As the crisp, cold, winter months take hold; why not escape to the UK’s favourite British island, Jersey, the island break? Jersey’s spa hotels, rich eating experiences and the natural energy makes it the ideal indulgent escape that allows you to enjoy the winter season and rebalance, reconnect and revitalise with friends, family and loved ones.
Here are five ways you can reconnect and revitalise in Jersey this winter:
Re-energise and experience the elements
Escape the buzz of city life to Jersey’s inviting natural landscapes, that boast wintry woodlands, cliff-top retreats and deserted beaches, allowing you to breathe in the peace and tranquillity offered up by nature. Retreat from sunny winter chills in one of the beach cafés, such as Le Braye, where passers-by are welcomed to warm by the classic wood burning stove with a decadent hot chocolate.
Catch the golden hour, when the setting sun reflects on the coast to produce stunning photo opportunities. From southerly St Brelade’s Bay to the west-facing St Ouen’s Bay, these unique landscapes allow you to capture your own winter masterpiece.
Watch the Atlantic storms rolling in
Watch magical storms form, from the comfort of your luxury hotel room at The Atlantic Hotel which is perfectly positioned to capture all of nature’s action. If you fancy a higher view, then why not rent The Radio Tower, one of Jersey’s unique heritage lets, with its, 360° degree, glass top floor.
For unrivalled views across St Ouen’s Bay where some of the most dramatic storms can be watched, take refuge in El Tico’s Beach Catina for the best views of the swell accompanied by a warm beverage or a hearty glass of red.
Feel the fresh wind in your hair
Embrace the elements and feel the crisp leaves under your feet on an idyllic woodland walk. St Catherine’s Woods is a favourite Jersey walking spot, where you’ll encounter swing ropes, stepping stones and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of the resident red squirrels in their natural habitat.
Or why not build up an appetite by filling your lungs with bracing sea air on a scenic cliff path such as the Plemont to Grève de Lecq, where the other Channel Islands Guernsey and Sark can be viewed on a clear day.
Escape to an island where rugged beaches and awe-inspiring weather is the backdrop to rich tasting experiences
Jersey is the ideal location to invigorate your taste buds with an abundance of fresh island treats.
Kick off the weekend with a luxurious treat at one of Jersey’s many leading restaurants where you can sample Jersey’s excellent fresh produce; such as the unrivalled locally caught seafood. Head to St Brelade’s Bay – voted one of the best beaches in the British Isles – for an eclectic menu at the Oyster Box where you can tuck into Jerseys finest local seafood and fresh fish in a chic and elegant environment.
Follow your meal by reconnecting with nature and admiring Jersey’s clear night sky. With its low levels of light pollution, stargazing on the island is like nowhere else.
Escape the cold with warming winter food
Warm up with a hearty supper by the fireside and sample local real ale and home cooked foods in a cheery atmosphere at one of Jersey’s cosy country pubs.
Here are a few of Jersey’s cosiest pubs…
- St Mary’s Country Inn, St Mary - A real village pub opposite a local church that offers a perfect authentic feel for a winter escape with a good selection of wines and comfort food.
- Vic in the Valley, St Peter’s Valley - Named after Queen Victoria’s visit in 1859, this spot is a favourite for beer and ale drinkers, serving a vast selection including Butcombe Bitter and Jersey’s Mary Ann.
- Smugglers Inn, St Brelade - Just a short walk from Ouaisne beach, The Smugglers Inn dates back to when pirates used to venture into St Brelade’s for a pint or two of ale. It still serves a good selection of real ales, but these days with fewer pirates and more daily specials on the menu!
- The Priory Inn, St Mary - One of Jersey’s oldest inns, The Priory Inn is the perfect reward after long walks along Jersey’s winding coastal paths to the Devil’s Hole.
- The Rozel Pub, Rozel - Nestled right in the heart of St Martin’s pretty fishing harbour, The Rozel Pub is the perfect treat after working up an appetite on the coastal cliff paths, with is excellent seafood and gourmet classics that have been recommended by the Michelin Guide.