £6 per person.
The Bourne Hall Hotel in Luccombe has a pretty indoor pool in a building with mural-covered walls in the garden of the hotel. Just outside is the outdoor pool, with views down to Sandown Bay and Culver Cliff. It’s only £6 per person, you get supplied with slippers to use around the pools and you also have use of the Jacuzzi, sauna and the small gym area.
Utopia Spa at the Melville Court Hotel in Sandown has a very small pool with Jacuzzi at one end and you have lovely views through the bay window across the fields to Brading Downs as you swim in the pool. There is also a nice outdoor heated pool with jacuzzi. No kids under 14 and under 18s do have to be accompanied by an adult but for £9.50 per person you can use the spa and indoor pool until 10pm and the outdoor pool, which closes at dusk.
The Bembridge Coast Hotel is exclusively for adults as is their leisure club and you do have to be a member to use the indoor pool and facilities. The shortest period you can join for is a month and this would cost £60 per person but if you’re down on a long break this may be worth the money as you do also get access to the 21 station gym and there’s a sauna, steam room and tropicarium for members’ use.
17 April 2016