The Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa was the final destination during our recent tour of the island and it was certainly one of many highlights of the trip. This sophisticated five star hotel sits on St Aubin’s Bay and overlooks the glorious water front. It’s a wonderful location, with perfect access to local tourist hot spots, bars and restaurants.
On entering we were met with a dark and elegant décor, which leant a feeling of opulence and luxury from the offset. This feeling carried on through and into our room. There are 123 bedrooms, including six suites, giving you a choice of spaces, from those ideal for couples to those offering greater room for families. Many of the bedrooms offer ocean views and all are fully air-conditioned. With a contemporary design every detail has been taken care of to provide all the amenities required, from large feature beds and stylish ottomans to in-room technology and our Hand Picked toiletries. For us, the room was indulgently furnished, with dark woods and moody lighting making for a romantic setting.
The hotel is also home to the Champagne Lounge, where you will find a mouth-watering selection of the world’s finest wines and fizz. They also serve a nibbles menu from noon until 10pm each evening and they also offer the exclusive Grand Jersey Indulgence afternoon tea from noon until 5pm.
Within this elegant and atmospheric building, you will find the hotel’s flagship restaurant Tassili.
For us, the real highlight of the hotel is Tassili, a fine dining restaurant providing exemplary contemporary British food in a unique setting. The dining room is petit, but it is refined and full of luxurious character. I have been told that the restaurant is known for its high quality cuisine; however, what we noticed during our stay, is that the restaurant is also home to some of the most attentive and impeccable staff in Jersey. We had a tremendous time.
The menu has been hand crafted by head chef Nicola Valmagna and it is a real success. Fresh produce is elevated and local ingredients are given a new lease of life in every dish. With a tasting menu available for £67 per person and matching wines available for an additional £45, this is also a very reasonable experience. Highlights for us included the Nantes duck liver pate, pan fried foie gras, white balsamic jelly, sweetcorn ice-cream and toasted brioche. The balsamic jelly here cutting through the richness of the foie gras perfectly and giving the dish a real balance. On the vegetarian side, we also sampled the girolle mushroom cannelloni, with cepe textures and truffle arancini. The dish was light, full of flavour and elegant too.
From the Amuse Bouche until the final course, we were treated to one of the best meals we had on the island and a fabulous exploration of fresh products from land & sea. Exceptional. Take a look.
Kick back and relax
At the heart of Grand Jersey is the spa, a place where atmosphere, service and treatments combine in harmony to rejuvenate mind and body. This is where ancient healing traditions and contemporary techniques blend to bring ultimate tranquillity to all who visit, a perfect complement to the soothing action of the waves just a stone’s throw from the hotel.
Their spa offers the ultimate cocooned experience, with a range of dual and single treatment rooms, indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room. Plus, experienced therapists utilising ESPA products will make sure that each one of their guests leaves feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
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