Whether you choose to stay at L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa located on the idyllic St Brelade’s Bay or Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa in the historical capital of St Helier, either one of our spa hotels will provide an unforgettable experience.
Spanning about nine miles from west to east and five from north to south, Jersey is the perfect size for a weekend break. Jersey is the largest of the five small islands that make up the archipelago in the English Channel, and is incredibly diverse.
The north side is differentiated by rugged cliffs, fishing ports and small beaches, while the west coast boasts the long sweep of St Ouen's Bay sandwiched between rocky headlands and heathlands.
The south coast is where you will find L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa on the busy seaside resort of St Brelade, together with St Aubin's Bay and the busy town of St Helier. This is where you will find our sister resort Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, which makes for a great evening out. Midway along the east coast is Mont Orgueil Castle overlooking Gorey Harbour and the Royal Bay of Grouville. Inland, you will find valleys, secluded green lanes, villages and farmland – perfect for exploring by foot or bike. I particularly like Jersey for its fabulous outdoor lifestyle coupled with an abundance of lively bars and quality restaurants that highlight the island’s fresh seafood and great produce.
Here are just a few of my recommendations to while away a weekend in Jersey.
Located on the beautiful St Brelade’s Bay, voted as one of the top three best UK beaches nonetheless, you could not find a better location from which to explore Jersey. Loved by visitors for its golden sand, safe swimming, family-friendly activities and watersports, you will find plenty to do here whatever your age. One of the best and unique ways to explore it is as night descends, when the ocean recedes by up to 40ft and the seabed comes alive with bioluminescent creatures and other marine life. Advance booking is essential as are wellington boots if you do not want to get your feet wet! After several hours of exploring, you would have worked up an appetite for dinner at The Grill, which is renowned for its fine, locally caught seafood.
Kickstart your day with a L’Horizon traditional breakfast (complete with Channel Island pork sausage) or take advantage of our wonderful buffet boasting 107 items, before heading off to La Mare wine estate, distillery and cider farm. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful St. Mary countryside La Mare makes some of the island's legacy recipes such as Black Butter preserve; the tours and tastings of the wines and handmade products are very interesting and well worth a visit.
For lunch, I recommend you check out one of the island's oldest beach cafes and surf centres El Tico on Jersey’s west coast. Their menu includes dishes with influences from around the world using as many local ingredients as they can – it is certainly big on flavour. One of the highlights of L’Horizon is the new spa and as a winner of the Good Spa Guide Awards, make sure you set aside the afternoon to make use of our excellent leisure facilities or indulge in treatment or two.
Glam up and head over to Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa for a drink in the Champagne Lounge overlooking St Aubin’s Bay and Elizabeth Castle, before heading to dinner in the Tassili Restaurant. Grand Jersey’s fine dining 3 AA Rosette restaurant features a selection of products from the rich seas surrounding Jersey to create dishes inspired by Head Chef Nicolas Valmagna’s French heritage. Tassili often hosts unique events such as dining in the dark, so it is worth checking out any upcoming experiences that may influence the date of your stay.
After a lazy breakfast with us, I recommend you walk the whole beach from the seaside parish church and historic Fishermans’ Chapel at the western side of St. Brelade’s beach to Ouaisne. When the tide is high, you can walk along the beachfront promenade, crossing the headland that divides the two beaches. A great way of rounding off the weekend before your flight home would be with a visit to Jersey Zoo, established in 1959 as the first ever conservation-themed zoo. This stunning 32-acre park with valleys, woodland and some of the world’s rarest animals is perfect for the whole family.