Interesting things to see and do:
War Tunnels: Along with the other Channel Islands, Jersey was the only part of Britain to be occupied during the second world war. The five year occupation came to an end on 9th May 1945. The War Tunnels sensitively tells the story of life under German occupation.
Jersey Zoo: Many people will be fans of the TV show the Durrells, or perhaps have read the famous book by Gerald Durrell… ‘My Family And Other Animals’. Operated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey Zoo, is the crowning achievement of Gerald Durrell’s quest to create a centre where animal conservation, not public entertainment is the primary focus. It is well worth a visit. See https://www.durrell.org/wildlife/visit/
Additionally, with well preserved castles, fascinating museums and the ever tempting Jersey cream teas, there is always somewhere to enjoy on the island.
Easy access to everywhere
Measuring about nine by five miles, Jersey is small and very compact. This means that whether you had access to a car, or were relying on a Saga included or arranged tour, or public transport, you could pretty much get anywhere in no more than a half an hour. This is, of course, unless you were seduced into stopping to admire the scenery ,or sample one of the many tea rooms serving a Jersey cream tea. Our favourite was the family run, Poplars Tea room near Corbiere lighthouse.
Our Hotel – The Merton: Saga’s choice of hotel in Jersey is the Merton Hotel. Located just outside St Helier, this large resort hotel, is easy walking distance from the town and its shops. It is efficient and super friendly with very helpful reception staff. The rooms are modern, spotlessly clean and very comfortable with in room tea / coffee making facilities.
Add to all that, the fact that the hotel has its own Aquadome … an amazing swimming complex (both indoor and outdoor), and professional entertainment in its Star Lounge in the evening, it’s easy to see why Saga have been taking guests to this hotel for many years.
What about food? Well, most dining takes place in the huge Belvedere restaurant, which is mainly buffet style. Mealtimes, were always very varied, with guests having a large choice of meat, vegetarian or fish dishes.
The overall holiday verdict
Wearing my travel writer hat, I have over many years, become a bit of a grumpy cynic. So before our trip, when I read on the Saga Holiday’s website that this holiday “offers all the benefits of a holiday abroad, wonderful beaches and a unique taste of the continent”, I took it as just marketing hype. The simple fact however, is that this claim turned out to be totally justified. My short trip delivered on every level - great value and reassuringly high standards from Saga Holidays. I only wish I could have stayed longer!
Travel Facts – Jersey Island Escape
Includes: All breakfasts and dinners, unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities within the hotel, optional travel insurance, return ferry journey and transfers, (with flights as an option at an additional cost on request). The trip also includes an orientation walk, Saga Host, two evenings of entertainment, talk from a local guide, welcome drink, & porterage in your hotel. Excursions: Guided St Helier walk (half day) and Mystery tour (half day) Price: from £559pp 6 nights
Contact: Saga Holidays 0808 274 9723 or visit https://travel.saga.co.uk/holidays/destinations/europe/uk/channel-islands/jersey-island-escape.aspx