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Royal Hotel Portrait EntranceBusinesses on the Isle of Wight are being recognised for their excellence at an awards ceremony later this year.

The Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards celebrate the best of the best in the tourism industry in the region. This year, 4 Island businesses have been shortlisted to win either gold, silver or bronze at the ceremony held in Brighton in December.

The Royal Hotel in Ventnor has been shortlisted in 2 categories, Restaurant of the Year and Large Hotel of the Year, Art Deco House at Shanklin for Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year and Away Resorts Whitecliff Bay at Bembridge for Holiday Park of the Year.

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Meanwhile Visit Isle of Wight’s Walking Festival, which celebrates it’s 25th anniversary in 2024, has been shortlisted for Event of the Year.

A spokesperson from The Royal has said:

“The Royal is delighted to have been selected as a finalist once again in Beautiful South Awards, this year in 2 categories, both for our Hotel and for our 2 AA Rosette Geranium Restaurant.

“It is a credit to each of our staff whose hard work and excellence in hospitality continues to set us apart and achieve these incredible accolades. We are proud and excited to be representing the best of Isle of Wight luxury holidays and fine dining at the prestigious Beautiful South Awards 2023.”

Laurence and Sharon Boyse-Smith are the owners of the Art Deco House in Shanklin. They’ve said:

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“It’s a real honour for the Art Deco HouseUK to be selected as a finalist by Beautiful South Awards as 1 of the leading self catering properties in South England.

“Our iconic 7 bedroom luxury house stands proud on the cliff between Shanklin and Sandown, and we stand proud to be part of the wonderful Isle of Wight tourist industry, bringing guests to our lovely Island.

“Thanks to all our Team Art Deco staff for getting us recognised, it’s a real team effort. Wish us luck in the final please so we can bring honours back to the IoW and bring more guests in 2024!”

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is held in Spring and Autumn, with the aim of attracting visitors to experience the beauty of the Island outside of the traditional main summer holiday season.

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Amy Summers, Sustainable Travel, Trade and Exhibitions manager at Visit Isle of Wight said:

“We are thrilled to be shortlisted in the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards. The 2 festivals can only happen with the dedication and support of the volunteer walk leaders and the small team at Visit Isle of Wight, and to be shortlisted in the category of Event of the Year is a testament to them.”

Will Myles, Managing Director at Visit Isle of Wight said:

“Congratulations to the teams at The Royal, Art Deco House, Whitecliff Bay, and of course at the Visit Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

“To be shortlisted in the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards is fantastic and shows the level of hard work and excellence that these businesses provide to visitors and make the Isle of Wight such a popular destination.”

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Cowes Moo
Cowes Moo
7 months ago

Stop Captiva and other symbiotic Council developers building for future dinghies content, and perhaps, just perhaps we may still have something beautiful to attract future visitors.

Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
7 months ago

Don’t let tourists see Sandown in all it’s glory.
Also don’t tell them they have to pay 50p to have a pee in Sandown.


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