7 Reasons Why Jersey Is The Best Weekend Getaway You’ve Never Thought Of
World-class beaches, hotels and NOM...
The channel islands are one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Nestled between England and France, Jersey is the largest of the (19!) channel islands - and not that we’re ones to advocate size mattering, but it’s arguably the best, too.
With over 420 more hours of sunlight per year and a warmer mean temperature than the UK, a pretty darn winning combination of friendly locals, stunning beaches and a host of stress-diffusing activities, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained on a break.
Beaches that would make the south of France blush
Mention UK beaches, and all you can think of is foot-splitting stones, chilblain winds, and seagulls divebombing your ice cream before you’ve even had a chance to inhale.
But Jersey’s spectacularly sandy coasts are the polar opposite - full of stunning scenery, pseudo-palm trees, warm winds and twinkling waters.
From Bouley Bay to Bonne Buit, and even further out to the island’s most popular seaside stretch St. Brelade’s, you’re guaranteed world-class views and indulgent waters aplenty.
A conservation centre even Superman champions
Superman has fought many world-ending things in his time. Batman, Microwave Man (it’s a thing - Google it), Zack Snyder etc. So when Superman himself decides to back a conservational cause, and throw his weight behind saving the planet, you should definitely sit up and listen.
Case in point, Durrell Wildlife Park - Jersey’s world-class facility houses a host of animals and Henry Cavill (a Jersey boy himself) proudly champions the centre as an ambassador, telling BBC News their work is “really important” and teaches people “how to combat the creep towards extinction.”
Even if you’re not a super-fan, there is MORE than enough to please animal fans, with gorillas, bears, meerkats, otters, aye-ayes, mega-tortoises and much more all there for you to see and DAW.
With world-class beaches and service comes globally-recognised accommodation. The Atlantic Hotel in particular has won all manner of snazzy awards in recent years, and for good reason. Breathtaking ocean views over St Ouen’s Bay (a site which earned conservation status for its outstanding natural beauty) from your bedroom, a stylish and refined hotel decor, immaculately landscaped gardens (with the aforementioned bay-views) and a Michelin starred restaurant (SO. MUCH. GASTRO-NOM) have all led to countless accolades, including ‘Best International Hotel’ at the 2015 Food and Travel Reader Awards.
That’s ‘international’ as in ‘best in the world’.
All. the. seafood
Island-living has many benefits, not least the abundance of freshly caught seafood. St. Brelade’s Oyster Box has the finest of local fish dishes, while Mark Jordan at the Beach’s bistro style beachside dining boasts views as jaw dropping as its produce. SOLD.
The ultimate date destination
Not to get all douchey about it, but we’ve travelled a fair bit. So trust us when we say Corbiere Phare boasts one of the most romantic dinner spots in the world.
Watching the sunset over the pristine Corbiere lighthouse as you pour a glass of bubbles is pretty much bliss incarnate. Joy.
History lessons that won’t send you to sleep
During World War 2, the UK left Jersey defenceless. Inevitably the island was occupied by the Germans, leading to a host of fascinating, if not regularly morbid, historical monuments that tell the tales of prisoners and survivors. The Jersey War Tunnels are a subterranean peek into some of the Nazi’s cruelest practices. Brace yourselves. Feels are coming.
Or why not explore older architectural wonders like Mont Orgueil Castle - an 800-year-old fort overlooking a beautiful fishing village. It includes a ‘Wheel Of Urine’ in its Must Sees. We have no words.
COWS & POTATOES
Grab a car and drive around Jersey’s countless fields, and you will see two things. Many, many signs to buy fresh Jersey Royal New Potatoes (*insert Homer drool gif*) and thousands of cuddly, adorable cows, which are used to farm tons and tons of butter and cream.
MTV stayed at... The Atlantic, which offers an ‘Atlantic Break’ from £115 per person per night throughout 2016. Includes full English breakfast each morning, a three course table d’hôte dinner served in the Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant each night and a group B hire car (petrol, insurance and Jersey hire car tax to be settled direct with the hire car company). Guests will also enjoy complimentary use of the Palm Club where the facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa pool, saunas and mini gym. A minimum of 2 nights is required. To plan your visit and learn more about Jersey, please visit: www.jersey.com.