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