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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.