Jersey


In the last few years Jersey has really shaken off its ‘old fashioned’ image and now offers many 21st century comforts and facilities, without losing any of the island’s traditional appeal.

Stylish hotels, boutique shopping, fashionable cocktail bars and high quality restaurants have been added to this channel island jewel, without ever losing its delightfully, often quaint, french je ne sais quoi, which has always captivated tourists. The most famous example of the french touch is Mont Orgueil Castle, whose romantic, majestic look is often used to illustrate features about Jersey and which bears more than a passing resemblance to the more famous Mont Saint Michel in France.

Just 45 square miles when the tide is up, Jersey boasts some of the best sandy beaches in the channel islands – and that is a proud boast indeed when you see what’s on offer elsewhere. Move inland, and nature lovers can enjoy exploring the green lanes, a network of around 50 miles of roads where pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders have priority over motor vehicles. This part of Jersey is a real throwback, to far more innocent times, and contrasts sharply with the vibrant capital city of St Helier. Charmingly compact, with trendy Liberation Square at its epicentre, designer boutiques and high street names jostle for your attention within St Helier’s pedestrianised streets – perfect for that all-important spot of retail therapy.

Whether you’re looking for spas, shopping, golf, history, heritage, fun, forest or a gastronomic feast, you’ll find them in Jersey.

The Regions


St Helier and the South
St Helier is the vibrant capital of Jersey and is a must for any visitor to the island. After shopping, why not stop off at one of the delicatessens, cafes or a Michelin starred restaurant? Culture wise, there are plenty of museums and galleries, while a trip to Elizabeth Castle is definitely recommended. Defending Jersey for more than 300 years, the castle is atop a rocky outcrop in St Aubin’s Bay, and can be reached on foot during low tide or by the pirate-themed Castle Ferry.

St Aubin
The bay of St Aubin stretches from St Helier in the east to St. Aubin’s village in the west. The vast beach, dotted with cafes, is extremely popular for swimming and watersports. St Aubin itself is a pretty fishing village, offering independent shops, galleries and cafes. Just inland you will find the Jersey War Tunnels, a chilling look at when the island was occupied by German forces during World War II.

St Brelade’s Bay
St Brelade’s Bay is arguably the most famous and popular beach, a sheltered south-facing stretch which is very safe for bathing throughout the year. In the summer months water sports are available, while cafes are open all year round. Beach Ability provides manual and ballooned wheelchairs.

The West Coast
The stunning and natural landscape will not disappoint those looking to explore a wilder and more rugged side to Jersey. Walk along the sea wall watching surfers ride Atlantic waves or discover the many coastal walks. Prestige Holidays suggests the seven-mile moderate walk from Plemont Bay to the iconic Corbiere Lighthouse, taking in the entire sweeping length of the west coast.

Also in the west you will find the aMaizin Adventure Park, Valley Adventure Centre, Les Ormes resort and its extensive sports facilities and the National Trust for Jersey Wetland Centre.

The North
Also perfect for those looking for beautiful scenery, The North is home to steep cliffs and hidden bays. This is a popular area for walking and cycling, although not for the faint-hearted as inland Jersey can be quite hilly.
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park, made even more popular by the recent TV programme The Durrells, is a great place to spend the day, or book with us to stay at their Wildlife Camp. La Mare Wine Estate offers tours and tastings while, for relaxation addicts, Greve de Lecq is the north’s most popular beach and well worth a visit.

The East
The East of the island has a multitude of picturesque towns and harbours, such as Gorey in the parish of St Martin’s, home to Mont Orgueil Castle. Protecting Jersey from the French invasion over 600 years ago, a labyrinth of staircases and secret rooms bring the castle to life.

For those looking for more secluded beaches, try Anne Port Bay and Havre de Fer, ideal for rock pooling. Moonwalking on Jersey happens when the island’s massive tidal reach suddenly, and dramatically, reveals rocks, reefs and pools – a strange kind of “moonscape”. Go with a guide, as tides can be treacherous.

Location

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How to get there

By Plane – The island of Jersey can be reached with direct flights from most major regional airports flying with the following airlines Aurigny, British Airways, Easyjet, FlyBe, Jet2 and Aer Lingus. Flight time is as little as 50 minutes.

By Ferry – Condor Ferries operate a daily service throughout the year from Poole and Portsmouth to Jersey. The fast ferry service from Poole takes approximately four and a half hours whereas the conventional ferry from Portsmouth can take up to twelve hours. You can travel as foot passengers or take your vehicle on-board. You can even take your dog with you – they travel free in your vehicle or you will pay a small supplement as foot passengers.

For ease of travel, there really is no better way to get there. No luggage restrictions, easy check in and you sit back, relax and start your holiday as soon as you board. Seat upgrades are available.

Top tips

  • October is a fantastic time to visit and take advantage of “Tennerfest” – a fixed price food festival with menus starting from £10 per person.
  • A lot of our clients like to have a car delivered to their hotel for part or all of their stay. But Prestige can also have bicycles delivered directly to you as well, a fantastic alternative way to explore the green heart or coastal pathways that Jersey has to offer.
  • There is no VAT in Jersey so this makes it the perfect destination for retail therapy. You will find a combination of well known high street brands to boutique and local offerings

When To Go


Summer (June-August) – the island boasts some of the UK’s warmest weather and temperatures can reach a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. This period is peak season and although the weather is favourable, costs and availability can be an issue.

Autumn (September-November) – September to mid-October can still attract some decent weather and it means you can enjoy the island when the tourists have all gone home. The sea temperatures tend to be at their warmest in September.

Winter (December-February) – Low Season. A season with unpredictable weather and very few tourists. Some properties, attractions and shops close during this period. That being said winter on Jersey can still be enjoyable, with dramatic coastlines and cosy atmospheric pubs whilst taking advantage of the much lower prices at this time of year. However please bear in mind that travel to Jersey at this time of the year can often be disrupted due to weather. This is also the best time for deserted beaches, coastal foraging, stormy photography and wild walks without another soul in sight.

Spring (March-May) – A lovely time to visit the island with spring flowers in bloom everywhere and the summer hoards of visitors have not yet arrived. Temperatures are starting to get balmy and a great time for walking the miles of nature trails on offer.

Properties


Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa

Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa

5

JERSEY – The Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa is a luxurious beach-front hotel situated on the promenade in St Helier overlooking the sweeping bay of St Aubins.

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

4

JERSEY – A beautiful hotel situated on one of Jersey’s most stunning beaches. Unmistakably British but with an almost Mediterranean feel.

The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel

4

JERSEY – A luxury hotel with an award-winning restaurant in one of the most stunning and unique locations in the Channel Islands.

The Royal Yacht

The Royal Yacht

4

JERSEY – The Royal Yacht is a modern hotel and luxury spa set in an unrivalled position in the vibrant heart of St Helier.

Chateau La Chaire

Chateau La Chaire

4

JERSEY – A boutique historic hotel set amongst seven acres of woodlands and gardens in the Rozel Valley, in the north-east of the island.

Greenhills Country House Hotel

Greenhills Country House Hotel

4

JERSEY – Greenhills Country House Hotel is a 4-star property effortlessly combining an English country home feel with modern comforts and amenities.

The Golden Sands

The Golden Sands

4

JERSEY – The Golden Sands Hotel is situated on St Brelade’s Bay, this welcoming hotel takes full advantage of its panoramic sea views and the beach.

Somerville Hotel

Somerville Hotel

4

JERSEY – With a country house feel, the Somerville Hotel is set amongst beautiful gardens, overlooking St Aubin’s village and offering unforgettable views.

Hotel Cristina

Hotel Cristina

4

JERSEY – The Hotel Cristina is a hilltop hotel boasting a panoramic vista over St Aubin’s Bay and is surrounded by woodland. A modern hotel and great for families.

Hotel De France

Hotel De France

4

JERSEY – The delightful Hotel de France is a family owned hotel on the outskirts of St. Helier, set in award winning landscaped gardens.

Pomme d’Or Hotel

Pomme d’Or Hotel

4

JERSEY – The Pomme d’Or Hotel is an historic and much sought after hotel that has a real buzz about it, popular with both visitors and local residents.

La Place Hotel

La Place Hotel

4

JERSEY – A beautiful 17th century country house, La Place Hotel has had a recent total refurbishment and is new to our Prestige Collection this year.

La Place Country Cottages

La Place Country Cottages

4

JERSEY – La Place Hotel’s self-catering option, these luxury cottages are in the style of a traditional Jersey courtyard and have 2, 3 or 4 bedded options.

St Brelade’s Bay Hotel

St Brelade’s Bay Hotel

4

JERSEY – A traditional family-owned hotel, located on one of the island’s best beaches and set in five acres of beautiful gardens.

Best Western Royal Hotel

Best Western Royal Hotel

3

JERSEY – The Best Western Royal is ideally located a few minutes walk from the shopping area of St Helier and is one of the longest established hotels in Jersey.

Revere Hotel

Revere Hotel

3

JERSEY – The Revere Hotel was originally a 17th century coaching inn, but is now an established family run hotel with plenty of character and a very warm welcome.

Merton Hotel

Merton Hotel

3

JERSEY – The Merton Hotel is a lively hotel, close to the centre of St Helier and with excellent leisure facilities and entertainment for families, couples, groups or solo travellers.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

Durrell Wildlife Camp

5

JERSEY – Durrell Wildlife Camp is set within 32 acres, these luxury glamping pods are the perfect way to immerse yourselves fully into the Durrell experience.