Channel Islands Élite
Characterised by pristine beaches, beautiful harbours and breathtaking landscapes, the Channel Islands are a bucolic idyll that possess a wealth of history and culture influenced by both Britain and France.
The heritage of the Channel Islands reflects a fascinating and complex history which has been entwined in the providence of France and Britain for over a thousand years.
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A Fascinating History & A Haven for Genteel Leisure Pursuits
The heritage of the Channel Islands reflects a fascinating and complex history which has been entwined in the providence of France and Britain for over a thousand years. Renowned for a colourful history with evidence of occupation dating back as early as the Neolithic Age, the Channel Islands have been a meeting place for people and cultures for centuries. However, the recent history of the Channel Islands can be traced back to when the Islands first became part of the Anglo-Norman realm, after William of Normandy gained the English crown after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
From 1294, possession of the Channel Islands changed hands between England and France six times over the ensuing centuries, and many large fortress castles were built that now stand as remarkable archaeological landmarks. One of the finest examples of medieval architecture on the Channel Islands is the imposing Mont Orgueil Castle, which protected Jersey against French invasion for over six hundred years and still dominates the East Coast of the island. During the Napoleonic Era of the 1800’s, various wealthy French residents fled the revolution and built many of the grand Town houses which ornament the Channel Islands. Following exile in 1856, Hauteville House in Guernsey became the home of literary genius Victor Hugo until 1870, and it was here that Hugo was captivated and inspired by the Channel Islands, completing two of his major works ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ and ‘Les Misérables.’
Offering a refined mix of Gallic and British culture to explore, the beaches, marinas and golf courses of the Channel Islands are a haven for genteel leisure pursuits. The Channel Islands are famed for white sand beaches and turquoise seas where visitors can embrace total tranquillity in the most picturesque of settings. The beaches of Jersey and Guernsey are the best known of the Channel Islands, however, Alderney, Herm and Sark all offer equally enchanting beaches. One of the emerging highlights of Jersey’s cultural calendar is the Beach Art World Championship, considered by those who compete and spectate as one of the most beautiful and natural art forms in the world.
As the most thriving of the Channel Islands, Jersey has become renowned as a cosmopolitan city of modern architecture, gourmet cuisine and luxurious hotels, yet it still retains pastoral charm. Jersey is renowned for its impressive golf pedigree and offers some the best golf courses in the UK for keen golfers of all abilities. For expert golf players, eighteen-hole championship courses in Jersey include La Moye Golf Course, the Royal Jersey and Les Mielles Golf and Country Club, but there is also a selection of nine-hole courses ideal for recreational players. To play on the course where Harry Vardon developed his skills, the Royal Jersey Club is found over sandy ground overlooking one of Jersey’s finest beaches. However, for breathtaking views overlooking St Ouen’s Bay, La Moye Golf Club is set on a promontory 250 feet above sea level enabling players to marvel at the quality of the course and the magnificence of the surrounding area.
Close to the vibrant waterfront and town centre of St Helier, the world-class Jersey Marina is a natural base for yachts. Five Gold Anchor marinas provide the perfect location from which to appreciate the stunning beauty of the surrounding cruising area as well as the luxury hotels, restaurants and attractions ashore.
Sophisticated Nightlife Entertainment
The liveliest nightlife of the Channel Islands is centred in Jersey’s capital St Helier, however, there are a range of cosmopolitan venues around the Islands. The Champagne Lounge at the Grand Hotel is effortlessly elegant by day and becomes increasingly vibrant by night with a dynamic programme of live music generating an upbeat atmosphere as darkness falls. Beautifully designed and featuring an extensive selection of champagnes to choose from, the lounge is a sophisticated venue for celebrating in a resplendent and glamorous setting.
A sparkling reception of free-flowing bubbles also awaits guests at the P.O.S.H bar at the Royal Yacht Hotel. Those who appreciate the finer things in life are invited to indulge in a luxurious selection of drinks and nibbles inside the intimate champagne bar.
Internationally Renowned Cuisine
Jersey's high-class restaurants have established internationally renowned reputations for traditional French cuisine and classic seafood specialities. Located in the picturesque Square of West Centre, the Atlantique Seafood Bar offers fine alfresco dining from breakfast until dinner. Specialising in seafood but with a selection of meat options too, few dishes can match the impressive Atlantique platter of Fruits de Mer for which the restaurant is now famous.
Regarded as Jersey’s ‘major gastronomic destination’, Bohemia restaurant has a wide selection of menus offering fresh, succulent dishes to satisfy the most discerning of gastronomes. The restaurant provides a superb selection of private dining options for special occasions, but for an immersive behind the scenes experience you should book an exclusive seat at the chef’s table.
La Capannina Restaurant serves an inviting menu of authentic Italian and French dishes, prepared by head chef Mauro and his team using only the best quality ingredients. With an emphasis on tradition, the attentive service and warm ambience make La Capannina an exquisite venue for all occasions, from private dinner parties to relaxed lunch meetings.
Offering ultimate sophistication in the heart of St Helier, Ormer by Shaun Rankin exudes a sense of quality which extends from the décor to the dining. The menus feature an array of beautifully crafted choices, and the roof garden and cigar terrace is a tranquil oasis for diners to relax with after-dinner drinks.
Famed as a perfect destination in which to indulge and relax, The Channel Islands are renowned for hotels that merge modern amenities with traditional luxury. Longueville Manor Hotel is a stunning thirteenth century Manor House situated at the foot of one of Jersey’s most beautiful valleys. As Jersey's sole member of Relais & Châteaux's 'world’s finest collection of small hotels and restaurants. Longueville is one of Jersey’s most highly acclaimed hotels offering exceptional standards of understated service, fine food and attention to detail. The interior of the hotel maintains the character of an old Jersey manor house, whilst incorporating chic and contemporary elements to achieve a perfect mix of modern and classic design.
The Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey retains its prominence as the most famous hotel in the Channel Islands providing impeccable hospitality for business and leisure travellers. Whilst including all the modern comforts and technology that you would expect, the hotel is steeped in history and exudes aristocratic Edwardian style, with each room reflecting the historic nature of the building.