Head to Morgans Hotel, Swansea’s grand boutique hotel located in the beautiful marine quarter with its sandy beach, promenade, children’s lido, leisure pool and museums. The hotel’s elegant traditional exterior belies the superbly modern interiors. From this hotel, you are on the doorstep of the city centre as well as the stunning Mumbles and Gower coastline with parks and gardens. Activities include sailing, surfing, sea angling, canoeing, rowing and hiking.
For an urban treat with children, it’s got to be St David’s Hotel & Spa located next to Cardiff’s Millennium Centre. Children will be awestruck by the glass atrium which soars up through the middle of the hotel and will be similarly bowled over by the floor-to-ceiling sea views from your suite. There’s an excellent Marine Spa, and the Tides Bar and Grill is the perfect place for all the family to try high-class, Welsh-inspired cuisine.
Located on the southern side of its own private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia, The Portmeirion Estate includes 70 acres of sub-tropical woodlands, known as the Gwyllt, as well as farmland and a fabulously stylised Italianate village with fairytale-like surprises around every corner. Families can stay at Hotel Portmeirion or opt for one of the 17 self-catering cottages that sleep up to eight people.
If you’ve always dreamed of playing happy families in a magical woodland hideaway, take a look at Feather Down Farms. There are several across the UK, but Pant y March Farm near Bala in Wales is the one that offers an idyllic rural experience. This 180-acre working farm overlooks Wales’s largest natural lake, Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), with views over Arenig Mountain.
This is really a land of legends, giants, fairies, witches and wizards and mythical creatures who inhabit the lakes and mountains. Families can make their home in their own Feather Down Farm tent, which is a bit like living in your grandparents’ kitchen – under canvas. The whole experience reflects the rural daily life of yesteryear. Evenings are spent storytelling, singing and communal dining beneath the stars.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park encompasses one of the most stunning seascapes in the country, and Bluestone – 355 lodges, cottages and studios – is nestled in the heart of it, between the mountains and the coast. Opened in July 2008, it is a must for families who love luxury activity holidays by the sea. Activities range from pony trekking to gourmet dining and relaxing spa treatments. The Junior Rangers club is for children aged five to 12 and has everything, from making bird feeders to bug hunting. For children aged up to six, there are Teddy Bear Picnics as well as a Lanterns & Limpets session, where children create their own paper lantern, and the Bluestone Bash where children make an original musical instrument.