THE ISLE of Wight has made the Guardian's list of alternative holiday destinations for 2020.

The list, written by the national newspaper's travel writers, describes the Island as 'futuristic retro,' ranking it alongside destinations including Sri Lanka and Slovenia.

The article focuses on the Island's environment and eco appeal, referencing projects such as The Common Space in the Bay area. 

It also recommends accommodation such as the Seaview Hotel and Nettlecombe Farm.

It said: "The Isle of Wight has long charmed holidaymakers with its retro seaside fun, 500-plus miles of footpaths and historic buildings such as Osborne House.

"Despite being visible from the mainland, this small, diamond-shaped island often feels worlds away, partly thanks to its unique relationship with nature. In 1963, half of the island was designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, and in 2013 it created its first wildlife superhighways.

"Last June, it stuck its eco neck out a little further by becoming the UK’s seventh Unesco biosphere reserve."

Read the full article here.