While some may favor exotic locales for their romantic getaway, the charmingly mysterious land of Wales offers a surprising range of options for a long and romantic weekend break. Its coastlines, mountains, twee villages and bustling cities are the perfect backdrop for a romantic adventure and can appease even the fussiest of travelers.
Wales even has its own patron saint of lovers, Saint Dwynwen. A woman sadly unlucky in love herself, her one ardent wish was for other lovers to know true happiness. She lived in the fifth century and built a church whose ruins can still be seen today just off the island of Anglesey.
Long considered a holy island and once home to St. Dwynwen herself, Anglesey delights visitors with ancient ruins and stretches of white, sandy shoreline perfect for long walks. For adventurous couples who wish to enjoy a long weekend on a budget, Anglesey offers tent or caravan camping in many lovely and secluded sites close to the shore. When tired of seaside walks and water sports, lovers can always visit the ruins of St. Dwynwen’s church on the tiny island of Inys Llanddwyn just off Anglesey’s coast.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa
This country house in the heart of Wales is set on a lush estate that beckons weary travelers to replenish their spirits with its commanding view of the Welsh moorland, delicious menus and refreshing spa treatments. The delightful Lake Vyrnwyn is nearby, as is the dramatic Snowdonia National Park.
For some, the prospect of spending a long weekend in a cozy cabin far from the bustle of the city is the height of romantic getaways, and Wales has the perfect spot, the craggy heights of its Snowdonia mountain range. Filled with clear mountain lakes, mysterious glens and breathtaking views, this park is perfect for lovers who enjoy the outdoors.
Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire
This seven-hundred-year-old castle will delight lovers of history with its elaborate architecture and lavish rooms. The chefs make use of local produce to create an award-winning menu selection and the occasional communal medieval-style feasts add an element of fun and whimsy. The Moat Spa offers the ultimate in pampering treatments for guests. The castle also makes a lovely spot to host a wedding.
St. David’s Hotel and Spa, Cardiff
Perhaps twee villages and charming cottages are simply not your style. Try this ultra-modern hotel and spa combination set in the vibrant capital city of Cardiff, where the pace and energy of the big city is the perfect backdrop for a romantic city getaway.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Beacons National Park
This extravagant castle near the national park treats guests to a fantasy getaway that caters to their every need. Visitors will enjoy the luxury accommodations, delightful staff and delicious meals that await them after a long day of touring the beautiful Brecon Beacons.
Sleeping in a Gypsy Caravan
For an unusual holiday break that is sure to make a lasting memory, lovers can opt to spend their nights in a fully restored Gypsy caravan. Guaranteed to bring two people closer together, this charming caravan is located in a wildflower meadow and is only minutes from the beach. There’s even a nearby shower in a cabin and guests can get back to basics by trying their hand at some campfire cookery.
This tiny town claims to be the most ancient in Wales, with charming cobbled streets that twist among the cottages, shops and restaurants. Lovers can dine by candlelight or purchase one of Wales’s famed “love spoons” in the charming shops, while the woods that surround the town beckon those who enjoy walking among ancient trees and communing with nature.
Godremamog Water Mill
A charming and intimate place to spend a weekend, this converted water mill tucked in pristine Welsh woodland offers seclusion from the crowds and gives visitors the ambiance of days gone by. Guests can wander through the flower-filled meadows that sprawl along the stream or enjoy riding historic steam engines at the nearby Gwili Railway to see more of Wales’s breathtaking countryside.
Morgans Hotel, Swansea
Lavish surroundings just minutes from stunning coastline views characterize this charming hotel located right in the middle of Swansea. Enjoy touring the town or just stay in and order a scrumptious afternoon tea from the hotel’s excellent restaurant.
This article was written by Gregory Hutchinson on behalf of Kanetix and their travel insurance packages to give you peace of mind during your romantic travels.