Travel with kids: Jersey – The perfect family holiday is under an hour’s flight away
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- Published on Monday, 31 July 2023 18:13
- Last Updated on 31 July 2023
- Monica Costa
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Jersey is fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular family holiday spots this year, as Brits look to take advantage of short flight times, safe, clean beaches, and hours of sunshine on this beautiful island. Families flocking to the modern and elegant family-friendly St Brelade’s Bay Hotel on the island can now expect more than just unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean.
This summer the Hotel has released details of a seasonal programme of children’s activities, which includes magic shows, bouncy castles, cookie baking and an enchanting open-air cinema every second Thursday.
As well as a heated outdoor pool, an indoor pool and indoor play facilities, the Hotel sits majestically on St Brelade’s beachfront with direct access to the lifeguard patrolled beach, offering long stretches of shallow waters and an array of water sports. The full children’s events programme at St. Brelade’s Bay Hotel includes the following, with ad-hoc additions throughout the season:
- Magic Show – Mondays, 19:30-21:00
- Build a Bear – Tuesdays, 15.30 – 17.00
- Disco Night – Wednesdays, 19.30 – 21.30
- Cookie Baking at the Petit Port Cafe – Thursdays, 15.00 – 17.00
- Face Painting – Fridays, 12.00 – 14.00
- Bouncy Castle – Saturdays 10.00-15.30
- Wet and Wild on the Tennis Court – Sundays, 15.00 – 16.30
Every second Thursday during the summer it is outdoor movie night. Here children can catch a range of classic family favourites and more recent blockbusters. Children can cosy up on the beanbags to enjoy the film whilst parents take a table at the al fresco Petit Port café; the ideal vantage point to keep an eye on the kids while sampling the café’s casual dining and cocktail menu. Perfect for all, as the cinema activity is supervised by the Hotel team, so parents have added peace of mind that they can relax and enjoy their own ‘interval’.
The Hotel has given great thought to it family guests and offers accommodation that comprises of a variety of room styles that can sleep two adults and two children under sixteen, some will be interconnecting. Plus, direct domestic flights to Jersey are available from 20 UK airports with no passport needed for UK citizens, with most flights taking under an hour.
St Brelade’s Bay Hotel is tastefully refurbished in calming, neutral tones; a classic colonial-inspired style with a sophisticated finish running throughout the rooms and communal spaces. The Hotel has 77 rooms and suites, many of which have stunning sea views looking out to one of the most picturesque vistas on the island. Facilities include the Bay Restaurant, cocktail bar, Petit Port Café, two swimming pools, five acres of luscious gardens and sundeck, private direct beach access, and a magnificent Health Club and Spa, with a range of treatments designed to relax, restore, and energise.
Family rooms which can accommodate two adults and two children under 16 years are in high summer demand, but the last few remaining start at £433 per family room including cinema activity, dinner, and breakfast, from July – 31st September 2023. In October half term, prices start at £277 per family room, dinner, and breakfast, from, 21-29th October 2023. For Hotel residents not on half board, the cinema activity is available at just £15per child to include the movie, children’s dinner, and popcorn.
The St Brelade’s Bay Hotel general manager, Jane Patterson, said: “The Hotel is a unique blend of family holiday destinations. Close to home, yet with all the relaxation of an island retreat.
“We do everything we can to create a holiday that works for both the adults and the children staying. With our on-site kids’ activities, the beach, and our pools to keep the younger ones occupied, and St Brelade’s Bay’s range of water sports for the older ones. Plus, for parents, the Petit Port Café is perfect for relaxed family dining as well as a sundowner cocktail! When you really want to escape, we have a health club and spa with indulgent treatments, and a babysitter service available (with prior notice). There is so much to do here, there is never an opportunity to become bored.”
Undoubtedly the island’s most popular beach, St. Brelade’s Bay itself is blessed with silky sands and crystal-clear ocean; a natural south-facing sunspot with calm, shallow waters, it is an ideal beauty spot for family beach days or more upbeat activities. The island of Jersey is nestled in the UK channel with views of France and has a host of family attractions that will appeal to visitors young and old. Jersey Zoo is just a short car journey from the Hotel. The island has a unique heritage, with a range of castles and historic sites to uncover, including a network of underground tunnels dating back to WW2. The azure oceans are the perfect way to explore, especially as the water’s edge is never more than 10 minutes away. Take a boat tour for a sightseeing trip, or for the more fearless a rib tour to neighbouring islands. Try your hand at a range of water sports including paddleboarding, surfing and wild swimming.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums