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Great British Boltholes: The Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey, Channel Islands
Fancy a winter break by the sea? Jersey may just be the perfect spot. Josie Ayre spends a weekend on the island…
Why go?Located smack bang in the middle of Jersey’s main town, St. Helier, The Club Hotel & Spa is the perfect location for a luxe winter break. The hotel’s location in the transport centre of the island lends itself well to a winter weekend discovering the new island.
Best for:A bit of everything! With the island’s VAT-free shopping just a two-minute walk around the corner to the hotel and beautiful coastal stretches a short drive away, a weekend trip to The Club Hotel & Spa can encompass a variety of activities. Big high street names such as Monsoon, Topshop, Next and The White Company comfortably sit next to the local department stores Voisins and De Gruchy while more boutique and jewellery stores like Catherine Best and Jersey Pearl are all easily accessible on-island are all VAT-free meaning you can shop for less (and take home more).
If all that wasn’t enough, The Club has it’s own Michelin starred restaurant, Bohemia downstairs and –as the name suggests – a spa which offers a variety of treatments as well as an indoor salt water pool, herbal steam room, experience shower and salt cabin. You can’t go wrong with a Mud Rasul Experience (£65 for two people sharing, £45 for one) which is a DIY spa treatment that you can share with a partner. During the 25-minute treatment you will cover yourself in Rasul mud which is known to improve skin texture, detoxify and soothe skin leaving you smooth as the day you were born. If you’re not in for a treatment, you can use all of the facilities anyway, so relax away.
The look:While the rooms may not have the prettiest of views, each of the 43 rooms and suites are kitted out with luxuriously soft Frette dressed beds to make sure you have the best nights sleep possible. They may not be the most memorable rooms, there are a few special touches: if you fancy booking in a last minute spa treatment you can check out the available times on the handy timetable left at the end of everyday, Elemis products litter the bathrooms and freshly backed shortbread is left by your bedside every night for those with a sweet tooth. The communal areas are smart with a breakfast room and lounge for you to put your feet up in and if you’ve made your way through the minibar already, you can help yourself to drinks from the honesty bar at any time.
I’m hungry:Well, you’re in luck! The Club has it’s own Michelin starred restaurant, Bohemia, downstairs. The jewel in the crown of the hotel, the restaurant’s head chef Steve Smith has cultivated a variety of menus for all different tastes and occasions. Perfect. We went for the pescatarian menu and the tasting menu (£75 each) for dinner which both consist of 8 courses (9 if you opt for the cheese board at a £15 supplement) and both cross over when dietary requirements allow so. The sweet & sour grapefruit with black pepper and tarragon may come out looking more like a dessert but as it turns out is the best way to cleanse the palette ahead of what can only be described as a beautifully refined – and sometimes surprising – fine dining experience.
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