10 luxury hotels perfect for a romantic break
It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to romance, so why not mark Valentine’s Day with a Welsh break that will really stir the emotions? We’ve put together a handy list of gorgeous 4 and 5 star graded heart-warming hotels and boutique restaurants with rooms that will show that special someone exactly how you feel.
Don’t be fooled by the slightly austere exterior of this 4-star Georgian-era coaching inn. Venture inside and you’re enveloped in a warm and welcoming atmosphere of chunky old furniture and roaring log fires. Perfect for snuggling up with your loved one. Upstairs are cosy and contemporary rooms, many of which with fairytale views of Conwy’s awesome 12th-century castle.
The Bull, Anglesey by The BullWhat could be more romantic than an island escape? There’s no lengthy sea crossing required to reach Anglesey, though the luxury awaiting you at the 5 Star Bull's Head Inn would definitely be worth the trip. Add some real Valentine’s magic with a stay in a four-poster bed and enjoy impossibly fresh fish straight from Anglesey’s crystal waters in the elegant Loft restaurant.
Tŷ Castell, Caernarfon by Tŷ CastellImmerse yourself in fantasy at the 4 Star Restaurant with Rooms Tŷ Castell. As well as being just a stone’s throw from spectacular Caernarfon Castle, each if its four rooms have been inspired by legends from the Mabinogion, Wales’ ancient collection of folk tales. You can also feed your passion with special Valentine’s menu of Welsh tapas, made with freshest local produce that Gwynedd has to offer.
Palé Hall, Snowdonia by Palé HallFeel like a princess (or prince) in a fairytale tower with a night in one of 5 Star Gold Award winning Palé Hall’s turret rooms, or go one better by bedding down in a luxurious suite once occupied by Queen Victoria herself. It’s all part of Palé Hall’s supremely regal appeal. This elegant country house in the gorgeous Dee Valley transports you to a more genteel time, while keeping things relaxed and informal. The best of both worlds.
Guest room in Coes Faen, Barmouth by Coes FaenTake rest and relaxation to the next level at cool and contemporary Coes Faen Lodge Spa (5 Star Gold Guest Accommodation). With six individually designed rooms with eye-opening features (a handcrafted wooden bathub complete with waterproof TV is one highlight), it’s perfect for the ultimate chilled Valentine getaway. You can also have a range of indulgent spa treatments without leaving your suite. Now that’s what we call room service.
Twr y Felin by Retreats group
A former windmill overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast in the UK’s smallest city, 4 Star Gold Hotel Tŵr y Felin bills itself as the Wales’ first contemporary art hotel. With style to spare, it’s an unusual and memorable location for a romantic getaway. Every room is a feast for the senses, immaculately decorated and furnished to the highest standards, but the luxurious Windmill Tower Suite is the jewel in the crown. Set over two levels, a spiral staircase leads up to the original observatory, offering stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.
The Grove, Narberth by The GroveIt’ll be love at first sight at The Grove (4 Star Gold Country House Hotel). When you catch your first glimpse of this luxurious country house hotel, nestled amid the trees in the green Pembrokeshire countryside, you’ll know you’re in for something special. It’s beautiful blend of period features and light modern touches that also serves up AA Rosette winning cuisine (much of it from the hotel’s own kitchen gardens and foraged from the surrounding countryside). Take the special Romance package and there’ll be bubbly, chocolate and red roses waiting in your room when you arrive.
Mansion House, Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire by Mansion HouseA restaurant with rooms in a dreamy hilly location between the Carmarthenshire coast and the Cambrian Mountains, Mansion House
(4 Star Restaurant with Rooms) is perfectly placed for a truly special trip. The eight rooms (each named after a local hill farm) each have their own distinct personality, while two AA Rosette Moryd Restaurant serves up tempting dishes with a distinctly local twist. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the romantic ruins of nearby Llansteffan Castle (ideal spot for a proposal perhaps?), one of our most magical ancient monuments.
Nanteos, a luxury country house hotel, near Aberystwyth by NanteosRelive the elegant Georgian era at the 4 Star Country House Hotel Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth. For centuries the family home of the wealthy Powell family, a multimillion pound renovation has restored the building to its former glory as a breathtaking country-house hotel. Stylish original features blend with cool, up-to-the-minute design in spectacular suites named after famous former visitors (including poet Lord Byron and composer Richard Wagner).
Glandyfi Castle, Mid Wales by Glandyfi CastleLive like a king (or queen) at Glandyfi Castle, a 5 Star Gold boutique guest house with some serious style. This romantic Regency Gothic castle has towers, turrets, ramparts and unusual octagonal rooms, coupled with a spectacular setting overlooking the River Dyfi as it flows towards the sea. If you’re thinking about popping the question this Valentine’s Day, this is probably the perfect place to do it.