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Get some r&r on a break to West Wight

Ex­plore the beauty of West Wight on a re­lax­ing and pam­pered stay at The West Bay Club says El­iz­a­beth Kirby

What hap­pens when you com­bine the rugged iso­la­tion of the stun­ning Isle of Wight, with the lux­u­ri­ous prod­ucts of its most fa­mous beauty ex­port, Liz Earle? Ab­so­lute re­lax­ation…that’s what!

Sit­u­ated on the western side of the Is­land, The West Bay

Club is worlds away from your tra­di­tional holiday park. For­get rick­ety car­a­vans and a green tinged splash pool…no, this place of­fers a far more com­fort­able stay aimed at those look­ing to ex­plore the Is­land’s beauty at their own pace.

A mix of one, two, three, four and five bed prop­er­ties nes­tle side by side around vast green lawns and trop­i­cal planting. The club of­fers an in­door swim­ming pool, out­door kid’s pool, gym, ten­nis and enough fit­ness classes to make you feel ex­hausted just look­ing at the itin­er­ary (as well as a vast kid’s club pro­gramme from ages 3-17). But the pièce de ré­sis­tance is un­doubt­edly the spa and treat­ment rooms.

The con­nec­tion to Liz Earle comes from long time friend and once busi­ness part­ner Kim Buck­land, who has links to

West Bay, and is be­hind the spa of­fer­ing and the won­der­fully calm re­treat that is the House of Liz Earle. With two im­mac­u­lately pre­sented bed­rooms and open plan down­stairs liv­ing space all whites and blues in dé­cor, the House of Liz Earle is the epit­ome of coastal charm. Light the com­pli­men­tary Liz Earle Nat­u­rally Ac­tive can­dle and feel the stress lift­ing from your shoul­ders as you snug­gle down on one of the feather filled so­fas.

Touches such as a lo­cally sourced pro­duce ham­per, ne­spresso ma­chine and com­pli­men­tary full size Liz Earl Nat­u­rally Ac­tive toi­letries, make you feel en­tirely pam­pered from begin­ning to end.

Ex­tend this feel­ing of calm by book­ing the Nat­u­rally Ac­tive Re­treat, and af­ter a long day’s sight­see­ing, you can en­joy a 30 minute Wellness Mas­sage (or other Wellness treat­ment), and a 90 minute Liz Earle fa­cial as well as full use of the sauna and steam rooms, and the ‘Lit­tle Room of Calm’, a gor­geous place to hun­ker down with a good book and a cup of tea.

The sur­round­ing area is full of places to ex­plore; we hired bikes for the du­ra­tion of our trip through Wight Cy­cle Hire, who of­fer 10% off prices for West Bay cus­tomers. Get­ting around West Wight on two wheels couldn’t be eas­ier, with the peb­bly beach of Fresh­wa­ter Bay tak­ing around 15 min­utes. For a bite to eat, the Pi­ano Café (thep­i­anocafe.co.uk) of­fers dishes made from lo­cal pro­duce and one of the most de­li­cious cap­rese sal­ads I have ever tasted.

If it’s fos­sil hunt­ing you’re af­ter, then Comp­ton Bay is around a 10 minute drive. As the cliff face has crum­bled and eroded away, you can search through the de­bris and if you’re lucky, could come home with ev­i­dence of when

di­nosaurs walked the earth. A won­der­fully, long sandy beach, Comp­ton is per­fect for fam­i­lies look­ing to en­joy an In­dian sum­mer.

We also couldn’t leave with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing The Hut (the­hut­col­well.co.uk) at Col­well Bay, around a 10 minute cy­cle from The West Bay Club. This small restau­rant sits just back from the beach, over­look­ing the sea and of­fers in­cred­i­ble fish sup­pers, caught lo­cally and cooked to per­fec­tion. An ice cream on the beach and a quick sand­cas­tle build­ing com­pe­ti­tion rounded off our break per­fectly. We can’t wait to re­turn.

TOP LEFTF: The nau­ti­cal in­spired dé­cor cre­ates a calm en­vi­ron­mentABOVE RIGHT: Ex­pe­ri­ence true re­lax­ation with a Wellness Mas­sage in the spaRIGHT: The House of Liz Earle looks out over vast green lawns

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