When can we go back?
Looking for a long weekend away? Look no further than Jersey – we’re even going to be as bold as to say you should add Jersey to you holiday destinations of 2017 to do list ASAP.
Situated between the UK and France in the English Channel, Jersey isn’t too far from home for us Brits. Anyone with a fear of flying will be pleased to hear the flight is only a mere 40 minutes at most from London Gatwick to Jersey Airport.
You may be mistaken for thinking there can’t be all that much to do in Jersey, given that it’s only nine miles by five miles. But that’s where you’re wrong. Here’s why you should pack your bags and make the most out of your next bank holiday weekend by exploring the gorgeous remote island for yourself.
Why go to Jersey?
As we said, Jersey really isn’t all that far from home, which makes it the perfect pick for an Island break. No wonder over 700,000 tourists are already visiting the remote Island each year, and Jersey is well on its way to hitting 1 million visitors by 2030.
For you shopping lovers out there, we have some great news! It’s actually cheaper to go shopping in Jersey because everything is tax free on the Island – so be warned. Now we’ve sold it to you, where to begin? On the high street you’ll find Voisins Department Store, which is the perfect place to forget about the world for a few hours. Whether you book yourself in for a personal shopping experience or just mooch the aisles at your own leisure, you’ll find it hard to leave Voisins empty handed. On top of this, the high street is also home to a mixture of high street shops and smaller more personal boutiques, which are well worth a browse in.
Of course, it isn’t all about the shopping. Near Saint Helier you have Gorey just a short bus journey away. Here you’ll find Mont Orgueil Castle – which is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram posts thanks to its stunning views.
Fancy a day by the sea instead? Why not head over to St Aubins, with a truly breathtaking beach you could easily spend the day enjoying the sun, sand and sea here. If the weather isn’t quite on your side though there are also a fantastic collection of vintage and boutique shops to get lost in for half a day.
We’d highly recommend booking yourself into The Royal Yacht during your visit. This four star hotel is situated right in the heart of Saint Helier, meaning you’re on the doorstep to all of the towns main attractions.
What’s more, at night the locals flock to the The Drift bar situated inside the hotel. Split into two rooms, The Drift is perfect whether you fancy a night of dancing and drinking or simply a few cocktails and a catch up.
As if that wasn’t enough, The Royal Yacht’s very own Spa Sirène is currently up for Best Urban Spa in the Good Spa Guide awards for 2017. Thanks to the spa’s friendly and welcoming staff, relaxing decor and indulgent but effective treatments it’s not hard to see why Spa Sirène has made the shortlist. Whether you’re spending a day pampering yourself by the indoor pool or book yourself in for a series of treatments (we seriously suggest getting a massage) make sure you at least take a peak inside to experience the calming nature of this beautifully created environment.
Oh the food! There’s no denying you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to where to eat, and The Royal Yacht itself has four stellar restaurants to choose from.
Situated opposite the Royal Yacht you’ll find The Square, a vibrant new bar and restaurant to hit the streets of Jersey. With a menu focused on seafood, steaks and barbecue food you’ll find something here for even the fussiest eater (trust me) and with live music Wednesday through to Saturday night, The Square is a perfect pick for an evening out.
Of course, if you fancy venturing out of Saint Helier why not hop on a bus and spend a day discovering Gorey. Near there you’ll find The Green Island restaurant and beach hut, with fantastic views and a focus on local seafood this is the perfect spot for a peaceful lunch break.
Wherever you decide to go, and whatever you decide to eat, just ensure you try at least one scoop of Jersey’s own ice cream over your weekend. Your won’t regret it.
Hear us out with this one. When in Jersey you really won’t want to miss the experience of finding out what proof of authenticity lies within the Jersey pound note when you hold it up to the light – we won’t spoilt it for you but all we’ll say is it sure as heck ain’t Queen Liz!