Celtic Manor Resort
The five-star Celtic Manor Resort is set in more than 2000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales. It consists of four hotels, including a 330-room luxury Resort Hotel and historic 19th century Manor House with 70 rooms. The 148-room Coldra Court has two exceptional spas, two state-of-the-art health clubs, the best adventure golf course I have ever seen, a treetop high ropes course for the kids (and adults) and even tennis courts should you fancy a game.
The Celtic Manor Resort provides a complete experience for business, leisure and golf travellers. It has a large choice of seven amazing restaurants, including Steak on Six, which is my favourite, Pad, which serves passionate Asian dishes, and Newbridge on Usk. There is also a separate country inn with six bedrooms. In 2014, the resort opened 10 new Hunter Lodges that offer a luxurious self-catering option to guests which you can see when playing the 2010 course.
The resort was voted the UK’s Best Hotel at the 2019 Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards eight times out of the last nine years, so it’s no wonder that, with its stunning views and wide range of facilities, this resort is truly one of a kind.
The resort provides three championship golf courses for you to try your hand at. I was lucky enough to try the Roman Road course and the home of the Ryder Cup Twenty Ten course. This was the first course in history to be designed and built specifically to host The Ryder Cup.
From the moment I arrived with some friends, I knew we were going to have a truly enjoyable time as one of the first things I noticed was how welcoming the concierge and check-in staff who greeted us were.
After being shown to our signature room and enjoying a bottle of prosecco we explored some of the hotel and the spa, which really was spectacular, and then enjoyed a relaxing drink at the Olive Tree and & Gardens Room. This even had its own live music piano player, who played some great music to unwind to, which I found very entertaining and the perfect touch to complement the hotel.
I was lucky enough to play 2 championship courses. The first was the Roman Road on the day of my arrival. I was then driven back to the hotel resort by the friendly concierge driver, before I headed to dinner at the Signature Restaurant, which was located on the same floor (6th) as my signature suite room. This restaurant was really something special with its stunning views and fantastic service, along with excellent food.
The following day, I headed to the Signature Bar again for the all you can eat buffet style, which was just the thing you require with a full day of golf ahead. With the restaurant’s stunning morning views and wide choice of foods to choose from, I was all set for the day ahead. I headed straight to the concierge to be transported to the Twenty Ten course which opened in 2007. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the excellent welcome team, who were on hand to show us around the old mill. The course, which is an impressive 7,493 yards off the back tees, is the best course I have had the pleasure of playing to date. With its stunning views of the Welsh valleys and countryside and some amazing holes to play, it is a course I will never forget.
After I finished the golf, we had my golf bag transported back to the hotel and had time to enjoy a well-earned beverage in the Spike Bar.
I also had the pleasure of a full massage from the spa and this was a great way to unwind after a challenging but enjoyable round of golf. I then decided to relax for the evening before enjoying dinner at the Newbridge on Usk*.
I would like to personally thank everyone at Celtic Manor for making me feel so welcome, and with so much to do at the report, it really is a place that anyone or any family can visit and be certain of having a truly enjoyable stay.