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Our guide to luxury holidays in Wales

From Snowdonia’s soaring peaks to Pembrokeshire’s wildflower-jewelled coastal path, and cutting-edge modern dining to Celtic castles shrouded in myths and legends; here’s the Unique guide to luxury holidays in Wales.

Despite its petite size, Cymru offers seven vibrant cities, five AONBs (from Anglesey in the north to Gower in the south), plus more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Dramatic in its beauty and fiercely proud of its national heritage, it’s hard to resist the lure of a luxury holiday in Wales. But once you spy the first flashes of vibrant daffodils and heraldic red dragons, or hear the warm lilt of locals on the cobbled streets of its whitewashed fishing villages, you’ll be grateful you didn’t.

If a dose of fresh air is the antidote, Wales is the cure. From Snowdonia’s snow-dusted summits to wild swims under lyrical skies, and ancient stone ale houses to ramshackle seafood shacks selling buttery lobster rolls, you’ll find everything you need to know in our guide to luxury holidays in Wales. You’ll need an adventure base, of course; so, take your pick from waterside homes offering front-row seats to sunrise, romantic cottages in the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, and places made for big group gatherings.

Locations in Wales

Perhaps Brecon Beacons´ crooked valleys and moss-shrouded mountains are calling, or you´re hop-scotching to Pembrokeshire´s beaches faster than you can say traeth? Luckily, we´ve got every coveted corner of Wales covered.

Collections in Wales

From castaway coastal cabins for couples to wilderness escapes for weddings, our curated collections have every holiday reverie covered, including private chefs, fairytale treehouses, heated pools, and wood-fired hot tubs.

Things to do in Wales

Strap in to reach Snowdon´s summit, sail through the morning mist over mirror-like glacial lakes, or sip homegrown drops among the ripening vines as the sun dips behind the mountains. Your Welsh adventure awaits.

Things to see in Wales

Gaze over the Menai Strait from Beaumaris Castle, spy rare species in the folkloric Black Mountains, or enjoy a bird´s-eye view of Pembrokeshire´s rugged coastline by helicopter; there´s no shortage of sights in these parts.

Where to eat in Wales

Treat the littles to double scoops of honey ice cream on the harbour as fishing boats bob in with dressed crab for supper, sup local ales at ciwt micropubs, or don your finery for a Michelin-starred experience in the Welsh wilderness.

Journals about Wales

Surfers reveal where to find Wales´ wildest waves, owners talk of taking off-grid living to new heights in the Cambrian mountains, and we get a close-up of the kaleidoscopic Conwy cottage with eccentricity in its bones.

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Wales FAQ´s

Looking for advice on finding dog-friendly pubs? Want to know the most child-friendly locations in the county? If you have a Wales-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

What are the seven cities in Wales?

The seven cities of Wales are: Bangor, Cardiff, Newport, St Asaph, St Davids, Swansea and Wrexham. With a population of just 1600 residents, St David’s is officially the smallest city in the UK. Its young and creative capital, Cardiff, is a hub of Welsh culture and sport. Only in 2022, following a successful bid for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, was Wrexham officially designated as Wales’ seventh city.

Why is there a dragon on the Welsh flag?

The flag of Wales (Baner Cymru or Y Ddraig Goch, meaning 'the red dragon’) signifies the power and fearlessness of the Welsh; as an emblem, it has been used since the reign of  Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd (c. 655AD).

Today, you’ll find the Welsh dragon proudly flown across the country, as well as depicted on badges, bumper stickers, and painted on the faces of raucous rugby fans at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, too.

What is typical Welsh food?

Traditional Welsh dishes include cawl (a lamb and root vegetable stew), Welsh rarebit, laverbread or bara lawr (a salty seaweed paste), Welsh cakes (a buttery bread biscuit studded with plump currants), bara brith (a spiced fruit loaf made with black tea) and Glamorgan sausage (a crumbly, comforting dish made with Caerphilly cheese and leeks). No holiday to Wales is complete without savouring these national delicacies.

How many people still speak Welsh?

Of the six living Celtic languages, Welsh has the highest number of native speakers who use the language on a daily basis. As of 2022, around 29.5% of Welsh residents can still speak the language, which totals 900,600 people. It is the only Celtic language which is not considered to be endangered by UNESCO.

What are the seasons in Wales?

Like England, Wales has well-defined seasons – though it’s best to prepare for all eventualities, as the weather can be unpredictable.

Spring or Gwanyn (March, April, May) brings with it wild daffodils, carpets of bluebells, and newborn lambs to the fields. Temperatures tend to range from 5°C to 16°C, though it can be wet.

Summer or Haf (June, July, August) is typically the warmest and driest season, with long days filled with barbecues and beach days.

Autumn or Hydref (September, October, November) announces the return of colder climes and darker nights in Wales. The trees are ablaze with auburn leaves and plump blackberries are ripe for the picking.

Winter or Gaeaf (December, January, February) is the coldest season. Temperatures hover between 0°C to 8°C, bringing crisp mornings, snow showers and afternoons by the crackling log fire.

Own a property in Wales?

Are you the keeper of an island cabin? Or the custodian of a storied castle? From Conwy to Cardigan to the Cambrian Mountains, we´re seeking Wales´s most unique homes to join our growing portfolio.

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