I recently had the opportunity to spend a fabulous week on the island of Jersey.
To start my holiday, I had the pleasure of flying from our local airport, Teesside International. The airport has recently had a complete refurbishment, with new restaurants and shops prior to going through to the Departure Lounge. The lounge has a new bar, Goosepool, alongside a waitress service for snacks and drinks whilst looking over the runaway and the Cleveland hills. The great news is that the £6 per passenger surcharge has NOW BEEN SCRAPPED.
As Jersey came under the UK Government travel rules, I did not have to do any PCR/Lateral flow tests prior to departure, as I am fully vaccinated. On arrival at St Helier airport I was given a PCR test free of charge from the Jersey Government.
The operation in St Helier was extremely well run and it was exactly 15 minutes from disembarking the aircraft, having the PCR test, luggage collection to being seated on the transfer coach. I had to remain in my room at the hotel until my results arrived which was in the early hours of the morning and my evening meal and a sneaky G & T was brought to me to my room – excellent service.
Masks are only required on public transport and I felt very safe the whole time I was on the island.
For an island that is only 9 by 5 miles, there are a huge amount of places to visit and see.
St Helier is renowned for its excellent shopping, restaurants, cafes and the Marina as well as a visit to Elizabeth Castle.
Jersey Zoo is an absolute must, founded by Gerald Durrell to save species from extinction.
St Brelade’s Bay has soft white sands, clear waters with the chance to take part in water sport and seafront dining – far quieter.
The underground hospital – Jersey War Tunnels tells the compelling story of the Occupation through to the Liberation of the Island – very emotive.
A new attraction on Jersey is a visit to La Mare Wine Estate, where you can explore the vines, tour the distillery, relax over lunch with wine and sample Jersey’s famous Black Butter.
I travelled everywhere on public transport and each journey is price at £2 regardless of distance. The tickets are purchased at the Bus Station just off Liberation Square in St Helier.
I would certainly recommend Jersey as a holiday and can’t wait to return.