"Come as visitors, leave as friends"
Product: Alderney, Channel Islands www.visitalderney.com Price: £327.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Having always gone abroad for a holiday, I wasn’t sure what I would make of a break so near to home (Alderney is the third biggest island of the Channel Islands) but I was in for a wonderful surprise.
I can say with all certainty that it is the perfect destination if you are looking for a peaceful, picturesque holiday packed with history, bird life, fabulous beaches and fabulous people.
Whilst I could spend some of this review going through facts about Alderney, I’d rather concentrate on telling you about my personal stay there and save the facts to the experts at the Alderney Tourist board who can be found at visitalderney . This website is packed with interesting facts about the island and what to do while you are there. They also have an office in St Anne’s the capital of the Island.
I had the opportunity to stay at the only 4 star hotel on the island called The Braye Beach Hotel (pictured) and was met by Richard, the General Manager, whose motto for the island is: "Come as visitors, leave as friends" and after a short stay there, I understood what he meant. Everyone you meet on the island seems friendly and happy, be it the staff at the hotel, the owner of the cycle hire shop, the staff at Visit Alderney, or the service we received at my favourite eatery on the Island called Gloria’s (the best food I have eaten in a very long while with a varied menu and beautiful fish….the crab stuffed ‘balls’ were heavenly!)
The Braye Beach Hotel is a very bright and classical hotel but with a modern feel. It boasts stunning views of the Braye beach and it also has a mini cinema, which you can book to watch a film from their listings any time so long as another guest doesn’t beat you to it first! The food at the hotel is fresh, hearty and very well presented. If you can splash out a little and book a night or two in one of their Platinum Sea View rooms, I’d strongly recommend this as waking up to the sound of the sea was glorious, as well as the stunning view.
Alderney is perfect for picturesque walks, cycling and bird watching. If you are a bird lover like me and you love all things puffins and gannets, then a boat trip to see them is a must. Visit alderneywildlife and alderneylivingislands to find out more information on what to do and also historical points of interest, if that’s your thing. As for food, the Braye Beach Hotel boats an AA Rosette restaurant, which is definitely a must if you like your food. I also ate at The Georgian and was told The Bump Bar & Bistro is definitely somewhere to go but by far, Gloria’s was my favourite eatery and if you are a foodie like me, will understand my thinking back and wishing I could go there again.
If you are looking for a holiday or break closer to home and want to "go as a visitor and leave as a friend" then for all the reasons aforementioned , this is the destination for you!
A three night break including flights from Southampton to Alderney with a Platinum Plus (sea or harbour views) room including breakfast and a 3 course dinner one evening will cost in range of £385 per person from now until October and £327 per person in low season. Based on two sharing.
(please note the prices quoted do not include flights and transfers)