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We really are living the life of luxury on the Isle of Wight. With 56 miles of seashore surrounding us we are spoilt for choice at the range and proximity of beaches. Coverage on these are extensive, but we have narrowed the list down to our favourite top 5.

At number 1 no surprise a complete classic.

#1 Colwell Bay

One of the many picturesque beaches on the West of the Island it offers spectacular views across the Solent, mainland England and spectacular sunsets. You are able to hire deck chairs and beach huts from the beach shop.

Down the road, the famous restaurant ‘The Hut’ is situated right on the water front. Check out their website following this link; http://thehutcolwell.co.uk/#aboutus

Bar & Restaurant, Isle of Wight | The Hut, Colwell Bay


The Hut is an easy-going beach restaurant that combines an unrivalled passion for simple yet delicious food, with a desire to create a relaxed but stylish environment …

The Hut also offers a valet mooring service where you anchor just off the coast and they can pick you up in their tender to bring you in. You may also spot Chris Evans who is known to have eaten there.

There is a good-sized car park with toilets and access for the disabled is good.

Our Concierge specialist recommends:

-Kayak and paddle boat hire. Great way to see the scenery from a different perspective. This is available to hire near the café and shop. (Note; only available during the height of the seasons).

Note: Do make sure you check the tide tables as there is very little beach at high tide.


#2 Compton – EXCLUSIVE!

I’m going to tell you a secret in the form of a ‘VIP beach’ otherwise known as Compton Beach. Reportedly one of the islands best kept secrets, A 2 mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas and multi-colored cliffs. Popular with surfers, Compton is described as a do it yourself beach.

Steps down to the beach means it is not accessible by wheelchairs nor a pushchair. But there is a large National Trust car park, toilet facilities and fresh water tap.

For the adventurers out there, Compton is a great place to pick up fossils, including those of dinosaurs. There are seasonal restrictions for dogs.

Our concierge specialist recommends:

Surfing. It is the best place on the Isle of Wight to surf. The Isle of Wight Surf Club are the ones to contact. Offering all levels of surfing from beginners to experts. The best conditions for surfing here are low to mid tides, with winds from the south east or north-north-west, when the swell can be anything from 2 to 5ft.


#3 Sandown, Shanklin +Yaverland. (Let’s pretend it’s all one beach, after all you can walk from one end to the other!)

Adjoining Sandown, Shanklin and Yaverland beaches form a long arc of golden sand – there is safe swimming, water sports, beach cafes, easy parking, resort activities, arcades.

The three beaches join the towns in a golden arc.

Walk up to Culver Down (with a great pub at the top) from the end of Yaverland, alternatively take a visit to the zoo which is situated just next to the beach.  http://www.isleofwightzoo.com/ Buy a ticket to the zoo and return for just £1 for a week.

Isle of Wight Zoo – Home


Tel: 01983 403883 enquiries@isleofwightzoo.com. Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8QB

Shanklin esplanade has a lift for those who can’t make it up the steep hill. Or those too tired after carrying out the considerable amount of activities on offer on the beach front including, crazy golf, pedalos, penny arcades, cafes, sun loungers and a small theme play park.  It is also famous for my Granny’s favourite ice cream which took considerable testing to confirm. Dogs are allowed in certain areas of the beach.

Our concierge specialist recommends:


  • Sandown Pier is a must! Relive days gone by with classic arcade machines including the classic 2p coin pushers (don’t forget your change). Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages from a small fair ground at the end of the pier to indoor bowling and mini golf. Plus, everyone needs a break from the sun!


  • Shanklin esplanade has everything you need for a traditional “bucket and spade” English sea-side holiday. There’s an array of little gift shops, restaurants and seas side bucket and spade shops. The top attraction for me though would be the mini golf. With a choice of 3 different courses (pirates cove is my favourite) you can be entertained for hours.

Lake Beach or Dunroamin Beach as its also known

  • This is just a short walk from either Shanklin or Sandown beach. It’s not the most accessible beach if you choose to walk from either Sandown or Shanklin however it’s well worth the small trek. This is a nice secluded beach which is great for those busier times. For those who want to enjoy water sports this is the place to go. Whether your experienced or a complete beginner Wight Waters (wightwaters.com) host an array of water sports from kayaking to paddleboard yoga and everything else in between, with full equipment hire. As well as this at selected times (please check dates with Wight Waters as they vary) they host beach BBQs and beach games, offering fun for all the family no matter what age.


 #4 Bembridge Beach

 Perhaps more of a hidden beauty, best accessed at low tide it runs down the coast from the spit at the edge of Bembridge Harbour. If you are into rock pooling this is the beach for you. It has a great view towards the mainland over the Solent, and at low tide exposes the rock pools, shells. Water sports and sailing operates from the busy Bembridge Harbour. (Remember our concierge service will be able to book this for you).

The famous Bembridge Life Boat Station. On set Tuesday evening the lifeboat is launched and opened to the public to view the launch take place (which some of us of course find very exciting for many reasons). Last weekend 150 years of lifesaving at Bembridge was celebrated.  http://www.bembridgelifeboat.org.uk/

Bembridge Lifeboat is a “Discover” RNLI station …


located at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight, adjacent to the infamous Bembridge Ledge So far in 2017, the crew have been involved in 11 services (shouts) (5 ALB …

There are cafes on the beach front, sailing, water sports and great spots for crabbing and rock pooling.

No restrictions on dogs i.e. Doggie Heaven.

Our concierge specialist recommends-

Not the biggest activities beach on the Isle of Wight so I would recommend taking some time out and taking a relaxing walk along the picturesque sea front. Perhaps stop for an ice cream and walk out to the lifeboat station?

Set back in Bembridge is the Bembridge windmill which l would definitely head to as it it the only remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight. This 300 year old windmill is part of the national trust so there is a small fee to pay if you wished to go in side (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bembridge-windmill) however its beauty can be admired from the outside. Maybe take advantage of one of our picnic hampers and sit and enjoy with the surroundings.


#5 Appley Beach

Appley Beach leads onto Ryde beach and is regularly cleaned. There is a fair amount of parking around and little cafes along the sea front.

 Appley is great for families sporting a children’s play area and a nine-hole pitch and putt course. The beach also has a café, shop, toilets, shower and beach equipment available for hire. Those visitors who enjoy strolling there is a coastal walk to Puck pool Park passing Appley Tower on route.

The evenings bring stunning sunsets over the Solent with views to the mainland. Dogs are allowed in certain areas only.

Concierge recommends:

Goldleaf tree climbing. Based in Appley Park, Gold-leaf give you the ultimate tree climbing experience, giving you a squirrel’s eye view of the beach and surrounding arrears. You will be given all the safety equipment necessary so don’t worry about having to hoist yourself up a giant oak tree! They have been guiding people into the canopy for almost 10years so you know you’re in safe hands. This is a must book so please visit their website for more details or speak to me and I will be more than happy to organise it for you.  www.goldleaf.co.uk


Some other websites that have great reviews of the beaches are linked below.



REMEMBER: when booking with VIP cottages, your day at the beach is easy, a personalised Picnic/BBQ hamper can be made, a nanny brought along to help with the kids, surf lessons booked, you name it we make it happen.


At VIP, there’s no such thing as a job too small, or a job too large, all we know, is a job well done.


Trust us, you want to holiday on the island this summer. With a heat wave on the way we are already making plans for BBQ’s and picnics on the beach for this weekend and it’s only the beginning.


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By Abigail Rivers and Tom (Concierge team).