The largest of all the Channel Islands yet still tucked away peacefully, Jersey sits between England and France to provide an island mix of English reserve and French flair. Its personality not restricted by its land size, Jersey has tranquillity and transformation inwoven into its image of today. As the sun sinks into the sea across miles of unspoilt and rightfully romanticised coastlines, Jersey is an experience within itself.
In a self-governing dependency from the United Kingdom, Jersey falls just twelve miles west of the Cotentin peninsula of France, and its capital, St. Helier, is a hundred miles from Weymouth. However, even with land points to surround, Jersey operates as a world of its own and the deeply respected and nurtured landscapes that trail around the island reflect this. With its own financial, legal and judicial systems the population has nearly doubled since 1951 with 55,000 to now a perceived 100,000 people, estimated as of 2013. For a constant ‘beach within reach’ way of living, here are a few reasons why you should travel no further than around our waters this summer when looking for the perfect summer break.
An underlying and consistent pull off-put by Jersey, is its reapproach to connecting experience. In the age of wellness, the invitation of revitalisation is all around us but perhaps all extending arms of recharging are not as authentic as Jerseys. Able to rest and explore in equal measure, whether looking for a family bonding trip or a private romantic getaway, Jersey has the scenery and the seldom for a true trip of a lifetime, and we cannot ignore its pull as the ideal travel map stop off any longer.
How to explore
Surrounded by stunning landscape and so ample opportunity to explore in different ways, discovering Jersey by water is one of the best things to do upon your visit. In the heart of St Brelades Bay, company Absolute Adventures delivers the chance to experience one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Offering paddle boarding lessons this adventure is the ideal voyage of escape, and with a backdrop this scenic there is always the excuse to try something new!
The most ideal way to explore Jersey is through boarding the Alfie Buoy, a luxury motor yacht available for private and bespoke tours throughout the Channel Islands and beyond. Reviewed as ‘the Claridges of the sea’ this delight is the most effortless of treats, with sunset cruise and dinner packages available. Not just a day out on a boat, this experience speaks largely for what Jersey itself is about, doing every task with utmost of finesse and leisure. Based in the Elizabeth Marina in the capital of St. Helier when not sailing the waters, this majestic mission is one to be boarded.
Where to stay
The Atlantic Hotel
One of Jersey’s finest luxury hotels, show-stopping ocean views complimented by a Michelin-starred restaurant ‘The Ocean’ means a visit to Jersey whilst staying at the Atlantic Hotel is a winning decision. A journey through timeless elegance, the Atlantic Jersey is a proud member of an elite group of small luxury hotels of the world, with adjoining La Moye golf course granting its surroundings to be unparalleled. With food to surprise and service to stun, a stay at the Atlantic Hotel offers sanctuary and splendour for all.
Greenhills Country House Hotel
With the main wing of the hotel dating back to 1674, this hotel shapes as more countryside hideout than quintessential hotel. With a unique blend of luxury and traditional Jersey charm a number of room types are available, with literary inspiration darting everywhere. From Lieutenant Munro’s written wonder ‘Killiecrankie Hunt’ of the early 1800’s, many characteristics are drawn in correlation with Greenhills, such as the strength and elegance of the Jersey hares which feature in the book. Offering friendly face to the hotel, a bronze hare statuette sits politely in the hallway at Greenhills to greet you upon arrival, in a true Jersey nod to tradition! With gentle gardens and all the details of home comforts, Greenhills Country House is an intimate and relaxed stay.
What to explore
Jersey Pearl Jewellers
In a truly unique and bespoke experience, when visiting Jersey to stop off at Jersey Pearl is simply a must. A family vacation for thirty years, Pear Jewellery sources pearls directly from their own pearl farmers and then works with Britain’s brightest budding design talent to curate perfectly personal statements of beauty. Balancing the winning combination of value and desirability, the design studio sees skilled artisans string delicate pieces together by hand in the most bespoke of traditions. With over twenty years of experience, the services include a restringing and bespoke commissions service, with a chance to work with the studio directly. The ‘pick-a-pearl’ feature grants a certificate with your purchase to validate your pearl, and this along with daily guided tours of the studio itself make Jersey Pearl quite an amazing intake of inspiration to be visited!
La Mare Wine Estate
Sampling the local vineyards of your destination of choice is a crucial holiday appointment, and this is no different when Jersey is your break away. At the La Mare Estate, a host of guided tours and tasting trips are on offer, Whether venturing to the orchards or the chocolate production kitchens, the fruits of hard labour are encouraged to be tried here. In this twenty-acre working estate, Jersey apple brandy is the drink of choice and Jersey black butter the perfect accompaniment. The ‘Bean to Bar’ chocolate tasting experience open from April to October is something that particularly has to be recommended for any Jersey visitor, overseeing the cultivation of the chocolate making process in a truly insightful and spectacular way.
Jersey Opera House
Opening in 1865, Jersey Opera House is one of the islands cultural masterpieces. In loving restoration, Lillie Langtry re-opened the house in 1900 after it had been destroyed in a devastating fire in 1898. Then as it did before, the house entertains guests anticipating dance performances, comedy sketches and cinematic experiences. First showing films at the turn of the 1920’s, Jersey Opera House holds an atmosphere of pure authenticity to this day. With an impressive chandelier of 10,200 pieces which are cleaned with careful consideration every five years, take a trip filled with nostalgia and elegance and visit the Jersey Opera House.
Where to eat
Portelet Bay Cafe
An up and coming reflection of beauty, Portelet Bay Cafe is a stunning imagination from the ideals of Jersey Locals themselves. In a paradise of secluison, the cafe can be found between the conservation areas of Noirmont and Portelet Common, truly showcasing Jerseys untouched coatline at its best. Located right on the beach with views and atmospheres so calming it would be very hard to leave, access to the cafe is either by steps down to the bay or by boat. The perfect tranquil retreat, indoor and outdoor seating is avalible and booking is essential during the summer season. Specialising in authentic wood fired pizza it is not hard to see why, as crowds gather for the fresh fish during the high season, which is all delivered with a promise to provide the highest quality. Visiting Portelet bay cafe is truly experiencing Jersey through taste, a taste that is reccommended by locals and visitors alike!
In the picturesque harbour of Gorey and with distinctive views of Mont Orgueil Castle and the Royal Bay of Grouville, Sumas restaurant offers minimalism wrapped in luxury in this seafront location. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner with the best of traditional British cuisine and seafood dishes, this is the ideal sunset spot. The menu particularly showcases the best of Jersey’s shellfish, including Hand dived scallops and royal bay oysters. With two AA Rosettes, Sumas puts Jersey firmly on the travel map must do list, and with a new all-weather terrace views just got even more cinematic.
How to relax
The award winning Spa Sirene found within the Royal Yacht hotel understands wellness and wonder in equal measure. A haven of tranquillity, this is a place to immerse yourself in relaxation with treatments to pamper all around. With therapists on hand to tailor treatments specifically to you, restoring balance to the mind and body is something ingrained within the ethos of Spa Sirene. Here pampering packages are based on a philosophy of healthy selfishness, with the heated vitality pool and Swedish sauna providing the perfect solstice after a weekend of island exploration.