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Wales' top resort?
Celtic Manor (Newport)
Member Name: k8eh
Celtic Manor (Newport)
Advantages: Five star quality through and through
Disadvantages: ...pricey. bit disappointed about checking out so early
As I live locally, I'd never had much reason to stay at the hotel but was recently made an offer I couldn't refuse. One night's stay at the hotel, dinner for two, use of leisure facilities and breakfast in the morning. How much did I pay? Nothing. I accompanied a friend who was given all this as a prize of some sort... So in this review I will make people aware of the hotel and what it offers, as well as my own personal opinion and review of my stay.
The Celtic Manor:
The Celtic Manor resort is primarily a hotel and golf resort but has a lot more to offer besides this. Owned by Welsh billionaire Terry Matthews, the resort will host the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2010. This in itself it a massive achievement for the resort as the event is the third most famous and most watched sports event in the world behind, of course, the Olympics and the football world cup.
The resort has 2 hotels, 5 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 spas fully equipped.
And taken from the website (www.celtic-manor.com)
"FINE DINING, WELL-BEING, TENNIS, SHOOTING, FOURTEEN HUNDRED ACRES OF BREATHING SPACE AND THREE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES"
as well as a crèche, a games room, a small mall, a driving range, an academy pro shop and not forgetting... the 2010 clubhouse.
The resort is most well known for golf. It has three championship golf courses - The Roman Road, The Montgomerie and The 2010.
As well as the up and coming Ryder Cup the resort has also hosted the All Star Cup and annually hosts The Wales Open.
The main resort is a Five Star Hotel and The Manor House is Four Star. The only difference being that the main resort offers room service.
As well as prestigious awards to the restaurants for fine dining, the resort is also one of the UK's top conference centres.
Upon checking in I was greeted by a host of friendly faces all very keen to help in any way possible. As you can't check into your room until 4pm I was offered to leave my luggage with Concierge and enjoy the facilities in the mean time.
I decided to head down to The Forum Spa and enjoy use of the pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. On entering the pool the first thing I noticed was the magnificent ceiling... A painting of a bright blue sky and fluffy white clouds... perfectly relaxing and suited the surroundings brilliantly.
I enjoyed around an hour of swim time then headed to the sauna; here I found my first problem with my stay. I entered the sauna and was shocked to see a young girl around 8 in there with her mum, of course my immediate thoughts were 'how irresponsible to let your child in the sauna' but then I was also a bit disappointed to find that there was no signage to indicate that children shouldn't be allowed in the sauna. This, after all was a family pool.
After leaving the pool and sauna behind I swiftly moved on to have a shower and then dry my hair with the resort hairdryers... yes, I was rather excited that they had hairdryers but simple minds aye...
When I was nice and dry and my hair neatly styled I made my way back to reception to check in. "Would you like a hand with your luggage?" I was politely asked. Glancing down at my small holdall I replied, "No thank you" though secretly wishing I'd said yes, who wouldn't like to be treated like a celebrity?
I made my way up to my room and encountered problem number two. I entered the lift and pressed "6" and as the lift started to move it shuddered then the lights on the buttons went off and I ended up being taken to the conference centre on level 2. I was quite annoyed as I had been taken down a good 4 floors when I wanted to go up 2, but also quite scared as I was in the lift alone. The doors opened, then closed again... so I closed my eyes and pressed 6. This time the lift did its job.
I left the lift and made my way towards my room but had to stop and peer down into the atrium. My god was it impressive! Although I did feel a bit queasy... me and heights don't work well together!
Eventually I got to my room and was again quite impressed. The decor wasn't very modern or to my taste but the bed was HUGE and the balcony led out to an amazing view of one of the golf course. Ok Celtic Manor, I'll forgive you for the lift fiasco!
Next I began to unpack and had a little nose whilst doing so. Towels, bathrobes and slippers laid out just for me! I couldn't wait to get in the bath and use the complimentary guest supplies (elemis shampoos and lotions) and to wrap up warm in my robe.
The friend I was staying with was meeting me for a quick drink downstairs not long after I'd checked in so I pushed the bath idea aside and went downstairs to Merlin's Bar. Here I ordered my regular Lager... but a half to look more ladylike in my posh surroundings... The bill came and I was horrified. "HOW MUCH?" I thought, but relaxed when I realised a.) I wasn't paying and b.) You're paying not only for your drink but for your surroundings and the bloke playing the piano down the far end.
After drinkies, we headed upstairs to get our glad rags on for the meal. Again a little gesture had me all excited. Complimentary Welsh Cakes had been left on our bed. 10/10 Celtic Manor, yummy and Welsh, well done.
Finally I got to have my relaxing bath and after using all the complimentary supplies (not necessary but heck, they're free for my use!) I wrapped up in my luxurious bath robe and lazed around watching TV for an hour or so (longer if I'd had my way, the bed was AMAZING!)
Our table was reserved for 8pm and we were eating in The Olive Tree restaurant. A polite and friendly waiter approaching us upon entering and showed us to our table and talked us through the evening. "Tonight's meal is a buffet so feel free to help yourself. Starter buffet located nearest to us, Main Course buffet in the middle and Dessert buffet on the fair end. If you would like Soup also, Soup of the Day is Leek & Potato and is made on request." Wowza, help yourself to food? They'll regret saying that to me! I thought. I decided against the soup and headed straight to the starter buffet. The choice was overwhelming, salads, cheeses, pates, pasta, fish... the list goes on. I was going to be full after course 1 if I wasn't careful! Sensibly I had a small portion of fish and a bit of salad.
15 Minutes later, up I was at the main course buffet...and I thought the starter buffet had variety!!! Here I could chose from Lamb Shank, Chicken Supreme, Chicken Tikka Massala, Salmon, Duck, Pheasant... all to be accompanied by cooked vegetables and various other side dishes. I settled for Lamb Shank with new potatoes and steamed vegetables... though I was tempted to have the salmon too!
The food was absolutely delicious, even though I was ready to burst after my starter, main and half a bottle of wine (Pinot Grigio dear) I made my way to the dessert buffet where the cheesecake was calling out to me... I'm salivating just thinking about it!!
As you can probably tell I enjoyed my food, and after eating and the bottle of wine I headed up to my room top button undone and about 2 stone heavier. Whoever thought 5 star would fill you up? I thought it was all about ridiculously small portions.
On entering my room I headed straight into the amazing comfortable bed knowing full well as soon I hit it, I'd have trouble getting out of it.
After a good nights sleep and a few hours to let the previous nights food digest it was time for breakfast. Breakfast would again be in the olive tree and was a similar buffet system. I was quite surprised to find that I was greeted by the same waiter as the previous night, but nevertheless, he was just as polite and friendly as before. Sitting at the table I pondered over a choice of cereals, fry-ups or croissants and pastries. I settled for the pastries. Tea and croissants, how upper-class darling!
One thing I didn't like was that check out was 11am and you couldn't use the facilities after this time, I would've liked to have headed down to the spa for a second go of the pool, but never mind.
Overall the experience was very pleasurable though I wouldn't pay for it myself (good £200 for weekend I'd say). If you want to stay at a top golf resort, this is the place for you. I'd even recommend it just for the leisure facilities. 5*
Summary: If you're ever near the area, the celtic manor is worth visiting
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