by Julie Carter, Prestige Holidays Closer to Home Travel Consultant
I have been lucky enough to visit the stunning island of Herm twice over the last couple of years on day trips, and have promised myself that next time I visit, I will stay overnight to be able to spend the evening on the beach watching the sun set. As soon as you set foot on this sand island, you feel like any troubles you had have just washed away. A cliché I know, but it is so true. Walking around the island on the coastal path that hugs the cliff, you look down at beautiful white beaches and turquoise seas. Shell Bay was by far my favourite and I whiled away a couple of hours searching through all the shells for those special ones. Revisiting for a second time with my children, we hired kayaks and enjoyed the views from the ocean. The sea looked inviting and just like the Caribbean but as soon as you dipped your toes in, it was refreshing to say the least!
Walking around the island, we stopped at a little café on Belvoir bay, for a coffee and to take in the views. Herm is a fabulous place for bird watching and we spent the next part of the walk on puffin watch as they like to nest in the cliff faces of the southern part of the island. I was so surprised to see how small they are. The photos I had seen before just make them look as if they were so much bigger. Flora and fauna on Herm is stunning, and the springtime flowers are a sight to see. The path then took us inland over the top of Herm, which is surprisingly hilly in the centre. Little cottages are dotted around the countryside. We walked past the cutest fire station I have ever seen, not sure when they were last called out! This brought us back to the main hub of this tiny island, where the Mermaid Tavern is located. Popular with day trippers and residents, always a great warm atmosphere greets you in this pub. Boasting a large terrace, this is a great place to sit, have a spot of lunch and do some people watching.
Next to this is a nice little shop with all the touristy souvenirs, some clothes, beach gear and an array of arts and crafts. A nice little shop to mooch around. The White House Hotel is the place to stay on the island, and if you are staying there, this hotel offers a great outdoor pool with stunning views over the bay. The Conservatory restaurant is the hotel’s two AA rosettes restaurant and is a very elegant dining experience.
Herm is a beautiful small sand island… easy enough to get to for the day from Guernsey. But why not do as I want to next time, and take a couple of days out of the crazy rat race many of us live in, and kick off your shoes, walk barefoot along the beaches….. and just breathe…relax.