Things to do in Jersey


By Karen Stride

Title photography by Alan Lagadu

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September 2017

Jersey’s relaxed pace of life makes lengthy afternoon tea’s and indulgent spa treatments an acceptable way to pass the time. But be sure to get out there – if your bucket and spade have long been packed away, grab a jacket and blow the cobwebs away as you soak up the beautiful coastline.

1. Get your foodie fix

Get ready to embark on a foodie adventure. It’s not all fancy restaurants with equally fancy menus, you can enjoy exquisite food on a budget…And usually with an ocean view. Tuck into gourmet burgers and crab sandwiches at The Hungry Man in Rozel Bay. Pick up a hamper for your picnic from Don Street Deli in St Helier, which was designed by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin. Or grab specialty meats, artisan cheeses, tapas and a freshly baked flatbread to go. Dine on tasty sourdough pizza and fresh pasta at La Cantina. Or try fresh seafood at Jersey Crab Shack and Oyster Box in St Brelade. If you’re keen to sample Michelin-starred cuisine, the tasting menu at the Bohemia Restaurant is a great way of trying a bit of everything – be sure to savour every mouthful.

Where to stay: Stay at The Club in St Helier, which is home to the Michelin-starred Bohemia Restaurant. Or choose St Helier’s vibrant Royal Yacht Hotel. Its three different restaurants give you plenty of dining options.

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Get ready to embark on a foodie adventure. It’s not all fancy restaurants with equally fancy menus, you can enjoy exquisite food on a budget…And usually with an ocean view.

2. Hit the beach, all year round

You’re never more than 10 minutes away from the water’s edge. If time is precious you must visit St Brelade's Bay, it’s one of the islands most popular beaches and voted one of the best in the UK – enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea at The Terrace. St Aubin’s Bay is a central sprawl where you can play volleyball or swim in the Victorian bathing pool. If you’re staying in St Helier town centre be sure to visit Havre des Pas and Greve d'Azette, for a stroll along the art deco style boardwalk or a dip in the lido.

The wild beaches of the north offer towering cliffs and grassy dunes. Explore the rocky pools and hidden caves of Plemont Beach at low tide. Or follow a walk on Grève de Lecq with a stop in a welcoming country pub – the perfect opportunity to sample some Jersey cider. The fishing port of Rozel Bay is sheltered by greenery and lined with cute cafes and harbourside eateries. On a chilly day take refuge in The Hungry Man for the famous Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Explosion. Hire a car to see the island’s best beaches, in one short stay.

Where to stay: Stay on the beach in St Brelade's Bay at Golden Sands – you’ll be able to drink up the sea views all day long. Or dine beachside at The Terrace during your luxury stay at L’Horizon Beach Hotel and spa.

 

  • Plemont Beach, Jersey. Photo credit: soulfire303.

3. Relax in world-class spas

Whether it’s a weekend dedicated to pampering or a day trip to the spa, the island’s impressive sanctuaries will not disappoint. Hide away in the intimacy of The Club Spa. This luxurious retreat is the perfect place to enjoy some ‘me time’. Leave the Thermal Suite feeling invigorated and refreshed, after time in the salt cabin, herbal steam room or experience shower. Be sure to try the popular Rasul Mud treatment, for a guaranteed holiday glow. With its sea views the setting alone at the L’Horizon spa will lull you into a relaxed frame of mind. Shake off that tired feeling with some time in the sleep room and relaxation lounge. Or unwind at Hotel de France’s Ayush Wellness Spa, where you can quietly reflect in the library or stretch out with a yoga session. 

Where to stay: After a session in the spa, kick back in the luxury surrounds of the Club Hotel and Spa. Or make every day feel like a spa day and admire the ocean views from the indoor pool at L’Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa.

  • Steamed mussels and chips at the Jersey Crab shack, Jersey. Photo credit: Jersey Crab Shack.

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  • Corbiere Lighthouse, Jersey. Photo credit: Steve Stringer Photography.

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  • Preparing the pizza at La cantina. Photo credit: La Cantina.

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4. See the sights on two wheels

The coastal roads lend themselves perfectly to cycling. Soak up the ever-changing scenery from the two wheels of a bicycle. The 96-mile cycle network, which includes 15 mph ‘green lanes’, is suitable for everyone – so don’t worry if you’re not a lycra-clad cycling enthusiast. There are also lots of beach cafes and pubs for regular stops, so less-practiced cyclists can enjoy some time off the saddle too. Alternatively, you could pack a picnic, for an impromptu spread somewhere between farm field and coast. Cycle along the north coast from La Corbiere to L’Etacq. Or make the journey from St Aubin’s Village to Corbiere lighthouse. This is a great option for families, as it follows a child-friendly cycle track with a kid’s playground and café along route.

Where to stay: Choose a countryside retreat like Greenhills Country Hotel, which sits at the heart of the network of Green Lanes. This small country house has a cosy lounge with a log fire, and is close to many inviting country pubs.

  • Pool at the The Club Hotel & Spa. Photo credit: The Club Hotel & Spa.

5. Go for a ramble

Walking is also a popular way to see the beautiful scenery of Jersey. Awaken your senses with the fresh salty air, crashing waves and miles of flawless scenery. Cliff paths and beach walks pave the way for seaside strolls, at any time of year. The rugged north gives an insight into the islands wild side. Uninterrupted coastal paths follow the ups and downs of the coastline and steep climbs guarantee fantastic views, overlooking hidden bays and inlets. The flawless sandy stretches of the south reveal golden bays and wild heathland, while the rolling Atlantic waves of the west entice surfers and attract wildlife, within Jersey’s impressive Coastal National Park.

Where to stay: Nestled on the hillside, Somerville Hotel is a charming country house hotel. Its picturesque background and elegant rooms (just 59 of them) provide a peaceful setting for your Jersey break.

6. Dip more than a toe in the ocean

Take to the water as you kayak around the hidden beaches of Grève de Lecq’s shoreline, a peaceful way to soak in the scenery. Or opt for a more adrenaline-fuelled activity, as you rock jump in Beauport, where the rocks are made from beautiful pink granite. The gentle waves of Belcroute Bay are ideal for stand-up paddle boarding. If you’ve already mastered the knack of riding the waves, challenge yourself with a yoga session – on your board. For bigger swells, join the surfing crowd in St Ouen’s Bay…Home to one of the oldest surfing clubs in Europe.

Where to stay: Breathtaking ocean views and Michelin-starred dining make luxury stays at The Atlantic Hotel unforgettable. Enjoy spectacular views over St Ouen’s Bay during your stay.