Worth getting out of bed for
Explore a little Welsh culture, enjoy the rugged beauty of the countryside and track wild mountain birds (including Peregrine falcons, buzzards, kestrels and kites) on a private 4x4 tour with the passionate, knowledgable and charming Elfin Pugh, owner of Red Kite Safaris (+44 (0)1654 703160; www.redkitesafaris.co.uk). Visit the village of Portmeirion on the southern shores of Snowdonia and pick up some of the famous pottery, sometimes at bargain prices (www.portmeirion-village.com). Adrenalin junkies can experience every imaginable extreme sport in these parts, from kitesurfing to horse riding – just ask the folk at Llety to book you in. There’s a great mountain-biking track nearby, at Coed-y-Brenin forest (+44 (0)1341 440666) as well as a championship golf course on Llety's doorstep at Aberdovey Golf Club (www.aberdoveygolf.co.uk).
Led by Jason Griffiths, the kitchen at partner restaurant SeaBreeze at 6 Bodfor Terrace (+44 (0)1654 767449) promises wholesome Welsh fare. Close to the hotel on Chapel Square, The Cellar Bistro (+44 (0)1654 767448) has long been popular for its seafood, vegetarian and vegan dishes – you’ll need a reservation at weekends. Half an hour’s drive away, the restaurant at The Wynnstay on Maengwyn Street in Machynlleth (+44 (0)1654 702941) is well worth the trek. Try to book a table by the vast fireplace, and prepare to feast like kings on wonderful local produce such as seasonal game, wild mushrooms and trout. Or enjoy a pint of Cwrw Glan Yr Afon real ale fireside at Riverside, a country pub and restaurant in Pennal (+44 (0)1654 791285), or a lunch or supper made from the best local, seasonal produce. The Penhelig Arms (+44 (0)1654 767215) is but an amble along the coast. Book a table in the restaurant if you’re in the mood for fine dining and white linen, but we also love the adjoining Fisherman’s Bar – you’ll need reservations if you want to eat. For Modern Welsh dining in a contemporary interior with estuary and mountain views, head to Mawddach Restaurant in Llanelltyd (+44 (0)1341 424020).
Coffee, quiches and home-made cakes can be enjoyed with the morning papers at local deli Bwtri Blasus on Seaview Terrace (+44 (0)1654 767470).