A luxury staycation in Jersey

Experiencing the island of ‘famous four’
2020-06-22
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The island of Jersey at the southernmost part of British Channel Islands is famous for Jersey Cow, Lilly Langtry and the Bergerac TV series during the 1980s. It is yet to become a familiar name among the Indian travellers for many reasons.

Ironically, many Indians still confuse it with the American state of New Jersey! Till now, the destination is perceived as a bit niche and has not been frequented by many Asians. However, in the post-pandemic scenario, when luxury travel will take a lead, such niche destinations may well be in demand and Indians may add Jersey to their Europe tour list.

Admeasuring just over 115 sqkm, Jersey’s tiny size makes it easy to fit plenty into a weekend. It is not part of the European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen Area. However, as part of the British Crown, it follows the UK immigration rules and requires a UK visa for the Indian passport holders.

Jersey is roughly about an hour’s flying distance from any of the key airports in the UK. It is important to note that though the main UK mobile networks don’t extend to Jersey and hence mobile and internet connections need to be well checked in advance, however free wifi is offered at almost everywhere.

A perfect island break for a couple or an adventure for the entire family, Jersey can provide an alternate experience to the countryside UK or France. From beach walks and coastal driving routes to memorable food experiences in restaurants and cafes overlooking the sea, relaxing weekends in the fresh salt air and boat trips with stunning views, Jersey has the setting for a cool luxurious island vacation.

Photo: Visit Jersey

It is surprising to find out that for a small island, Jersey offers an incredible range of activities to suit almost every explorer. Nature lovers can spend hours discovering the unspoilt beauty of its stunning landscape, and if you’re a seaside adventurer, then the seemingly limitless ocean awaits! Brave the waves in one of Jersey’s famous surf spots, swim and splash in the sea, explore the beautiful beaches or enjoy one of the many relatively easier water sports on offer.

Or simply explore the islands’ fascinating points of interest, including Jersey Zoo (Durrell), the famous War Tunnels, imposing castles and unique museums. Outdoor explorers will be spoilt for choice in the Jersey National Park and there are plenty of places to visit for families! Enjoy an exclusive tax-free shopping at the outlets of the top brands, designer goods, and departmental stores in the heart of St Helier’s high street or wander through the charming markets, quirky antique stores and unique local boutiques.

Rest your feet and stop off in a nearby café for a quick espresso or enjoy a glass of wine over a delicious, leisurely lunch. As a small island famous for its food, Jersey is bursting with flavour from abundant local produce and rich creamy milk to seafood straight from the island’s clear waters. From beach cafes to chic restaurants, farm stalls to village delis, it is packed with good eating experiences.  There are many French, Italian and Portuguese style restaurants. Chinese, Indian and Thai are well represented too. Fast-food chains can be found only in town, but traditional kiosks serving quick bites can be found at many beach spots.

Jersey is the perfect place to relax and unwind, with a wealth of spa weekends and great-value spa deals on offer from luxury hotels across the island. There’s a fantastic range of wellbeing retreats and yoga breaks to choose from, where you can rediscover your inner tranquillity and return feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Photo: Visit Jersey

 

 

Don’t miss trying Jersey’s Famous Four

Jersey Royals

In Jersey one of the largest tides in the world nourishes the land with rich marine minerals. That is why Jersey Royals, the local potatoes have a unique flavour. Taste them in the only place they’re grown.

Jersey Lobsters

The currents that orbit Jersey bring shellfish, crab and lobster close to the shores. So when you see lobster on a Jersey menu, you can be sure it’s locally caught and worth-tasting.

Jersey Cows

Explore Jersey’s countryside and you won’t be able to miss the iconic Jersey cow famous for their rich creamy milk. Taste the locally-made cheese and ice-cream made of this milk while you’re here.

Jersey Oysters

Discover local oysters cultivated in the oyster beds fed by the shallow waters of the bay of Grouville, with a castle as a backdrop. They are best eaten fresh with a view of the sea.

 

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