Spa breaks & holidays

Travel writer Jonathan Gilbert chooses ten of his favourite UK spa hotels in Wales. Inspired by their city centre, coastal and countryside locations, enjoy a relaxing weekend spa break at one of Wales’ top spa hotels.

  • Pool at Laguna Health & Spa

    Pool at the Laguna Health & Spa

     by Laguna Health & Spa

    The centrally located Park Plaza Hotel is home to the Laguna Health & Spa. The calm and serene spa offers a wide range of Elemis spa treatments and has a non-chlorinated pool, jacuzzi and steam room for you to truly relax and unwind in.

  • St David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff

    St David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff

    Cardiff Bay's renaissance has taken it from industrial blight to steel and glass style. The St David's Hotel and Spa stands above the bay like an Atlantic ocean-liner, with private balconies enjoying the view. Inside, the Marine Spa offers a solarium, treatment rooms, a 50ft pool with underwater jets, a whirlpool, massage fountains and "aqua beds" that almost lull you to sleep.

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  • St Bride's Spa and Hotel, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

    St Bride's Hotel, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

     by Stbrides Spa Hotel

    Set within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Saundersfoot is one of Wales' best coastal resorts and is just three miles from Tenby. At the Marine Spa, the windows of the treatment rooms open onto fresh sea air and the distant sound of waves below. The thermal suite includes a salt infusion room, sensation shower, aroma steam room, herbal sauna and ice fountain. When the tide is in, the water appears to melt off the edge of the hydrotherapy infinity pool into the Bristol Channel.

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  • Spa Massage

    Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno

    The hotel is set in a stunning country estate and formal gardens with wonderful views over Snowdonia and towards Anglesey. A short walk through the grounds will take you to the hotel's spa. Swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym are all here. In the treatment rooms, try the exfoliating Madagascan Red Island Ritual, using spicy fruit seeds followed by an Acacia wood body massage.

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  • Lake Hotel & Spa

    Signpost to Lake Spa, Mid Wales

    Set within one of Wales' Victorian spa villages the award winning luxury spa hotel is perfect for a relaxing break. The Kingfisher Spa is in a separate chalet overlooking the lake and river a short walk from the hotel. The swimming pool is married with a sauna and outdoor hot-tub, set on a balcony with views of the lake shore.

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  • Deganwy Quay Hotel at night, Conwy

    Deganwy Quay Hotel, Conwy, North Wales

     by glynpj

    Enjoy views of the Conwy Estuary in North Wales from your covered private balcony overlooking Deganwy Marina. Medieval Conwy and Snowdonia National Park are moments away by car, with the Quay Spa waiting for you at the end of the day. The swimming pool rubs shoulders with a hydrotherapy pool with waterfall jets. Hammam treatments include a sauna and steam followed by a massage on a heated marble table.

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  • The Celtic Manor Resort

    Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales

     by Visit Wales

    The Forum Spa has 16 treatment rooms that serve up delights like the Elemis Herbal Steam Temple, where medicinal chakra muds are applied while you inhale herb-infused steam and gaze up at thousands of stars. After a rain shower washes it all away. Other facilities include a 20-metre swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms and plunge pool.

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  • Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Anglesey

    Tre-Ysgawen Hall & Spa, Anglesey

     by Visit Wales

    Windswept Anglesey has 125 miles of coastal path to explore, a stately home, castle and plenty of sweeping views of the Atlantic and the Menai Strait. Tre-Ysgawen makes a comfortable country house base for exploring the island and its spa is the perfect environment for soothing weary walkers. The thermal suite includes an experience shower, herbal sauna, ice fountain and salt inhalation therapy room. They also run a weight-loss retreat that errs on the side of luxury. Perfect for city escapees.

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  • Lake Vyrnwy Hotel

    Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Mid Wales

     by Visit Wales

    The Lake Vyrnwy Hotel stands at the head of a lake fringed with mountains at the heart of a 24,000 acre estate in Snowdonia. The vista is best viewed from your roll-top freestanding bath in one of the lake view rooms, or from the comfort of the spa. The health spa has an eight-person whirlpool overlooking the estate, a sauna, an aromatherapy salt inhalation room, Arabian rasul mud therapy chamber, monsoon and mist showers, an ice shower and heated loungers.

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  • Ruthin Castle Hotel exterior

    Ruthin Castle Hotel, Denbighshire, North Wales Borderlands

    Formerly owned by a number of Kings of England, Ruthin Castle is just 20 miles from Chester. The rustic Moat Spa is set in the woodlands that cloak Ruthin Castle's dry moat, with a focus on locally sourced products and an evergreen vibe. This is a glamping spa with indoor and outdoor areas, where the sauna is inside a tent and the hot tub is open to the elements. Try the Sunset Sparkle Gold Body Scrub treatment with a blend of cane sugar, caviar extract, golden jojoba oil and grapeseed oil.

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