By: Maggie Filer, CHAT Magazine on 19/10/2012
Where to stay?
We stayed at the luxurious, modern Royal Yacht Hotel in the island’s capital, St Helier. The hotel had a spa, a range of bars, gym, swimming pool, restaurant and most important of all – comfy, stylish rooms with all the facilities you could possibly need. The hotel staff were lovely, too – really friendly and welcoming.
What to do?
We visited the quaint harbour of Gorey. Looming over the picturesque village is the 13th century Mont Orgueil castle, now a museum. It’s a fascinating
place, and great for kids, too – you can pick up toy shields, swords, and costumes, so they can play at being a princess or a knight!
The walk isn’t for the faint-hearted, but well worth it when you’re at the top of the castle!
We visited the Jersey Museum to find out all about the island’s history. The best bit was the Merchant’s House – a 19th century town house restored to how it would’ve looked when it was owned by a posh
family in 1861. Wow!
No girls’ holiday would be complete without some retail therapy, and St Helier didn’t disappoint, with its market and selection of shops.
On our first night, we ate at the hotel’s brasserie, Cafe Zephyr. The food here has an oriental flavour – I enjoyed chargrilled tuna with salad. After working up an appetite climbing to the castle, we came across Ingalill’s Swedish Kitchen. This relaxed spot sits right at the foot of Mont Orgueil, overlooking Gorey harbour. We enjoyed a well-earned glass of wine as we watched the world go by. I had an avocado salsa and brie sarnie, my daughter had a O crab sarnie – yum!