The Channel Islands are the most southern part of the British Isles and get more hours of sunshine than anywhere else, which is a tempting pull when it comes to thinking about travel in the UK.
If you head to Guernsey, you can easily include the car-free islands of Sark and Herm, as both are just a short ferry ride away. Meanwhile, Alderney and Jersey are better explored as single destinations as they are a little further from the other islands (Alderney to the north and Jersey to the south).
Whichever unspoiled speck you select, you’ll find wild-flower strewn coastal paths to walk or cycle along, beaches galore and an abundance of local produce. Whether you want a crab sandwich from a cafe or a seafood platter in a fine-dining restaurant, there are plenty of foodie pick to choose between.
Here are some of the best places to stay across this rugged archipelago. Keep scrolling and get your Channel Islands break booked straightaway.
Best hotels in Sark
Ask this country house hotel for a luxury transfer, and you’ll be met by their horse and carriage at the top of Harbour Hill, where the tractor bus brings you up from the ferry on this car-free island. Otherwise hire a bicycle or make the 20-min journey on foot. This 23-room hotel is the oldest on the island and has an idyllic garden with a heated outdoor pool and a restaurant that transforms local ingredients into international dishes. The oak-beamed Smugglers bar is full of character and serves homemade wines and liqueurs alongside a fine collection of whiskeys. Doubles from £166, B&B
Neighbourhood: Little Sark
Separated from Sark by a narrow isthmus, Little Sark is like a private island of which the queen is Elizabeth Perrée, owner of La Sablonnerie Hotel. Elizabeth has lived her entire life on the island and inherited the hotel business from her parents. Not much has changed here for 50 years. Penguin-suited waiters pour glasses of Bollinger to guests who come to eat lobster lunches in the garden. Those who chose to stay in one of the 22 simple rooms will hear tales of island life in the wood-beamed bar which stays open until the last guest has turned in for the night. Doubles from £98, B&B.
Best hotels in Alderney
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