Female First were offered the opportunity to sample what Celtic Manor Resort had to offer to its visitors, whether they be families, couples looking for a romantic break, food lovers wanting to experience a gastronomic delight, or maybe the golf fanatic looking for a great golf getaway, or the visitor who wants to just unwind for a while and be pampered and reinvigorated with a spa experience.
Set in the south of Wales on the outskirts of Cardiff is Celtic Manor Resort . The Celtic Collection consists of five unique hotels, two Hunter Lodges, two exceptional spas, eight restaurants, three championship golf courses, fishing lakes and tennis courts.
We arrived Friday evening and coming into Cardiff from the M4 you see Celtic Manor Resort standing on the hillside, majestically overlooking the surrounding area.
Arriving at the entrance we were met by the concierge who took our bags out of the car and through to reception, the car was parked in the underground car park.
Staff at check-in were incredibly friendly and hospitable. They got us from reception up to our room in just a few minutes, walking us through the hotel to our Suite.
We were in a Signature Suite described as decorated to the highest standard, with a master bedroom, large double bed, a separate lounge and dining area, marble bathroom, flat-screen televisions in the sitting room and bedroom, the bedroom also had a balcony and stunning views over the countryside.
It also comes with a few extra touches including early check-in, use of the Signature Lounge and a complimentary bottle of wine and Welsh cakes in your room on arrival
We decided to have a look around and have a drink in before returning to our suite to shower and get ready for our evening meal as we were booked in the New Bridge on Usk.
The New Bridge is a five-star restaurant and it is part of Celtic Manor, situated about a fifteen minute drive from the Hotel and is renown for its fish dishes and it’s ‘fine’ dining menu.
We were taken there by the resorts taxi service unfortunately at this time of the year we were not able to appreciate the views as the restaurant is situated in the countryside and darkness had fallen before we set off.
On arrival we were taken to through to the lounge for pre-dinner drinks and to choose from the menu.
For the wine we decided on a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
The starter we had the Newbridge Fish Platter for two with nine types of seafood tasters to indulge in.
I followed this with pan fried cod and green vegetables while Susan had the British Beef Sirloin fries and sides.
For dessert I chose the Dark Chocolate Terrine while Susan rounded off with a selection from the cheese board.
This was a beautiful meal and was cooked and prepared absolutely to perfection by the chef and throughout the service was impeccable, the full experience was perfect – five out of five.
We had breakfast in the Olive Tree restaurant with a host of choices including full English for the hungry or juice cereals, fruit, and coffee for those wanting a lighter breakfast.
After breakfast we took a walk round the grounds to absorb ourselves in the stunning countryside and take in the fresh air, it was beautiful but cold day but never the less we were able to appreciate views and the surrounding countryside and build up an appetite for our lunch at the Steak On Six restaurant later on.
Before that though we had booked a spa treatment for a Swedish massage in The Forum Spa to ease the stresses away and to relax, unwind and basically indulgence ourselves. What could be better than to lose yourself in the aromatic scents and subtle lighting while the masseuse works his magic.
It certainly worked for me as I emerged feeling rejuvenated, restored, and relieved of all my stress ready to have a healthy restoring drink in the Forum Spa cafe.
It is a must for anyone wanting to relax and destress.
Steak on Six is famous for it’s award winning Signature Steaks in a stunning 6th Floor setting affording stunning views - a dream setting for food lovers to enjoy a five star meal.
Alongside the finest steaks from the British Isles and beyond, the Steak On Six also serve an array of other fine meats, fish and wine to cater for all tastes.
I had the Beetroot and Goats Cheese as a starter, followed by the pan fried Sea Bass, while Susan had pan fried scallops for starters with Welsh Beef Rump and vegetable sides for mains.
We finished with Rum Soaked Baba, a fitting end to another fine dining experience.
Sunday lunch brought to an end our stay at the Celtic Manor as we were heading home later that day after what can only be described as a fabulous experience and a wonderful weekend.
"The biggest thing we took back from our visit was the overwhelming view that the people at Celtic Manor - know how to look after you and how to make every guest feel special."
We have been to many hotels but what stood out above all was the service and the way they looked after all their guests it was second to none, whether you were staying for one day or for two weeks or more in a Presidential Suite or a family room all visitors received the same level of service and care from the staff at this stunning location.
We cannot recommend the place enough and another big plus it’s on the doorstep and within easy reach of most people in the UK.
They cater for everyone you can enjoy the golf on the three world-class championship courses, a golf academy featuring a floodlit driving range plus two luxurious golf clubhouses.
There are endless family fun adventure activities to keep everyone happy with supervised fun for the kids while mum and dad take in a bit of grown up time, to exhilarating treetop rope swinging, and not to forgetting the Archery.
There is just so much choice.
We only scratched the surface to find out more and to book follow the link Celtic Manor Resort
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