As Guernsey opens up to UK visitors – including those not vaccinated – here’s why it makes for an idyllic island break
- Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm plan to remove testing and isolation requirements for UK visitors on July 1
- Those in search of sun can make the most of the 27 beaches on the rugged coast of Guernsey
- The most on-trend place to stay is Camp de Reves, an ideal spot for glamping with west-coast views
If you fancy an island break this summer, Guernsey makes an idyllic and sensible choice.
The Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm plan to remove all testing and quarantine requirements for UK visitors on July 1, including for those who have not had a Covid-19 vaccine. All adult residents are expected to be jabbed with at least one dose by July 1.
Those in search of sun can make the most of the 27 beaches on the rugged coast of Guernsey – each one offers something a little different.
Lively: If you fancy an island break this summer, Guernsey makes an idyllic and sensible choice. Pictured, the charming harbour in St Peter Port
A stunning aerial image of Channel Island Sark taken by Phillip Capper as he flew over it on a flight from London to Spain. He posted it to Flicker, writing: ‘I had a family holiday here in 1952 and this was the first time I’d seen the island since.’ Photo published here courtesy of Creative Commons licensing
An aerial view of Fort Grey, built in 1804 to defend the west coast of Guernsey. Next door is an enticing beach with white sand and turquoise waters
Popular choices are the huge sweeps of white sand at Vazon Road, Cobo Bay or L’Ancresse Common for families, while surfers love Portinfer.
Head to Saline Bay to relax among the dunes and toast a glorious sunset, or Le Gouffre for fabulous views from its cafe and cliff walk.
Gardeners should stroll around Candie Gardens in St Peter Port, where the new Victor Hugo Garden celebrates the life of the 19th Century French writer who spent 14 years in exile on the island after denouncing Bonaparte’s coup d’etat in 1851.
The extravagant decor of his former home, Hauteville House, is also worth a visit.
‘No cars, no crowds, and no stress’ is how herm.com sells the island of Herm
A stunning image of the island of Alderney, which measures just 3.5 by 1.5 miles
Popular beaches on Guernsey are the huge sweeps of white sand at Vazon Road, Cobo Bay (pictured) and L’Ancresse Common
Gardeners should stroll around Candie Gardens, pictured, in St Peter Port, where the new Victor Hugo Garden celebrates the life of the 19th Century French writer who spent 14 years in exile on the island after denouncing Bonaparte’s coup d’etat in 1851
The extravagant decor of Victor Hugo’s former home, Hauteville House, is worth a visit
The most on-trend place to stay is Camp de Reves, an ideal spot for glamping with west-coast views and stunning sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. Sheltered bays for swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, paddleboarding and picnicking are all just a ten-minute walk away.
There are five tents on three acres (each sleeps up to six adults) which are all equipped with a kitchen, bathroom with shower, lounge, private deck and private garden. From £143 per night (guernseyglamping.com).
For an elegant and traditional take on Guernsey life, check in to the only five-star hotel, The Old Government House Hotel, in the heart of St Peter Port, where B&B is from £210 per room per night (theoghhotel.com).
On the other side of Candie Gardens is the handsome 19th Century La Collinette Hotel which, besides its 23 rooms, offers apartments and cottages from £960 a week in July in (lacollinette.com).
From June 25, British Airways launches twice-weekly routes to Guernsey from London City Airport and Edinburgh, with return fares from £90 and £75 respectively.
See www.visitguernsey.com for further details on where to stay and activities.