Getting away from it all is satisfyingly simple on a spa weekend in Wales. It’s close to home for many and makes a great year-round destination. There are a real range of places to stay and Wales has a natural beauty that shines forth at any time of year.
Delve into this round up of boutique spa hotels in Wales for a cheeky weekend escape.
voco® St David’s Cardiff, Cardiff
Sitting prominently on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay, the voco® St David’s Cardiff is the capital’s standout hotel and an AA-rated 5-star luxury hotel. It occupies a commanding position on the swish Cardiff Bay seafront and has a unique contemporary design with private balconies overlooking the bay.
Cardiff has much to offer visitors with a full quota of cultural destinations and events to enjoy. For theatre and the arts check the schedule at Cardiff’s flagship Wales Millennium Centre or perhaps book a gin-tasting tour at the Cardiff Distillery.
What to expect… The dreamy Marine Spa offers a walk-through water corridor, massage fountains and a 50ft (15 metre) pool with bubbling waterbeds that might just lull you off to sleep. There's a range of treatments to choose from and a deep relaxation lounge where you can drift off and dream. The spa also specialises in treatments specifically for its male customers, including facials and hot stone massage. In line with the high quality found throughout the hotel, this is one of the best spas in Cardiff and has been voted one of the top UK spas by Condé Nast Traveller.
Laguna Health & Spa at Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff
For those looking for an alternative spa weekend in Wales’ capital city, the centrally located Park Plaza Hotel is one of the most stylish in town. Booking your Cardiff spa weekend here is ideal if you want to be in the thick of it. You’ll have all of the delights of the city on your doorstep, including Cardiff Castle and the city centre's historic shopping arcades and lively nightlife.
What to expect… The hotel is home to the blissful Laguna Health & Spa which promises to bring you serenity in the city. This is one of the best spas in Cardiff and features an ozone-friendly swimming pool, spa bath and steam room. There is a wide range of award-winning Pevonia spa treatments available and a relaxation lounge where guests can truly chill out. They also offer a selection of seasonal spa packages.
Lake Country House Hotel & Spa, Llangammarch Wells
Lake Country House Hotel & Spa is set on the edge of one of Mid Wales' pretty Victorian spa towns. This AA 4-Star luxury spa hotel in Wales is perfect for a relaxing break amid refined surroundings. Sweeping lawns, and manicured gardens bring a real country-house feel and the two-rosette restaurant will see you dining in style.
For a day out, pick up the pace and enjoy some hiking - both the beautiful Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons are within easy reach. For an extra fee, you're pooch is also welcome to join you at this dog-friendly hotel, which has its own resident hound, Molly.
What to expect… The Lake Country House Spa has four treatment rooms and is set in a separate chalet overlooking a tranquil lake and river a (very) short walk from the hotel. There’s a swimming pool and an outdoor hot tub on the balcony with lovely views.
The Quay Hotel & Spa, Deganwy
Enjoy views of the Conwy Estuary from your private balcony at one of the top luxury spa hotels in North Wales. The AA 4-Star Quay Hotel & Spa is contemporary in style and overlooks Deganwy Marina and the countryside beyond. The Grill Room restaurant offers modern Welsh cuisine with outstanding views, and there's also a lounge bar and terrace for al fresco dining and drinks. For a day out, the historic UNESCO site of Conwy Castle and the Eyri (Snowdonia) National Park are both moments away by car.
What to expect… Plunge into the hydrotherapy pool with waterfall jets then lie back in the whimsical relaxation room and unwind at the Marina Spa. Holistic Indian head massage, reflexology and Hopi ear candle treatments are available, as well as facials, massage and beauty treatments.
The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Conveniently located for a spa weekend in Wales The Celtic Manor Resort is just moments from the M4 yet is set within 2,000 acres of verdant parkland. The resort has hosted many prestigious events, including a NATO summit and the Ryder Cup. It has three impressive golf courses within its grounds. So if you’d like to tee off before submerging in the spa then this is the place for you. For similar combos take a look at more golf and spa hotels in Wales.
What to expect… The Forum Spa has won several Spa Traveller Awards, including Best UK Hotel Spa. It has 16 treatment rooms that serve up such delights as the Elemis Herbal Steam Temple. During this unique spa experience, medicinal chakra muds are applied while you inhale herb-infused steam and gaze up at a thousand stars. Afterwards, a refreshing rain shower washes it all away leaving you fully revived. Facilities include a 20 metre swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms and a plunge pool.
Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa, Anglesey
The island of Anglesey has 125 miles of coastal paths to explore, a stately home, a castle and plenty of sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. It is perfect for hikers with great swathes of its countryside designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 4-Star Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa makes a salubrious country house base for exploring the island, while the spa is perfect for soothing weary walkers.
What to expect… The thermal suite at Tre-Ysgawen Hall Spa includes an 'Experience Shower', ice fountain, salt inhalation room, whirlpool, sauna and swimming pool. The beauty therapy suite offers a comprehensive range of spa treatments.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Mid Wales
The AA 4-Star luxury Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa stands at the head of a lake fringed with mountains at the heart of a 24,000 acre estate in Eyri (Snowdonia). The vista is best viewed from your roll-top, freestanding bath in one of the large lake view rooms, or from the comfort of the spa. Diners in the award-winning Tower Restaurant also enjoy a commanding view of the lake, so for optimum effect book a table at sunset and enjoy the show. For an afternoon drink opt for an outdoor pint at The Tavern, or cosy up in front of the Tower Bar's roaring fire for a nightcap.
What to expect… The Lake Vyrnwy Spa has a fabulous jacuzzi spa pool overlooking the estate, a sauna, an aromatherapy salt inhalation room, monsoon and mist showers, an ice shower and heated loungers. The gorgeous setting helps make this one of the most delightful luxury spa breaks in Wales.
St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot
Set within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Saundersfoot is a charming coastal resort just three miles from the charismatic seaside town of Tenby. This stylish boutique hotel in South Wales offers a nice balance in terms of location. From St Brides Spa Hotel you’ll be within easy reach of secluded bays and beaches, but you’ll also have plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy nearby.
What to expect… The St Brides Spa boasts an impressive infinity-edged hydrotherapy pool looking out over the bay. The windows of the cliff-edge dual treatment rooms take in the panoramic views and open wide to let in the therapeutic sea air. The thermal suite includes a salt infusion room, sensation shower, aroma steam room, rock sauna and ice fountain. This is a blissful spa and was a finalist in the Good Spa Awards, Best Coastal Spa category.
The Diplomat Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Llanelli
The Diplomat Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is a welcoming family-owned hotel well located on the edge of Llanelli where the stunning Welsh coastline stretches off in both directions. Head east for the spectacular Gower Peninsular or west for Pembrokeshire’s secluded coves and sandy beaches.
The stylish on-site Trubshaws Restaurant is named after a former resident, Concorde Chief Test Pilot Brian Trubshaw. Their ethos is to serve quality local produce in a relaxed setting and they do a mean Sunday lunch. In summer, afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the gardens is a must.
What to expect… The luxurious Eden Spa incorporates an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms, garden chill-out area and a fully equipped gym. They offer a range of beauty and wellbeing treatments, including exfoliating scrubs, facials and massage, as well as pamper days and a Spa Day and Sparkling Afternoon Tea package.