48 Hours of Wild Outdoors on the Beautiful Island Of Jersey
Here’s all the reasons Jersey is basically the South of France and the perfect weekend getaway.
It’s hard to remember your troubles when the air hostess loads your glass with yet more Prosecco, meanwhile, the propeller plane soars over the channel towards the little gem of an island, Jersey. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break or a relaxing family holiday, your exotic getaway is just an hour fight away. It’s a pity the flight is shorter than most peoples’ commute because you know the Central line doesn’t have reclining chairs and air con. One of the perks of flying at night, the dark empty space you’d assumed was just fields is actually white sandy beaches and pristine turquoise water.
Jersey is the largest channel island (nine miles by five to be exact) and has the warm village vibe of Cornwall but the striking coastline of the south of France. It’s a self-governed dependency of the United Kingdom island off the coast of France; the street names are in French but you’ll have the convivence of GBP currency and English-speakers… cos we don’t have time for translating the menu.
It’s hard to find a bad restaurant when the island is home to the prized Jersey cow, the fish is fresh from the water and produce is mostly locally sourced. Of course, you can’t go to Jersey without tucking into Jersey clotted cream with strawberries. Eating counts as an activity, right?
Whether you’re in need of rich open space, historical tour of the WWII tunnels or a water-based adventure within a few days you’ll be planning an early retirement in this seaside paradise.
Welcome to Jersey… a weekend of repeating the phrase ‘I can’t believe this is technically the UK’.
WHAT TO DO
Walk It Off
Famed for its dramatic landscape, Jersey is the perfect location for those needing fresh air, open space and uninterrupted time. There’s no better way to discover the island than a Self-Guided Walk. From coastal paths rolling along the steep cliffs overlooking rocky bays or the country fields filled with wildflowers and friendly-ish sheep. Whichever route you opt for, the views will be evergreen and worthy of a little sweat.
A friendly local recommend Sorel Point to Devil’s Hole which is best of both worlds - there are jagged cliffs, secluded coves and a pub at the end. Visit Self Guided Walks' website to explore the routes.
Whilst in Jersey, we highly recommend hopping on a board (be it a surfboard or a paddle board) and riding the turquoise water for a freeing experience. Why? Because the adrenaline junkies will relish it and because you may catch sight of a dolphin. Absolute Adventures organised a stand-up paddleboard session which is always an insta-worthy opportunity and probs the most zen activity one can do. The qualified SUP instructor will kit you out with a wetsuit and teach you a few techniques before paddling out to play in the ocean.
Absolute Adventures are a ‘one-stop shop’ for water-based adventure in Jersey from scenic kayak tours to conquering the biggest rock jumps.
(Not So) Smooth Sailing
A Jersey Seafari is not just a great pun, but an adrenal-filled experience exploring the islands and incredible outer sea banks. The high-speed tours venture out into the deep blue to scout for wildlife and give visitors a taste of the life by the sea. Apparently, dolphin sightings have more than doubled in the years so fingers-crossed for the lucky explorers.
Sailing On The Sand
If you're a fan of go-karting then let us introduce you to our new favourite extreme sport - Blokarting. Challenge your mates to an exhilaration race, in essentially a go-kart with a huge sail. The sail harness the wind and jets you down the beach at speeds up to 40mph and when you're that close to the sand, you'll really feel the wind in your hair. It's bumpy, it's a little dangerous, it's one for the bucket list.
Jump In The Deep End
If like us, you get bored of sunbathing in the first ten minutes then add a little adventure to your beach day. Jersey's coastal terrain is best explored via the water whether it's exploring hidden coves on a kayak or doing some gnarly cliff jumping. Absolute Adventures' professional tour guides will lead the way on one of their thrill-seeking experiences from scenic kayak tours, scrabbling on a coasteering challenge or riding an inflatable banana behind a powerboat. Jersey is the perfect location for your next adventure.
WHERE TO EAT
The Royal Yacht is home to a handful of restaurants, but Sirroco is one to tick off the list. The sophisticated restaurant is known for its mixture of local and exotic ingredients and the perfect setting for romantic dinner on the cool, airy terrace overlooking the harbour.
Order a glass (or a bottle) of the crispy Chablis white wine to wash down the salty catch of the day.
You’ll fall in love with Jersey all over again whilst chilling at Kismet Cabana’s beachfront terrace with a tropical cocktail in one hand and jerk-chicken burger in the other. The al fresco beach hut overlooks the Ouaisne bay and is home to the best street food on the island. Kismet proudly works with local suppliers and has delicious menu inspired by global flavours.
Create your own exotic picnic to go and hit the beach.
Decked out with nautical accessories, the family-run restaurant is one of the locals’ favourite eateries. Feast is a relaxed restaurant tucked under the Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey Pier – a short drive from the main town. The seasonal menu features hearty fish soup in the winter and salt & pepper squid in the summer.
Grab a table outside to soak in the sun and watch the tide come in.
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at The Royal Yacht in the heart of the ‘city’ (more like a quaint village). The hotel seems to be the centre point of the city and overlooks the St Helier harbour filled with locals’ fishing boats and fancy yachts.
Here, you can choose between a luxurious penthouse suite featuring a large jacuzzi on your private terrace or a spacious double with Seaview balcony. Luckily, all rooms include a hearty buffet breakfast which can be enjoyed from your room if you fancy a feast on your private balcony. The winning factor goes to the all-singing-all-dancing spa facility, which will smooth out the aches and pains of a heavy work week.
Just to confirm, you do NOT need to own a yacht to hang your hat for the night.
By Rosie Needham
MTV Travelled with The Royal Yacht, for rates and availability please visit here for more information. Car hire is available with Hertz, at the airport prices start from £72.29 per day. Fly to Jersey from numerous UK airports in around an hour including London City, Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Leeds, Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester with British Airways, EasyJet and Flybe. Flight prices were £185.00 return from London City on Friday 29 March 2019. Jersey is accessible by sea from Poole and Portsmouth with Condor Ferries. For further information, please visit www.condorferries.co.uk. For more information about Jersey, please visit www.jersey.com. #theislandbreak