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4 Reasons Why You Should Plan a STAYCATION This Year

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

"Staycation" - (Noun) A holiday spent in one's home country rather than abroad.

Let’s be real: An escape is an escape, whether you fly around the world or stay here in the UK. It’s really just about the comfy hotel beds, stunning food and service with a smile.

Sometimes we just need some "me" time - a short break away to relax, refresh and recharge. But planning even a short getaway can take too much time, and bring its own anxieties.

So this year let's forget about airports, taxis and suitcases - book a night or two right here in Pembrokeshire... and we have 4 perfectly good reasons to do so.

1. Beaches

Home to Britain's only coastal National Park. 186 miles of protected coastline. Over 220 blue flag awards since 1990. Seaside Awards. Green Flag Awards. Need we say more?

Druidston Haven

From the golden sands of Tenby's North Beach in the South, to the secluded rocky coves of Cwm yr Eglwys in the North - there is certainly no shortage of beaches to choose from. There is over 100 in fact!

If you're choosing to spend your summer holiday in Pembrokeshire, get ready to enjoy BBQ's on the beach, watching the sun set over the ocean. Hiking along the clifftops. Paddle-boarding. Coasteering. Kayaking. Crabbing. Boat trips... what more could you ask for? Adventure begins here.

2. History & Culture

If you're a history buff, then West Wales is the place for you. Pembrokeshire's rich and diverse heritage has been shaped through the centuries by waves of invaders and settlers - and their ancient footsteps have been meticulously preserved by the National Park Authority.

Pembrokeshire is littered with grand castles - some ruins, some wonderfully preserved - that hark back to forgotten times. Pembroke Castle, Carew Castle and Manorbier are some of our closest neighbors (within 15 minutes drive from Heywood Spa Hotel).

Tenby Harbour

While you're here, make sure to take a drive to St David's - which holds the title of Britain's smallest city. The Cathedral is magnificent, and has been a place of pilgramage since the 12th century.

Caldey Island is also a spot you don't want to miss.Located just over a half mile from the mainland near Tenby, the island can trace its history back some 1,500 years, during which time it served as one of the most important of holy islands in Wales. The island is to this day home to a group of 40 or so Trappist monks, who produce a variety of purchasable goods including cheese, chocolates, and products like perfume. It's also a popular boat trip for its diverse wildlife, which includes a large colony of cormorants.

Even Heywood Spa Hotel has it's own tales to tell. Click here to read all about the history of our beautiful Grade-II listed building.

3. Family Fun Attractions

If you are travelling with little ones, Pembrokeshire will feel like a match made in heaven - as we are home to some of Wales' most popular attractions! We have listed a few of our favourites here:

Feeding Time at Folly Farm
  • Folly Farm

  • Manor Wildlife Park

  • Dinosaur Park

  • Heatherton World of Activities

  • Blue Lagoon

  • Hangar 5

4. Food & Drink

Over many years, Pembrokeshire farmers, fishermen and local producers have earned a fantastic reputation for their high-quality produce. Together with a new wave of independent producers, they have put Pembrokeshire firmly on the map when it comes to outstanding food and drink.

Intimate Dining at Heywood Brasserie

If you are looking for delicious meals with first-class service, look no further than the Heywood Brasserie. Serving only the freshest, local ingredients that the Pembrokeshire coastline has to offer, our new summer menu has been going down a storm with our guests... and our dedicated and passionate serving staff are always on hand to ensure your taken care of all evening long.

If you're looking to head into the town, there are plenty of gems to choose from. Some of our favourites include The Plantagenet, The Qube and Sand Bar.

Have we tempted you yet? Click here to check availability and book your room today!


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