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An Urban Oasis Awaits At The Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey
December 21, 2017
If you want to escape to somewhere where you don’t have to worry about poor exchange rates and using google translate, then Jersey is the island you should be considering. The Club hotel and spa is one of the most centrally located 5-star luxury boutique hotels on the island. Despite the name, Green Street isn’t particularly picturesque, but the hotel is only a short walk away from the main shopping area of Queen Street with an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops.
However, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a luxury spa including an indoor and outdoor pool, a thermal suite and five treatment rooms, you might be extremely occupied in the hotel before you’ve had any chance to venture outside. The reception area is understated with mostly soft-muted colours and congenial staff ready to attend to your needs.
During our visit, we stayed in a spacious, luxury deluxe suite with all the requisite items to make this a high-end experience: a super king Frette dressed feather bed, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer maximum daylight, portable Bang & Olufsen telephone and two separate flat screen satellite television, one in the sitting room and one in the bedroom. A spacious granite bathroom with a separate 2 person shower cubicle is also available along with Elemis toiletries.
However, you can enjoy an even more relaxing bathing experience in their indoor, salted pool. It has a lower chlorine level than conventional pools, so it is gentler on the skin and eyes. Although, lengthwise, it is on the short side, so it will take many laps before you work off those calories from the tasting menu at their flagship restaurant, Bohemia. We enjoyed a calming aromatic fusion massage, which helped to relax, de-stress and revive throughout the 55 minutes using a fine combination of Swedish and neuromuscular massage techniques.
Another way to relax is to enjoy their sumptuous afternoon tea at Bohemia bar and restaurant. The cute pastries designed by head pastry chef Ellen de Jager has a nautical theme and the deliciously baked scones are a perfect opportunity to try their local delicacy, Jersey black butter. It is typically made with a rich mixture of apples, Jersey cider and spices.
The real jewel in the crown is the lunch and dinner menu at their Michelin-starred restaurant. Their tasting menu is suitably seasonal and on trend with a few well-sourced ingredients supporting fresh, premium ingredients. Bantam eggs were slow-cooked with care and skill and packed with flavours from the celeriac, celery, truffle and Jabugo ham. Local crab tart and custard really showed off why Jersey is one of the best places to sample seafood with high-quality strands of crabmeat. It was really a tasting menu that takes you on a gastronomic journey with dreamy ingredients like belted Galloway sirloin & braised cheek, foie gras cream and artisan cheese from Jean-Yves Bordier.
You might need to go for a short stroll after your culinary extravaganza and the best place to visit apart from the local high street is the tremendous Elizabeth castle. It is built on a rocky islet in St Aubin’s Bay and you can walk out along the causeway at low tide to reach the castle. It has superb views of St Heliers as well as the surrounding shores and you can also learn about the history of Jersey as it had been used for more than 300 years to defend Jersey. You can climb the battlements dating back to the 1590s.
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