Jersey, Channel Islands – Tax haven or Quiet a heavenly Village?
Intro to Jersey: Welcome to posh, quiet, cultured, historical, sportive, seaside, sunny town with white sands called Jersey, biggest of the Channel Islands also houses highest number of millionaires of UK and Europe next only to Monaco. Jersey is an Island measuring 118.2 square kilometres and 22 km away from French coast and 161km away from South of Great Britain.
Below: Jersey Map in Magnet
Around 97,000 odd people live in Jersey and attract around 0.7 million tourists in a year and the tourists spend around 230 million pounds. Business and sustenance of Island consists mainly of banks and financial services industry although the Island known for its agricultural products such as Jersey Potato and dairy products such as rich milk & cream.
Island attracted around 685,000 visitors in 2009 and Jersey does not levy any VAT but charges 3% GST and Jersey has its own bank note known as Jersey Pound.
Although During world war II, Jersey was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1 July 1940 until 9 May 1945, the Island still maintains strong French connection due to the geographical proximity and historical past also gained significant number of Polish and Portuguese immigrants.
By day: Jersey offers lot of options in varied topics such as Durrel wildlife conservation trust, places of history like Elizabeth castle at city center, Mont Orgueil Castle at Gorey Pier, Jersey war tunnels, appreciation of greenery like Jersey Lavender Farm, La mare Wine Estate. In summer, Jersey offers Blue coach services (16GBP) which gives guided daily tour of Islands.
Below: Corbiere Lighthouse
Below: Chandelier lamp at Grand Jersey
Below: Elizabeth Castle at Night
Restaurant: Reservation would be recommended if you are more than 4 as a group in summer and the billing average 20gbp per person; Lovely lunch options are available at Bonnetti’s at the Merton, St. Saviour with seafood and selection of pizzas, The Boathouse at St.Aubin offers wide variety and Oyster Box, St Brelade’s Bay offers a wide selection of burgers to fresh seafood;
Romantic options include Lighthouse restaurant offers views of Corbiere lighthouse, located at St. Brelade and one can eat tasty leek tartlet, pan fired calves liver, apple and berru nut crumble whereas Waterfront Brasserie at St. helier, offers 3 course buffet in stylish atmosphere.
Below: Food Pictures - Courtesy - Pomme D’Or Hotel website
One can also enjoy the Indian food at Café Spice at Kensington place which offers excellent service where as Indian Ocean offers Indian cuisine with lovely ambience. Indians pls note - be prepared to hear Nadeem Shravan's music in Kumar Sanu's voice !!!
Shopping: De Grunchy at city center offers wide variety of perfumes and skin car; one can indulge in diamonds, emeralds and sapphires at Catherine best at The Windmill, St. Peter; Jersey Pearl at St Ouen can comfort one in 20,000sq ft show room with café option where as one can spot a shoe heaven with hi-heels & handbags shop at city center.
SPAs: SPA at Grand Jersey offers various packages for facial, massages and wellness development and the visitors can pamper themselves of package from huge variety across from 10gbp to 180gbp.
By Night: The Drift offers lively music, food and one can enjoy late night hang outs at Pure Nightclub at city center with some basic entry fee. KAS Bar and Koko Indulgence are other options available.
By walk: who does not get tempted for a beach walk by holding hands with the near and dear ones ? You can stroll acorss St. Helier to St.Aubin beach aptly dressed in a walker shoe, goggles watching the blue ocean, mild wind curling your hair for roughly around 4 miles with lots of public park, benches to rest onto or to munch a cone ice cream to hold on to other free hand.
Below: St. Brelade’s Beach
Sports: Living Legend village offers 18-hole adventure golf & go-karting, Jersey bowl is located near Airport with 18 bowling lanes, Amaizin Adventure Park offers barnyard including tractor rides and milking the cow and Aquasplash supports variable depth of 25 meter pool, flumes, tyre ride, inflatables and lazy river to ride with.
How to get there: Flybe, Blue Islands offers connectivity to Jersey from London and Manchester. Ferry services can also be availed from Weymouth, Poole or St Malo, France using service providers such as Condor Ferries where one can carry their own car to drive around Jersey before returning to their cosy homes.
Below: Blue Coach Tour with Mr Trevor as Guide
Where to stay: Jersey loves to service tourists and offers plenty of choices such as Pomme D’or (100 GBP) at Liberation Wharf, Grand Jersey and Spa at the St. Helier (125GBP), Hotel De France (90gbp), Norfolk Lodge (80GBP) are located some 10 min walk from city center but offer excellent atmosphere and service.
Below: Jersey war tunnel
Below: St. Brelade’s Beach
Conclusion: Pls do not hesitate to visit this wonderful Island and spoil yourself in the service of hospitable people !!!