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ISLE OF WIGHT NAMED SECOND BEST RATED ISLAND IN THE UK & CHANNEL ISLES IN TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

TripAdvisor reveals winners of 2015 Travellers’ Choice Islands based on reviews and opinions of millions of travellers

LONDON, UK, 21 April, 2015 – Isle of Wight has today been named the second best rated island in the UK and Channel Isles in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Islands, announced by TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*.

The annual awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers across the globe. Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide, gathered over a 12 month period.

For those looking to travel to the Isle of Wight, the average hotel price per night available to book on TripAdvisor is £86i, though there are considerable price differences between value and luxury hotel options on the island.

The Roseberry Hotel, rated 4.5 bubbles out of 5 by TripAdvisor travellers, is available at an average of £76ii per night this summer, while those looking to splash out a little could consider Hillside Hotel, which is available to book on TripAdvisor at an average of £158 a night over the same period.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said, “As the UK’s holiday island, we are delighted that the Isle of Wight has been recognised in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Islands.”

“Located just 10-minutes from mainland UK with a warmer than average climate, the Island is the perfect escape for those seeking beautiful scenery combined with fun-filled activities and adventure.”

Caribbean home to world’s best rated island – but Thailand offers most affordable getaway

This year, islands as far afield as Hawaii, Mauritius and Bora Bora were named among the world top ten, with the number one ranking going to Turks and Caicos’ Providenciales, more commonly known as ‘Provo’, where the average hotel room rate bookable on TripAdvisor is £343 a night.

Among the world’s top ten best rated islands, Ko Tao in Thailand offers the cheapest hotel value with average room rates on TripAdvisor at less than £60 a night.

“With so many stunning islands in the UK, it really is a fantastic achievement for the Isle of Wight to be named among the best rated by those who matter most – the people who visit,” commented James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson, “There is nothing like a picture of a white sandy beach to get us all dreaming of an island getaway, but judging by the average hotel rates on TripAdvisor for this year’s award winning islands, that dream trip may be more affordable than you think. To help travellers book their trips to these remarkable destinations, TripAdvisor has surfaced amazing island hotels to accommodate a range of travel budgets.”

In the Europe award category, Santorini claimed the top prize followed by Madeira in second place, while Jersey claimed its highest ever ranking in sixth place.

Scotland biggest winner in UK and Channel Islands

In the UK and Channel Islands category, Scotland scooped the most awards, with Isle of Arran, Isle of Skye, Mainland Orkney and Lewis and Harris taking fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth place respectively.

2015 Travellers’ Choice Islands winners and average room rates:

 

Europe Average nightly hotel rate on TripAdvisor
  1. Santorini, Greece
£139
  1. Madeira, Portugal
£59
  1. Crete, Greece
£51
  1. Zakynthos, Greece
£87
  1. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
£83
  1. Jersey, Channel Islands
£111
  1. Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
£153
  1. Island of Capri, Italy
£189
  1. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
£72
  1. Corsica, France
£81

 

UK & Channel Isles Average nightly hotel rate on TripAdvisor
  1. Jersey, Channel Isles
£111
  1. Isle of Wight
£86
  1. St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
£182
  1. Isle of Arran, Scotland
£135
  1. Isle of Skye, Scotland
£139
  1. Mainland Orkney Island, Scotland
£119
  1. Anglesey, Wales
£83
  1. Lewis and Harris, Scotland
£126
  1. Isle of Man
£88
  1. Guernsey, Channel Isles
£118

 

2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Islands – world winners:

 

For travellers planning an escape to a Travellers’ Choice Island in the world winners list, TripAdvisor has identified average hotel rates and highly-rated mid-range hotels bookable on TripAdvisor. Below are also “don’t miss attractions” for travellers to check out on their trip.

 

  1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £343[i]For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £264[ii] per night, consider Grace Bay Suites, with a 4 out of 5 average bubble rating and 173 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Grace Bay and Sun & Fun Sea Sports.
  2. Maui, Hawaii, United States – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £230For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £234 per night, consider Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, with a 4.5 out of 5 bubble rating and 1,470 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Ka’anapali Beach and Wai’anapanapa State Park.
  3. Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £136For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £125 per night, consider Cocolobo, with a 5 out of 5 average bubble rating and 420 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to West Bay Beach and Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.
  4. Santorini, Greece – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £138For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £168 per night, consider Enigma Apartments and Suites, with a 5 out of 5 average bubble rating and 665 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Skaros Rock and Sunset in Oia.
  5. Ko Tao, Thailand – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £58For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £59 per night, consider Chintakiri Resort, with a 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 301 reviews. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Sai Nuan Beach and Apnea Total.
  6. Madeira, Portugal – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £59For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £64 per night, consider Hotel Albergaria Dias, with a 5 out of 5 average bubble rating and 352 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Monte Cable Car and Quinta do Riacho.
  7. Bali, Indonesia – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £106For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £163 per night, consider Komaneka at Rasa Sayang, with a 5 out of 5 average bubble rating and 599 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports and Warung Enak Homestay.

 

  1. Mauritius – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £146For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £112 per night, consider Merville Beach Hotel, with a 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating and 1,283 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Trou d’Argent Beach and Les 7 Cascades.
  2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £286For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £173 per night, consider Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel, with a 4 out of 5 average bubble rating and 153 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Mount Otemanu and Shark Boy Bora Bora.
  3. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – average nightly hotel rate for 2015: £259For a great highly rated mid-range hotel option, bookable on TripAdvisor at an average of £156 per night, consider Dolphin Hotel, with a 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating and 142 reviews on TripAdvisor. Once on the island, don’t miss out on a visit to Baia do Sancho and Baia do Sueste.

 

 

For the complete list of winners from the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Islands, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Islands.

 

To see the best hotels for luxury, bargain, romance and more, as honoured in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels announced in January, go to: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Hotels.

 

 

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travellers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find great hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

 

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q3 2014

 

 

[i]Average hotel rates are based on TripAdvisor data for 1 January – 31 December, 2015, for all hotels on each island. Rates are aggregated from booking partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers. All prices converted to British sterling from US dollar on 14 April 2015.

 

[ii]Average nightly hotel rates for are based on TripAdvisor data for 1 January – 31 December, 2015, for individual mid-range hotels. Rates are aggregated from booking partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers. All prices converted to British sterling from US dollar on 14 April 2015.