Luxury Breaks

Go on, spoil yourself. Luxury hotels, five-star restaurants, a hot spa, something cold and fizzy – whatever Sir and Madam desire, we’ve got it. And wherever you go, the spectacular views are on the house.

  • Exterior and golf course of the Vale Hotel in the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
    Vale Hotel, Glamorgan Heritage Coast

    The training home of the Welsh rugby team might not sound like a place for luxury and pampering. But The Vale Resort is a four-star playground within 15 minutes reach of Cardiff, the Welsh capital, combining luxurious relaxation and sporting activity. It has Wales’ largest spa and two championship golf courses, situated in 600 splendid acres of grounds. 

  • Woman enjoying the whirlpool bubbles in the Vitality Pool, St Brides Hotel
    Vitality pool, St Brides Hotel, Pembrokeshire by St Brides Spa Hotel

    The luxurious St Brides Spa Hotel is perfectly perched on a cliff overlooking Saundersfoot’s harbour and beach. When you’re relaxing in the outdoor infinity pool, which is heated to blood temperature even on frosty days, you can’t help feeling just the tiniest bit smug.

  • Exterior and gardens of Bodysgallen Hall, near Llandudno
    Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno

    You’re probably wondering where to park your helicopter. Luckily, dozens of Welsh hotels have their own pads or suitably spacious lawns. You’ll certainly have a happy landing at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, a perfect 17th-century country house in Snowdonia which won the AA’s 2014 Welsh Hotel of the Year.

  • Horse drawn canal boat on Llangollen Canal
    Llangollen Canal, Borderlands by DianeB1960

    We’re far too discreet to reveal which Hollywood stars were spotted holidaying on a canal boat on the Llangollen Canal. But there are plenty of stars (including one from Michelin) at the nearby Tyddyn Llan, a country house with a multi award-winning restaurant. 

  • Woman browsing the bags at Melin Tregwynt in Pembrokeshire
    Melin Tregwynt, Pembrokeshire

    Antique Welsh quilts and blankets sell for a small fortune these days, but the tradition is still alive and kicking in West Wales. Melin Tregwynt near Haverfordwest is a superb example of a mill that’s combined centuries-old skills with chic modern designs, making not just traditional woollen blankets and throws but also clothing, bags and upholstery fabric. 

  • Aerial view of the Old Course, Nefyn and District Golf Club and Porth Dinllaen village on the Llyn Peninsula
    Old Course, Nefyn and District Golf Club on the Llyn Peninsula

    The expression ‘millionaire’s golf’ describes that lovely feeling when you and your mates find yourself teeing off with nobody in front or behind, as if you’ve got the whole course to yourselves. Wales has some of the best links courses in the world, yet they’re nowhere near as busy (or pricey) as elsewhere. But is anywhere as stunning as the peninsular section of Nefyn? We don’t think so.

  • The atrium at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport
    Celtic Manor Resort, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk by Celtic Manor Resort

    The Welsh billionaire Sir Terry Matthews bought the hospital in which he was born, transformed it into a luxury hotel, built a whole new leisure complex behind it, added a conference centre, fine dining restaurants and three championship golf courses, brought The 2010 Ryder Cup to Wales, and….well, isn’t that enough? The Celtic Manor Resort is simply extraordinary place to spend a long weekend.

  • St Davids Hotel and Spa seen at sunset across Cardiff Bay
    St David's Hotel and Spa, Cardiff Bay

    The world’s first million-pound business deal was struck in the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay. These former coal docks have been reborn as a chic waterfront leisure destination, which you can admire from the terrace of the five-star St David’s Hotel & Spa. Up in the city centre, there’s a priceless collection of Impressionist art in the National Museum Cardiff

  • Man fly fishing on the River Teifi in Carmarthenshire with a stone arched bridge in background.
    Fly fishing on the River Teifi, Carmarthenshire

    The salmon and sewin (also known as sea trout) rivers of West Wales attract fishermen from all over the world. The beautiful Maesycrugiau Manor, in Carmarthenshire, is a five-star B&B within casting distance of the Teifi, Cothi and Tywi rivers, whose beats have been enjoyed by US presidents and Hollywood stars.