The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, really is an ideal getaway. It’s just a short forty-minute flight from London Luton, flying over candyfloss clouds. Budget airlines like easyJet fly there, which mean that you can justify splashing out on accommodation and indulgent meals. And Jersey really does deliver on that front.
We stayed at the beautiful Atlantic Hotel, located on the west side of the island, just a short ten-minute drive from the airport. I was already sold on travelling to Jersey with a five-month old as the flight was so short, but with such a brief transfer it seemed to just seal the deal. We even managed to pre-book a taxi transfer with a car seat for Nova through E-Cabs.
Jersey is a mere 14 miles from France and 100 miles or so from mainland Britain. The hotel itself is set in six-acres of beautiful gardens and looks out onto St Ouens Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. To be honest though, it feels like a million miles away from home. I’m not sure if that’s because of the outdoor pool or the beautiful blue skies that we were blessed with, or perhaps the award-winning wines we indulged in!
The Atlantic Hotel
The lobby is definitely the most stylish part of the hotel. With exposed brickwork, a swish piano and an indoor pond full of excited fish, it’s a modern take on luxury and one that oozes class. As soon as you step foot on the property staff spring into action, opening doors and carrying your bags before you can even blink. It’s extremely welcoming to say the very least.
We stayed in a family room on the ground floor of the hotel and although it had more of a vintage feel to it, the space in the room made up for any longing of contemporary touches. We had a huge double bed, a lounging area that led to a patio and more than enough room for Nova’s travel cot.
The view from the room, or I guess the patio, was the real winner for us. It looked out onto the outdoor pool and in turn, the ocean. During the morning we enjoyed dreamy blue skies and in the evenings the kind of sunsets that make you feel all kinds of happiness. It was blissful and made for an instant escape from home, which is exactly what you want on a holiday.
The bathroom was also a biggie, with two sinks and a surprisingly powerful shower. It was also stocked with lots of Molten Brown toiletries, which is always a winner in my books.
Aside from the room we enjoyed using the indoor pool. We had it all to ourselves, which seemed to please the little one who splashed about like a fish out of water. We weren’t brave enough for a dip in the outdoor pool – those blue skies weren’t fooling us! I can imagine in the summer it must be lovely though.
The hotel has won so many amazing awards and accolades, from the likes of The Independent, Conde Nast and more. Once you stay it’s easy to see why.
Dining at The Atlantic Hotel
The best thing about The Atlantic Hotel is the Ocean Restaurant. It recently won a Michelin star for the tenth year in a row and let’s just say that the food is completely out of this world and the wines are unbelievable. Despite trying to dine with a five-month old, we both said it was by far one of the best meals we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. For slightly older littles they offer a nursery menu, which is really cute (and a perfect excuse for us to go back in a year or two).
The view from the restaurant during the evening is absolutely incredible, or at least it was on the April night that we chose to visit. Jersey knows how to put on a good show! I was desperate for this man to drop to his knees and propose, but I guess that’s the romantic in me.
The dinner menu changes on a regular basis and you can enjoy three courses for £55. Aside from Prosecco (which by the way, was the most divine one I’ve ever tasted) and an amuse bouche of pink gin jelly, I started with potato and garden herb gnocchi and parmesan cream. To be honest, reading it on the menu I wasn’t overly excited. However, that soon changed when it arrived and especially so once I tasted it. Just look at this work of art!
Jay went for squid carpaccio for a starter and then Jersey beef with Jersey lobster tail and ravioli, and dauphinoise carpaccio and a beef Marmite for his main. With all those indulgent ingredients it’s probably of no surprise that he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. It seems the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach.
I then went for the baked tomato and red onion tart with a goat’s cheese glaze and balsamic reduction. As a vegetarian you get so bored with the same things on the menu, so I’m not going to lie when I say that I was slightly disappointed to be stuck with this option. But again, I was proven wrong. Hands down, this tart beats any other I’ve tried. It didn’t even look like a regular tart. Just absolute pure perfection. Even if you’re not a vegetarian you’ll love this dish.
For desserts he went for the glazed banana, with vanilla cream, toffee popcorn and caramel ice cream, whilst I went for the pavé; 55% Valrhona pave, coco nib streusel and praline ice cream. It nearly tipped me over the edge, but wow was it worth it. All of the desserts sounded amazing so you can’t really go wrong with whatever one you pick.
You can also choose to let the Sommelier match wines to your courses and as the hotel has been awarded for its extensive wines and champagnes it really is worth letting them show off with their impressive expertise.
Breakfast at The Atlantic Hotel
Breakfast is also served in the Ocean Restaurant, though one of the perks of staying at The Atlantic Hotel is that you can enjoy it in your room. You don’t miss out on a cooked breakfast or any of the options, which is really refreshing compared to a lot of other hotels. Make sure you order the fresh pastries – they’re really, really good.
Staying at The Atlantic Hotel
This luxury hotel is the perfect bolthole for a getaway. You could easily spend all of your time at the hotel enjoying the fine foods, pool and golf course. Equally (and as we did) it also makes a great base for exploring the island. We walked nearly ten miles to Elizabeth Castle, following beautiful lanes that led to pretty coastal paths, but more on that next time.
Accommodation, breakfast and dinner via The Atlantic Hotel.
Taxi Transfer with a Baby Car Seat via E-Cabs
Flights via easyJet
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Big thanks to The Atlantic Hotel for hosting my stay.