Once a year the girls in the family all take a long weekend together and this year the destination chosen was Jersey, A short 60min flight from Liverpool with Easyjet. We started the weekend off in true style with a lovely champagne breakfast pre-booked and organised in a private area of The Kissing Gate at the airport, great service and great start to the trip! No queues at security, flight was on time and on board service was excellent.
Jersey airport has been developed over the last 75 years from a simple grass strip to a modern 21st century airport serving the island from up to 50 departure points across the British Isles and mainland Europe and handling approx 1.4 million visitors each year. I was really impressed with thei departures lounge which was clean, airy with a good selection of outlets.
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is located nearer to France than England benefitting from a milder climate, we enjoyed clear skies and temperatures of 23 degrees centigrade during the first weekend of September. Proud and passionate about its unique climate the island has an identity forged over time with equal amounts of British spirit and French joie de vivre.
The sparkling seas that surround its shores and the beautiful sandy beaches make the island of Jersey a great destination for families and couples alike, it’s a perfect blend of the traditional entwined with a cosmopolitan and vibrant feel.
After a short 20 minute transfer we checked into the trendy boutique 50 room Club Hotel & Spa in St Helier which has a great central location and we all agreed that the beds were extremely comfortable with bedlinen of a very good quality and the bathroom housed one of the best power showers I have encountered with an abundance of Elemis products in the bathroom. Other facilities included a Michelin star restaurant, an outdoor pool, free wi-fi throughout, free car parking and an outstanding spa with Decleor products. Value for money this hotel has it all, the staff are friendly and for £295 per person inclusive of 3 nights accommodation, breakfast, private airport transfers and flights with baggage you can’t go wrong!
On day 2 we arranged for a private tour guide to take us on an escorted tour of the island, Mr Mike Wildman was the lucky man and managed a group of ladies of various ages extremely well. He was very knowledgeable and extremely interesting and gave us a great insight into island life. He told us about the German Occupation during the 2nd World War, showed us beautiful beaches and coves and pointed out the flora and fauna as we drove around the coastline. He charged us £40 per hour which we felt was well worth it. Mike even arranged for us to stop for a paddle and lunch at a local pub in Piemont Bay. We also stopped at Gorey for some real Jersey ice-cream and a look around this small pretty village. I would highly recommend using a tour guide as their knowledge is essential and really helps you appreciate of all Jersey has to offer.
I would also suggest hiring a car to explore the island at your own pace, it really has so much to offer and parking is either free or relatively cheap.
With the richest dairy produce in the world, award -winning seafood and the sublime Jersey Royal new potato amongst its harvest, the food served in Jersey is to die for. You can taste the freshness at every eatery- from the most bijou beach cafes to the ritziest of restaurants I can honestly say we did not have a bad meal. On the first night we ate at Wildfire a trendy restaurant serving amazing steaks and seafood, the cost per head was £27 for a two course a la carte meal, it’s a busy place so reservations are essential. The next night took us to St Aubans and the Salty Dog restaurant, located in a small fishing village this place has a great reputation and the set 4 course menu is a good price at about £28 per head, it’s also a lovely village to stroll around and hosts a market every Saturday.
Nightlife is fairly low key outside of St Helier so if you are looking for lively club then head to Mimosas. We organised a booth there for the night for £40 essential to guarantee a seat as after 11pm the place comes to life and gets extremely busy, the cocktails were very good and there is a good range of ages there.
On the last day we all booked into the spa and took the Restful Resolution package which included a mud rasul treatment, a back, neck and shoulder massage followed by a relaxing facial, a light lunch and a glass of champers- all for £95 per person which we felt was great value.
There is so much to do on this small 45 square mile island and no matter where you are you are never more than 10 minutes away from the beach. There are fun pursuits such as banana boating , kayaking, fishing, wake boarding and coastering at St Brelades Bay, there is also a plethora of outdoor adventures to be had in St Ouen’s Bay. There are excellent diving opportunities with some great shipwrecks and if golfing is your thing then there is a great golf course. If the Seaside isn’t your thing there are some stunning walks, plenty of castles and museums to explore and the award winning Jersey Museum and Art Gallery.
A real must for kids is a visit to Durrell Wildlife Park, a beautiful landscaped 32 acre park housing some of the worlds most endangered species. Foundered over 50 years ago by the late author and naturalist, Gerald Durrell, this conservation boasts everything for a great day out. You can even stay overnight in one of their lodges/yurts for a real safari experience with private guided walks after the park has shut for the day.- an amazing experience for kids
There is also a wine estate on the island with daily tours and tastings and further a field there are day trips to the islands of Guernsey, Sark and Alderney.
Other highly recommended hotels include The Atlantic Hotel with breathtaking views over St Ouen’s Bay and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World; Longueville Manor
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