Top luxury hotels in Guernsey
We all like to have a luxury break every now and again, whether it’s just to relax or celebrate a special occasion. Personally, I think Guernsey’s a particularly good destination for the former, since it’s home to a number of great hotels that offer award-winning food and pampering spas – and there’s not a lot that’s more relaxing than those!
So, if you’re on the lookout for deals on holidays to Guernsey, check out my list of the top places to stay before you book.
Let’s start by taking a look at some of the island’s best four-star hotels. Located in the island’s capital, St Peter Port, the Fermain Valley Hotel has a really impressive position perched on the Fermain Bay.
What’s particularly nice about this hotel is that it has a wonderful rural feel and some truly incredible coastal views but, despite this secluded-feeling location, it is just still a five-minute drive to the centre of town. So, by staying here, I think you really do get the best of both worlds between amazing scenery and a central position.
But this establishment has so much more to offer – in fact, I’m not quite sure where to start. The things that appeal most to me include the fact that each of the 45 rooms is individually designed, while The Valley Restaurant serves up 2 AA Rosette cuisine (for me, good food is a holiday essential!).
There’s also a private cinema with an en-suite bar, beautiful private gardens perfect for gentle afternoon strolls and the promise of a complimentary decanter of sherry on arrival.
If you fancy staying in the heart of the Guernsey countryside, meanwhile, the Farmhouse Hotel in St Saviour is a fantastic option. Located in a 15th-century farmhouse, this hotel has been refurbished to have a modern decor and facilities – yet somehow seems to retain an authentic, rustic feel.
With just 14 guest rooms, it has quite an intimate ambience (like a boutique hotel, if you’ve ever stayed in one) and some excellent facilities. For example, the outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace are bound to delight summertime visitors, while the fact the kitchen here boasts 2 AA Rosettes means the hotel is also a fabulous place for foodies.
In fact, there are five separate dining areas here and, as they’re all served by the same kitchen, you can expect everything you eat to be fantastic. As well as offering main meals, the hotel also serves up a pretty impressive afternoon tea.
Well, I say hotels – in reality, I mean ‘hotel’, as there is just one five-star establishment on the island. The Old Government House Hotel and Spa – or the OGH, as the locals often call it – has a brilliant central location in St Peter Port. And, as well as being in the heart of the town, it’s just a stone’s throw from the harbour and port. In fact, you can select a room that looks out over the sea, which I think is well worth doing if you like a good view!
For me, one of the biggest draws of staying here would be its 2 AA Rosette dining. Plus, it has a good selection of eating options, which include the prestigious The Curry Room and The Brasserie Restaurant.
Of course, there’s lots more that appeals too – particularly the spa. There are six individual treatment rooms here, so you can be pampered to your heart’s content. The accommodation itself is also well worth a mention (as you’d expect, really, given its five-star status), with double, queen and king rooms available, as well as luxurious suites.