Wellness Adventures in Wales

Writer Mark Smith | November 12, 2018

Combining history with heritage and dramatic wind-swept scenery, Wales is 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 adventure and thrill-seeking experiences including caving, canyoning, gorge walking and coasteering. Cardiff, the capital is a complete contrast with a vibrant nightlife, historic castle and monuments and a buzzing cafe 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. There’s 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.

St Brides Spa Hotel

St Brides Spa Hotel is set on a clifftop 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 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 heat, combined with sea salt infusions to boost circulation and clear congestion.

www.stbridesspahotel.com

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 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. While 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.

www.celtic-manor.com

Vale Resort

Vale Resort is a luxury hotel nestled in 650ac private estate in South Wales. The rural setting and landscape estate are picture-perfect for leisurely walks and is the ideal getaway. There are two championship golf courses, tennis and squash courts, a 20m pool and state-of-the-art gym. For the more spa-minded, spa facilities include sauna, steam and Jacuzzi. Post-treatment, the spa offers five blissful relaxation zones. You can chill out on waterbeds to the soothing sound of running water or just drift off under twinkling lanterns and cosy duvets in the intimate slumber chamber.

After a breath of fresh air? Soak up the sun while looking out across the rolling South Wales countryside from the poolside patio terrace.

www.valeresort.com