Celtic Manor Resort
Hotel in South Wales
5-Star Hotel & Resort
Set amidst the rolling Welsh landscape, high above the soft purring of the busy M4, the Celtic Manor Resort has played host to a multitude of historic moments over the past few years; namely 2010’s Ryder Cup.
Arriving on a dull, grey Sunday afternoon, we we were welcomed in from the biting winter chill into the majestic entrance. Dropping off our luggage with the concierge and making sure our car was safely tucked up for the night with the complimentary valet service, we took the lavish lifts to the seventh floor to our room for the night; the Ambassador Suite. With a bed the size of a small island, mountainous pillows, plasma TV, spacious bathroom, high speed Wi-Fi and a beautiful view looking out over the green hill tops, I was more than impressed. That was until my companion walked into what I had presumed to be a wardrobe and never returned. Closer inspection revealed this was no wardrobe, more like the entrance to Narnia. Our adjoining room came complete with dining table and chairs, an office desk and living room area with an additional TV, sofa and coffee table. Match that with the extended corner balcony looking out over a boundless golf course and you have a very happy, if a little overwhelmed guest.
The Forum Spa
A gentle rapping on the door came with the delivery of a sweet basket of fruit and homemade Welsh fudge. So organised are the hotel staff, they know you’re peckish even before you’re stomach tells you so. A nice touch. Nibbles aside, we headed down to the resident health club and spa, ‘The Forum’, wearing our complimentary bathrobes and slippers that had thoughtfully already been left in our room. Winning Best Spa in Wales 2012 and Best UK Hotel Spa 2011 with an impressive 16 Ocius treatment rooms offering a range of Elemis therapies, a Rhys Giles hairdressing salon and Leighton Denny beauty rooms, the spa is no doubt one of the greatest attractions to the resort. After a blissful 45 minutes in the Herbal Steam Temple, with the help of a rejuvenating salt glow and detoxifying face mask, I felt utterly pampered.
Not to be overshadowed by the excellent spa facilities, the dining options within the expansive resort deserve a definite mention. Set in the 1400 acres of the resort amidst the Usk Valley, there are in fact 3 places to choose from to stay; the grand Resort Hotel, the nearby historic Manor House Hotel and the quaint Newbridge an Usk Country Inn; all of which offer award winning cuisine. I had the pleasure of visiting the 3 AA Rosette Terry M fine dining restaurant. Now I could ramble on about the exquisite six course taster menu that was offered, but with seasonality being the key focus of the menu, esteemed head chef Tim McDougall will no doubt have created a delicious new menu to tempt your taste buds by the time you visit. So let’s just say that each new course was delivered with a glut of locally sourced ingredients and sensational flavours. A must visit for any adventurous gastronaut.
Celtic Manor boasts excellent transport links to both roads and trains in nearby Newport. London Heathrow airport is a surprisingly short 90 minute drive or visit Wales’ bustling capital Cardiff; the city centre is just 25 minutes away with its magnificent Millennium Stadium and shopper’s paradise. So whether you choose to explore the resort’s three championship golf courses, take solace in the spa or just unwind in the many restaurants and bars, it’s fair to say that with a 5-star hotel comes 5-star service. And fudge. Don’t forget the fudge.
Welsh born and bred Sophie Rae is a London based food and travel writer
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Services||Business Center, Free High Speed Internet, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event|
|Number of Rooms||330 Rooms & Suites|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Golf|
Superior King and Twin bedded Rooms; Deluxe Rooms; Family Rooms; Luxury Suites.
Try the website for special offers and sleep/eat/spa packages which they offer throughout the year.
Last updated on 02-10-2015