We spent last week in the Channel Islands and I’ve been so excited to share this post, mostly because we had the best time and I’m keen to relive it in photographs!
The wonderful thing about having this blog is that it makes me actually take the pictures. I’ve said it before, but I wouldn’t have half as many moments captured if it wasn’t for the purposes of documenting them. It’s why I started this little project, and it’s still the best part of it for me now.
Anyway, if you were following over on Instagram or Instastories you’ll have gotten a little glimpse of just how beautiful Jersey is. We’ve been before (you can find my last post on it here!) and it’s where I spent all my childhood holidays too. It is honestly the perfect spot for a family holiday, and even more ideal if you have a very young family, are a nervous flyer, or just keen for somewhere with all the conveniences and amazing food of home.
We stayed in cottages at Hotel La Place, close to St Aubin, and they are both beautiful and amazingly functional for families of all sizes. We opted for the two bedroom one, and they very kindly popped in a camp bed for Annie too!
You can use all the facilities that the attached hotel offers – the pool, bar and restaurant as well as the hotel shuttle bus to various activities around the island. It’s also possible to add on breakfast too, and this was the best part of every day for our three. Everyone loves a breakfast buffet! 😉
St Aubin is full of all the quintessential seaside charm you could ask for. Pastel buildings, sailboats, cobbled streets and quirky shops and restaurants. Almost thirty five years on and it is still my favourite. We ate one night at The Salty Dog here and it was so delicious. I’d thoroughly recommend! We were taking some pictures of houses here and at one point a lady opened her door and gave the kids her pet rabbit to hold. It really made us laugh, but Barney was the talk of the holiday after that. 😉
My sister and her family hired bikes here too, and cycled right along the promenade to St Helier. As well as the usual one person ones they also have those suitable for two and three people, as well as trailers for very little ones.
Nowhere is too far in Jersey. You can start your day at one part of the island and be at entirely the opposite end within half an hour, and Gorey was probably the furthest point for us. It’s so worth a visit but we moved away from the sea front this time (it’s full of all those proper ‘seaside’ smells and a little crowded too!) and headed up towards Gorey town instead. I’d been recommended to visit the secret garden at The Old Bank House and so we tracked it down just in time to bribe Annie (her feet were sore) with some chocolate cake and a drink. It was lovely and the desserts were crazy good. We also loved resident parrot Reef who kept us in chat!
By far the things that blew us away most of all this time were the beautiful beaches. Last time we visited our weather wasn’t so good, and we shelved any big beach trips for another time. This time though we took full advantage, and there are so many that this little island has to offer. The pictures above were taken at Greve de Lecq one evening, and I just love the colours in them so much. The light is just beautiful here, the sand so white and the sea so very blue.
Our favourite beach was Beauport Bay, which we happened upon almost accidentally on the most beautiful day. It has very steep access (not for those with limited mobility or prams!), but when you make it down it is utterly stunning. We almost felt like we were in Hawaii – huge, structural rocks, pure white sand and the clearest water. There are no public facilities down there, and it’s one hell of a climb back up, but I’d thoroughly recommend it for a visit.
Also worth a mention is the beach at Plemont, if rock pools and cliffs are more your jam. There’s a bit of a trek down to this one too (200 steps we were advised. My legs felt every one of them on the way back up again! 😉 ) but it’s a beautiful spot for tiny children to paddle comfortably in shallow pools. It’s also worth noting that during high tide (most of the morning on this side of the island!) this beach is completely under water. It’s best visited from mid afternoon in the Summer months.
There are so many family friendly activities on Jersey. From the underground war tunnels (which we did last time and the kids loved!), to outdoor and indoor play at adventure parks dotted around the island. Coronation Park in St Helier is amazing for a lazy morning. Bring a picnic and the kids can play in the huge outdoor paddling pool there. You might have seen on my instastories how much our guys and their cousins loved it! 🙂
Food is not a problem either, and we all came home having over indulged. Everything was just so good! Notable places to eat are The Crab Shack at St Brelade, El Tico at St Ouan, The Hungry Man at Rozel Bay (try their sausage baps. They are the best we have tasted!) and The Poplars at La Moye for sweet treats. I’m still thinking about their lemon slices!
There are so many more things that I could write about an amazing week. I’m sure I’ll kick myself after for forgetting some. But we honestly had such a wonderful time, made more so by spending it with our wider family too.
Jersey, you were wonderful. See you again very soon!