For a chic getaway that has all the appeal of a secluded spot, but with facilities to rival a bustling city, look no further than Jersey. The island's St Helier in particular offers top-notch dining and beautiful hotels for the perfect break.
The island has a rich history that includes British and French influences, so you can be certain your accommodation and dining experience will be a high-quality, classy and memorable one.
Jersey is famous for its mouth-watering potatoes and has become a haven for foodies who like the finer things in life. Aside from the Jersey Royal potatoes, which have European Union protection status to celebrate their origin, the island boasts the Jersey cow.
From organic milk and butter to smooth yoghurt and cream, eating out in Jersey is all about making the most of the local produce. Of course, the surrounding waters also provide an abundance of seafood, with top-quality shellfish including oysters, lobster, scallops and crab on the menu at restaurants.
When holidaying in St Helier, one of Jersey's parishes, you will not only discover eateries that stay true to the French and British roots, but also those that have introduced new cuisine to the island.
If you would like to get a taste of Jersey's French roots, make sure you head to Dix-Neuf, which offers everything from classic dishes from the country to sandwiches for a light bite.
Asian cuisine has also become popular. Little Thai serves up authentic food from Thailand, with a handful of exclusive recipes you are unlikely to have come across before.
The Golden Buddha Bar and Restaurant is also an ideal place to spend an evening. Modern Asian dishes are the order of the day and why not enjoy a cocktail or two before heading off to some of St Helier's other venues?
Most people enjoy a curry and The New Raj is well-known in the town for the introduction of thali dinners, which are popular in India. These comprise of small dishes of a variety of curries and accompaniments, which are mopped up with lots of chapattis.
A break to St Helier allows you to spend your days walking along the pretty coastal paths, shopping in independent boutiques and making the most of your hotel's facilities, before spending the evening in an atmospheric bar or restaurant.
You will find plenty of accommodation on your Jersey maps, which are also great to take on your strolls to ensure you do not get lost, although this is quite difficult to do on such a small island!
If you want your holiday to afford you a bit of luxury, The Club Hotel & Spa is likely to be perfect for you. It is home to Bohemia, which boasts a Michelin star, as well as a stunning swimming pool, Rasul mud chamber, monsoon shower, sauna and herbal steam room.
The Royal Yacht is on St Helier's waterfront and comes with a luxury spa, three restaurants, four bars and two penthouse suites if you really want to push the boat out.
There are, of course, lots of more affordable options if you want to splash your cash on fine dining and in the boutiques instead.
Whatever your budget, you will certainly find St Helier is the perfect destination to get away from it all, but also to have plenty of facilities for a luxurious break.