|St. Brides Hotel in Saundersfoot is a stylish, contemporary hotel and spa. (Courtesy of Visit Wales)|
Each of the hotels and inns listed in this Wales accommodation guide has been visited and approved for golf travelers by a member of GolfEurope.com's editorial staff. We have also listed nearby golf courses.
Swansea is a vibrant coastal town on the south coast, and the Morgan's Hotel is right in the thick of it all, located in the maritime quarter just steps from the waterfront. Morgan's is Swansea's only boutique hotel and only moments away from the city center and stunning Mumbles and Gower coastline. Swansea has a variety of bars and clubs all within steps of the hotel. Also in town is the Dylan Thomas Museum and National Waterfront Museum. The quaint town of Mumbles, a home to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglass, is also a quick drive away.
Notable courses nearby: Royal Porthcawl, Nefyn & District, Southerndown
Tel: +44 (0) 1792 484848
The contemporary St. Brides Spa Hotel sits on a cliff overlooking the town of Saundersfoot and Carmarthen Bay in southwest Wales. From this vantage point, the hotel features 35 guest rooms with balconies offering beautiful views, along with the restaurant and bar on the main floor. The restaurant's Executive Chef Toby Goodwin creates contemporary cuisine using local produce wherever possible. The on-site Marine Spa overlooking the bay is a big draw as well, featuring a thermal suite, vitality pool and a full menu of revitalizing treatments. This is a stylish, modern hotel that along with comfortable, open rooms features its very own art gallery.
Notable courses nearby: Tenby, Pennard, Ashburnham
Tel: +44 (0) 1834 812304
One of Europe's largest golf resorts, Celtic Manor lies perched atop the city of Newport, where the Romans occupied Wales a millennium ago. The five-star main hotel features 400 luxury guest rooms perched atop a hill with stunning views of the valley and Roman Road course. From Celtic Manor, you're also close to Cardiff, Swansea and the coastline. London Heathrow Airport is only an hour and half drive. Celtic Manor will host the 2010 Ryder Cup Matches on the new Ryder Cup Course.
Notable nearby courses: Celtic Manor's three championship courses including the Ryder Cup Course, Royal Porthcawl, Nefyn & District
Tel: +44 (0)1633 413 000
A deluxe, contemporary hotel situated in the heart of the buzzing capital city of Cardiff, Park Plaza boasts 129 state-of-the-art spacious, fashionable rooms with flat screen TVs. The hotel's Laguna Restaurant and Bar offers a fresh and original mix of local and international flavors, accessible from the ground floor or via its private street entrance. Park Plaza was also voted AA Hotel of the Year in Wales in 2006-2007. Located on Greyfriars Rd. in the heart of Cardiff, you're just across the street from a collection of bars and clubs. Shopping is just around the corner, and all of Cardiff's historical attractions are nearby.
Notable courses nearby: Celtic Manor, Royal Porthcawl, Nefyn & District
Tel: +44 29 20111111
September 24, 2007
Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Channel Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker.
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