Eat, Sleep, Spa, Repeat: A guide to some of the best spas in Wales
A one-night wonder, weekday pick-me up or an epic weekender, quite frankly there’s nothing like a spa break whenever a little pampering or R&R is in order. For luxury packages, last minute steals, big budgets, bargain hunters and everything in between, here are just a few of the places you can get your spa on across Wales.
The infinity pool at St Brides Hotel and Spa in Saundersfoot by St Brides Hotel and Spa
The infinity pool at St Brides Hotel and Spa
is what spa dreams are made of. The seamless transition between the cliff top infinity pool and the sparkling waters of Saundersfoot Bay below is worth the trip alone. And it’s not just an infinity pool. There’s a thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool which remains a toasty 37 degrees (that’s body temperature) all year round. In other words, expect heaven by the sea. Even the spa package names give you an idea of the importance that water plays in setting the scene for this sanctuary of calm; Castaway, Drifting Tides, and Calm Seas are just a few of the highlights from the spa menu. Packages start from £75 per person.
Luxury spa and thermal suite at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa by Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and SpaOn a normal day in a normal gym, hopping on the treadmill or taking on the cross trainer can be a real slog, especially when all you’ve got to stare at is your own sweaty reflection and MTV. But imagine a gym where that vista’s replaced by the awe-inspiring Mid Wales landscape and its views to rival any screensaver. Well, readers, this place exists and you’ll find it at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa in Llanwddyn, Powys. The fully equipped gym and spa has some pretty dramatic views of (yep you guessed it, Lake Vyrnwy) and is the perfect place to unwind slap, bang in the middle of Wales.
The award-winning accommodation and luxury spa is a winning combo for that break you’ve been promising yourself. High class products are evidently important as each treatment offered is centred around a different combination of serums, rubs and scrubs to create the ultimate pamper haven. Highlights include the monsoon and fragranced mist shower experience and the Vyrnwy signature hot poultice, which aims to restore the body’s natural balance by relieving muscular aches and pains.
Lake Country House Hotel and Spa swimming pool by Lake Country House Hotel and SpaYou could spend all day at the Lake Country House Hotel and Spa lost in the extensive and often intriguing treatment list, wondering whether you’ll be tempted by delights including bamboo therapy and detoxifying mud wraps, European massages, rebalancing reflex foot massages and power breakfast facials.
Also pleasingly for fans of all things canine our four legged friends are more than welcome to stay at this country house in Powys. While they’re not allowed in to the spa - however much Fido would love it - doggies can make themselves at home in the junior suites which have direct access on to the sprawling grounds. Other benefits include the onsite restaurant which specialises in modern Celtic cuisine, and also offers afternoon teas, and gourmet tasting menus (they’re for you, not the dog).
The Empire Spa and Hotel in Llandudno by Empire Spa and Hotel
The range of accommodation on offer makes Llandudno’s Empire Spa and Hotel
a bang on choice for those needing to cater for a crowd. The main hotel has 54 bedrooms, and the hotel’s adjoining property has a further eight large rooms. And if that isn’t enough, there are an additional six suites based in a luxury town house on the promenade owned by the hotel, all boasting sea views.
Residents have access to the on-site spa which has two swimming pools, including an indoor salt water pool and an outdoor pool accompanied with sun loungers to soak up the Welsh sun (trust us). The spa itself offers a range of treatments to aid stress relief and ease achy muscles including reflexology, Swedish massage and hot stone treatments.
Spa treatment at the Celtic Manor Resort by Celtic Manor Resort
If you’re driving in to Wales along the M4 then you can’t miss this one. The Celtic Manor Resort
is one of the country’s most impressive hotels, and home to just about everything you could hope for in an extravagant five-star resort. You’ll find three golf courses (including the Twenty Ten where Europe won golf’s Ryder Cup in dramatic fashion), seven restaurants, six bars and a rope adventure course in the tree tops. But if it’s the spa you’re interested in, there’s good news. It’s huge. There’s a vast pool, 16 treatment rooms and a champagne and beauty bar.
Highlights from the treatment menu include a session in the Herbal Steam Temple which involves applying different coloured medicinal chakra muds to specific areas of the body, while gently inhaling steam infused with herbs to cleanse the respiratory system, smooth the skin and detoxify the body.
Relaxation room at the Spa by Vale ResortThe Vale Resort's sumptuous spa was named Wales’ Best Resort Spa 2017 at the third annual World Spa Awards at a glitzy ceremony in Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam. If you’ve ever visited, this accolade should come as no surprise. The Vale Spa’s 19 treatment rooms and six bespoke relaxation zones are the last word in luxury. Lounge on leather sofas in the chill-out zone or on water beds in the float zone. For total relaxation, snuggle up under a quilt in the tranquil slumber zone.
If you’re in the mood from some for some pampering, treat yourself to a range of an Indian-inspired holistic Ayurvedic treatments with products from the likes of Clarins, Temple Spa and Sundari. That’s not all. The resort’s spa and leisure facilities also include a 20-metre pool, whirlpool bath, steam room and sauna. Rest and relaxation is a serious business at The Vale.