Ain’t That Grand

Mimi ON Jan 13, 2009 AT 1:16 pm

We’re suckers for a decent mini-break here at BeautyandtheDirt, and the more glamorous the better. In fact, don’t even try tempting us out for two nights in a tent – we are way too high maintenance for camping. It’s still a mystery where exactly, under canvas, we plug in our straighteners.  

Our latest find and destination du jour is The Grand Jersey. Totally revamped by the same hoteliers that own celebrity haunt, Bovey Castle, it’s moved 5 star retreats to a whole new level. Overlooking St Aubin’s Bay, the hotel is only a short car ride from Jersey Airport meaning that the luxury is mere moments away from the tarmac. A combination of stately Edwardian architecture and sleek, contemporary design, including fabulous pictures painted by local artists, the Grand’s interior sets the indulgent scene for a weekend of sheer luxe.

Pick a sea view room with a balcony and you probably won’t leave the hotel at all, despite the gorgeous landscape of Jersey! Not only are the beds sumptuously comfortably and the closest thing to sleeping in a cloud that we’ll ever get, a good supply of Elemis bubble bath ensures the ultimate relaxation. If you can bear to tear yourself from your lavish boudoir, the spa is a good mid-way step between there and the outside world! Jessica mani-pedis, Elemis face and body therapies and GHD Spa hair treatments are the perfect de-stressing and pampering treats. 

Foodies will be ecstatic to know that Master Chef Albert Roux and Head Chef Richard Allen use the best seasonal local produce to cook stunningly original food, but more importantly, they don’t skimp on the puddings! It’s just not a proper mini-break without a decent dessert, as any right thinking girl knows. And, if you don’t know your Dom Perignon from your Dom Jolly, the Champagne Lounge, with over 100 different champagnes, should help your find your way around the fizz.

Little nuggets of discretely decadent service, such as a the private cinema, the GHD Butler Service (straighteners brought to your room on a silver salver) and separate entrance with private meet and greet for celebs and wanna-be’s, give the Grand Jersey an aura of ultra-chic, stylish indulgence; and that is the epitome of a damn good mini-break. Along with pudding.

The Grand Jersey Hotel

The Grand Jersey Hotel

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