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Best British Isles weekend breaks 2015: Jersey

Jersey is just a short hop, but thanks to its rugged coastline and beautiful countryside it feels like a world away - even more so when you stay at The Atlantic hotel.

With its strikingly modern white façade, crystal blue pool and swaying palms, you could be forgiven for imagining yourself to be in Los Angeles – rather than in the Channel Islands – when you visit the Atlantic Hotel. Until, that is, you look out over the flora-rich headland to St Ouen’s Bay and see the ancient La Rocco Tower and Second World War battlements built by the Germans during their occupation of the island.

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Which room? Try to book one of the newly refurbished ocean-view rooms, which overlook St Ouen’s Bay and are decked out with gorgeous marble bathrooms. 

What to pack: Given the chic but laid-back nature of your surroundings, you’ll want to pack some elegant loungewear, but make sure you leave room for walking shoes; getting around on foot is a wonderful way to explore the island’s coastline.

What to order: Mark Jordan’s cooking at the hotel’s Ocean restaurant has received many plaudits (including a Michelin star), and his seafood dishes are unbeatable. Expect dishes like citrus roast fillet of cod, caper and gherkin butter and flaked crab.

Don’t miss: Mark Jordan At The Beach. At the chef’s more casual beachside restaurant near St Aubin’s harbour, you can enjoy simple renderings of local produce. Try the Jersey oysters with cucumber beurre blanc. 

How to do it: Return ferry tickets from Portsmouth to Jersey cost from £100pp (condorferries.co.uk). Double rooms cost from £250, room only.


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