Ready To Go Wild

To celebrate Durrell’s 60th anniversary, The Royal Yacht, is very proud to be partnering with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Go Wild Gorillas as an Official Supplier on the Go Wild Gorilla Trail. The aim of this project is to raise funds for A new Gorilla House at Gerald Durrell’s, Jersey Zoo.

On Saturday 27th July, the trail of life size gorillas will be launched around the island designed by various local & UK artists.

Stephen Wilson, our Facilities and Maintenance Manager, will go on a 11-week quest around our beautiful island in pursuit of the Elusive Dodo, (The Royal Yacht Hotel Gorilla) discovering the 40 silverback gorillas and 45 young ones. Join him on a trail of discovery and rewilding.

GWG Steve Wilson

When did you first become interested in Gorillas?

I think the first time that I really became interested in Gorillas was back in 1986 when the 5 year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure, making national news. It really fascinated me the way that Jambo acted so human like, protecting the young lad and genuinely seemed really concerned for him.  

 Do you have any involvement with the gorillas at the zoo?

I am a zoo volunteer, but unfortunately not. The gorillas are very lucky to have Chris, Mark and Laura taking extremely good care of them.  I always visit the gorillas whenever I am at the zoo though.  They are the most beautiful animals, I could watch them for hours.

 Tell us more about what Go Wild Gorillas is about?

Go Wild Gorillas is designed to encourage people to get out of their homes and follow the trail around the island, where there will be 40 life size gorillas painted by various incredible artists.  There are also 45 smaller size gorillas, which have been painted by schools etc. and are in various shops and establishments around town.  The aim is to raise funds to build a new home for the gorillas at the zoo.

Go Wild Gorillas Sneak Peek

 Why has The Royal Yacht Hotel got involved in this project?

The Jersey zoo approached the Hotel Sales Manager, Jacqueline McDermott, who in turn approached James Taylor, Hotel Chairman & CEO, to see if he might be interested in becoming a sponsor partner for a gorilla.  James is very passionate himself and a great support of the Durrell Trust and what they aim to achieve and had absolutely no hesitation in saying yes.  The final auction of the painted gorillas will also be held at the Royal Yacht Hotel.

 What has influenced you to become involved yourself?

This year it is 60 years since Gerald Durrell had the most AMAZING idea to establish a different type of zoo in Jersey, with a view to protect endangered species.  Last year, I was lucky enough to be given an invite to Durrell’s strategy launch, where Dr Lesley Dickie, who is the zoo CEO, talked about rewilding and their initiative to get the young away from the television and their computer games, and encouraging them to having fun in the great outdoors.  It was at this conference where I heard Lesley talking about the Go Wild Gorillas and I have never heard anyone talk with so much passion.  She has done so much good at the zoo, she is becoming a bit of a hero of mine.  I am also very jealous of my wife Reka, as she is so lucky to work for the zoo and I think it is her who gives me my most inspiration.  She is very passionate about the zoo and I think this rubs off on me.

 Will you be doing the Go Wild Gorillas trail?

Yes.  Go Wild Gorillas is launching Saturday 27th July and I aim to find and be photographed by at least one gorilla a day, and you will be able to follow my journey across social media over the next 77 days, in my hunt to find the Royal Yacht Hotel gorilla.  You will also find special Royal Yacht Hotel deals and competitions here, along with gorilla facts & fun!  Happy hunting and enjoy the Go Wild Gorillas Trail!

August Meetings Offer

Meetings Never Sounded So Good…

Take advantage of this fantastic last minute offer and hold a meeting in one of our event rooms this week to receive a complimentary summer lunch platter. Available for meetings held until 31st August 2018.


We have a range of event spaces to choose from …

Vista | £375 for full day hire (Max 18 people)

Celestial Hall North or South | £525 for full day hire

Latitude | £175 for full day hire

Hold your event before 31st August 2018 to receive a complimentary ‘Summer Lunch Platter’

To find out more or book your event call our team on 01534720511 or email: [email protected]

World Travel Awards Winner


We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Jersey’s Leading Hotel 2018’ at the World Travel Awards…

The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the global travel and tourism industry. Each year the World Travel Awards acknowledge the world’s best hotels in a multitude of different categories. This year, the 25th World Travel Awards took place in Athens on 30th June 2018 at the Zappeion Megaron Hall.

The Royal Yacht was honoured to be awarded ‘Jersey’s Leading Hotel 2018’. This award is one of many awarded to the hotel this year. It is another reminder of the fantastic hospitality that the hotel offers and a credit to all of our incredible staff who make the hotel as fabulous as it is!

General Manager, Mr. Vieira said “It has been a fantastic year for us, having also won Hotel of the Year at the Jersey Style Awards and receiving a place in the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’. To win ‘Jersey’s Leading Hotel’ at such a prestigious awards ceremony is an honour. We are a one-stop shop, a mini resort in the centre of St Helier with fantastic facilities, 3 restaurants, 4 bars and an award-winning Spa. However it seems to be the genuine caring and attentiveness of our staff that our guests seem to enjoy most and this award is a credit to them”

World Travel Awards 2018

Book your stay

Charter a Yacht

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Charter a Yacht

With Alfie Buoy

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With Alfie Buoy

Alfie Buoy – Ultimate Yacht Charter

Fancy chartering a private yacht to explore the clear waters of Jersey?

Check out Alfie Buoy’s brochure to explore their selection of Yacht Charter packages: Alfie Buoy brochure

Choose from half day or full day packages with a Lobster & Steak lunch/dinner and a wide array of water sports available to you for all the fun you can imagine out on the water!

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Royal Wedding

A Royal Occasion!

Join us to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May 2018. Lazyjack Lounge will be open from 11am (Prince Harry due to arrive at 11.15am). All coverage will be shown live on the big screen with our bar open.

We then invite you to join us for a relaxed ‘Royal Lunch’ in Restaurant Sirocco from 12pm, where the coverage will continue on our TV screens, whilst you enjoy your meal with family and friends.

Lunch £26.50 per person | 3 Courses | Click here to view the menu

Early booking advised to secure table. Email: [email protected]


Timeline of Events


11am – Lazyjack open and coverage shown on big screen

11.15am – Prince Harry due to arrive at St George’s Chapel followed by Royal Guests

11.55am – Meghan Markle due to arrive

12.00 noon – Ceremony / Sirocco open for lunch from 12 – 3pm