An international awards body, which recognises excellence in tourism, has crowned the Vale Resort as its 2021 winners in two categories for the fifth consecutive year.

The four-star resort in Hensol, South Wales, has been named as Wales’s Best Resort Spa 2021 and Wales’s Best Golf Hotel 2021 by the World Travel Awards every year since 2017.

The World Spa Awards were held digitally for a second time, owing to the Covid-19 restrictions, whereas the World Golf Awards held its eighth annual ceremony at Park Hyatt in Dubai.

The Vale Resort has now successfully retained the award for Wales’s Best Resort Spa for five years, fighting off stiff competition from the Forum Spa at The Celtic Manor in Newport.

It’s also the fifth consecutive year the resort has been named Wales’s Best Golf Hotel, once again triumphing over The Celtic Manor Resort and Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa for the top spot.

Votes are cast by professionals working within each industry - senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media - and by members of the public.


We are blown away by being recognised in both awards for the fifth year in a row. The competition is always fierce so scooping the awards yet again is testimony to the first-class service visitors can expect when they come across all areas of the resort. Our staff always work tirelessly – even more so during the pandemic - and the awards are a huge testament to their unstinting commitment to going the extra mile in everything they do."

A room filled with tables and chairs and spa products in a spa facility
A hotel with a beautiful lake and grounds in front.

The Vale Spa and Golf Resort

The 143-bedroom hotel is set in 650 acres of Welsh countryside, just six miles outside Cardiff City Centre and only two hours from London. The spa is the largest in Wales with 19 treatment rooms, five bespoke relaxation zones, a 20-metre pool, whirlpool bath, steam room and sauna. An award winning golf course, leisure and sports facilities and restaurants & champagne bar are also on site.

Also within the grounds is Hensol Castle and Hensol Castle Distillery. The castle cellars have been converted into a craft spirit distillery, gin school and visitor experience. Clients can tour the distillery and even distil their own bespoke bottle of gin made to their own specific taste in the gin school.

We seem to be on a winning streak at the moment. Our craft gin distillery’s latest offering, Hensol Castle Welsh Dry Gin, picked up its first Gold Medal at the Gin Masters in the London Dry category. Here’s hoping 2022 will bring even more successes of which we can all be proud."

Published 28 January 2022

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