Resort Evaluation: Dylan Coastal Resort, Laugharne, Wales

Dylan Coastal Resort has a brand new identify that solely emerged post-lockdown after thousands and thousands of kilos of funding. The resort emerged from Laugharne Park, an old-time vacation spot for caravans and a handful of chalets in Carmarthenshire.


Now, although, 58 modern hilltop and cliff-front lodges – big home windows, timber decks, sizzling tubs – have changed the previous, with extra to come back. And £7m Milk Wooden Home with its bar, restaurant, spa and swimming pool sits simply above the water, and on the sting of Milk Wooden itself, immortalised in Thomas’s novel Beneath Milk Wooden.

The lofty setting provides everybody a panorama over the snaking estuary, excessive tide waters ebbing away to go away sandbanks and snaking channels. The river itself decreased to little greater than a stream. Breakers forged white streaks throughout the ocean past, and the Gower Peninsula is within the distance. The gorgeous city of Laugharne is a straightforward drive to abandoned seashores and busier seaside resorts.

Who for

Everybody who likes to get away from all of it. There are many older guests having fun with the tranquillity, however a lot of households, too, lodges for 4 of six folks in two and three bedrooms. Whereas not an out-and-out household resort, there are huge grassy areas and many walks. The lodges have giant kitchens, and the TVs characteristic BBC iPlayer and different streaming providers.

The situation signifies that anybody can take pleasure in days out at a wide range of seaside spots. And the restaurant’s wood-fired pizza oven will enchant youngsters of all ages.


Dylan Lodge, Wales

Dylan lodge

The rows of smart-looking lodges, some with pitched roofs and looking out like timber cottages, others flat-roofed and cabin-like, are all splendidly modern on the within.

Whereas every is individually owned, fittings and décor adjust to the resort’s rental programme, that means uniform in type and providing, cool, pale and relaxed. Our two-bedroom lodge featured an enormous open-plan dwelling space and kitchen with home windows taking over virtually the entire sea view wall, sliding again to create a French balcony.

The massive nook couch took within the view, as did the eating desk behind it. The kitchen had all of it, together with a wise halogen hob and dishwasher.

Dylan veranda

Dylan lodge veranda

Exterior, the deck featured a non-public sizzling tub with views (not all lodges have a sizzling tub) and a desk and chairs from which to benefit from the balmy west Wales climate.

The primary bed room had a big double dealing with the massive window (and extra views), whereas the second room, with two single beds, had porthole home windows onto the wildflower-covered financial institution behind. The primary bed room had an ensuite washroom with a rain bathe, with one other outdoors the second bed room.

Free wi-fi is great. This summer time, there are 58 lodges, with an extra 19 coming for the beginning of 2022. All are a stroll away from reception in Milk Wooden Home.


You’d should go far to discover a extra inspirational swimming pool. The glass partitions, two storeys excessive, take pleasure in the identical panorama because the lodges, however from nearer to sea stage – and with the pool’s infinity development, that means that the water appears to pour into the surroundings. A lot of the inside is slate gray, reflecting the slate of the cliff outdoors. A sauna and steam room each have glass fronts with views.

And an adjoining hydrotherapy pool in the identical slate end, open-air however undercover, lets one laze on a chrome underwater couch and benefit from the setting.

The spa provides a variety of massages and coverings, together with natural seaweed therapies, in two elegant rooms, soothing and with no view to distract, however pedicures and manicures happen in a spot on the opposite aspect of a glass wall from the good outside.

Meals and Drink

The Milk Wooden Bar & Kitchen, on Milk Wooden Home’s first flooring, is glass-walled, with an ethereal inside and loads of out of doors seating on three terraces. By day there are salads, sandwiches and desserts. Come night and dishes embody pan-fried hake that sits in a cockle broth, a nod to the estuary’s historic cockle beds, however there’s steak, burger and fish and chips as properly, together with a home made choice from the wood-fired pizza oven. The bar serves every thing from cocktails to native beer.

A few minutes’ stroll outdoors the gate is Brown’s Lodge, a historic spot the place Dylan Thomas favored to drink.

How a lot

4 nights in a two-bedroom lodge, sleeping 4, begins at £1,150  –

What’s Close by?

A path runs down from Milk Wooden Home to the waterside the place the Wales Coast Path, which stretches 870 miles, passes by. Go left, and it potters by means of Milk Wooden, so-called for its snowdrop carpet, though bluebells, wild garlic and different flowers proceed in the direction of summer time. Proceed over the hill to the cemetery the place a painted picket cross stands at Thomas’s resting place, then circle again by one other hillside path to the resort’s entrance gate.

Go the opposite method alongside the Coast Path, and in a few minutes, you move the Dylan Thomas Boathouse, the home the place he lived from 1949 to 1953 (and labored on, it’s believed, Beneath Milk Wooden).

A couple of minutes later, you’re outdoors Laugharne’s Norman citadel and dealing with the city’s marshy seafront.

A drive away (or 5 miles by the Coast Path) are seven-mile Pendine Sands the place, within the 1920s, Malcolm Campbell set two Bluebird land velocity data, the second reaching 206mph. Subsequent to the cafes and ice-cream outlets, a dramatic Museum of Velocity is rising, though lockdown has slowed issues significantly.

Simply throughout the Pembrokeshire border are the larger seashore cities of Saundersfoot (strive parking at Amroth and taking the five-mile return coast stroll) and Tenby, whereas the city of Carmarthen is in straightforward attain.

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