Just an hour’s flight away from most UK airports, Jersey’s a perfect destination for a short break over the half term. Here are a few tips on what to see and where to stay if you’re travelling with kids in tow.
Take your little monkeys to see the newest addition at Durrell Wildlife Park – a brand new baby gorilla. The first to be born at Durrell for nine years, visitors to the park can catch a glimpse of gorilla mum Hlala and her new baby as well as many other rare and endangered species in this beautiful park. And for a real walk on the wild side, you can set up camp at Durrell with a night’s stay in one of their Wildlife Camp’s luxury pods and wake up to the sound of tamarins in the trees.
Your own cinema
There aren’t too many hotels with their own private cinema, but at the Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa you can impress the kids by booking out their 36-seat private cinema for a Disney classic they’ll never forget. The perfect rainy-afternoon activity, you can use the hotel’s DVD library or bring along your own film to watch in comfort. They might even supply popcorn if you ask nicely.
Get blown away
A cross between gokarting and windsurfing, blokarting is the perfect way to make the most of Jersey’s wide sandy beaches. Strap yourselves in, grab the pull cord and steer into the wind for a thrilling ride across the beach. Blokarting’s suitable for ages 7 to 70, and makes for a fast-paced, fun activity for all the family. See Absolute Adventures for further details.
A Michelin-starred ‘nursery’ menu should tempt your mini gourmands, especially when teamed with charming old school-style service from the team at The Atlantic Hotel. This deliciously luxurious cliff top hotel is only a short stroll from the beach at St Ouen with waves to surf, and towering sand dunes to slide down.
Laps of luxury
Kids love hotel swimming pools, especially ones that have a cool ‘infinity’-type design. The Hotel de France’s super-chic indoor swimming pool feels tropical whatever the weather outside, and never cramped thanks to its generous glass-fronted layout. It also helps that the hotel’s (soundproofed) Ayurvedic Ayush Spa is just upstairs so mums can leave dad in charge and book themselves in for some luxury TLC.