Last weekend the husband and i set off 30 minutes down the road for a night at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort for a little stay-cation. We had been to the hotel some 10 years ago and i honestly can’t get over how much it has evolved in that time.
We were roomed within the rather wonderful Signature Collection on the 6th floor, this area is an adults only area, perfect for a romantic couples break. It also massively benefits from its own private check in area, which having seen how busy prime check in time was, this is massively beneficial if you don’t like queuing and just want to get started with your break. We simply took the lifts from the lobby to the sixth floor where we were checked in seconds away from our room. It was easy, convenient and meant we could quickly relax in to our minibreak.. just what you want when you are only away from a short time.
Within our gorgeous room we were greeted with chilled prosecco and welshcakes- luxury was definitely in abundance.
The 6th floor Signature Collection has everything you may need, from the sumptuous rooms with amply stocked minibar and Elegant Elemis minitures(my fave!), to the stylish Steak on Six restaurant where guests can dine for their breakfast and evening meal. There is also a lounge where only Signature collection guests can access with their room card as the key to enter. It felt very exclusive and highly enjoyable. Within the lounge there are free tea’s and coffee’s all day, there is also a well stocked bar, a tv which covers sports and a balcony spanning the full 3 sides of the room giving marvellous views over the surrounding area.
Another notable point that really surpassed my expectations(one of many actually) was the sheer amount of restaurants and bars to eat at. Above, i am just outside the 2010 club house which was created for the Ryder cup (in 2010) there is the delightful restaurant inside, Rafters, which over looks some of the 17 acres of golf course and countryside. (the staff highly recommended the fish here, we didn’t eat as we were saving ourselves for Pad later). Inside you there are the golf locker rooms and a history and pictures take from the world famous Ryder Cup (a must for Golf fans).
Below you will find in the main lobby near the concierge and reception area a list of all the restaurants on the grounds. In brief there is:
- Steak On Six Award winning steak meals
- The Grill Traditional grill meals and bar meals also, perfect for match days and such.
- Rafters Restaurant As mentioned above, this is situated at 2010 Clubhouse, they do lunches as well as evening meals.
- The Olive Tree & Garden Room Buffet style offering food from around the globe
- PAD Passionate Asian dishes(which i will be blogging about shortly, FYI it was exquisite.. one of my most favourite meals out ever, also cater for vegans!
- The following are located a short drive away, which concierge can assist you with.
- The Rib Smokehouse & Grill
- Sawyers Bar & Grill
- Newbridge On Usk
- Private Dining
There is also a plethora of bars to attend also, some of which have live entertainment in the evenings, or choose a quiet drink if you’d prefer
The Celtic manor is a true mix of old an new perfectly combined. These pictures are from the original part of the building which leads you down to the Manor house area.. to leave the main building and walk to the Manor house it is all covered, there are travellators and lifts also. The Manor house dates back to 1860, but in 1930 it became a hospital where 600,000 babies were born, one of those babies being Sir Terry Matthews who went on to purchase the hospital after it closed in 1977.. he renovated and reopened as the hotel with just 17 rooms. And now it is quite truly a stunning resort set in 1400 acres of parkland.
When i attended The Celtic Manor some 10+ years ago i assumed it was a lovely hotel mainly geared up for golfers. Now however the resort boasts a number of attractions even if golf isn’t your thing and not just for adults (as i had previously assumed) The resort is geared up for families with a cast array of children’s activities too:
- Forest Jump
- Forest Nets
- Adventure Golf
- Rock Reactor
- Laser Combat
- On Target
- Pitch & Putt
- Activity Gift Vouchers
The atmosphere within the hotel was jovial, it was very busy as it was peak summer season, but nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were always at hand, courteous and happy to help. The reception, concierge and drivers around the hotel were chatty and friendly and made you feel welcome and at ease with whatever you requested.
And if you’re not with children and fancy some r&r well there is the famous Forum Spa which is stocked with Elemis goodies, treatments for all, beauty bar and hair salon.
Would we go back?
A huge resounding yes, in fact i would go back for a weekend and take the kids as a family short-break (even though it’s just 30 minutes away!). The facilities are excellent, there is an abundance of activities that will fill your time there, and each activity is very reasonably priced too. One thing i would mention is that you do have to pay for the car park (where as some hotels we’ve stayed in carpark is free for residents), but that is my only mark down and it’s not really a mark down , it’s more of an observation. Other than that we would happily go back, in fact its my 35th in December and i’m already thinking the husband should take me back to The Celtic Manor. We would even return and book just as day guests and take the kids to the Treetops or return to the fabulous Pad restaurant (which more on that later this week as it deserves it’s own blog post!)
Have you ever been to The Celtic Manor? Would you consider a break here?
This trip was gifted to me as a night stay , all opinons are of course my own