The Club Hotel & Spa, in St Helier, Jersey, is home to the Bohemia restaurant which has put the island on the food map and should be on any foodie’s favorites list
This laid-back yet luxurious boutique hotel, a short walk from St Helier’s seafront, has a Michelin-starred restaurant and an excellent spa.
Like a lavish home away from home. There are 38 rooms and eight suites at the stylish AA Red Star hotel, all flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling windows.
We stayed in one of the deluxe suites and the superking bed dressed in wonderfully soft Frette linens was a treat. There was a separate living room with a flat screen TV, desk and fully stocked mini bar and the large marble bathroom had a shower for two as well as a separate tub.
Lush Elemis toiletries were provided, along with fluffy white bathrobes and slippers.
The suite was decorated in neutral tones enhanced by pops of color and opulent textures, such as velvet chairs.
This theme continued throughout the hotel, which is filled with bold artwork, wood paneling, and wallpaper in the lobby.
Bohemia Restaurant has put Jersey on the foodie map and should be on every foodie’s bucket list.
It has held a Michelin star since 2005 and was recently voted one of the 1,000 best restaurants in the world by La List 2022. The exciting seven-course tasting menus designed by chef Callum Graham are a thing of beauty, with just that that it takes staging to boot.
The emphasis is on local produce and seafood from neighboring France, and all the small but perfectly formed dishes have a certain “je ne sais quoi”.
When we were there, Breton turbot and Jersey crab were on the menu and we loved the Jersey Royal potato mille-feuille fondant. Vegetarians and pescatarians shouldn’t miss the experience either as they have their own tasting menus, with food and wine pairings available.
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The Club Spa has five treatment rooms and a Rasul mud room. My anti-stress muscle massage was so relaxing that I fell asleep.
After your treatment, you can unwind in the relaxation sanctuary, which features reclining beds with built-in headphones playing soothing music, as well as magazines and herbal teas. There’s also a thermal suite with a salt cabin, herbal hammam, and sensory shower, and a lovely outdoor pool — but be aware that it’s not heated.
But the indoor saltwater pool is, and there’s a huge feature wall at one end showcasing the white-sand beaches of Jersey’s Minquiers Islands. I could have floated watching it all day. At first I thought it was a photo of the Caribbean.
The Club is not a party hotel, but rather a quiet place to relax while enjoying fine food and drink. There’s a Gin Honesty Bar, where you can leaf through plenty of tasting notes before making your own drink. Otherwise, head to the Club Bar. It’s a popular spot for afternoon tea and cocktail masterclasses, and many of the herbs used in the drinks are grown in the hotel’s rooftop terrace garden.
If you like your entertainment a little less boozy, however, there’s a huge selection of DVDs and board games to borrow.
Take a trip around Jersey with Tantivy Blue Coach Tours. They offer half or full day getaways around the island that take in all the major sights, such as St Brelade’s Bay and the imposing Mont Orgueil Castle. Visit the Jersey War Tunnels to learn about the Nazi occupation of the island during World War II.
And if you want to take to the water, go aboard a Jersey Seafari.
We joined a RIB excursion to Les Ecrehous – a small group of islands and rocks just 13 km from France.
Here you’ll find a handful of secluded fisherman’s cottages and at low tide, when the water drops 40 feet, beautiful beaches and rock pools are exposed.
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If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins.
Also keep your eyes peeled for a Jersey Wonder. These traditional treats have been baked on the island for many years and resemble a donut. Jersey Wonderer Collette Labey has an honesty box outside her home in Grouville and supplies several dealers across Jersey.
Rooms start from £225 a night. Breakfast is included if you book directly. theclubjersey.com