Revitalising Winter Spas

There’s plenty to love about the festive season, but there’s no denying it can be stressful and tiring. If you’re seeking a relaxing escape this December or January, or searching for the perfect gift for that special someone, take a look at this inspiring list of spa hotels in Wales…

Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Barmouth

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This luxury spa hotel is located on the Mawddach Estuary in Barmouth and is surrounded by beautiful woodland gardens. Inside, the establishment boasts six gorgeous, individually decorated rooms which each come with Temple Spa toiletries and unique private spa features, such as a slate rain shower, steam room or hot tub. You can also enjoy spa treatments such as massages within your room. For guests not staying overnight, there is an excellent day spa package available.

Peterstone Court, Llanhamlach

Peterstone Court is a country house hotel, restaurant and spa located in the Brecon Beacons. Famed as a popular wedding destination, this rural establishment has a total of 12 rooms, 8 in the main house and 4 in the stables. The hotel spa uses products from Dermalogica and Circaroma and houses a Jacuzzi, sauna, heated pool, gym and Moroccan relaxation room. For day visitors, there are a number of excellent packages available.

Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa, Llangefni

This 4-star Anglesey hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from Llangefni. Housed in a country mansion dating back to the 1880s, this hotel and spa is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens. The spa is home to a thermal suite, swimming pool and gym, and offers a variety of massages, facials and signature treatments such as the Anglesey Salt Polish. With numerous day packages available, there’s no need to stay overnight – although you may find the plush rooms hard to resist.

Lake Country House & Spa, Llangammarch Wells

Lake Country House is a hotel and spa located on the River Irfon in Powys. Originally built in the 1840s and reconstructed in 1900, the house has enjoyed a long history as a spa, and boasts fantastic features such as 15-metre swimming pool, hot tub overlooking the lake, gym and tennis court. For ultimate relaxation, head to a treatment room to receive a facial, body scrub or massage. With half-day, day and overnight spa packages available, you can tailor your trip to your precise requirements.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn

lake vyrnwy hotel and spaSituated on the banks of Lake Vyrnwy, this 4-star hotel and spa is the perfect setting for a relaxing winter break. All rooms at the hotel have a garden or lake view and are decorated with charming traditional features. The spa uses Elemis face and body treatments and houses a thermal suite – complete with sauna, ice fountain and whirlpool – and a gym.

The Corran Resort & Spa, Laugharne

corran resort and spaThe Corran Resort & Spa is a 5-star establishment located just outside the home town of Dylan Thomas. Home to 20 stylish modern rooms and suites, the Corran is famed for its award-winning restaurant and excellent spa. Book a few days here or arrange a day trip, and you can enjoy a variety of luxury spa treatments, including facials, massages and manicures. For the ultimate experience, book a package that comes with dinner and an overnight stay.

All I Want for Christmas is… a Welsh Rarebits Gift Voucher!

With October creeping to a close it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Whether or not the festive season fills you with joy, you’re probably still set on picking out some perfect gifts for those special people in your life. This year, if you’re looking for something a little bit different, why not invest in an experience, rather than that standard handbag, jumper or bottle or fragrance?

At Welsh Rarebits we supply gift vouchers and gift experiences that the lucky recipient can put towards a booking at one of our luxury properties. If you know someone who could use a fantastic holiday in beautiful Wales, read on – your Christmas gift list will be ticked off in no time.

Gift Vouchers start from £25

A Welsh Rarebits gift voucher is the ideal gift for somebody who’s notoriously hard to buy for – after all, who wouldn’t jump at the chance of a weekend away in the Welsh countryside? We have a huge variety of member properties to choose from, meaning there’s something for everyone. We can offer vibrant city breaks in Cardiff packed with shopping, dining, museums and galleries; scenic getaways by the sea complete with coastal walks and plenty of wildlife, and luxury spa retreats in historic countryside mansions.

Our gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and are easily redeemed – the holder of the voucher simply books a hotel of their choice from our list of member properties, then hands over the voucher upon arrival (the value will be deducted from the final bill). When buying your voucher you can select a value between £25 and £1000 – enough to contribute to a stay of several days. Your gift voucher can be delivered directly to the recipient, or be posted to your home address (ideal if you want to stick it in a card and pop it under the tree). Alternatively, you can make things even simpler and print your gift voucher at home.

To find out more about our gift vouchers, click here.

Gift Experiences – Gold, Silver & Bronze

In addition to standard gift vouchers with a set value, we also offer gift experiences. This is the perfect option if you would rather keep the price of your gift a secret. Instead of having a monetary value which is deducted from the final bill for the booking, these vouchers cover the entire cost of the stay.

Our gift experiences are ideal if you have a specific hotel or holiday style in mind. We offer Gold, Silver and Bronze stays, with our Gold hotels offering the most luxurious experiences (click here, and you can view the hotels available within each category). Your loved one can enjoy a revitalising stay in a 5-star spa hotel in the heart of the Welsh countryside, a cosy weekend in a seaside B&B, or one special night at a hotel with an award-winning restaurant. It’s a Christmas present that takes all the hassle out of planning a trip away.

To find out more about our gift experiences, or to make a booking, give us a call today on 01570 470785, or email us at [email protected].

Planning the Festive Season

With autumn on the way, now’s the perfect time to start planning the ultimate Christmas getaway. Celebrating December 25th at home may be cosy and traditional, but booking a Christmas holiday ensures that you’ll have a truly relaxing day, free from cooking, tidying and washing up. Alternatively, you could give someone a memorable festive break with one of our gift vouchers!

If you’re seeking the ideal festive escape in Wales, check out these beautiful properties, each of which offers its own unique itinerary.

Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel

This historic 4-star hotel is located just outside Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park. Housed in a Victorian mansion, this atmospheric establishment boasts spacious rooms furnished in a traditional style and communal areas with log fires.

The Penmaenuchaf Christmas package begins with afternoon tea on the 24th and continues with festive music and a lavish dinner. On the day itself you’ll enjoy a leisurely champagne brunch, a hearty Christmas lunch and a buffet supper. Activities throughout the day include a hotel treasure hunt, a walk in the grounds, and watching the Queen’s speech. The fun continues into Boxing Day with a walk in the Snowdonia hills, a three-course luncheon, wine-tasting and a gourmet dinner.

The Hand at Llanarmon

A long and winding road up the beautiful Ceiriog Valley leads to a crossroads and the tiny village of Llanarmon, locked away in the undiscovered Berwyn Mountains. Plan an away-from-it-all festive break to remember with a 2 night Christmas Package at The Hand – celebrate with mulled cider, traditional carols, superb food and festive cheer!

Christmas at The Hand – arrive to a warm festive welcome with freshly made cake and biscuits. Join your hosts and fellow hotel guests for mulled cider and traditional carols by candlelight around the piano, and look forward to a superb three course dinner prepared by their team of award winning chefs. Christmas Day kicks off with a traditional Welsh breakfast and a glass of Buck’s Fizz, before sitting down to Christmas Day lunch – served with all the tasty trimmings. There’ll be a special treat for children too.

Ty Mawr Country Hotel

This award-winning 4-star hotel is located in the charming village of Brechfa in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Rooms here are comfortable, spacious and quiet, and the communal areas boast wooden beams, rustic stone walls and roaring fires – ideal for a cosy winter break.

Christmas packages at Ty Mawr run for three or four days, with festivities commencing on Christmas Eve and incorporating a three-course dinner followed by (optional) midnight mass at the local church. On Christmas Day you’ll enjoy Bucks Fizz with a full Welsh breakfast, a three-course Christmas lunch, and a buffet dinner. Further culinary delights await on the 26th, a perfect day for taking a walk in the countryside.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

With its luxury lakeside accommodation, spectacular views and charming traditional features, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to spend Christmas. As an added bonus, the extensive spa facilities will guarantee a relaxing and revitalising stay, leaving you refreshed for the New Year.

Christmas packages at Lake Vyrnwy cover three nights and incorporate luxury accommodation, full Welsh breakfasts in the morning, lunches and afternoon teas, dinners and cocktails, and of course a traditional Christmas lunch. In addition you’ll enjoy complimentary use of the hotel spa, and a day of country pursuits.

Twr y Felin Hotel

How does a relaxed, restful and refreshing festive experience sound? From the moment you arrive at Twr y Felin you’ll be pampered in luxurious, contemporary surroundings and a peaceful location. Stay for three nights or more and you’re guaranteed to experience delicious drink, fabulous food and yuletide cheer!

Your Christmas Celebration Escape includes three nights in luxury accommodation. On Christmas Eve, enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas carols in the arty Oriel Lounge. Not forgetting the à la carte dinners and Christmas Day lunch at Blas Restaurant (as well as a Christmas Day Champagne reception to look forward to!).

The Falcondale Hotel

Imagine a warm welcome with a glass of bubbly in luxurious surroundings. Imagine a getaway with stunning scenery and a warm Welsh welcome – away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Eat fabulous food, drink good wine, relax and have fun at The Falcondale.  Pull up a chair by the fire and do nothing more strenuous than venture out for a leisurely stroll if you fancy it.

The Falcondale Christmas Break gives you more – stay 2 nights at The Falcondale and receive a complimentary bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne or book 3 nights and enjoy a complimentary dinner for two on a night of your choice.

Portmeirion

The unique tourist village of Portmeirion in North Wales was built in the Italian style between 1925 and 1975, and is famous for its colourful buildings and elaborate gardens. Come here for Christmas and you’re guaranteed a memorable stay!

Two separate Christmas packages are available in Portmeirion. Stay in the Hotel Portmeirion or Village Suites and enjoy a Christmas Eve with afternoon tea, mulled wine and live music. On Christmas Day you’ll attend a champagne reception, tuck into a full Christmas lunch, and later enjoy a film night complete with popcorn and cocktails.

Alternatively, you can stay at Castell Deudraeth, enjoying a similar array of meals and festivities, and winding off your trip with board games and a three-course dinner on Boxing Day.

Glorious Gardens

Summer has officially arrived, which means it’s time to slap on some sun cream, pull out that picnic blanket, and plan a delightful getaway in the UK. In Wales, you can make the most of the sunshine by heading to one of these gorgeous hotels, all of which are known for their fantastic gardens.

Tre-Ysgawen Hall & Spa, Anglesey

Tre-Ysgawen is a country house hotel and spa dating back to 1882 which is known for its fine dining. The gardens surrounding the hotel are a key attraction, and feature a laburnum arch, an old well, a snowdrop wood, and – most notably – a number of sculptures, including the 19th century “Lady”.

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, Llandudno

This historic hotel is situated within 200 stunning acres of wooded parkland and gardens. Book a stay here and you can wander through the lovingly maintained grounds admiring the walled gardens, lily ponds, rockery, rose bushes, and follies. The crowning glory is the 17th century formal garden filled with precise box hedges.

Holm House, Penarth

Head to picturesque Penarth, a coastal town just south of Cardiff, and you can stay at Holm House. Penarth is known as “The Garden of the Sea”, so it’s fitting that Holm House boasts immaculately manicured gardens, where you can enjoy gorgeous sea views. Experience the luxury of a Holm House break by making use of this fantastic Midweek Sunset Escape offer, which includes a 25-minute spa treatment.

Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

Just named one of the Best Summer Pubs in Britain by The Times, The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell is the perfect place for a summer escape. Plan a stay in this former stagecoach inn, or simply stop by for lunch, and you can dine in the beautiful summer garden, which boasts some spectacular floral displays.

Lake Country House & Spa, Llangammarch Wells

You might book into the Lake Country House to enjoy the luxury spa treatments, but you’ll want to stay for the beautiful grounds. Stroll past the lakes and along the banks of the River Irfon, fish and play tennis, and spot resident woodpeckers in the trees.

Llansantffraed Court, Abergavenny

Llansantffraed Court is a hotel and restaurant housed in a spectacular redbrick building. Best known for its award-winning food, the hotel is also notable for its beautiful gardens. The 20 acres of grounds feature a walled kitchen garden, manicured lawns, ancient trees, a lake and fountain, and even a 16th century church.

Grove of Narberth, Narberth

The Grove of Narberth is a luxury hotel situated in the rolling Pembrokeshire hills, just a 12 minute drive from the coast. In the beautiful grounds you’ll discover centuries-old oaks and beeches, formal box hedges, a restored 17th century walled garden, and a kitchen garden. Visit during the summer, and you can expect to see rhododendrons and colourful flower borders in bloom.

Portmeirion, near Porthmadog

We couldn’t talk about glorious gardens without mentioning Portmeirion, the coastal town famously designed and constructed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village. Visit this curious place and take a tour of the quirky, beautifully kept gardens. Notable features include the pagoda and lily pond of the Japanese Garden, the rhododendrons, and the monkey puzzle trees.

Making a Splash!

With the mercury rising across the UK, it’s a fantastic time to plan a poolside holiday. To avoid the hassle of booking flights and accommodation abroad, arrange a stay in beautiful Wales. All the properties listed below have their own swimming pools, which means you’re guaranteed a cool, refreshing and oh-so-relaxing stay!

Porth Tocyn Country House Hotel, Abersoch

Porth Tocyn is a coastal country house hotel situated a short distance from some excellent beaches. Stay at this establishment, though, and you won’t even have to venture outside to sunbathe by the water. The surrounding gardens feature a secluded outdoor swimming pool, lined with loungers, chairs, and plenty of greenery.

Peterstone Court, Brecon

Housed in a Georgian building that still boasts traditional features, Peterstone Court is, on the one hand, a classic example of a country hotel. On the other, it’s a modern and vibrant establishment that boasts a fully equipped gym, excellent spa facilities, and – best of all – a heated outdoor pool, which rests in the centre of a lovingly maintained garden.

Sychnant Pass Country House, Conwy

This 5-star hotel nestles on the edge of Snowdonia National Park amidst three gorgeous acres of landscaped gardens. Book a stay here and you can spend your days golfing, hiking, and sightseeing in the historic local towns and villages. Alternatively, stay put and make use of the excellent onsite facilities. Work out in the gym, enjoy spa treatments, and enjoy a relaxing swim in the heated indoor pool.

The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod

The Metropole is housed in a distinctive green building that dates back to the late 19th century. Home to an award-winning restaurant and a spa housed in a Victorian conservatory, this 4-star hotel frequently tops the list of mid-Wales establishments. Stay here and you can enjoy leisurely swims in the 18 metre heated indoor swimming pool – it’s the perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

Corran Resort & Spa, Laugharne

The Corran is a country retreat located on the Towy Estuary, a short distance from the Dylan Thomas Boathouse. A place where tradition meets modernity, the Corran houses a 16th century building at its heart, and is known for its spa, award-winning restaurant, and The Corran Academy – a cookery course run by Jean-Christophe Novelli. More importantly, the hotel also boasts an excellent indoor swimming pool!

St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot

This Pembrokeshire hotel is situated on a cliff top overlooking the coast. The main attraction here is the spa, which provides a sanctuary of seafront calm and a host of revitalising treatments. The most exciting feature here is the outdoor infinity hydro pool, which lets you cool off as you gaze out at the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline.

Warpool Court Hotel, St Davids

Warpool Court is perhaps best known for its stunning sea views, which can be enjoyed from the Italian-style gardens and the traditional dining room. Set in 15 acres of beautiful coastal land, Warpool Court provides the perfect escape from the urban grind. Best of all, the hotel boasts a covered heated swimming pool, which stays open between April and September.