Nestled deep in the Dwyryd Estuary on Snowdonia National Park’s western edge lies the Portmeirion, created between 1925 and 1973 by Clough Williams-Ellis. This Welsh architect had a vision: to build a Welsh coastal village in an Italianate style. Today, this seaside getaway includes a flower-adorned piazza with benches for watching the world go by, woodlands for wandering in, award-winning restaurants and a spa overlooking the water.
There are two attractive accommodation options here: a room at Hotel Portmeirion, where you’ll find individual touches like mosaic tiles in the bathroom, charming circular windows and intricate chandeliers – or one at Castell Deudraeth. This Gothic castle has been renovated into a contemporary haven. Floors and walls are finished in Welsh oak, slate and stone and there’s comforting warm underfloor heating throughout – just the thing for your weekend of pampering.
On arrival, take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool (May-September) before heading to the Mermaid Spa. Here, you can choose from a wide range of treatments including facials and body wraps, scrubs, aroma massages, hairdressing, manicures, pedicures, waxing and tinting. Therapists use products by natural and vegan-friendly Tropic Skincare – try the full body massage with aromatic seaweed body wrap, a luxurious 2 hour treatment. Children aged 7 and older can also indulge, with a nurturing massage, facial, pedicures or manicure.
At Hotel Portmeirion, slide into on your most elegant outfit for a meal in the Art-Deco, walnut-panelled restaurant. Fine dining options abound – think dishes like wood pigeon, caramelised celeriac, pistachio and pickled blackberries. Or, snuggle into your pyjamas and have a restorative evening in. Through the hotel’s room service, you can order dishes like seafood chowder with crisp potato dill and Welsh rarebit, radicchio, walnut and apple salad to savour in the privacy of your cosy bedroom.