Channel Islands: beachside properties to stay

The sparkling coastline of the Channel Islands makes for a perfect weekend break. Full of history and culture, with a tempting array of local food, why not explore for yourself? Take a look at our selection of luxury properties to stay.  
4th May 2017
Fermain Bay

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, Jersey

L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa

L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa is a beautiful four star hotel situated directly on one of the best beaches on Jersey, St Brelade’s Bay.

This well known hotel boasts fantastic facilities including: three superb restaurants, a recently refurbished spa with six treatment rooms, plus an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym.

A three night stay starts from £453 per person including flights from Southampton based on two adults sharing on a twin/double basis with breakfast. Flights/Ferry are also available from other regional airports/ports. (www.prestigeholidays.co.uk, 01425 480600)                   

 

The Atlantic, Jersey

The Atlantic Hotel
Enjoy exploring the five-mile sandy beach

The Atlantic Hotel is a stylish hotel overlooking St Ouen’s glorious five-mile long sandy beach on the West coast of Jersey. A member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ it is set in six acres of private grounds adjoining La Moye championship golf course.

Within the gardens are an outdoor pool and a tennis court and for cooler months there is an indoor pool with small gym, sauna and Jacuzzi. The hotel is also home to the Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant offering a seven course-tasting menu and a host of delicious and decadent dishes.

A three night stay here starts from £475 per person including flights from Southampton based on two adults sharing on a twin/double basis with breakfast. Flights/Ferry are also available from other regional airports/ports. (www.prestigeholidays.co.uk, 01425 480600)                   

 

Cobo Bay Hotel, near St Peter Port, Guernsey

Cobo Bay
Enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the spectacular Cobo Bay

Cobo Bay hotel offers a superb beachfront location just a few miles outside of Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port on the scenic west coast. The property overlooks the beautiful Cobo Bay with its pearly sands, spectacular sunsets and gorgeous views.

There are 34 recently refurbished rooms decorated in the style of a New England beach house with white or pale groove-board furniture. Facilities include a small gym, sauna and steam room and guests can use the heated outdoor pool at sister hotel, The Farmhouse, during the summer months.

The main à la carte restaurant offers panoramic views of the bay where fresh seafood is caught daily and ‘The Beach Terrace’ is perfect for drinks, cocktails and meals al fresco on a warm afternoon or long summer evening.

A three night stay starts from £374 per person including flights from Southampton based on two adults sharing on a twin/double basis including breakfast. Flights/Ferry are also available from other regional airports/ports. (www.prestigeholidays.co.uk, 01425 480600)

 

Braye Beach Hotel, Alderney   

Braye Beach
Wander Alderney's sandy beach near the town of St.Anne

The stylish boutique hotel, the Braye Beach Hotel has a dreamy film set quality and is perfectly positioned on the edge of Alderney’s best sandy beach, close to the town of St. Anne and its rugged coastline.

Each of its 27 rooms is beautifully decorated in the New England beach chic style. An outside bar and beach-side decked terrace offers a great spot for drinks and light meals and the restaurant provides views across the bay. There are also two cosy lounges and a private cinema.

 

A three night stay starts from £583 per person including flights from Southampton based on two adults sharing on a twin/double basis including breakfast. Flights/Ferry are also available from other regional airports/ports. (www.prestigeholidays.co.uk, 01425 480600).

Stocks Hotel, Sark

Sark
Down to earth country charm at Stocks Hotel in Sark

The family owned and run Stocks Hotel offers a down to earth country house style experience.  Located in the centre of this small island, it’s surrounded by tranquil, unspoilt countryside and just a 10-minute walk through the woods to a beautiful beach.

The hotel is known for its fine food, sloe gin and extensive wine selection stored in an underground cellar, which was built by slaves during the German occupation during WW2. 

This country house hotel has 23 ensuite rooms and suites individually designed and exquisitely decorated using sumptuous fabrics and solid oak rustic furniture. There’s a comfortable lounge and library bar, the main restaurant for fine dining and the poolside bistro for more casual options. Sark cream teas are served in the gardens amid wild flowers.

Facilities include: a heated outdoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi style whirlpool spa bath plus a separate small splash pool for children.

Horse and carriage rides can be arranged including a romantic “Sark after Dark” evening sortie.

A three night stay starts from £615 per person including flights from Southampton based on two adults sharing on a twin/double basis including breakfast. Flights/Ferry are also available from other regional airports/ports. (www.prestigeholidays.co.uk, 01425 480600)

 

Pontac House, St Clement’s, Jersey

Pontac beach
Splash in rock pools and enjoy long walks along the sandy bay

Overlooking St Clement’s Bay on the south-eastern coast of Jersey, Pontac House is an intimate, family-run hotel that is popular with both walkers and beach lovers. The bay here has one of the largest tidal reaches in the world, making it great for swimming, rock pooling and long walks on the sand. Many of the rooms have private balconies where guests can relax and soak up the dramatic views. For foodies, the restaurant at Pontac House has a great reputation for its seasonal menus which showcase the best of Jersey’s local produce, as well as freshly-caught seafood.

The hotel is well-located for visiting both the island’s capital St Helier and exploring further afield. Its location on a main bus route means visitors can easily get around without a car.

Fly Jersey (www.flyjersey.com; 01621 734333) offer four nights at Pontac House from £219 per person, based on two sharing on bed and breakfast basis, including return flights from Gatwick and one free night.

 

Undercliff Guest House, Bouley Bay, Jersey

Undercliff
Dramatic cliff-top footpaths are popular with walkers staying at Undercliff Guest House

In a peaceful setting, just 200 metres from the sea, Undercliff Guest House is a relaxed base for visitors discovering the rugged north coast of Jersey. Approached via a long winding hill, the guest house has been owned and run by the same family for over 40 years and is known for its warm welcome and atmosphere. Picturesque Bouley Bay is a short walk away and its crystal clear waters make it a particularly popular spot for diving. Undercliff is a favourite with walkers too, with easy access to the dramatic cliff-top footpaths. For dining, the popular Black Dog pub is just two minutes’ down the hill and is a great spot for an evening meal. Aside from its spectacular scenery, Bouley Bay is also a great base for visiting one of the island’s major attractions, the Durrell Wildlife Park.

Condor Breaks (www.condorbreaks.com; 01621 734111) offers four nights at Undercliff Guest House from £219 per person, based on two sharing on bed and breakfast basis, including return sea travel from Poole or Portsmouth with car, and one free night.

 

Fermain Valley Hotel, Fermain Bay, Guernsey

Fermain Bay
Easily accessible from St Peter Port the hotel has recently been refurbished

The Fermain Valley Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel within easy reach of Guernsey’s capital St Peter Port. The hotel has recently been refurbished and is known for its excellent facilities (including a private cinema) and amazing coastal views. A short walk down the hill is Fermain Bay, which is regarded by many locals as one of the most beautiful, and best hidden, beaches on the whole island. Beyond the pebble beach, the clear waters are great for swimming, while the beach café is an idyllic spot for soaking up the sun and views.

The hotel’s location close to St Peter Port and the main harbour make it an excellent base for exploring. Day trips by boat to neighbouring Herm and Sark, sea safaris, exhilarating trips by RIB and outdoor activities such as sea kayaking and coasteering are all available nearby.

Condor Breaks (www.condorbreaks.com; 01621 734111) offers three nights at Fermain Valley Hotel from £249 per person, based on two sharing on bed and breakfast basis, including return sea travel from Poole or Portsmouth (foot passengers), and one free night.

 

La Barbarie, Saint’s Bay, Guernsey

La Barbarie
Follow the winding country road to arrive in a picturesque green valley

Located down a winding country road in a picturesque green valley, La Barbarie is a family-owned hotel close to one of Guernsey’s best kept secrets – beautiful Saint’s Bay. The hotel was converted from a farmhouse in the 1950s and still has a relaxing, old world charm, complete with original beams and an open fire in the lounge. The pretty sandy cove at Saint’s Bay is sheltered by cliffs, with a pebble bank at the top and spectacular views from the cosy fisherman’s landing. From the hotel, there is easy access to breath-taking walks along the cliffs and to Icart Point, where there are panoramic views all the way to France (on a clear day) and the rock formations are some of the oldest in Europe, dating back 2.5 million years.

Fly Guernsey (www.flyguernsey.com; 01621 734555) offers seven nights at La Barbarie from £445 per person, based on two sharing on bed and breakfast basis, including return flights from Gatwick and one free night.

 

 

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