An Explorer's Haven

Or a relaxing retreat to escape to. Holidays at The Bay Colwell aren’t just about exploring timeless forests, alabaster cliffs and heather-clad hills.

There’s sumptuous cottages, coastal beach houses with distant sea views and a heated swimming pool waiting for you and the family too. Whatever the season you know the Isle of Wight will put on her finest show. And The Bay Colwell is the perfect location to enjoy it -  walk to The Needles and marvel at the winter wind sweeping through the towering rocks, wander around Yarmouth and watch boat masts swaying or stroll across to Headon Warren to breath-in the scent of blooming gorse in early spring.

Want to have the ultimate beach holiday? The Bay Colwell is open to holidaymakers from February until January.

  • Swimming pool
  • Access to beach
  • Cottages with hot tubs
  • Pet-friendly accommodation
  • Coffee house & soft play
  • Cottages & beach houses, sleeping 2 -6
  • Popular nearby beach: Totland Bay - 10 minute walk
  • Nearby town: Freshwater - 10 minute walk

Beach Houses

Sleeps 2 - 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 - 4

Brand new in 2019, these New England-style beach houses feature lovely open plan interiors, with fully equipped kitchens, modern shower rooms and an outside decked area with distant sea views.

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2 - 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 - 4

Beautiful interior design, a modern shower room and kitchen in a bright a spacious open plan living area with new furnishings. Some of our cottages have a hot tub on the patio, or garden and some have sofa beds in the lounge!

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Wight Cycle Hire

Hop on for two wheeled adventures!

Explore the island on two wheels! We're pleased to have teamed up with Wight Cycle Hire to offer you the best cycling experience on the island. Quiet country lanes or breathtaking coastal views, hop on your bike and see it all! 

Wight Cycle Hire offers good quality bikes with complimentary helmets, locks, and route maps. And, if you're looking for a week's hire, they'll deliver your bikes to you here at The Bay Colwell.

Plus, as an Aria Resorts guest you get a discount too! So, what are you waiting for, find out more below...

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family activities

Head over to The Lakes Rookley

Looking for ways to entertain your bundles of energy? Visit sister resort, The Lakes Rookley and make the most of its great activity programme.

Activities include: Tye Dye, Clay Play, Ready Steady Teddy, Treasure Hunt, Woodland Survival, Family Geocaching, treasure hunt, and many more... Plus, there's the watersports lake too!



Head over to The Lakes Rookley

Fancy some on-water action? Have a go at kayaking, paddleboarding or giant SUPs at our sister site The Lakes Rookley. Spend a morning or afternoon splashing about on the tranquil lake, as you try one or all of these activities. Sitting on the veranda of The Lakeside Bar & Eatery afterwards is a great place to relax and refuel too.

To book activities book online below or call 07972 199 225.


Mermaid Academy

Let your inner mermaid shine

Mermaids are alive and splashing at The Bay Colwell... and you can jump into the fun! We've teamed up with Fin 2 Fit, so your little ones can make their magical fantasies come true. Choose from a mermaid (or merman!) or shark and dive headfirst into this immersive experience.

Sessions are one hour and include tail and fin hire, a structured lesson and games, an official certificate, and of course great photo opportunities! All just for £20. The classes run in the school holidays on Wednesdays and Sundays. Book your slot by calling 07837331138, email or visit their Facebook

The Bayside Lounge

Time to chill

After a bracing stroll on the beach or a day out exploring the best of the west of the island, pop into our licensed coffee house and treat yourself to coffee and cake. Or even a sneaky glass of wine (or two!). 

If it's a sunny day, take your drink and sit outside, soaking up the peace and quiet. We're open daily from 9am.

Take a peek at our menu to see what you fancy!

Soft Play

It's playtime

Open daily from 10am, there's great fun to be had in our soft play area so let your little one's bounce, slide, climb and giggle their way through a morning or afternoon, while you sit back and relax. They'll even make friends with our giant star or whale, what's not to love here!

Swimming pool


From tots to teens and even for adults, there are hours of fun to be had in the pool! Dive beneath the surface, float on your back, or get your energy pumping with laps. Slip into the inviting waters of our indoor heated swimming pool, it's open year-round but phone ahead to check opening times during your stay.

The glass roof and sides mean that you can enjoy the sun in the pool, even in winter! Don't fancy getting your toes wet? Watch all the action from the poolside. Open from 9:30am, enjoy some morning lengths to wake you up.

Monday to Saturday: Adult only swimming 16+ - 8:30am - 9:15am. General swimming from 9:30am - 12pm and from  1pm - 5pm.
Sunday: Adult only swimming 16+ - 9:15am - 10am. General swimming from 10am - 4:30pm.
Come swim-ready as our changing facilities are closed. 


We get asked these ones a lot!

  • When can I stay at this resort?

    The Bay Colwell is closed from 3 January until 11 February

  • What are some of the property amenities at The Bay Colwell?

    Licensed Café with soft play area, Indoor heated Swimming Pool with changing room facilities, Selected accommodation with Hot Tubs.

  • Is parking available at The Bay Colwell?

    Each accommodation has allocated parking for 1 car and a small car park onsite.

  • Can a food shop be delivered to The Bay Colwell?

    Yes food deliveries are accepted but to arrive after 4pm for your arrival time. Send delivery to reception with your personal number, so you can be contacted and we will also assist onsite.

  • What's open at resort?

    Due to the Government's restrictions regarding Covid-19, the following facilities are open. 

    • The indoor pool is open, with strict measures in line with government guidelines to keep guests and staff safe.
      • No changing facilities are available so please come to the pool swim ready
      • You need to pre-book 45 min swim sessions at reception on the day you would like to swim
    • The Bayside Lounge - please ask for opening times when you arrive.

    Stay safe and enjoy your holiday. 


  • The Bay Colwell, Fort Warden Rd, Freshwater, Totland Bay PO39 0DA

We're officially Good to Go!

The Bay Colwell is Good to Go which means that it is specially accredited to be back in business after the past three months of uncertain times, so you can have confidence that we will do everything we can to ensure your safety!


Looking for a treat?

We have a few tempting ideas to get your holiday journey started... take a look below!

Wonderful time

The beach house we stayed in was superb, two bedrooms both en suite, all very clean, a lovely view and a well equipped kitchen. Modern and spacious with everything you need including a large fridge freezer and a washer dryer which we made full use of. Heating is included in the price which was great and it came with a decent thermostat so you could set the heating in advance. Well situated, plenty of parking and only around 12 minute walk into Freshwater. We know the Island well but got to explore the West of the island more than usual. A great time.

Some gems for you...

Don’t tell everyone but we asked our team the best places to see, go and do on the island. Here’s what they came up with…

Chocolate Island

Best hot chocolate

Visit Chocolate Island at Godshill for the best winter warming hot chocolate (and a few other chocolatey treats)

Osbourne House

A must see...

It holds a lot of the Islands royal history and the gardens and private beach are beautiful.

Compton Bay

Photo of the day!

Add life into your instagram feed with amazing images from Compton Bay

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*Free ferry travel only applies from Southampton via Red Funnel