The Celtic Manor is a five-star hotel and spa located in the Usk Valley. Alex and I were thrilled to receive vouchers from my mum for Christmas 2017 to go towards a night away here and we finally got round to using them. I thought I would share how details of our stay for anyone thinking of visiting here in the future.
The first thing everyone has said to me when I have told them we are going to the Celtic Manor is “wow, isn’t that expensive” and the answer is yes – it is a widely renowned, 5* hotel after all. As a young, student couple it is a place we would have never considered staying if it wasn’t for the kind gesture from my mum.
Alex and I each got a £50 voucher each so had £100 of our stay covered. I did a lot of research about the best time to go and tried to suss out how to get the best deals and value for money. We originally wanted to go before Christmas as a present to ourselves but with uni finishing so late that fell through. A lot of the times we are free also aligned with school holidays so prices were higher.
We eventually decided to go as a nice way to start the new year and I utilised the Black Friday sale to get what I think was a cracking deal. The whole stay cost £130 (meaning we only paid £15 each on top of the vouchers) and this included;
- One night’s stay in a refurbished deluxe double room
- Three course evening meal at The Olive Tree
- Three course breakfast at The Olive Tree
- Full use of the Forum Health Club (pool, sauna, steam room, gym etc)
Okay so first question, was it worth the money? Well for us only really paying £30 of course it was but I’d also say if we had paid the full £130 I would also say it was good value for money.
We originally weren’t able to check in until 4pm but had full use of the health club from 11am the day we arrived to 4pm the day we checked out if we wanted to use it which I think is fantastic. Obviously, if you want one of the spa experiences or treatments then you have to pay extra but we were content just swimming and hopping in and out of the sauna and hot tube etc.
I booked for us to go ice skating while we were waiting for our room but when we arrived there was a room ready for us. We still went ice skating and it was so much fun and great value for £5. We learnt that Alex is the human equivalent of Bambi who took town many members of the general public as he fell. I think I’m ready to be called for Dancing on Ice though, what do you reckon?
Second question, what are the rooms like? This has to be one of the nicest rooms I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. We were in room 1023 which to our surprise is also part of ‘the chairman’s suite.’ We had a large (and very comfy) double bed with a big television and dressing table with chairs. The whole room was extremely spacious too.
Then came the bathroom. Oh my days it was honestly the most stunning bathroom I had ever seen. With white marble walls, a huge mirror by the sink, a big shower and a bath. The bath was the cherry on the cake for me as I adore having a good old soak to unwind and I had never been to a hotel that had a separate bath.
Being the mature, sophisticated couple we are, we weren’t at all thrilled with the fluffy, complimentary bathrobes that were brought to our door. I’m just kidding we were like little kids and spent about 90% of the stay wearing them and having a photo shoot as you can see from the following pics.
Next came dinner at The Olive Tree. This was a buffet style experience where you were shown to our table and then just went up and grabbed what you wanted. There was SO much choice – this is what I can remember off the top of my head;
- A selection of curries with rice and poppadoms etc
- Asian cuisine including stir fry, sweet and sour chicken etc
- Roast beef with potatoes, glazed veg, gravy, Yorkshire puds etc
- Cheese selections, soups, bread, seafood
- Desserts included soft serve ice cream with toppings, chocolate roulade, meringue, fruit etc
Despite a bit of miscommunication over our bill, it was a lovely meal but if I was paying for a meal and didn’t have it included in the room rate, I would probably go for a different restaurant as the price would have been about £85 which is the same as a meal in one of the ‘nicer’ restaurants. Also, something to note – drinks are expensive and if you are offered water for your table make sure you state you want tap water otherwise they will bring you bottled water and charge you for it.
Once we had eaten all we could, we retreated to our room where we changed back into our robes and watched Luther together. It has honestly been so nice to just get away with Alex and relax without the stresses of uni or work etc. We both agreed we are definitely in need of a holiday this summer so watch this space.
I’m so grateful to mum for giving us this little mini break to recharge before heading back to Worcester on Sunday. I would definitely recommend the celtic manor to anyone who can afford to pay a visit. Let me know if any of you have ever visited.