We love Guernsey. St Peter Port constantly wins awards for being the prettiest harbour town in Europe, and I certainly can’t think of a prettier and more picturesque town. St Peter Port offers quaint cobblestone streets and alleyways, all decorated with flowers and kept immaculately clean. You can walk along the harbourside which has an amazing tidal range and a jetty which leads out to a castle that you can tour around and that is over 800 years old!
Beyond this idyllic town are oodles of white sandy beaches complete with excellent and fruitful rock pools, cliffside paths perfect for walking, and at the right time of the year, blackberry picking. There are two golf courses on the island and hundreds of vantage points where you can sit on a seat, and enjoy a picnic to the backdrop of the coastline and the azure blue sea. Squint and you could be on the Cote d’Azur. The sea has the same hues of deep turquoise but the crowds are missing.
In this article we pick the top 3 best luxury hotels in St Peter Port in Guernsey.
La Fregate Hotel is situated on the edge of St Peter Port offering views across the town and the harbour. This hotel is loved by tourists and locals alike and we consider it to be the best luxury hotel in Guernsey. The award winning restaurant at La Fregate is also undoubtedly one of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Guernsey and offers spectacular views over the port. All the fish dishes they serve up are incredibly tasty and the restaurant features in the Good Food Guide as well as being loved by locals.
It is not only the restaurant that offers glorious views. The bar has an alfresco terrace where you can enjoy drinks into the evening, looking out across St Peter Port (view from this bar is pictured above). It is well worth stopping by La Fregate Hotel for an evening beer and a crab sandwich, even if you are not staying.
Beyond its eateries, La Fregate is one of the most modern hotels on Guernsey and offers excellent, large rooms with the same views over St Peter Port. Many of the rooms also have a balcony or terrace which enables you to enjoy the views in your own private space outside. We have stayed in many of the rooms here and we really like them all. They are immaculately kept and, for us, the only choice is whether you book a balcony or not. You can also read my more detailed review of reviewed La Fregate in Guernsey.
2. Old Government House Guernsey
If you are looking for colonial luxury in the centre of St Peter Port with an outdoor pool, The Old Government House hotel is a very good choice. The location at the top of the main street could not be more convenient and it offers numerous restaurants and bars, so you are never short of a place to dine or drink. Rooms vary at this hotel from compact doubles overlooking the pool area, to suites with views looking over the entire of St Peter Port.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of this hotel is the excellent pool which sits in the centre of this U-shaped hotel and is a real suntrap if the weather is kind to you. You can read my full review of the Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey for more detail about this historic hotel.
3. Fermain Valley Hotel
Although the Fermain Valley Hotel is slightly inconvenient for the St Peter Port and is located just outside the pretty harbour town, it remains a firm favourite of ours. Just remember to hire a car or buy a bus pass to get around. The views over the treetops and down to Fermain Bay are special here. The layers of decked terrace where you can dine or simply take a drink are a reason to stop by even if you aren’t staying. But this hotel is also about the little luxuries that make a good stay great. All the rooms, for example, offer a complimentary decanter of extremely tasty sherry along with apples and handmade chocolates. The location is ideal if you like walking. Wander down to the shore and then pick one of the many clifftop walks which take you through a landscape of pink heathers, wildflowers, butterflies, all looking down upon the azure blue sea.
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