If you live in the UK and you’re looking for an island break with minimal hassle I couldn’t recommend a trip to Jersey more. The flight time is around 30 minutes, there’s no need to change your currency and the island is so easy to get around once you are there! It’s the largest of the Channel Islands and just packed with history, especially owning to the German occupation during the Second World War, so there’s plenty to do and see.
1. Stay at a Luxurious Hotel
My friend Theresa and I absolutely loved both the Atlantic Hotel, where we stayed, and the Longueville Manor, which we visited for the day. In fact we loved them both so much it would be hard to choose between them! If you want great view, fab location and Michelin-quality food than the Atlantic Hotel would be right for you….
But for more luxurious rooms and gorgeous grounds, Longueville Manor would be the ideal choice.
Either way both hotels offer incredible service provided by the kind, helpful and very personable staff and you’re sure to feel at home.
2. Enjoy Michelin-Star restaurants
Despite the small size of the island, Jersey is home to three fantastic Michelin-starred restaurants and we were lucky enough to try two of them. Ormer by Shaun Rankin is located in St Helier and has modern decor and a fantastic menu showcasing local produce.
Ocean by Mark Jordan, found at The Atlantic Hotel, has a more formal setting and is perfect for a very special occasion…oh and get the cheese…you won’t regret it!
The final Michelin-starred restaurant in Bohemia located at The Club Hotel & Spa. We heard wonderful things about the restaurant but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to try it but it gives us at least one excuse to go back.
3. Drink champagne on a luxurious yacht
The coastline of Jersey is absolutely gorgeous and what better way to see it than from a luxurious yacht!
We spent the morning onboard the Fizz Too, the beautiful boat owned by Longueville Manor, and took a spin around the coast line before returning to the port for a glass of bubbles.
The Fizz Too is available for charter for guests of Longueville Manor and you can spend a half day or a full day aboard, exploring the Channel Islands, looking out for dolphins or even popping to France for the day.
4. Spa Time!
The Cottage Garden is the small but perfectly formed spa at Longueville Manor. The staff are highly trained in some of the leading spa therapies including the exclusive de Mamiel Rhythm of nature holistic facial which I tried during our visit.
Many of the therapies use fruits and herbs so there is a rather special and unique relationship between the spa, garden and chefs at the hotel.
5. Beach-side dining
The island paradise of Jersey is blessed with beautiful pristine beaches and what better way to enjoy them then a glass of wine and some delicious fresh fish right on the seafront. Theresa and I loved The Oyster Box, Mark Jordan at the Beach and Sumas Restaurant, all of which boasted stunning views and delicious food.
The local produce in Jersey is just fantastic and we enjoyed plenty of fresh lobster, crab and tasty Jersey royals during our stay.
6. Pick you own pearls
One thing that we didn’t get a chance to do was to visit Jersey Pearl in St Ouen, here you can pick your own oyster to find the pearl inside which can then be set in jewellery. You can also enjoy checking out the jewellery collection, the surrounding beaches and enjoy the food and views from the Jersey Pearl Cafe.
7. Visit the La Mare Wine Estate
Did you know there was a working vineyard in Jersey that not only produces fantastic wines but also cream liquors and apple brandy! Spending the day at the La Mare Wine Estate is a fabulously luxurious experience with it’s gorgeous scenery, bistro serving tasty classics…and of course, the wine!
The vineyard also has a chocolate production factory where they make chocolate, fudge, biscuits and Jersey black butter so you can get your sweet fix too!
8. Learn About Lavender
At the Jersey Lavender Farm you can visit nine acres of beautiful lavender fields, stunning gardens and learn about the process of extracting essential oils from the plants. Afterwards you can shop for all the luxurious products, I didn’t get a chance to visit but it’s on my list for next time.
9. Eat ice cream on the beach
There’s something very special about Jersey cream from the iconic Jersey cow, it’s thicker, richer and more….ummm…creamy! An ice cream has never tasted so good especially when enjoyed on a beautiful Jersey beach. We found a fab shop in St Brelade just a short walk away from The Oyster Box.
Jersey is not a place that you come to fill your days with rushing around trying to see everything…My recommendation would be take long lunches, enjoy a slow-paced stroll on the beach, spend some time in your hotel by the pool….just switch off from the outside world and enjoy some time reconnecting with each other.
Those are my top ten luxurious things to do in Jersey. Have you been to Jersey? What would you recommend doing there?
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