(16 September 2019) The Isle of Wight is the perfect location for girlfriends looking for an Island escape that is not too far from home. Whether it be for a “final hurrah” pampering hen weekend or a getaway-from-it-all girls weekend, the Isle of Wight is the ideal destination for ladies looking for a little bit of luxury and fun without breaking the bank. And with the Island just 22 minutes away from Portsmouth when travelling with Wightlink, the girl gang can get away from it all without travelling too far either.
A car ferry crossing with Wightlink is priced per car, making it especially affordable for groups of friends. A carload of five friends can cost as little as £53.50 this Autumn – or just £10.70 per person for a return journey. For those on foot, Wightlink’s Fastcat service takes just 22 minutes and starts at £17.00 per person*.
Here are some of Wightlink’s favourite suggestions for the perfect girls’ island escape:
Live like a rock star at East Afton Farmhouse – Tapnell Farm
Sleeping up to 13 guests, East Afton Farmhouse at Tapnell Farm is an impressive 18th century building surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, it is rumoured, was visited by Joan Baez during the iconic 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. There’s plenty of space to relax with luxury facilities including a large hot tub and private cinema – perfect for groups of friends looking to celebrate. Prices for three nights start from £1,421 (based on dates in November). Find out more at: https://eastaftonfarmhouse.com.
Take afternoon tea at The Royal Hotel
Afternoon tea is served in style at Ventnor’s Royal Hotel between 3pm – 5pm daily, perfect for ladies who want to see and be seen. The menu offers Royal Afternoon Tea for £23 with the option to add fizz and enjoy Champagne Afternoon Tea for £30. Find out more at: https://royalhoteliow.co.uk/dining/royal-afternoon-tea.
Get pampered at the luxury West Bay Country Club & Spa
Groups of friends can enjoy a pampering session on a trip to The Island Wellness Spa at The West Bay Club. Located just outside Yarmouth, this is the perfect place for indulging in comfort and relaxation. Facilities at the spa include a pool, sauna, steam rooms and a Little Room of Calm. Find out more at: https://westbayclub.co.uk/welcome-island-wellness-spa.
For a gastronomical treat
No trip to the Island is complete without good food. Three Buoys Restaurant specialises in seafood and is based in Ryde, which is easily accessible from anywhere on the Isle of Wight. The venue offers a relaxed atmosphere for groups to enjoy a stunning panoramic view over Appley Beach. The restaurant has been awarded one AA rosette for culinary excellence, and guests can be sure that time and effort has been spent sourcing ingredients as locally as possible. It’s also an ideal location to enjoy some drinks whilst overlooking the sea. Find out more at: www.threebuoys.co.uk.
For those with a sense of adventure
For something completely different and active, Goodleaf offers two-hour tree climbing experiences for those who thrive whilst being 40 feet in the air. After an introduction and health and safety session, participants are shown tree climbing techniques before embarking to the tree top where a birds-eye view of Appley Park and the Solent can be admired. A two-hour session costs £29 per person for up to five climbers. Find out more at: www.goodleaf.co.uk/2hourtreeclimb.
There are plenty of other activities to choose from on the Isle of Wight for a girly weekend or short break, including plenty of scenic walking, cycling routes, watersports and visits to historic landmarks such as Osborne House. More information and booking details can be found here.
*based on a foot passenger day return crossing on 3rd October 2019 on the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route.