Celtic Manor is large, multi award winning five star hotel located in South Wales, at the foot of the Usk Valley. It is a very large hotel indeed; it calls itself a resort, and is well-known for its Golf Course, Spa and restaurants. It is owned by the Billionaire Welsh entrepreneur, Sir Terry Matthews.
We recently paid a visit to see what it was like and try the food for ourselves. Celtic Manor is very easy to get to by road, and the hotel itself is situated on the top of a hill, with wide-reaching views from the bedrooms and spa.
Hotel rooms are large, with plenty of space for luggage and storage. We stayed in a Presidential Suite, with a very large sitting room, marble bathroom and two balconies, which was very comfortable. The restaurants, spa and gym can be found on the lower floors of the hotel with the rooms above, which makes it very easy to get around.
The spa has a very nice pool and several sauna and steam room. We tried a couple of spa treatments each during our stay using Elemis products, which were very relaxing indeed.
Food-wise, you are spoilt for choice at Celtic Manor. We liked Terry M very much, which is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, run by Head Chef Tim McDougall and Ronan Hunter as Restaurant Manager. Offering a five course tasting menu plus an à la carte menu, the menu offers a lovely selection of dishes, which use locally sourced fish and meat. Restaurant Manager Ronan was utterly charming and paid much attention and care to our dietary requirements, even down to the amouse bouches. We enjoyed an excellent dinner in relaxed, glamorous settings and it was wonderful to end the evening just a few steps away from our hotel room and not have to travel back afterwards.
The Celtic Manor resort has recently purchased a 200-year-old pub in the Usk Valley, Newbridge on Usk, which is another option for an evening meal for guests. The hotel offers a very helpful concierge service, which will transport you to the restaurant and back, which is a big plus.
Celtic Manor is a great destination for a luxurious, relaxing spa or sporty break with the opportunity to try some great local food, and is a well-connected base from which to explore the delights of South Wales.
How to get there: Celtic Manor is easily accessible by road and is situated just off the M4 motorway. By rail, catch the train to Newport, and it’s a short taxi ride from there.
Things to do: Although there is plenty to do at the resort, Cardiff City Centre is a great place to visit with plenty of lovely shops and interesting arcades to explore. Caerphilly Castle is also well worth a visit and has been used to film countless films and TV series.