WHERE TO STAY
Even though Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, it only measures nine miles by five miles. Yet there is a lot to experience in this small space!
We opted to base ourselves in the capital, St Helier, within easy reach of all the important things - food, shopping and nightlife! The four-star Pomme d'Or Hotel is ideally located on Liberation Square, just minutes from where we docked at the port, following a comfortable crossing on the Condor Liberation ferry.
With views of the waterfront, our room was spacious and contemporary with all the modern creature comforts we could ask for, including free wifi, and The White Company toiletries in the bathroom were a luxurious touch.
We could hardly have guessed that during WW2, this hotel had been commandeered during Nazi occupation of the island and used as a German Army headquarters!
Breakfast at the Pomme (as it is affectionately known by the natives) is a serious affair where you can prepare for the day ahead with generous helpings of fruit, cereals, continental cheese and meat platters and a freshly cooked buffet.
Most impressive, are the dedicated, friendly and helpful staff, who will do all they can to ensure you get the most out of what the hotel and the island has to offer. Standard double and twin rooms start from just £79 per night.
WHAT TO DO
This is a place of real contrasts, where every bend in the road brings you something a little different. And there are so many ways to explore Jersey - by car, bike, foot and water.
Though the Channel Islands are affiliated with the UK, Jersey is situated just 19 miles from the coast of France. And it shows. From the French street names to the palm trees swaying in the breeze, on a sunny day you could easily mistake this for somewhere in the Med.
A walk around the winding streets of St Helier is a must. Grab a latte, walk up to Fort Regent for a clear view across the capital and take a ramble round the local markets - we couldn't resist buying a couple of bottles of Jersey salted caramel. It makes everything taste better, fact.
As an added bonus, shopping here is VAT free (however, there is a 3% Goods and Service tax) so make the most of the opportunity to pick up a bargain.
The Jersey War Tunnels in St Lawrence are a great way to learn a little more about the history of the island and what it underwent during five years of Nazi occupation. A fascinating tour through the tunnels, this complex underground warren, which was dug by slave workers, was planned as a German hospital but remains eerily unfinished.
A network of walking trails, cycle paths and roads criss-cross the entire island. If you venture a hop and a skip from the cosmopolitan capital, the landscape changes dramatically. The wide sweeping beaches of St Aubin's Bay and St Brelade's Bay have perfect conditions for a raft of watersports such as water-skiing, banana boat rides, and wind-surfing.
Further around the coast we discovered Beauport Bay - the locals' favourite beach of all. This small, enclosed cove of golden sand is sheltered from the wind so was ideal for a spot of swimming and sun-worshipping.
Take in the north coast of the island from the water with a thrilling hour-long speedy RIB experience from Jersey Seafaris. If you're lucky you might even spot some dolphins.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
One thing you won't be in Jersey is hungry. We headed to the award winning The Green Olive in St Helier for a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian dishes, packed with spice and flavour.
We tried 'A Taste of India' to start - a mouth-watering trio of salmon tandoori, coconut and cod bon bon and prawn pakora – followed by delicious smoked haddock stuffed with local crab. Raspberry meringue roulade finished the meal perfectly.
A visit here without trying (several) scoops of rich and creamy Jersey ice-cream is unthinkable. And for a true island experience, try afternoon tea with a twist - Jersey black butter, made with apples, cider and spices, instead of strawberry jam.
When it comes to drinking, there are no shortage of prosecco opportunities. Just around the corner from the Pomme are the Royal Yacht, Mimosa and Merchant Brasserie, all chic enough for the Marbella-loving TOWIE crew. Sit outside, soak up the sun and sip away.
Keep the party going at The Drift nightclub (inside the Royal Yacht hotel) with special DJ appearances, Koko (on The Esplanade) or Ce Soir (10 Caledonia Place) - the latest opulent offering from the guys who brought The Blind Pig speakeasy to London.
Condor Ferries operates a year round service to the Channel Islands - a fast ferry from Poole on board the state-of-the-art Condor Liberation and a conventional service from Portsmouth. Prices start from under £50pp for a car and two passengers. For more information or to book visit condorferries.com or call 0845 609 1024.
TIP: Make the most of your journey by upgrading to Ocean Plus for a super comfy reclining seat, great views and exclusive bar from just £4.95pp each way when you book in advance.
For more information on the island check out Visit Jersey.
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