The five star Celtic Manor Resort is situated near Newport and Cardiff in South Wales, right on the side of the motorway. However, driving up the large sweeping driveway to the resort, surrounded by 2,000 acres of golf courses and parkland, you would never think that you were by a motorway. The noise of the traffic drifts away as you get closer to the main building, and it feels as though you’ve just entered a little piece of paradise in the Welsh countryside.
Walking into the lobby from the lift from the car park, I was astounded at the sheer size of the place. The atrium rises up dramatically, the dark wood of the lobby and columns feels luxurious, and there are carved Welsh Dragons at the bottom of the columns. There are two hotels at The Celtic Manor; the main Resort Hotel with 330 rooms, and a Manor House with 70 rooms.
After checking in we went to the lobby bar and cafe where they serve light lunches and sandwiches. I ordered a simple tuna and cucumber sandwich on white bread, while my guest ordered the Caerphilly cheese sandwich, and we got a portion of chips to share. The sandwiches arrived, and our mouths dropped open. These were not your usual little sandwiches, they were huge great big hunks of crusty bread with thick layers of your chosen filling inside. The chips arrived and were just as large, complete with mini jars of tomato sauce and mayonnaise. The lunch made us very happy and prepared us for a relaxing afternoon in the sauna and steam room.
Our standard room was a good size, comfortable, had everything we needed, and was perfect for relaxing in after using the pool and spa, but the decor is a little dated. They don’t provide many toiletries, so we asked for more and the housekeepers gave us a huge bag of them! The toiletries The Celtic Manor use are Elemis, so are fantastic quality, and the same brand they use in their spa.
The price of your room includes the use of the swimming pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, but you must book Spa Treatments separately, and quite far in advance. Sadly we were unable to have a Spa Treatment as they were fully booked a few days before we arrived. There is a Jacuzzi in both the men’s and women’s changing rooms, and there is also a large unisex one beside the pool. The swimming pool is a lovely relaxing space, and I’d highly recommend taking a late evening dip when it’s dark and the lights are on.
For dinner we went to Rafters in the Twenty Ten clubhouse, and it really was exceptional. A complimentary shuttle bus takes you down there as it’s quite far away, but the trip is worth it. The restaurant is visually stunning, with high ceilings and beams, the staff were attentive and friendly and knew their way around the wine list. The food was delicious, and we left very full and looking forward to resting our heads on our ultra-comfortable beds.
Breakfast the next morning was also fantastic, the buffet breakfast was included in our room-rate, and it was huge! From a full cooked breakfast, to pastries, pancakes, waffles, fruit, hams, cheeses…everything you could imagine was there.
Everything just felt right, it felt homely yet luxurious, and as though you were being treated in a wonderful way. I’d recommend the Celtic Manor Resort to anyone wanting a relaxing weekend away doing nothing but treating yourself with delicious food, and trips to the spa. Our weekend away here was absolute bliss! And if you’re more of an adventurer type, there’s golf, tennis courts, treetop high ropes, a shooting school, and all sorts of other brilliant activities. We’ll be back soon Celtic Manor!
Resort Deluxe Suite at the Celtic Manor Resort from £267 per night.