Page 1


JERSEY EVENING POST Tuesday 19 February 2013


Annual rejuvenation keeps T

HE Atlantic Hotel’s breathtaking views across St Ouen’s Bay, renowned Michelin-starred restaurant and stylish design make it a favourite with both visitors and Islanders. The luxury hotel adjoining La Moye Golf Course is fully equipped with excellent facilities, including heated swimming pools, a health club and tennis court, and is set on beautiful grounds which extend for six acres. Its restrained 1930s art deco style seamlessly blends the traditional and the contemporary to create an elegant yet warm and inviting feel. However, in many ways what sets the hotel apart is the attention paid to even the smallest details and the impeccable standards set to ensure guests have the best possible experience. An on-going programme of investment means that improvements are continually being made, while the hotel is also closed for one month every year to undergo a complete rejuvenation. During that time, local contractors work tirelessly to service, clean and maintain everything in the hotel including chandeliers, rugs and furniture. Managing director Patrick Burke said that it was very unusual these days for a hotel of this standard to cease operating for a whole month. He said: ‘You literally have to take the hotel apart, clean it, and put it back

Craftsmen and contractors move in as family-owned business shuts its doors for a month for top-to-bottom cleaning and regeneration

together again and you need to know your building very well indeed to do that. ‘One of the reasons we can do it is because we have built up a team of really excellent craftsmen, tradesmen and contractors who come in each January to work with us, including

many who have been doing this with us for 20 or 30 years. ‘Whether they are furniture polishers, decorators or electricians they understand the building very well and without them we couldn’t do it. ‘We’re just one small hotel, but more than 25 local firms worked on the

All furniture is inspected and repaired by Jersey craftsmen

Design Service, Project Management and Full Fit-out Package

WHITTINGHAMS superior interiors

La Rue Gosset, La Collette, St Helier, JE2 3NX Telephone: 876959 Email:

Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Studies, Libraries

Bryce Robinson Ltd Decorators are happy to have assisted the Atlantic Hotel in keeping to the high standard they have always insisted on. For free advice and competitive rates telephone 733862 or 07797 733738

Commissions, Cabinet Making, General Joinery, Spray Finishes

French Polishing, Furniture Repair/Restoration, Bespoke Furniture

The public area before (inset) the work and after

Fo s s e Construction Ltd We would like to thank THE ATLANTIC HOTEL for entrusting us to carry out all project management, building and carpentry work

John Warrener Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Ltd We were pleased to be chosen to carry out the Plumbing and Maintenance Installations throughout the ATLANTIC HOTEL

Small Works ● Jobbing ● Maintenance ● Design & Surveys ●

Tel: 722243

Tel: 852587 or 07797 714145 email:


JERSEY EVENING POST Tuesday 19 February 2013



Atlantic Hotel at the summit project. That means that we’re actually able to put back into the local economy, and I think that’s very important as well.’ The contractors this year included businesses such as Fosse Construction, Bryce Robinson painters and decorators, Fresh Floors, electrician Derek Morin, garden contractors CA Frazier, furniture specialists Whittinghams, Clean Guard, Jet Blast, Islandscape, Drain It, plumbers John Warrener, The Sigma Group and the Island Fire Extinguisher Company. Constantly striving to reach the highest standards is a major priority for the team at The Atlantic, particularly Mr Burke, whose father, Henry, established the hotel in 1970. ‘One of the things that is quite unusual about The Atlantic is that we are a family-owned and run hotel,’ he said. ‘Years ago nearly all hotels were owned and run by families, but these days it’s surprisingly unusual, particularly for hotels at the top end of the market like The Atlantic. ‘That means that we care very deeply about the property, as it has been in the family a long time.’ That dedication is reflected in the impressive number of accolades bestowed on the hotel over the years, including the maintenance of a Michelin star for its Ocean

(Continued on next page)

The Ocean Restaurant before (inset above) and after the redecoration

We are pleased to carry out ongoing ground maintenence and projects at the Atlantic Hotel and wish them continued success for the future

• • • • •



TEL: 483076 FAX: 482738 MOB: 07797 715099


JERSEY EVENING POST Tuesday 19 February 2013

ADVERTISING FEATURE ATLANTIC HOTEL (Continued from previous page)

Above: Work in progress painting the lounge...

Restaurant since 2007. Executive head chef Mark Jordan oversees the menus and food preparation at the restaurant, which is one of several rooms at the hotel available for fine dining, weddings and conferences. In addition, The Atlantic is the only local member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World – an exclusive collection of the very best independent hotels from around the world – and it holds four AA red stars and four AA rosettes. Only a handful of hotels in the country have been awarded both of those prestigious ratings. Just last month, the property was selected among the UK’s finest in the TripAdvisor 2013 Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards after travellers ranked it the 15th best hotel in the country. Late last year, The Atlantic was also crowned winner of the Most Excellent Waterside Hotel award in the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens UK and Ireland Awards for Excellence 2013. ‘The hotel has a very special standing in the marketplace,’ Mr Burke said. ‘Jersey as a destination is a niche destination, certainly in international tourism terms, and The Atlantic is a unique offering in the Jersey marketplace.’ Mr Burke joined the family business in 1985 and succeeded his father as managing director in 1987.

...and (right) upon completion of the project




• TELEPHONE 01534 487 935 • MOBILE: 07797 751 282 • FAX: 01534 487 934 • EMAIL:

Allow Us To Restore It To It’s Former Glory Rust & paint removed from wrought iron railings and gates Granite & brick restoration.


We are pleased to have been entrusted with the Sandblasting work required at the Atlantic Hotel and wish them continued success for the future.

Contact Brian: 07797 798187 or Norman: 07797 715247. Tel: 759328 E-mail ISLAND FIRE EXTINGUISHER CO. LTD


We would like to thank the Atlantic Hotel for allowing us to supply and maintain their fire extinguishers for the past 25 years. We stock: • Fire extinguishers • Fire blankets • Intumescent fire stopping products. Tel: 856831 Mobile: 07797 710482 Fax 856831 W: W:

We are delighted to support the Atlantic Hotel and proud to supply all of their stationery and IT requirements. Sigma Group Bourne House, Francis St St Helier, JE4 8YU Tel: 711500 Collins Retail 24 Halkett Place St Helier, JE2 4WJ Tel: 711545

Right: Time honoured skills are put to good use by the French polishers

DRAIN IT LTD Are pleased to have been providing a complete drainage service for

The Atlantic Hotel For the past 20 years and look forward to being of service in the future

Tel: 720988

Since then, an annual investment of about £250,000 has ensured that the property has retained its position as one of Jersey’s finest hotels. There are two main projects being undertaken this year. The first is the refurbishment of the golf course-facing side of the property, which will see all of the balconies dismantled, cleaned, redecorated and then reassembled. The second is the creation of a prototype bedroom, which has seen one guest room stripped bare so that it can be used to test ideas for a planned refurbishment. Once the perfect formula has been found, all 50 rooms in the hotel will be refurbished in stages. Mr Burke said that improvements being considered included new energy-efficiency provisions, brand new fabrics and the installation of oak flooring to create continuity throughout the hotel. ‘This is about the hotel evolving,’ he said. ‘Some of the furniture here is really beautiful, so it will be restored and the upholstery renewed. ‘Where we have something that’s good we don’t want to change it, we just want to take it forward.’ There will be a renewed emphasis on technology, with wall-mounted flat screen televisions and possibly even a fully inclusive Sky service in every bedroom. ‘We have the opportunity to keep pushing

JERSEY EVENING POST Tuesday 19 February 2013



Particular attention is paid to the trees that have to bear the brunt of the weather

the boundaries of what we offer our guests,’ Mr Burke said. Aside from the property, the most important investment The Atlantic makes is in its staff, such as reservations manager Hayley Brockwell who last year celebrated 30 years of service.

In summer, up to 60 people are employed at the hotel, many of whom are locally born or qualified. ‘We make a particular effort to take on local people when recruiting,’ Mr Burke said. ‘We have an absolutely fabulous team of staff, many of whom have worked for the family for years and years and years. They achieve great things. ‘It’s all about the experience of the guests when they come here. The hotel has a magical position overlooking St Ouen’s Bay and it is family-owned, which I think gives it a certain civility, but really it’s all about the staff.

A Name You Can Trust • Contract and Office Cleaning • Domestic Cleaning • Branchage & Grounds Maintenance • Kitchen Vent & Duct Cleaning Gardens are maintained with environmental sensitivity given the unique location bordering National Trust for Jersey land

• Washroom Products & Services • Retail Cleaning • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning • Window Cleaning And More...

T 01534 758 787 E

We are pleased to have been entrusted with the fencing and general maintenance of the patios and grounds at the Atlantic Hotel

‘At the end of the day, hotels are actually made by people – the people running them, the people who work in them, and the people who stay in them. ‘So much of our success is down to our team.’

33 Years at L’Etacq

Suppliers of a wide range of fresh fish and shellfish to the ATLANTIC HOTEL Poissonnerie Fish Market St Helier Open all day Mon-Sat 721 400

‘The true taste of the sea’ All major credit cards accepted

Like us on Facebook

Les Viviers de L’Etacq St Ouen Open Mon mornings all day Tues-Sat 483 500

Landscape Gardening Block Paving Fencing Hedging and Tree Care General Garden Maintenance Hard and Soft Landscaping Contracts Undertaken

For FREE advice and guaranteed low prices call Tel: 484081 Mobile: 07797 722 400 Email:

We are proud to be associated with The Atlantic Hotel, supplying them with the finest quality produce.


Our Company is pleased to provide ongoing electrical works for THE ATLANTIC HOTEL and OCEAN RESTAURANT We would like to congratulate them on their professionalism and wish them continued success in the future

Telephone: 481243 Mobile: 07797 716499

Jersey Evening Post - Refurbishment feature  

4 page feature on The Atlantic Hotel's annual refurbishment.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you