You’d be forgiven for presuming that an award for ‘Best International Hotel’ would go to a world-leading establishment anywhere BUT the UK.
While we love our home country, a lifetime brought up on Fawlty Towers, Butlins and stale Travel Lodge breakfasts has stilted our perceptions somewhat.
But park your curmudgeonly woe at the door, because Jersey’s The Atlantic Hotel is not only one of the most refined hotels we’ve ever visited, but it actually only went and chuffing won said award – beating out a huge number of hotels all around the world to nab ‘Best International Hotel’ at the 2015 Food and Travel Reader Awards.
After a weekend stay soaking up its delights, you’ll soon understand why.
If you’ve never been to Jersey before, you’re in for a treat from the moment you leave the airport. At only 45 square miles, it’s not the most gargantuan of islands to explore; but then that’s half the charm. Hire a car (it’s the best way to see the island) and within minutes you’ll be winding down cosy country lanes flanked by dozens of dozy, adorable cows. You’re also never far from a beach, a fact that’ll regularly slap you upside the face with its natural beauty, gorgeous views and miles of pristine sand.
Situated a mere 9 minute drive (we timed it) from the airport, The Atlantic Hotel boasts one of the best views on the island, situated up high and overlooking St Ouen’s five-mile stretch of ocean-flanking beachfront, and a statuesque fort that rises from the sea for all your Instagram needs.
The hotel itself is just as impressive, not only for the extensive, leafy grounds in which it’s based, but for its impressive list of mod-cons. The building may be celebrating its 46th anniversary, but its interiors are pure contemporary elegance, with each room furnished to a standard that’s both cosy yet opulent, and views if not to die for (because really, when has that comparison ever made sense?), then to completely unwind to.
While the hotel’s evolved to meet modern demand over the years, it’s stayed resolutely family-run, meaning even the luxury boasts a welcoming touch. It’s a combination evident in the hotel’s fine (and we mean fine in both the Michelin-starred and ‘DAYUM YOU’RE FINE’ meanings of the word) dining restaurant, Ocean.
The service and food is topnotch (if you like fishy dishes, then island living is definitely for you – it really doesn’t get any fresher than this), while the wines are handpicked by a Head Sommelier who’s travelled the globe sampling tipples from the farthest reaches for your delectation.
Throw in a soothing spa, and a more casual but equally as delicious sister restaurant (Mark Jordan at the Beach at nearby St. Brelade’s), and whether you want to hibernate in your hotel room or explore the island’s other delights (the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a must), and there’s everything you need for a world-class weekend break.
GT stayed at… The Atlantic, which offers an ‘Atlantic Break’ from £115 per person per night throughout 2016. Includes full English breakfast each morning, a three course table d’hôte dinner served in the Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant each night and a group B hire car (petrol, insurance and Jersey hire car tax to be settled direct with the hire car company). Guests will also enjoy complimentary use of the Palm Club where the facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa pool, saunas and mini gym. A minimum of 2 nights is required. To plan your visit and learn more about Jersey, please visit: jersey.com.