If you're planning a weekend getaway in the UK, Wales is a fabulous choice - especially thanks to the variety of breaks it offers. Whether you are hoping for an utterly relaxing holiday, an active break or a cultural city sojourn, you will find it here.
When you think of holidays in Wales, a city break might not be the first that comes to mind. After all, the nation is famous for its stunning landscapes and opportunities for exploring the great outdoors. However, Cardiff is a wonderful place to go for anyone looking for a slice of UK luxury without leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind.
Of course, one of the best things about opting for a luxury city break is that it gives you a huge choice of things to see and do. Travel to Cardiff and you can learn about the city's history at the fantastic Cardiff Castle, have a night out at the theatre and visit a host of art galleries and museums. Among the best is the National Museum Cardiff, which showcases one of the most impressive collections of Impressionist artwork outside of Paris.
In terms of accommodation, there are several luxurious hotels that will make you feel suitably pampered. The St David's Hotel & Spa is one of the finest, situated on the Cardiff Bay waterfront and offering suites with private balconies and gorgeous views over the water.
Plus, you can treat yourself to delicious meals made from local produce at its onsite restaurant, The Tempus at Tides, or indulge your senses at the Marine Spa.
City breaks are not for everyone, and if you have your heart set on discovering some of the beautiful landscapes Wales is so famous for, Betws-y-Coed is the perfect destination to choose. Situated in Snowdonia National Park, it is a popular place to stay among those wishing to explore the park. Indeed, it is the reserve's main tourist area, but despite this, it is still quiet, scenic and charming.
Wonderful walks can be found at just about every turn, including relatively short strolls to places like Fairy Glen and challenging hikes, such as to the top of Snowdon. The village is home to far more B&Bs than hotels, many of which boast four or five stars. So, it is not hard to find a little luxury.
If you love having a really personal, friendly service at your accommodation, Gorphwysfa House is a fantastic choice. This four-star establishment is conveniently situated just far enough from the busiest street to enjoy a gentler pace, while still being a short walk to all the restaurants and shops. What's more, the full English breakfast is fabulous.
Generally regarded as the food capital of Wales, Monmouthshire is the ultimate destination for gastronomes keen to sample the nation's finest cuisine. However, you don't need to have a passion for food to enjoy your stay here, thanks to its famously picturesque scenery - something that also makes it a haven for walkers. Rolling hills, mountains and tranquil valleys make up the landscape, creating a profoundly relaxing atmosphere.
If you are hoping for a little seclusion during your stay, Castle Farm is an excellent place to choose. A working stud farm, it is a 60-acre site promising amazing views and the choice of a luxurious room or a lavish suite, complete with its own four-poster bed and kitchen.