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Review: Jersey

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  • By SilverTraveller Bill-Sheila

    26 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • June 2016
  • Wife

For those whose far flung adventures we read about on this site, this will disappoint as it is close to home and easy to get to; yet it is the realisation of a dream and the culmination of a year of planning. We wanted to celebrate our Sapphire anniversary with something special as we were now both retired. The criteria were: we both agreed on the destination, there would be no stress from travel or climate, there must be sufficient of interest to last 14 days, it should be somewhere we wanted to visit before but could not afford. The answer was Jersey.

You set yourself up for disappointment when you have dreamt of somewhere for years, we should not have worried, Jersey was so much more than we could imagine. The first impressions from the sea were spectacular. Arriving at St. Helier the image is bright and bustling, nearly an hour later, as we found our hotel, it was apparent that the car certainly does not rule here, people are the priority and negotiating the one way system without a map is a non starter. It turns out that a car is unnecessary, the public transport is efficient, frequent, reliable, simple to use and cheap. Our hotel, The BW Royal was excellent, the food stunning and only a few minutes walk from the centre of St Helier. It seems that everything that was good about British coastal resorts has been distilled, mixed with French style and flair and seasoned with Jersey’s unique history. An inexpensive coach tour right around the coast is a must, sampling the attractions with a good guide helps to decide where to go and what to see. The visuals are stunning, coastal areas both achingly ’’beach’’ beautiful and rugged in turn, charming fields of Jersey cows, country lanes lined with woods, flowers and bushes to rival anywhere on the mainland and everywhere has this aura of perfect peace that soothes and mellows the excitement of somewhere new. The places of interest are many and diverse. History in the War Tunnels, Elizabeth Castle and the Jersey Museum; seeing and tasting at La Mare Wine Estate; wild life at Durrell Conservation Centre, sport at the Mansell Museum. To describe them all in detail would need a review the size of the Jersey Guide, suffice to say that there is something for everyone. Ignore those who say eating and drinking on Jersey is expensive, the choices range from ultra cheap cafes to Michelin restaurants, great local beers to fine wine; the choices are endless and all great value.

We loved Jersey and dare we say it was everything we dreamed.

This review is solely based on the opinion of a Silver Travel Advisor member and not of Silver Travel Advisor Ltd.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 6 Comment(s)

  • drewlin
    over 2 years ago
    Love Jersey as it was my first proper holiday as an adult although it has been many years since then. Thanks for the review and the memories it invoked.
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    Thank you, that is really useful. I much prefer to do my own research and booking too - I feel in control then.
  • Bill-Sheila
    over 2 years ago
    Hello ESW,
    No way would we make travel agents profits, as long as the hotels are reputable chains and you have travel insurance, no problems. We are regular users of Best Western and usually book through the Rewards website or Freephone, however, because it was special(sapphire) we booked almost a year in advance direct with the hotel and got a great deal, they then booked the ferry for us at a better price than we could get. If you go by ferry, we would recommend the upgrade to Ocean Plus, the few extra quid is definitely worth it. Remember, what is one person's wonderful is someone's so-so. Do research online and in brochures as well as on travel sites. Whatever you do we are sure you will love Jersey.
  • Bill-Sheila
    over 2 years ago
    Hi HMJ,
    Wow, memories are made of this, Mateus Rose eh? We also supped Lutomer Riesling or Liebfraumilch and thought we were the bee's knees. Thinking about it, the cost then was probably a bigger percentage of earnings than now. Cherish the memories and try Planalta our Douro for a great taste of Portugal.
  • HMJ
    over 2 years ago
    And I visited Jersey when I was 18 on my first 'proper holiday'. As the daughter of a farmer, holidays consisted of days out when it was too wet to harvest. But back to Jersey, I remember it was the first time I'd flown, we met a couple of 'likely lads from London' and thought we were very sophisticated ordering Mateus Rose - fond memories!
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    Did you arrange this through a travel agent or did you do it yourself?

    It is good to know that places are accessible by public transport too. I last visited Jersey when I was 11 - it is time to go back....