Guernsey’s rolling cliffs, verdant countryside and golden beaches make it the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Despite being just a short flight or ferry journey from the mainland, Guernsey feels like a faraway paradise of calm, quiet, and stunning views, as guests of The Old Government House Hotel and Spa and The Duke of Richmond will discover. With the help of our lovers’ guide to Guernsey, you and your special someone will be able to squeeze every inch of romance out of this idyllic island. Here’s how to make the most of a dreamy Valentine’s Day in Guernsey.
Coffee and culture in St. Peter Port
Guernsey’s historic capital is bursting with intriguing boutiques, botanical gardens and barista cafés for you and your beloved to discover. Be wowed by the paintings at the Rona Cole Gallery, fall in love with the flowers (it’s no surprise St. Peter Port was named best coastal town in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition), then watch the world go by across cobbled streets as you and your loved one sip on cappuccinos.
Take a sunset stroll along the cliffs
As the evening quiet begins to descend, now is the time to take a gentle evening stroll along Guernsey’s breathtaking coastline. This is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy some quality time with your partner. The panoramic views of land and sea are made even more beautiful by the setting of the sun, which casts a brilliant scarlet hue over the island.
Capture memories at the Little Chapel
Tucked between the trees in Guernsey’s glorious countryside is the Little Chapel, thought to be the smallest place of worship in the world. The chapel was an international labour of love built from bits of china donated by the islanders, as well as presents sent in from around the world. Thanks to all this generosity, the chapel now looks like a fairy-tale cottage, and is the perfect place to take a picture that sums up Guernsey: compact, surprising and enchanting.
Savour the solace of a secluded island
If you and your lover are looking to spend quality time away from the fray of everyday life then a trip to one of Guernsey’s neighbouring islands is in order. Sark and Herm are blissfully untouched oases of green that are a haven for wildlife. Allow the hotel to pack you a delicious picnic and arrange your transportation, then enjoy the peace and tranquillity of these wonderfully unspoilt islands.
Devote a day to love and luxury at The Old Government House Hotel Spa
Spend a day, just the two of you, being pampered at the spa at The Old Government House Hotel. Throughout February, the spa is offering a Valentine’s Spa Special, which includes a vanilla, jasmine and ylang-ylang aromatherapy massage for the back, neck, shoulders and head, along with a glass of Champagne. Once you’ve made use of the onsite sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, treat yourselves to an indulgent Afternoon Tea at the hotel. Spoil your loved one by accompanying the delectable selection of pastries and sandwiches with a bottle of vintage champagne.
Image Credits: Lead image © iStock/chris2766. La Grand Greve © iStock/BrettCharlton. St Peter Port © iStock/VFKA. Little Chapel© iStock/Arndale. The Old Government House Hotel & Spa © Red Carnation Hotels.