Reluctantly I'm flying home from a magical break in Jersey on an ATR 42-500, a thin pencil-like jet with external propellers. The clear blue sky, the aquamarine sea and the yellow sandy beach is a beautiful sight from above. Let's be honest, Jersey was not on my bucket list, but I can now say I'm a strong advocate of this Island and I encourage you to book a flight as quickly as you can say "Jersey Clotted Cream".
I arrived at St Brelade's Bay Hotel and was taken to the Beauport Suite on the fourth floor. I opened the door eagerly, peered inside and was greeted by an incredible view over smiling St Brelade's Bay. The room was decorated so tastefully in soft blues and creams, perfectly reflecting the hues of the beach directly below. The most magnificent part of the room was the huge balcony with sliding doors which brought the sounds of the ebbing ocean into the room, creating an oasis of calm unheard of back home in London.
First on the agenda was a taste of afternoon tea, with that indulgent Jersey clotted cream that I'd been longing for. The drawing room, located off the lobby, is a perfect sanctuary to enjoy with friends. I could see myself sitting there for hours in the comfort of an arm chair but unfortunately my busy timetable wouldn't permit it. The smell of warm scones permeated the room. I generously smeared the clotted cream atop followed by some strawberry jam, taking care to respect the Jersey method; who puts jam on first anyway?
Next on the agenda was a boat trip. The hotel’s in a prime location with easy access to the beach. I just walked across the road, down the stairs and onto the soft sand. The weather was impeccable; I couldn’t believe how close I was to home and yet how calm and relaxing the atmosphere was. The rib was waiting for me, I climbed on ungraciously and off we went! And what a sight it was to see. The cliffs and jagged rocks were stunning, no two were the same, the water was clear and tranquil, the sun was shining and I sat back and relaxed.
It was now time to test the hotel’s facilities, so off I totted to the huge gym where there is an abundance of equipment including a studio where daily classes are scheduled. The hotel is also home to a beautiful outdoor pool area with deck chairs and a casual restaurant. The indoor pool is the perfect temperature with a Jacuzzi and a eucalyptus scented steam room. I did 40 lengths or so, until I worked up an appetite, then I went upstairs and got ready for the much anticipated 3-course fine-dining meal I had heard so much about at the Bay Restaurant.
The meal started off with a generous helping of the smoothest Foie gras, followed by a hearty portion of the creamiest mushroom Velouté. Then a wonderful, juicy half serving of freshly caught Jersey lobster with iconic Jersey Royals was set before me – I had died and gone to heaven.
Being the social butterfly that I am, I approached some patrons in the bar and discovered many of them had been returning to the hotel for years. One man and his wife were on their 40th visit; they came with their parents when they were children, then when they grew up they brought their own children and now their children bring their children. As I walked back through the traditional corridors of the hotel, admiring the classic and comfortable interiors, I couldn’t help but feel warm, thinking of the beautiful memories that had been created here over the generations. This hotel is a refuge for relaxation; you’ll want to keep returning year after year.