My husband and I are off the scale planners. We like to organise things months and months in advance and organise them to the smallest detail.
But when an offer arrived in my inbox for a late availability Sunday night stay at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, we jumped at the opportunity. It was a few days before our wedding anniversary so it was timed excellently.
Although we’ve been to the resort a few times over the years, we’ve never stayed there. So I was surprised at the massive scale of the resort hotel, the grounds and the activities for all ages from high ropes to crazy golf to the most massive bouncy castle I’ve ever seen.
Minutes from junction 24 of the M4, check in is at 4pm (3pm if you upgrade to a signature stay) but you can use the resort facilities before then. Car parking is at an additional cost at £5 for outdoor parking and £15 for parking in the indoor resort hotel for 24 hours.
We stayed in a deluxe suite and were lucky enough to get a fabulous double aspect room. The views were especially beautiful given the weather and blanket blue skies.With such beautiful weather, we checked in and headed outdoors to take on the crazy golf. It was £6 for 9 holes or £9 for 18 and the courses were great fun with lots of water and challenging terrain (for me, anyhow!).
After a lot of laughs at my lack of golfing ability, we headed indoors to test out the Forum spa facilities. With Roman decor, I loved the pool and the gorgeous painting of a twilight sky (complete with twinkly light stars) on the ceiling above.
The facilities feature a communal jacuzzi and a huge sauna and loungers. There are also a separate jaccuzi, steam room and sauna by each changing room for women and men only. You can book and pay for spa treatments during your stay if you would like to.
Choosing where to eat dinner was a challenge as there are several restaurants and dining options depending on your budget. This ranges from high end dining to more affordable options.
We opted to book The Grill, where you can enjoy a selection of grilled meats and veggie options with mains ranging between £15 and up to £35 for a good steak. The concierge service meant we were dropped to and collected from the venue. The food was delicious and I opted for a BBQ chicken dish with crispy bacon topping (£18).
I couldn’t leave without testing a dessert so we shared the brownie (£7) which was served with honeycomb, ice cream and fluffy marshmallows. It was perfectly gooey. Yum!
When it came to the morning, the pool opens at 6.30am and breakfast is served from 7am with a huge selection on offer from fruit to a full English to pancakes with delicious toppings including white chocolate shavings and chocolate ganache!
My only quibble was a lack of hot water in our bathroom in the morning which resulted in a rather cold shower.
Overall, the stay was a fabulous anniversary treat. It made me realise what a family-friendly place the resort is and I’d definitely consider a family stay as well as a couples getaway in the future.
Blogger note. We purchased our stay at the resort and the resort was unaware I was writing a review.