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About Channel Islands

In the Channel Islands they seem to do things their own way, in fact it differs from island to island - the same can be said for the best places to stay in the Channel Islands, and that's one of the nicest things about visiting.

So physically close to France, yet so terribly British, the Channel Islands seem to have the best of both countries. The climate feels almost tropical compared to the rest of the UK, but you know you're still in Britain because the fog and tides have a profound, yet charming, affect on travel…

This step-back-in-time destination makes for wonderful family holidays - with Enid Blyton type appeal! Walk stunningly varied coastlines, gorge yourself on fresh seafood and take your time exploring. Eating's not just for pleasure here, it's in the cuisine of the islands that the French-English cultural blend is possibly at its most interesting.

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What not to Miss

  • Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and also the financial capital, so there is a bit of glitz and glamour. There are 48miles worth of impressive coastline, a mix of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches with plenty of walking and/or cycling tracks between them. Jersey also has a fascinatingly colourful history, which you can get to know better in the island's numerous museums. There is also the world famous zoo set up by Gerald Durrell.
  • Guernsey has a pretty port, with narrow cobbled streets winding up and down the steep rise from the harbour. It's the kind of place people come to get away from modern life. Wildflower coloured fields thrive in the almost subtropical climate and, like Jersey, there are plenty of walking paths in and out of the towns. A strange wonder of Guernsey is Hauteville House, where an exiled Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. He did a lot of the decorating himself, including making some of the furniture.
  • Sark is probably one of the UK's most unique destinations: famed for its almost feudal governance and total lack of cars or streetlights. Small in size, but long and thin with very crenelated edges, Sark has a lot of coastline. Perfect to explore on two feet or two wheels - of course those are pretty much your only options here - oh, they do have a horse drawn cart for your bags It's definitely worth knowing that here street signs refer to how many minutes it will take you to walk somewhere, rather than the distance in miles.
  • Technically part of Bailiwick of Guernsey, and the only Channel Island actually in the English Channel, Alderney is just three miles by one and a half. But it’s still the third largest of the Channel Islands. It has no city and just one town, St. Anne. One of the great surprises of St. Anne is the magnificent church - it’s almost a cathedral. Alderney was captured by the Germans during WW2 and there was a forced labour camp here for which there is now a rather beautiful memorial. Just off Alderney is an islet called Burhou, which is a haven to an incredible array and number of seabirds.
  • One and a half miles long and just half a mile wide, Herm is tiny, car-free and its hills are strewn with wild flowers. It has clean, white shores and the whole island is owned by one family firm. They own the accommodation, the pub, and pretty much all the facilities. It’s about 30minutes by boat from Guernsey and definitely worth popping by.

As you'd imagine the best places to stay in the Channel Islands get very booked up during the summer months and peak dates. So plan ahead! Book early or alternatively come during the quieter periods when you can really appreciate the beauty of these British outposts.

On Guernsey

  • The Duke of Richmond in St. Peter Port is a fine seaside hotel with 73 plush rooms ornately decorated and decked out with some fabulous wallpapers. There’s an African inspired restaurant and cocktail bar and you’re just ten minutes stroll from the beach.
  • The St. Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort on Guernsey is the Channel Island's only real resort. Set amongst acres of beautiful landscape. As well as golf there's tennis, croquet, a gym, walks and a spa.
  • La Fregate is a stylish, contemporary hotel with wonderful views across the water to Sark and Herm. You’re in the heart of St. Peter Port and most of the 22 rooms have balconies.

On Jersey

  • For a traditional seaside holiday, one of the best places to stay in the Channel Islands is L'Horizon Hotel & Spa. Right on the beach of St. Brelade's Bay, this hotel has been booking families into its sea-view rooms since 1850.
  • If you're looking for a room with a view, and a Michelin star, try The Atlantic Hotel on Jersey’s St. Ouen’s Bay. There's a spa and gym, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and a golf course just next door.
  • Another of Jersey's Michelin stars can be found at The Club Hotel & Spa, a 'city style' hotel in the centre of St. Helier. As the name suggests the vibe is modern and boutique like.

For a special occasion

  • Beautifully converted from what was originally a Norman manor house on Guernsey, Bella Luce is perfect if you're looking for luxury. The decor is romantic but modern, there's a state of the art spa, one of the best restaurants on Guernsey and exclusive cars and personal shoppers.
  • Built in the 14th Century, Longueville Manor and estate has been carefully converted, over the course of seven decades, into an excellent boutique hotel on Jersey. Here care is taken over everything and the result is unfussy luxury.
  • Grand to the point of opulence, the converted Old Government House on Guernsey retains the feel of an old Gentlemen's Club, with plenty of communal space and several restaurants.
  • Stocks Hotel on Sark is perfect for relaxing in style. Originally built in 1741, this hotel has been refurbished to include all the mod. cons. There's plenty to do from yoga to croquet, birdwatching, tennis, art classes or even a Scuba course - the beautiful surrounds make this the perfect place in which to do very little.

For a complete escape!

  • The White House Hotel on the tiny island of Herm is a slightly more adventurous option. Not only are there no cars on the island, but there are also no TVs in the hotel. Or telephones!
  • La Sablonnerie is a collection of cottages and homes all decorated with a traditional, rural feel on peaceful Sark. The owner/ manager wants it to be a oasis of good living and courtesy and does her best to make sure this sentiment is in everything they do. From the horse drawn carriage that meets you on arrival to the home grown food served in the restaurant.

For foodies

  • If you're looking for a room with a view, and a Michelin star, try The Atlantic Hotel on Jersey’s St. Ouen’s Bay. There's a spa and gym, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and a golf course just next door.
  • Another of Jersey's Michelin stars can be found at The Club Hotel & Spa, a 'city style' hotel in the centre of St. Helier. As the name suggests the vibe is modern and boutique-y.

For a family seaside holiday

  • For a traditional seaside holiday, one of the best places to stay in the Channel Islands is L'Horizon Hotel & Spa. Right on the beach of St. Brelade's Bay, this hotel has been booking families into its sea-view rooms since 1850.
  • The Braye Beach Hotel on the island of Alderney offers an old fashioned resort style holiday. Well equipped for rainy days - with its cinema and games room - the Braye Beach is right on the beach, so it's very family friendly when the sun is out. Alderney is also one of the best places to stay on the Channel Islands for twitchers - over 260 different species have been spotted here.
  • The St. Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort on Guernsey is the Channel Island's only real resort. Set amongst acres of beautiful landscape, as well as golf there's tennis, croquet, a gym, walks and a spa.

Most Romantic

  • Beautifully converted from what was originally a Norman manor house on Guernsey, Bella Luce is one of the best places to stay in the Channel Islands if you're looking for luxury. The decor is romantic, but modern, there's a state of the art spa, one of the best restaurants on Guernsey, and exclusive cars and personal shoppers.

For Great Value

  • The Hotel Ziggurat is a friendly, 14 room hotel with Moroocan-inspired decor and a great location by the top of the old town steps in St. Peter Port. There’s a terrace with great sea views and a garden with beach huts. Rooms start from around £90 per night.
  • St. Hellier’s The Club Hotel & Spa, is another option for under £100 per night. This 'city style' hotel in the centre of St. Helier has 46 rooms and a restaurant with a Michelin star. As the name suggests the vibe is modern and boutique-y.

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Travel Information

  • Guernsey Airport has connections to a number of UK airports and to a handful of other European destinations. It’s located about five kilometres outside of St. Peter Port and there’s bus service between the airport and town. Jersey Airport is about seven and a half kilometres outside of St. Helier in St. Peter. It’s also well connected to the UK, and is connected to quite a number of European centres, but only on a seasonal basis. There’s a bus service to Liberation Station in St. Helier right beside the taxi rank. Many people choose to travel to the Channel Islands by ferry - and even more use ferries to island hop.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The Channel Islands are just off the coast of Normandy, so the weather there is closer to the of northern France than of the UK. Expect four distinct seasons, with the possibility of rain in each of them. Spring and Summer are the best times to visit as far as the weather is concerned, and the islands are a great choice for a sunny family holiday. If you’re especially interested in the history of the islands, plan to visit around Liberation day on the 9th of May, which marks the anniversary of the end of German occupation during WW2.

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    See all » 8 hotels in Jersey

    • The Atlantic Hotel 50 rooms from $195

      St Brelade, Jersey

      Stylish hotel with stunning views and Michelin starred dining overlooking St Ouen's Bay. Golf next door, and extensive spa facilities make this a great resort hotel for an extended holiday.

      Restaurant  -  Michelin Starred dining at The Ocean Restaurant
      Views  -  Lovely views of the Atlantic ocean.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pool
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
      Check prices
    • Longueville Manor 30 rooms from $221

      St Saviour, Jersey

      Country estate style 14th century manor house hotel with lovely gardens around a pool. Excellent facilities including tennis court & croquet lawn, and fine dining. Four poster beds and traditional, luxury furnishings. Deeply comfortable.

      Traditional
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
      Check prices

    See all » 6 hotels in Guernsey

    • Old Government House 63 rooms from $212

      St Peter Port, Guernsey

      Historic townhouse hotel in St Peter Port, with a clubby feel - grand, with sumptuous, even theatrical decor. Fine dining, outdoor pool and spa, and brasserie. A good choice for a luxury stay in town, close to the action.

      Restaurant  -  Two AA rosettes.
      Spa  -  Gym, spa pools, sauna and steam room
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Traditional
      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
      Check prices
    • La Fregate 22 rooms from $234

      St Peter Port, Guernsey

      Stylish contemporary hotel boasting good harbour views to Herm and Sark, in the heart of St Peter Port. Most rooms have balconies. Good restaurant. Excellently located for town and beach.

      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

    See all » 2 hotels in Sark

    • La Sablonnerie, Sark 22 rooms from $203

      Little Sark

      You arrive here by horse drawn cart - no cars on Sark. This oasis of tranquility at the quite end of the island boasts fine dining, with food from its farm and gardens. Simple, cottagey rooms, some in separate houses. Stunning scenery and quiet beaches all around. Magical.

      Restaurant  -  Fresh produce from farm and garden.
      Views  -  Magnificent views.
      Full of character
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
      Check prices
    • Stocks Hotel, Sark 17 rooms from $280

      Sark

      Sark's luxury hotel, recently renovated. Spacious rooms and suites with all mod cons, large outdoor pool surrounded by mature gardens. Family friendly, with small spa and gym.

      Spa  -  Small spa treatment room.
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
      Check prices

    See all » 1 hotel in Herm

    • The White House Hotel Herm 40 rooms from $206

      Herm

      Family friendly hotel in stunning location on the tiny island of Herm - no cars allowed. Laid back retreat, devoid of TVs or telephones, for getting away from it all. With pool and award-winning gardens, and a beautiful island to explore.

      Great walks  -  A coastal path circles the island.
      Views  -  Sweeping views of sea and sky.
      Garden  -  Britain in Bloom Gold Award.
      Child friendly  -  High teas provided.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

    See all » 1 hotel in Alderney

    • Braye Beach Hotel, Alderney 27 rooms from $143

      Alderney

      Modern hotel with spectacular views over Alderney's finest sandy beach. Family friendly (cinema, games room) with fine dining or pub food options. Popular for conferences and weddings.

      Birdwatching  -  Alderney is a magnet for 260 species of birds.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

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    • Chateau La Chaire 14 rooms from $152

      Channel Islands

      A stunning Manor House tucked amidst woods within Jersey's National Park. Elegant rooms feature antique furniture, floor to ceiling windows and soft hues. A fabulous restaurant uses locally sourced produce. Take long walks starting straight from the property or spend days lounging on the beach.

      Hideaway  -  A luxurious boutique hotel set within pristine woodlands just few minutes from the beach.
      Great walks  -  Take long scenic walks along the coastal path that starts from near the property.
      Restrictions on children  -  Children over 7 are welcome
      Full of character
      Check prices

    See all » 8 hotels in Jersey

    • The Atlantic Hotel 50 rooms from $195

      St Brelade, Jersey

      Stylish hotel with stunning views and Michelin starred dining overlooking St Ouen's Bay. Golf next door, and extensive spa facilities make this a great resort hotel for an extended holiday.

      Restaurant  -  Michelin Starred dining at The Ocean Restaurant
      Views  -  Lovely views of the Atlantic ocean.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pool
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
      Check prices
    • Longueville Manor 30 rooms from $221

      St Saviour, Jersey

      Country estate style 14th century manor house hotel with lovely gardens around a pool. Excellent facilities including tennis court & croquet lawn, and fine dining. Four poster beds and traditional, luxury furnishings. Deeply comfortable.

      Traditional
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
      Check prices

    See all » 6 hotels in Guernsey

    • Old Government House 63 rooms from $212

      St Peter Port, Guernsey

      Historic townhouse hotel in St Peter Port, with a clubby feel - grand, with sumptuous, even theatrical decor. Fine dining, outdoor pool and spa, and brasserie. A good choice for a luxury stay in town, close to the action.

      Restaurant  -  Two AA rosettes.
      Spa  -  Gym, spa pools, sauna and steam room
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Traditional
      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
      Check prices
    • La Fregate 22 rooms from $234

      St Peter Port, Guernsey

      Stylish contemporary hotel boasting good harbour views to Herm and Sark, in the heart of St Peter Port. Most rooms have balconies. Good restaurant. Excellently located for town and beach.

      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

    See all » 2 hotels in Sark

    • La Sablonnerie, Sark 22 rooms from $203

      Little Sark

      You arrive here by horse drawn cart - no cars on Sark. This oasis of tranquility at the quite end of the island boasts fine dining, with food from its farm and gardens. Simple, cottagey rooms, some in separate houses. Stunning scenery and quiet beaches all around. Magical.

      Restaurant  -  Fresh produce from farm and garden.
      Views  -  Magnificent views.
      Full of character
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
      Check prices
    • Stocks Hotel, Sark 17 rooms from $280

      Sark

      Sark's luxury hotel, recently renovated. Spacious rooms and suites with all mod cons, large outdoor pool surrounded by mature gardens. Family friendly, with small spa and gym.

      Spa  -  Small spa treatment room.
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
      Check prices

    See all » 1 hotel in Herm

    • The White House Hotel Herm 40 rooms from $206

      Herm

      Family friendly hotel in stunning location on the tiny island of Herm - no cars allowed. Laid back retreat, devoid of TVs or telephones, for getting away from it all. With pool and award-winning gardens, and a beautiful island to explore.

      Great walks  -  A coastal path circles the island.
      Views  -  Sweeping views of sea and sky.
      Garden  -  Britain in Bloom Gold Award.
      Child friendly  -  High teas provided.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

    See all » 1 hotel in Alderney

    • Braye Beach Hotel, Alderney 27 rooms from $143

      Alderney

      Modern hotel with spectacular views over Alderney's finest sandy beach. Family friendly (cinema, games room) with fine dining or pub food options. Popular for conferences and weddings.

      Birdwatching  -  Alderney is a magnet for 260 species of birds.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
      Check prices

    See all » Other hotels in Channel Islands

    • Chateau La Chaire 14 rooms from $152

      Channel Islands

      A stunning Manor House tucked amidst woods within Jersey's National Park. Elegant rooms feature antique furniture, floor to ceiling windows and soft hues. A fabulous restaurant uses locally sourced produce. Take long walks starting straight from the property or spend days lounging on the beach.

      Hideaway  -  A luxurious boutique hotel set within pristine woodlands just few minutes from the beach.
      Great walks  -  Take long scenic walks along the coastal path that starts from near the property.
      Restrictions on children  -  Children over 7 are welcome
      Full of character
      Check prices