Experiences 28 September 2022

A romantic getaway on The Islands of Guernsey

The Islands of Guernsey are filled with unique places to stay, peaceful beaches and world-class restaurants, ideal for a romantic holiday with your significant other. Whether it’s a quiet weekend for two, or days filled with adventure, there is something for every couple to enjoy.

Where To Stay

Guernsey is home to a whole host of accommodations. You can choose to stay in a hotel in St Peter Port, in a self catering cottage just a stone’s throw from the beach, or at a cosy rural retreat nestled in the countryside, to name just a few. There is no shortage of accommodation to suit any needs; here are just five of our favourites:

Fermain Tower

Step away from daily life with a stay in this 19th century tower. This completely unique, not found anywhere else accommodation is situated next to Fermain Bay, one of Guernsey’s most popular beaches. You can spend time as you wish; walking the cliff paths, cooking, reading, writing, swimming, star-gazing, observing nature or simply having the space to recharge and enjoy each others company. Whatever the weather, the view over Fermain Bay is spectacular.

The accommodation is only suitable for able-bodied, safety-conscious adults. Minimum visitor age 25+ and there is a minimum 2 nights stay.

Fermain Valley Hotel

Peaceful and secluded, yet conveniently situated just 5 minutes from St Peter Port, the 4 star Fermain Valley Hotel is an ideal location for a relaxing, romantic break. Set in over 6 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel has 45 bedrooms, three restaurants, an indoor-heated swimming pool and sauna, a private cinema, two lounges, a library and complimentary WiFi throughout. There are also four new treehouse rooms, located within the valley, with modern and cosy interiors. Each treehouse has their own outside space overlooking the beautiful gardens and there is an outside Jacuzzi available to enjoy.

Old Government House Hotel and Spa

The OGH was originally the official residence of the island's Governor. Now a beautiful and luxurious hotel, it has been extensively redecorated and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The hotel's own Spa offers a wide range of Darphin health and beauty treatments, plus an outdoor pool, gym, spa pool, sauna and steam room. You can enjoy a meal in The Curry Room at The Governor's, The Brasserie or in the Olive Grove, alongside a drink in The Crown Club. Alternatively, if you want to get out, it is just a five minute walk to the centre of St Peter Port, with its array of shops and restaurants.

Glamping at WildGuernsey

WildGuernsey is a secluded retreat on the southwest coast of the Island. Stay in one of Guernsey’s most peaceful spots at this boutique glamping site with 3 bespoke tents. Fort Grey is just a stone's throw away, so you can easily enjoy a walk to the beach and a swim in the sea. Being run by WildGuernsey means extra activities are available, such as Wildfood workshops, Seashore Safaris and fireside camp crafts. Whilst at the site, you’ll have the opportunity to cook over the fire, or in your own fully equipped kitchen.

St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Set in acres of beautiful gardens on the outskirts of St Peter Port, St Pierre Park is the perfect base for exploring the island together. The newly refurbished Spa boasts a new swimming pool, a marble steam room, a dual aspect volcanic stone sauna, experience showers, 5 treatment rooms, a relaxation room and stunning views overlooking the lake and grounds. In the grounds you can enjoy tennis, croquet, crazy golf and the challenging Tony Jacklin designed nine-hole, par 3 golf course. A wide choice of food is available in the restaurant or the Terrace Cafe Bar. This hotel has everything you need to enjoy an array of activities as a couple.

These are just a few of the accommodation options on offer on Guernsey. Click here to view a full list.

Where To Eat 

Guernsey is home to an outstanding selection of eateries that are perfect for a romantic dinner. Our multitude of bars, restaurants and bistros cater for all tastes and dietary requirements, so you will not be short of a venue for your romantic evening meal out. Here a just a few of our favourites:

Red Grill House and Cocktail Bar

After a fire caused the need for renovations, the newly refurbished Red has a fresh design, a few new dishes, and yet the same hugely varied wine list and staple menu classics. Famous for its delicious steaks, but also with the ability to provide for all dietary requirements, the ambiance in Red, paired with the wine and food, is the perfect recipe for a romantic evening.

For a drink after dinner, you could head upstairs to Red’s cocktail bar, where you will find a wide array of drinks. If this doesn’t take your fancy, head across the road to one of Red’s sister restaurants, Rouge or Tinto. Both offer light bites and an extensive drinks list. Alternatively, Rosso, Red’s authentic Italian restaurant, offers delicious homemade pizzas and pastas. 

The Hook 

The Hook, Guernsey’s sushi bar, seafood and steak restaurant, is located on the Saint Peter Port Seafront, offering beautiful views of Victoria Harbour. The specials often change on a daily basis, and the menu is a mix of Japanese and local cuisine, with Chirashi bowls, tempura dishes, sushi platters, steak and other ever changing options available on the a la carte menu. The Hook is open for lunch and dinner with takeaway options, too. If you want your evening to continue, The Hook and Sling, Hook’s cocktail bar, offers delicious drinks just upstairs. 

Fukku, Hook’s sister restaurant, has only recently opened, and brings Japanese street food to St Peter Port. With a focus on using authentic Asian ingredients, you will find delicious ramen, poke bowls, katsu and tempura at Fukku. The restaurant has a great, informal atmosphere and is ideal for grabbing a speedy sit down lunch or sitting down to relax of an evening.

Octopus 

Octopus not only has one of the best locations on the island, offering views over Castle Cornet and the neighbouring Islands of Herm and Sark, but they also cater to everyone. Whilst their speciality is seafood, they state clearly, “If you’re vegan or vegetarian, fear not, the chefs are willing to accommodate any dietary requirements. Choose three of your favourite ingredients and they will create a unique dish just for you!” The views alone make this restaurant romantic, with the food making you stay.

Buho

Buho is Guernsey’s Mexican restaurant, with a lot of tequila and rum on offer, and an array of authentic dishes. Situated just above Guernsey’s escape rooms, you can have fun challenging yourselves and working together as a couple to solve the mystery and escape, and then enjoy a romantic meal for two.

Buhu is found just up the hill from The Fermain Valley Hotel, and it is in fact associated with the hotel and its two other restaurants; Ocean Greek Eats, offering a Greek and Mediterranean inspired menu, and The Rock Garden, a steakhouse serving some of the finest steaks and delicious drinks. 

La Reunion 

In a spectacular location, with a buzzing cocktail bar, La Reunion is modern dining at its best. With over 80 covers, a balcony overlooking the bay and a separate terrace area, as well as two glazed areas offering far-reaching views across the bay, there is room for everyone. This glass eatery with romantic views over Cobo Bay offers a seasonally changing menu that takes inspiration from around the world, using quality, local ingredients where possible. 

Just below La Reunion, you will find The Rockmount, an informal family friendly gastro pub. Whether you’d like to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in the restaurant, a tipple in an armchair by the open fire, or a pint watching a game in the Tap Room, they serve something to suit all tastes.

These are just a few of the restaurants, bistros and cafes that are available on Guernsey. To view a full list, click here.

What To Do

The Islands of Guernsey have an array of activities for you to enjoy during your romantic getaway. From spa treatments and relaxing crafts, to cliff walks and stargazing, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

Walking 

The Islands of Guernsey have stunning coastal views, making it perfect for a romantic walk. You can walk along the cliffs and coastal paths and wander down onto the beach. Alternatively, stroll through and explore country lanes or amble through St Peter Port’s cobbled streets, stopping in at one of the many coffee shops or browsing the independent stores on offer along the way. 

Sea Activities 

Guernsey is well known for its sea and beaches. You can go sea swimming together at one of the many beaches, or go to La Vallette Bathing Pools, a safe and contained set of pools for salt water swimming.

Sea swimming isn’t the only sea-based activity available. With Outdoor Guernsey and GO Guernsey, you can book coasteering, sea swimming tours and kayak tours, and Guernsey Surf School is available for surf lessons. Island Rib Voyages can take you on one of their many rib tours around the sea surrounding the Islands of Guernsey, perfect for a couple who wants some adventure together on their romantic getaway. 

If the sea doesn’t take your fancy, many of our hotels and spas have heated indoor and outdoor pools available, perfect for a romantic dip.

Crafts 

The Islands of Guernsey have lots of craft experiences available. For a romantic afternoon relaxing and creating together, you can go candle making at Guernsey Candles, pottery painting at Iris and Dora or take a chocolate making workshop at Rebecca’s Chocolates in Guernsey or Caragh’s Chocolates in Sark. If you want a romantic afternoon spent crafting together, with a keepsake to take home to remember it by, we recommend booking these experiences in advance to avoid disappointment.

Spas

For a romantic break that will leave you truly relaxed, visit one of our many spas. Book a treatment, relax in a jacuzzi or swim in a heated pool to fully relax together. Many of our hotels have spas within the grounds, or you can venture out to one of our boutique spas. The Lavender Rooms, The Beauty Clinic and The Health Suite at Beau Sejour are just a few of the available options for an experience that is guaranteed to be both relaxing and romantic.

Island Hopping 

If you’re based in Guernsey, it is easy to explore the other Islands in the Bailiwick. Take a romantic day out and get the boat over to Herm, Sark or Alderney and explore all that these other Islands have to offer. From the beaches and shops to the restaurants and cafes, there is so much to discover together on these Islands. If a boat trip isn’t for you, you can follow the cobbled causeway and walk over to Lihou Island at certain tides and explore this small island. 

Star gazing

Guernsey and the neighbouring Islands have some of the clearest skies available, unaffected by pollution; Sark itself is globally recognised as an incredible stargazing spot. This makes the Islands of Guernsey perfect for stargazing. Sit outside and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars together.

Getting Here

With regular short flights from a range of UK airports, as well as a selection of ferry services, getting to Guernsey is an easy, stress-free experience. Once you're here, you can hire a car or bike from a variety of different companies, or use our public transport service, to easily get around the Island and enjoy a romantic getaway.