Wales is the perfect place for glamorous couples looking for a fairytale honeymoon location or an amorous weekend away. From serene lakeside retreats to Victorian town houses, rustic inns and cosy bolt-holes, we’ve uncovered some of Wales’ most romantic places to stay. Whisk your special someone away for an unforgettable stay at one of these beautiful escapes.
The romantic village
Built in the style of an Italian village but set in Gwynedd, Portmeirion really is an escape into another world. Every aspect of it is considered and made to be architecturally quirky and gorgeous. Take a romantic stroll along the far-stretching beach or wander through the lush ornamental gardens. While the village can get busy during the day, once the gates shut it's like having the fairytale place all to yourselves.
The seaside boutique bolt hole
For a stylish seaside boutique B&B, head to Olivia Guest House. It's a Visit Wales Gold Award 5 star luxurious Edwardian townhouse and only 50 metres from the traditional seafront in Porthcawl. There are five beautifully decorated rooms you might never want to leave, and they serve a tasty locally-produced Welsh breakfast as well. Porthcawl is known for watersports and there's a brilliant golf course nearby - so there's plenty to do in the area if you want to get out and about.
Rustic and rural - Y Talbot
Sat at the foot of the Cambrian Mountains, Y Talbot Grade II listed inn is ever so charming. Facing Tregaron town square, it boasts nine guest rooms, including a number of superior suites for added luxury. If the idea of hot walk-in showers and snuggly Welsh wool blankets makes you smile, you’ll love it here. Cyclists and walkers are welcomed here and there are plenty of cycle trails and nature reserves to explore in the countryside around Tregaron.
The North Wales castle
This fairytale castle in Anglesey is fit for a queen! Built in 1849 on the edge of the Menai Strait, the French-inspired Château Rhianfa is exquisite inside and out. There are 30 stylish rooms, both catered and self-catering, each decorated with modern colours and classic furniture. Little touches make it a perfect hideaway spot. While you're in the area, there are castles, exhilarating boat rides and vineyard tours on offer. Or you can head to the lovely beaches by Llanddwyn Island where the Welsh patron saint of lovers, St Dwynwen, had a church.
The townhouse treat
In the arty coastal village of Newport in the heart of Pembrokeshire is Llys Meddyg, a Grade II listed Georgian coaching house complete with an award-winning restaurant, bar, kitchen garden and charming accommodation. The Romantic Getaway package includes champagne on arrival, a three course à la carte dinner, bed and breakfast, plus optional extras of flowers and chocolates.
The grand country house hotel
Bodysgallen Hall in Llandudno, owned by the National Trust, is surrounded by spectacular views. With an on-site spa, 15 plush bedrooms, 16 cottage suites and extensive gardens, the Grade 1 property is a wonderful retreat if you’re after a special time.
The historic coaching inn
The Bear Hotel and Pub in Crickhowell, which dates back over 500 years, is bursting with character. With no two rooms the same, you could sleep in an oak-beamed room, a converted stable, a room with a spa bath or another quirky room altogether. Most of the rooms are dog-friendly as well. The pub serves fine food using locally-sourced ingredients. Crickhowell itself is full of independent shops, ideal for mooching around, and the countryside has loads of wonderful walking trails.
The unique country house hotel
Llangoed Hall is a luxurious Edwardian country house hotel situated in the stunning Wye Valley. Each guest room is kitted out with intriguing antiques and original works of art, while the on-site restaurant has won numerous awards for its outstanding fine dining. They offer 'escape packages' for lovebirds wanting to push the boat out.
The lakeside hotel
Built to show off the local lake to visitors in the 1800s, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa is in a premier location. In the surrounding 24,000 acres, there's a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation - plus the mystical Lake Vyrnwy. Every one of the 52 rooms has either a view of the preened gardens or the lake. Get out and explore the Berwyn Mountains or chill out in the on-site ESPA spa.
The poetic pub retreat
Laugharne, a quirky seaside town in Carmarthenshire, is essentially Dylan Thomas' town. He lived there and is buried there, but the most famous spot of his is Browns Hotel, where he drank many a pint. He went there so often, he used to give out the pub phone number as his own! The area is stunning, with the nearby estuary stretching out into the distance. It was enough to woo Caitlin McNamara into Thomas' arms; now you can stay in the very location in which the bard boozed.
The harbourside cottage
The Harbourmaster in Ceredigion is a lovely retreat on Aberaeron harbour. It’s a boutique hotel with themed rooms, many of which have panoramic views of the harbour and ornate decor. The on-site restaurant is a must-visit for fish lovers; the chef turns the fresh catches arriving throughout the day into authentic and upmarket seaside dishes. Being on the coast, Aberaeron is perfect for romantic walks along the Wales Coast Path and you'll get some amazing sunsets over Cardigan Bay as well.