The Club Hotel and Spa, St. Helier – Review

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The Club Hotel & Spa is a luxury, boutique hotel in the centre of St. Helier on the island of Jersey. The hotel boasts various room and suite options as well as full spa facilities available to all guests.

From Jersey airport (which itself is a 40 minute flight from London), it takes about 15 minutes to drive to The Club. The short driveway and steps are somewhat plain and understated; however this has the effect of enhancing the lobby when entering – you are pleasantly surprised by the clean modern interior with a nod to a previous art deco era.

The reception desk seems minimal, but was always manned and staff helpful whenever we passed through the. A short tour of the hotel showed us the spa, restaurant and breakfast room are all easily located to guests.

The Room

Our Studio Room (number 221) offered a king-sized bed with a larger open-plan bedroom compared to the Double Deluxe Rooms. A quick bed-test proved that the feather Frette bedding was sumptuously soft and allowed us to sink into a deep, relaxing sleep. The full-height windows do offer a view over the terraced area, but there is not much to see beyond that.

The en-suite bathroom boasted a separate granite bath and shower cubicle, as well as double sinks – all adding further luxury to a well-appointed room. The use of Elemis products in the bathroom and the Bang & Olufsen phones in all the rooms were further appreciated details that make The Club & Spa stand out against its competitors.

The Spa

Before dinner, there was time for an excursion into thermal suite. We relaxed with a few lengths in the salt pool, which although shallower than anticipated, but does boast a hydro bench in the corner. Cabins off the salt pool area included the sauna, salt cabin and herbal steam room.

The sauna had a higher humidity than we were used to, but still relaxed and invigorated. The Herbal Steam Room, is effectively a more humid sauna, and left us feeling hydrated.

The experience shower completed our thermal suite, with a multitude of waterfall or a rainforest downpour, combined with alternating temperatures, colours and sounds leads to an invigorating experience.

The very small number of guests using all of the facilities at that time enhanced the intimacy and privacy of the pre-dinner spa.

An outdoor, heated swimming pool and private terrace complements the indoor thermal suite, although as night had fallen by this point, there was not much to see.

Also a variety of therapies are available for both men, women and couples including Mud Rasul Experience, Time for Men, Ayuvedic Therapies, Couples Rituals, Massages and Alternative Therapies. These can all be purchased as part of a pre-booked spa package or at the hotel itself.

Overall impressions

Downstairs, the connecting restaurant, Bohemia (reviewed separately here), offers a superb bar and dining experience. We didn’t have time for breakfast in the morning, but check-out was a very swift affair and the taxi back to the airport (arranged by the hotel) was waiting, on-time.

When travelling outside of the larger cities, or using less-well known spa brands, the experience can be somewhat hit and miss; however The Club Hotel & Spa have struck the right balance between understated simplicity, excellent customer service and attention to detail. Quite simply, they embody the term ‘boutique’ with which we couldn’t find a fault. The spa facilities were up to a standard to rival the more well-known spas and we look forward to visiting again to try out some of the treatments they have to offer.

To book a stay in The Club Hotel & Spa, visit theclubjersey.com, call on 01534 876 500 or email reservations@theclubjersey.com.

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