Alderney named top UK honeymoon destination

BEING named the top place in the UK and Ireland for a honeymoon, Alderney is keen to keep awareness of the island going in the UK until visitors can be welcomed back without restrictions.

Conde Nast Traveller magazine said honeymoons do not have to be spent on remote islands in far-flung destinations across the world, pointing to 15 of the most romantic destinations in the UK and Ireland.

Topping the list, Alderney beat places such as the Isles of Scilly, the Scottish Highlands and the Cary Arms in Devon.

A Visit Alderney spokesperson said it was a great honour to be named the best honeymoon destination.

‘With its beautiful uncrowded beaches and high quality restaurants and accommodation, Alderney is certainly a perfect getaway for couples looking for a romantic break,’ they said.

‘It is important to keep the awareness of Alderney going in the UK until the day we can welcome visitors once again without restrictions.

‘The UK is really pushing [for] staycations and this could benefit the Bailiwick in the future.’

Alderney publicity shots. The island has appeared on a list of the top 15 places in the British Isles to honeymoon. (29314386)

Over the first two months of 2021, and despite the UK and Guernsey being in lockdown, Visitalderney.com had nearly 14,000 visits to the website.

Nearly half of these were from people in the UK and 40% were Guernsey residents.

‘We are glad to see that the interest in the UK is stable despite the pandemic and that the interest in Guernsey continues to grow,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And we are looking forward to welcoming visitors again, hopefully soon, from Guernsey.’

Since 26 January all arrivals into Alderney – even those from Guernsey – have faced 14 days of quarantine.

It is hoped this requirement will be dropped when Guernsey moves into stage three of its exit from lockdown and a new Bailiwick bubble can be formed.

It is hoped that Guernsey will move into Stage 3 later this month.

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