It was my last morning at the Atlantic Hotel, my favourite place to stay on Jersey, and a couple walked past as I headed to the restaurant. Pulling a hefty suitcase, the wife turned to her husband, saying: “Oh dear, I guess all good things come to an end!” Sadly they do, as I discovered an hour later when I checked out and waved goodbye to this wonderful hotel which is, quite simply, pure luxury.
It had been a few years since I last stayed at the Atlantic and I was pleased to see nothing had changed: it has retained its timeless elegance, staff still firmly believe in service with a genuine smile, its location remained as enticing as ever and, well, I could list a long list of superlatives fitting to this family-run, art deco-influenced hotel which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Atlantic – run by the same family since first opening – exudes a cool, refreshing and relaxing vibe exemplified by the hues of blue, white and sand. With its startling white facade and equally impressive interior boasting pillars, wood flooring, art-adorned walls and ceiling fans, a Mediterranean feel runs throughout the hotel.
Book a stay at the Atlantic and you’re guaranteed understated, relaxed luxury. On offer are indoor and outdoor pools, 48 rooms, two suites, seasonal spa and the 4 AA Rosette-awarded Ocean Restaurant. With a well-deserved reputation for friendly and attentive service, it’s a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World – the only one on Jersey.
Several options are available when it comes to accommodation, including Golf View Rooms and Garden Studios. I always choose a tastefully furnished Ocean View Room which boasts a juliet-styled balcony overlooking lush grounds towards the sea. The well-equipped marble ensuite bathroom comes with Hans Grobe fittings and a decent supply of Molton Brown toiletries. But it’s not just the bathroom which is well-equipped, the bedroom offers everything needed for a comfy-stay, such as tea and coffee-making facilities, satellite TV with sport, movie and kids’ channels, bathrobes, slippers and free wifi.
As noted in my earlier review for this website, it’s extremely rare that I put pen to paper with nothing but positives to report. However much I enjoy visiting a hotel, there is usually something where I can offer constructive criticism in the hope that the proprietor can improve their customers’ experience. But just like before, this visit was one of those gloriously golden moments where it’s all pros and no cons!
So, if you ever get the chance to stay or simply dine at the Atlantic Hotel, grab the opportunity with both hands because it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. As the hotel’s motto explains, it’s “Where luxury meets the ocean” and that sums up this gem on Jersey’s west coast perfectly.
The Atlantic Hotel
Le Mont de la Pulente, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8HE, Channel Islands
Tel: 01534 744101
Getting to the island
I always travel to Jersey with Condor Ferries. Leading up to Christmas, the company will operate two conventional ships from Portsmouth, sailing overnight in both directions. The high-speed vessels will be back in operation in 2024, sailing up to five days a week with a crossing time of four hours.
I travelled aboard Liberation on both legs of my trip. Outbound, I sampled the spacious Horizon Lounge – which has its own dedicated bar – where I relaxed in my recliner seat and admired the panoramic sea views. For the return to Poole, I upgraded (from £17.95) to the exclusive Club Class – the ultimate onboard experience. Here, it’s leather seats, free wifi, free welcome drink and snacks plus steward service.
Overall, I find Condor an extremely friendly and efficient operator and it’s always a pleasure to travel with the company.
www.condorferries.co.uk or call 0845 609 1024
[Visited: October 2023]