Britain’s Best Getaways: Romantic Guernsey

The beautiful island of Guernsey is the perfect romantic getaway for you and your loved one, with its beautiful gardens, parks and relaxing spas. Immerse yourself in the romantic history of the island as Guernsey has a fantastic story to tell with its majestic castles and forts and is waiting to be explored by you! Discover the beauty of the island and wander around in one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns St Peter Port with cobbled streets and breath-taking coastline.

There are a number of romantic locations in Guernsey, including the Candie Gardens, the subtropical gardens and sculpture park at Sausmarez Manor, the island’s indulging spas and, of course, romantic restaurants!

Guernsey’s rich horticultural heritage reflects in many of its parks and gardens, including Candie Gardens. Just a five minute walk from St Peter Port’s centre lie the Candie Gardens, which are said to be the town’s best floral attraction. Aside from a wide variety of plants and flowers from all over the world, the gardens also include fish ponds and beautiful lawns. Guernsey is known to have a mild climate and therefore a variety of plants and flowers can thrive in the gardens, which may not survive the cold winters in other parts of Britain. In 1894, the Lower and Upper Gardens were established and the latter offers a stunning view over St Peter Port and neighbouring islands. The Gardens also include the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, the Priaulx Library, a café and they are home to the oldest known heated glass-houses in the British Isles. It is the perfect location to stroll around with your loved one and to behold the beautiful autumn colours!

Sausmarez Manor’s Sculpture Park & Subtropical Garden is located centrally in the Castel Parish and offers you peace and tranquillity. Sausmarez Park is the largest public park in Guernsey with its green spaces and formal gardens. The park includes the National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum, a Walled Kitchen Garden, a rose garden, a Japanese Fishing Hut and pond, a café and a large collection of plants from the Far East such as bamboo and camellia. The Park also exhibits works from more sculptors than anywhere else in Britain!

Indulge yourself at one of Guernsey’s luxury Spas! The island is the perfect location to unwind and get away from every day’s hustle and bustle. To make your romantic getaway a bit more special, be sure to make a trip to a relaxing spa such as The Old Government House Hotel & Spa, which is located in the heart of St Peter Port and offers you a great variety of treatments such as full day packages and massages. Other great spas include The Bella Spa and Le Mirage Health Club.

A romantic getaway wouldn’t be complete without a perfect candlelit dinner for two. Da Nello offers you Italian cuisine with the perfect romantic backdrop. Alternatively, you could try The Auberge, where you can enjoy a great meal with a fantastic view as the restaurant is located on the cliff-top near Jerbourg Point in St Martin’s and the Head Chef, Daniel Green, has won The Channel Islands Chef of the Year Award 2013!

Stay in the romantic La Fregate Hotel in St. Peter Port to enjoy your romantic getaway at its fullest. The hotel is known for its luxury and sophistication as well as its reputation for gourmet cuisine, which has spread far and wide. La Fregate perches on the hillside above St Peter Port harbour, a two-minute walk from the town centre. Many of the rooms enjoy breath-taking views of Guernsey’s island neighbours, and several boast private balconies. Dining in the hotel’s window-lined restaurant is a refreshing experience. Chef Neil Maginnis’ uses top quality ingredients from local seafood, fish and vegetables. Neils’ classical methods allow the flavours to burst through in many memorable creations.

Have an amazing romantic getaway in Guernsey!

St Peter Port harbour image by Robert Linsdell Guernsey Coast I image by Nicolas Raymond Guernsey Coast II image by Steve Johnson