Jersey Holidays in 2016

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Holidays to Jersey

Situated just 100 miles from Britain’s mainland, Jersey is the perfect compromise between holidaying abroad and something closer to home. The largest of the Channel Islands, it continues to be one of the most popular. Famous for its temperate climate and unspoiled landscape, you won’t help but feel a reassuring familiarity from this island.

Narrow country lanes, secluded woodlands and Norman-style townhouses evoke a perfect mix of French and British influences that give Jersey its unique charm. Whatever you’re looking for, Jersey holidays will not disappoint.

Be Beside the Seaside

Albeit a small island, Jersey has big choices when it comes to places to stay. Luxury 5-star hotels, B&Bs by the beachfront and boutique stays in the heart of the country are just some of our options. The old fishing village of St. Aubin has a distinctly quaint feel to it and is home to one of Jersey’s most beautiful harbours. For keen foodies, the small village of Gorey is an ideal spot for local cuisine – serving up everything from fresh seafood to famous Jersey cream teas. Surrounded by golden sands, Gorey is ideal for coastal walks that make it a hit with young families.

A Great Escape

Holidays to Jersey are great for those who crave variety. An endless amount of activities and amusements, there are a wealth of things to see and experience on the island. If you’re a self-confessed shopaholic, you’ll love visiting the medieval town of St Hellier. This busy capital boasts a combination of designer boutiques and high street names to please fashionistas. For food fans, the vibrant street market is a must-see, selling a great choice of local delicacies.

With its vast coastline, holidays in Jersey are great for those with a love for water sports. Boat trips, cruises and sailing can all be enjoyed and scuba-diving is incredibly popular. St Ouen’s Bay in particular is a great beach to visit for surfing enthusiasts. There are also a great variety of activities to experience on land. The rocky cliffs that inhabit the island are great for thrill-seekers who love to abseil or rock climb, whilst the path tracks are perfect for horse-riding.

For fun after dark, Jersey’s music scene is just the ticket. Many local venues host regular live music and the French influence is still apparent in many of the pubs and clubs.

Out and About in Jersey

Aside from sandy beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do on Jersey holidays. Durrell Wildlife Park is a popular attraction and particularly great for families. Featuring over 130 species, you’ll come face to face with some of the rarest animals on earth. The park’s collection of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles will keep the little ones in your family entertained for hours.

If, however, you’d like to delve into Jersey’s history, a visit to the famous Jersey War Tunnels is a must. Stretching over one kilometre, these tunnels were originally designed by the German army to resist air raids in World War II. Take a glimpse at what life was like during the occupation of the island and explore the Woodland War Trail before enjoying a quiet moment in the Gardens of Reflection.

Jersey Couples Breaks

Romance

Jersey is the ideal destination to indulge in some pampering, with a choice of luxurious spas found across the island. You can enjoy relaxing in saunas and steam rooms, or treat yourselves to some indulgent beauty or rejuvenating therapies. Those looking to treat their partner to a unique and memorable gift should take a visit to the Jersey Pearl, a design workshop offering guided tours and the chance to pick your own pearl from a tank and have it made into a pendant – the perfect souvenir of your romantic break.

Things to Do

The coast of Jersey offers some delightful places to take a romantic stroll, with beautifully rugged shores and hidden coves just waiting to be explored. Shopaholics will be kept happy with tax-free shopping, allowing you to stock up on items that are pricier at home. You will also find some charming antique and art shops where you can find something a bit different.

Nightlife

Couples can enjoy the refined and stylish side to Jersey’s nightlife, from elegant restaurants to chic bars. Michelin starred dining is offered in Jersey’s three awarded restaurants and you can find a good choice of romantic places to dine, whether it is by the sea or on a cosy starlit terrace.

Jersey Family Holidays

Days Out

Home to over 130 endangered species, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is the ideal family-friendly place to visit during your holiday. Adults and children alike will love wandering across the 32 acres of parkland and gardens, discovering over 1400 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. For some exciting activities why not visit the aMaizin! Adventure Park where you will find a host of things to keep you entertained including - toboggans, go kart tracks, a gold mine and a crazy golf course.

Things to Do

Jersey is surrounded by a number of sheltered bays, some of which are home to some underwater reefs. These areas are ideal for snorkelling, with some beautiful underwater sights to behold. If you’d prefer to stay dry then you can take a seal and dolphin watching boat trip in search of some of the island’s beautiful local inhabitants.

Eating Out

Being an extremely family-friendly island means you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out, with a range of cafes and restaurants to choose from, from cosy town pubs to relaxed sea side retreats. The island also boasts some beautiful landscapes which are ideal for picnics, with designated areas that offer great facilities for visitors.

Fun Events

One of the island’s most well-known events arrives in the summer, the Battle of Flowers Parade. The event sees thousands of visitors coming to celebrate every year, with vibrantly decorated floats heading through the streets. On the second day you can see the spectacular Moonlight Parade, where the flowers are illuminated with lights under the stars.

Jersey Hotels

Family-friendly Hotels

One of the most loved hotels in Jersey, the Pomme d’Or Hotel offers a warm welcome to any family looking for a relaxed break. Looking out over the water in the capital, St Helier, this hotel will keep everyone entertained with its fantastic range of facilities. Alternatively, the Hotel De Normandie makes a greta choice for families looking for a relaxing base for exploring.

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Luxury Stays

The Club Hotel and Spa offers a slice of opulence for couples who wish to enjoy a romantic city break to Jersey. Boasting a Michelin Star awarded restaurant, it is the ideal place for a special break with your loved one. The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a relaxing spa.

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Budget Hotels

Sitting in a pretty location along the coast, the Fort d’Auvergne Hotel is perfect for a seaside break. This charming, traditional hotel offers year round swimming in its indoor pool. Over the summer, guests can enjoy sunning themselves on the terrace, which offers views across the bay of St Helier.

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Beachfront Stays

Nestled on a landscape of pretty gardens, the Samares Coast Hotel sits in a quiet location looking over St Clement’s Bay. Guests will find plenty to keep them entertained here, with outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a restaurant, mini-gym and a spa with a steam room. The Royal Yacht is situated on the waterfront in St Helier and boasts great views.

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Weekends Away in Jersey

Must Visit

Jersey’s beautiful coastline is well worth exploring whilst visiting the island. The shores are filled with secret coves and rugged bays and you can discover the hidden gems by walking along the cliff tops. For those looking to spend a day learning more about Jersey’s past the Pallot Steam Museum offers an insight into the history of motoring, showcasing everything from steam engines and military vehicles to tractors and vintage cars.

Outdoor Sports

The countryside landscapes across the island are ideal for activity weekends away, with a good choice of outdoor sports to choose from. You can explore the countryside landscapes on a bike ride or discover the coast with rock climbing, abseiling and shoreline hiking. At the beach you can get involved in some exciting water sports such as surfing and kayaking.

Day Trips

Those who want to explore the surrounding area can take a day trip to France, with a ferry crossing to St Malo, a pretty walled city in Brittany. If you’re looking for an adventurous day of activities you can visit the Jersey AquaSplash, which boasts a 25 metre deep pool, a tyre ride, lazy river and water inflatables

Nightlife

Jersey is known across the globe for its fine food, so there are plenty of options when it comes to eating out across the island. Those looking for some refined dining can seek out its three Michelin starred restaurants, or you can enjoy a quiet dinner in a cosy town pub. Bars range from upmarket cocktail and champagne bars to laid back seaside cafés, so whatever you have in mind you will be well catered for in Jersey.

Useful information

Language
English
Currency
Pounds Sterling
Local time
GMT
Airport
Jersey
Flight time
50 minutes