The best spas in Wales. When I was set the challenge to collate the best of the best I didn’t realise there were so many great spas to include. Wales is renowned for its stunning scenery, rugged mountains and remote windswept beaches. It’s also an ideal getaway for the keen golfer, the thrill seeker and those serious about spa.
Combining history with heritage and dramatic wind-swept scenery, Wales in a well-kept secret for holidays and getaways. Renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, it’s popular with walkers who flock to the Wales Coast Path, the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast, which opened in 2012.
More recently it’s become known for its adventure and thrill-seeking experiences including caving, canyoning, gorge walking and coasteering. Cardiff, the capital is a complete contrast with a vibrant night life, historic castle and monuments and a buzzing café culture set on a quayside harbour. For the ultimate getaway, head to the picturesque countryside to experience some of its stunning spa resorts which make the most of the surrounding landscape. The best spas in Wales are set in a mix of boutique-style accommodation through to larger resorts that are situated on vast country estates where you can also enjoy a round of golf.
Best spas in Wales: Celtic Manor
The Celtic Manor Resort, close to Cardiff, has three hotels, self-catering lodges, six restaurants, two spas, three championship golf courses and conference facilities. It’s one of Wales largest resorts which hosts international golfing tournaments and has a renowned reputation for its spa. The Forum Spa has recently been refurbished with luxurious new treatment rooms, tranquil relaxation spaces and a delicious new wellness lunch to nourish mind, body and soul. Steam, sauna and swim or workout, you really can have it all.
There are additional express results driven therapies offered at the Ocious Treatment Rooms at the Golf Club. Whilst here, enjoy a bite to eat at The Grill, with its view overlooking the Severn Estuary. Grab a glass of champagne at the Champagne and Beauty Bar to accompany your nail, make-up and brow treatments.
Best spas in Wales: The Vale Resort
Vale Resort is a luxury hotel nestled in 650-acre private estate in South Wales. The rural setting and landscape estate are picture-perfect, ideal for leisurely walks and is the ideal getaway. There’s two championship golf courses, tennis and squash courts, a 20m pool and state-of-the-art gym. For the more spa-minded amongst you, the spa facilities include sauna, steam and Jacuzzi. Post-treatment, the spa offers five blissful relaxation zones. You can chill out on a soothing water beds to the soothing sound of running water. Or just drift off to sleep under twinkling lanterns and cosy duvets in the intimate slumber chamber. A breath of fresh air? Then you can soak up the sun whilst looking out across the rolling South Wales countryside from the poolside patio terrace.
Best spas in Wales: St Brides Spa Hotel
St Brides Spa Hotel is set on a cliff top overlooking Saundersfoot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The hotel is an oasis of calm with an award-winning spa, contemporary restaurant and stylish bedrooms offering relaxed, informal luxury. The treatment rooms and relaxation areas surround an infinity edge hydro pool that is perfect for capturing the ultimate Instagram spa-shot. The couples’ suite in the spa has uninterrupted views across the sea and it’s a treat for the senses. It has an aroma steam room and hot rock sauna to complete an invigorating thermal bathing spa experience. Don’t miss the Salt Infusion Room with gentle moist heat, combined with bursts of sea salt infusions to boost blood circulation and helps to clear congestion.
Best spas in Wales: Principal St David’s Hotel, Cardiff
Principal St David’s Hotel in Cardiff is a stylish, award-winning spa in the heart of the capital. It’s in a premier position on the harbour boasting recently refurbished rooms with either city or sea views. The spa at St David’s Hotel is regularly recognised by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the top five spas in the UK. Positioned on the edge of Cardiff’s trendy waterfront, facilities include relaxation pools, a sauna, gym, treatment rooms and a relaxation suite, that offer the perfect environment to relax whilst enjoying the beautiful views overlooking Cardiff Bay. With a great range of packages on offer, combining a facial or massage with afternoon tea is the top pick. There’s nothing better than snuggling up under a duvet post-treatment in the relax room.
Best spas in Wales: Bluestone National Park Resort
The Well Spa Retreat at Bluestone National Park Resort is set in the Bluestone National Park in Pembrokeshire, part of a luxury holiday village in 500 acres of Welsh countryside. Stay in a cute cottage or wooden lodge in the woods. It’s the ultimate adventure getaway in the great outdoors, with forest treks, Zip-wires, water sports on the lake and a large waterpark. The spa offers something for everyone from romantic breaks, to mums relaxing with friends or mothers and daughters enjoying some ‘me-time’ time. Its spa draws inspiration from the Pembrokeshire coast’s wild waters, rich in natural salts, and the spring water bubbling from our mountains. Combining water and thermal experiences, its facilities include: hydro vitality pool, sauna, herbal steam room, marine steam room, hot Celtic sauna, salt inhalation room, ice room, and experience showers.
Best spas in Wales: Holm House Hotel, Cardiff
Overlooking the Bristol Channel, Holm House Hotel is a luxury, boutique hotel in the southern suburbs of Cardiff. Well positioned for exploring the sights of the city centre, it’s right by the coast which gives it that pure escape feeling. It’s a well-appointed, modern bolt hole with a great spa. The spa is surrounded by its private manicured gardens that lend a zen like tranquillity to its location. Post treatment you can relax on the spa balcony and breathe in the sea air while enjoying freshly made teas or delicious food created with a healthy wellness feel. Facilities include: hydrotherapy pool, tidal current machine, steam room, compact gym, and quiet relaxation area.