The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Every golf fan knows The Celtic Manor Resort from its starring role in the 2010 Ryder Cup, but it offers much more than world-class golf. Alongside it’s three championship courses, the Roman Road, Montgomerie and Twenty Ten, it serves up luxury lodgings, a range of gourmet restaurants and the indulgent Forum Spa. With a tempting range of treatments like hot stone and lava shell massages, nourishing body wraps and salt scrubs, the spa is the perfect place to refresh after heroics on the course. If you’re a team player, you can even enjoy the Signature Couples Candle Ritual Massage, a fragrant 50-minute rubdown that will leave you both feeling (and smelling) fresh.
The Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan
Named Best Golf Hotel and Best Spa Resort in Wales for five years running (2019-2021) at the World Golf Awards, the Vale Resort just outside Cardiff delivers on every level. Golf is taken care of by two championship courses The Lake and The National (at 7,433 yards, one of the longest courses outside the US). Spa-wise, the Vale Spa's 19 treatment rooms and five bespoke relaxation zones are the last word in luxury. If you’re in the mood for some pampering, treat yourself to a range of an Indian-inspired holistic Ayurvedic treatments with products from the likes of Clarins and Temple Spa. R&R is a serious business here.
Machynys Peninsula Golf Club and Spa, Llanelli
Machynys Peninsula maybe a comparatively new kid on the block (it opened in 2005), but it’s already known as a proper golfing heavyweight. Boasting Wales’ first Nicklaus designed course, it’s hosted an incredible 12 Championships, including two Royal & Ancient Championships and four Ryder Cup Wales LET Championships of Europe. It’s also home to Monks Premier Spa, an ocean of serenity that promises to soothe your mind, body and soul as well as your skin and muscles. Combat fatigue with a bamboo massage, put your feet up for a bit of reflexology or soak up the scents in the aromatherapy room.
Marriott St Pierre, Chepstow
Just this side of the Severn Bridge, Marriott St Pierre is a premium golf destination. With two top parkland courses – the 7,028-yard Championship Old Course and 5,730-yard Mathern Course – has hosted many prestigious competitions including several European Tour events and the Solheim Cup. The Beauty Rooms spa is just as impressive offering a full range of pampering treatments from facials and body scrubs to manicures and pedicures.
Bryn Meadows, Ystrad Mynach
Bryn Meadows’ par-71 parkland course packs plenty of challenge into its 6,156-yard length. Big hitters beware as a successful round requires precision over brute force. Highlights include the signature second hole, a 557-yard par-five with a tricky third shot over water. Off the course, the Fusion Spa boasts a warm indoor pool, hydrospa, jacuzzi and several treatment rooms, including the Rasul Mud Room Chamber.
St Bride’s Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot
OK, we’re cheating a bit with this one. The luxurious St Brides Spa Hotel may not be a golf hotel, but no list of Welsh spas would be complete without it. Set high on a cliff overlooking the sea and resort town of Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, it makes the best possible use of its breathtaking location. There’s a stunning infinity pool and the spectacular coastal dual treatment room with floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to let in the smell and sound of the sea.
For the golfers, nearby Tenby Golf Club is an unmissable links experience. Founded in 1888, it has a reasonable claim to be our oldest course and the birthplace of Welsh golf. Laid out by legendary player and course designer James Braid, it’s a dune-studded links classic that – like St Brides Hotel – comes with some stunning sea views.