Isle of Wight Businesses are celebrating after scooping Beautiful South Awards at a ceremony in Southampton last week.
(all images (c) Nick Williams Photography)
Although competition was fierce, with a record 179 entries in 20 categories, the Isle of Wight was well represented.
Tom’s Eco Lodge in Yarmouth won Gold for Glamping Business of the Year, while Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat at Wootton Bridge took the top award in the Holiday Park of the Year category.
There was Gold in the Self Catering Holiday Property of the Year award for Tapnell Manor, at Tapnell Farm near Yarmouth.
Monkey Haven near Newport shared the Gold for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.
Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven, said:
“We are delighted to win the Gold award, which is a great honour. We’re dedicating this to all our amazing supporters and staff.”
Visit Isle of Wight was handed joint Bronze for Visitor Information Provider of the Year.
And for Sustainable Tourism, Tapnell Farm, Tom’s EcoLodge and The Bay Boutique B and B at Freshwater were highly commended.
David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, who was at the awards ceremony said:
“It was brilliant to see the Island dominate at the 2016 Beautiful South Awards. We have a fantastic range of high quality tourism businesses on the Isle of Wight and this recognition provides us with a great head start on 2017 marketing, which begins with our ‘Romantic Short Breaks’ campaign for late winter and early spring.”