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Swansea Marriott Hotel
Swansea Marriott Hotel

Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3SS

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (345 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quadrant Shopping Centre and Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea …

£84
Mercure Swansea Hotel
Mercure Swansea Hotel

Phoenix Way, Swansea SA7 9EG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (167 reviews)

Situated in Swansea, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Liberty Stadium and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from St. Joseph's Cathedral. Dyla …

£64
Devon View Guest House
Devon View Guest House

396 Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3UL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Swansea Guildhall and Swansea Beach. Dylan Thomas …

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The Bluebell Hotel
The Bluebell Hotel

The Parade, Neath SA11 1RA

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (174 reviews)

Located in the heart of Neath, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gwyn Hall and Victoria Gardens. Neath Abbey Ruins and …

£65
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel

Station Road, Port Talbot SA13 1DE

3.0 out of 5.0
2 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Port Talbot, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Margam Castle, Dylan Thomas Centre, and Neath Abbey Ruins. …

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Best Western Diplomat Hotel and Spa
Best Western Diplomat Hotel and Spa

Felinfoel, Llanelli SA15 3PJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Located in the heart of Llanelli, this spa hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Parc y Scarlets and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kidwelly …

£71
Awel y Mor
Awel y Mor

Cwrt Mary Welch, Llanelli SA15 2LQ

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Llanelli, this beach apartment is 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Parc y Scarlets and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kidwelly Castl …

£189
Culver House Hotel
Culver House Hotel

Port Eynon, Swansea SA3 1NN

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Horton, this apartment is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Port Eynon Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oxwich Castle and …

£95
Blas Gŵyr
Blas Gŵyr

Plenty Farm, Gower, Swansea SA3 1HU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Swansea, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Burry Holms Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Oxwich Castl …

£89
The Hendrewen Hotel
The Hendrewen Hotel

Hendre-wen Road, Treorchy CF42 5DR

2.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (87 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 25 mi (40 km) of Cyfarthfa Park and Museum, Cardiff University, and Castel …

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Pocket Guide: Swansea Plantasia Hotels

You probably wouldn’t expect to encounter tarantulas, macaws and endangered tamarin monkeys in a Swansea retail park, but visit the spectacular Plantasia, a public hothouse in Parc Tawe close to the city centre, and you’ll find these and much more besides. Easy to locate, as it’s housed in a unique glass pyramid, Plantasia has for a quarter of a century performed the vital function of raising awareness among locals and visitors about the level of rainforest destruction around the world, and the dangers of the consequent biodiversity loss.

Divided into two climate zones, tropical and arid, Plantasia is home to many rare animals, from the cute and cuddly - chameleons, the aforementioned tamarins, and bearded dragons, to the slightly less so - Burmese pythons, piranhas and all manner of creepy-crawlies, making this a superb visit for school groups and holidaymakers looking for an all-weather attraction that is both fun and educational. A tribal hut has also been constructed using traditional methods, which showcases authentic artefacts from the civilizations that live in rainforests, such as hammocks and tools. And, if the heat gets too much for you, there is a cafe selling drinks and snacks.

Everyone loves to see the animals, but as you might expect from the name, it is plant life that takes centre stage here at Plantasia. A dizzying array, from the edible - banana, papaya, grapefruit, coffee and cocoa - to the medicinal – aloe and tamarind - to the practical - papyrus, kapok, giant bamboo, reminds us of how essential rainforests are to human progress and survival.

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