The Vale Resort

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.

interior of luxury hotel bedroom. with balcony.
aerial review of hotel with lake in foreground.

The Vale Resort, South East Wales

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.

Bodysgallen Hall

You’re probably wondering where to park your helicopter. Luckily, this is one of dozens of Welsh hotels that 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.

Bodysgallen Hall historic house hotel and gardens.

Bodysgallen Hall, North Wales

Tyddyn Llan

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.

The front of a cottage style restaurant covered in ivy.
Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo, North Wales

Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo  

Nefyn and District Golf Club

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. There's nowhere as stunning as the Nefyn and District Golf Course on the peninsular section of Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula. Sea views from every hole? Check, and great accommodation nearby too.

Aerial view of Nefyn golf course on a peninsula stretching out to sea

Nefyn Golf course from above

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 near Newport, South Wales, is simply an extraordinary place to spend a long weekend.

Entrance to the Celtic Manor Resort.
Dining table for two at Celtic Manor Resort.
golf course with wild flowers in foreground and lake and bunkers plus building in background

Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

voco® St David’s Cardiff

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 voco® St David’s Cardiff. Up in the city centre, there’s a priceless collection of Impressionist art in the National Museum Cardiff.

View over the Bay towards St Davids Hotel, Cardiff.
A woman resting on the edge of a quiet spa pool.

voco® St David’s Cardiff

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