Your perfect relaxing Jersey escape

Time for a break? Here are our 21 reasons why Jersey could be just the relaxing holiday you need ...

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Perhaps it’s the sea air. Or maybe it’s the slightly more continental pace of life the island seems to have absorbed from nearby France. Whatever the reason, island life often seems to slow to match the steady ebb and flow of our tides. Here’s how to make the most of our relaxed island lifestyle with some of our favourite ways to relax and rebalance in Jersey.

21 reasons why you'll relax on your Jersey holiday

1. Jersey’s a low key escape. Just under an hour’s flight away from many UK locations, Jersey’s a popular weekend flying visit destination if you're looking to escape the city and just chill out somewhere by the sea… with no traffic queues or hours of driving time.

2. Escape isn’t always found in the big gestures. It’s often just the small moments. The chance to feel the wind in your hair, walk on a beach, watch the waves roll in from the Atlantic and just switch off.

3. Did you know Jersey’s west coast is full of protected wetland habitats? Take some time out to explore this unique landscape just behind St. Ouen’s Bay and spot rare flowers and plants. 

4. Jersey’s known for its rich and creamy milk, so don’t miss a chance to enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea at one of the island’s classic locations - try the Somerville Hotel for a classic cream tea with sweeping bay views.

5. Head to a local park or garden and reconnect with nature. Samarès Manor has acres of gardens to explore - take some time out to sit under the weeping willows for the ultimate in natural escapes.

6. Start your day at one of Jersey’s beach cafés - because a cup of coffee always tastes better by the sea. Our top tip? Colleen’s Café to catch the morning light on the golden sand at Grève de Lecq.

7. Spend an hour hiding out in the National Trust for Jersey's, Wetland Centre overlooking the wetlands and ponds of St. Ouen’s Bay and spot rare waterbirds at home in their natural habitat. Find out more...

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8. Stroll in a vineyard followed by some local wine tasting. The La Mare Wine Estate Vineyard tour is the perfect way to wind down (see what we did there) with the help of some locally-grown wine.

9. Need to get away from it all? Experience the serenity of a sunset SUP trip on Jersey’s calm and safe waters. 

10. What better place to relax than in a spa? And Jersey has more than its fair share of luxury spa destinations… some even with a sea view. Tempted? Discover our spa hotels here…

11. Surfing’s almost as much fun as a spectator sport. Head to Jersey’s west coast and the surf spots close to El Tico and the Watersplash and watch local surfers and kitesurfers bring colour and energy to the breaking waves.

12. Visiting Jersey? Surrounded by sea, Jersey’s light quality is particularly vibrant in autumn and spring - bring a camera for the best views and the chance to capture your own sunset masterpieces.

13. Get off the beaten track and discover the island’s network of walking routes for a chance to stretch your legs in the fresh air… with quaint country pubs to stop in on your way home.

14. Take advantage of the cultural resurgence in craft ales and look out the local brew from island-based Liberation Brewery - best enjoyed at a character local and real ale pub, like the Lamplighter.

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15. Take a dip in Jersey’s historic bathing pool at Havre des Pas - and then visit the Lido waterside kiosk.

16. Enjoy the view from the battlements of Mont Orgueil - once you’ve climbed the approximately 200 steps through the castle…

17. See the island without going too far - take your seat in one of the vintage buses and double deckers from Jersey Bus Tours, head out on a tour and let someone else do the driving.

18. Only half an hour away on a fast RIB, the Ecrehous islands are a tiny group of rocky islands where puffins and dolphins are the only residents. Perfect for getting away from it all!

19. Experience some island history at Jersey Museum and then take some time to let the culture sink in with a drink on the Merchant House Brasserie alfresco terrace under the vines.

20. Swap your morning run for a sprint along the seafront or a run along the coast paths - pack your running shoes and train in Jersey’s fresh sea air.

21. Take a walk on the wilder side of Jersey through a dinosaur park and then take a mini boat for a spin on the lake at Tamba Park the unexpected is so refreshing sometimes! 

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