We had no plans for the cold February half term holiday. Going away in half term or any school holidays is very expensive for most families; so when we were offered the opportunity to visit Celtic Manor Resort, of course, I jumped at it!
Celtic Manor Resort is a 5-star resort and is set in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales, very close to the border with England.
With two hotels – a 334-room luxury Resort Hotel and a historic 19th century Manor House with 67 rooms – two exceptional spas, two state-of-the-art health clubs, a shooting school, fishing, adventure golf, treetop high ropes course, tennis courts, mountain biking and walking trails.
Although it sounded like paradise I didn’t know what to expect during a busy half term for families. Would it cater for us a family and how would my daughter be kept busy?
The Celtic Manor Resort is a perfect haven for families and although caters for business and golf travellers, it also serves families extremely well indeed.
On our first night, we were lucky enough to experience the lovely Newbridge on Usk Pub – which is a separate country inn serving high-quality food and amazing service. The children’s menu was fantastic – boiled eggs and soldiers for a starter, perfect! We then chose from the delicious menu, the food was very high quality, a lovely meal.
We then settled down in our lovely family room, plenty of room for the whole family and then awoke the next day feeling fresh and relaxed for our breakfast downstairs. WOW, breakfast was incredible. Breakfast was a buffet breakfast with everything available, cooked breakfasts, healthy options to deluxe fruits, fruit juices include detoxing juice, fresh pancakes with Nutella and maple syrup and a whole range of pastries.
From then the family activities began: My 7-year-old daughter was booked into the TreeTop Adventure, a selection of climbing trees and exciting high and low rope courses – adrenaline pumping and lots of rope swinging; she loved it! We then experienced the whole area outside where we tried our hand at Pitch and Putt, Adventure Golf and a Treasure Hunt.
It was then onto lunch in the hotel lobby bar, a huge expanse of space where we could chill, although we did find it hard to fit in a sandwich lunch, our tummies were very full after such an incredible breakfast.
The Celtic Manor Resort provides a complete experience for families and every age is catered for from young babies to teenagers. There really is something for everyone here.
I then headed to the Spa where I was treated to the most amazing facial and massage by Elemis, such a relaxing treatment which really started to chill me out. While I was having my luxurious treatments my family were in the swimming pool and Jacuzzi! The hotel has specific family swim times for the enjoyment of all the guests, they do offer dedicated adult only and family swim times, so you can find a time to clock up the laps or just splash around with your loved ones.
One of the things I love about Celtic Manor is the Jacuzzi, one of the largest I have ever seen plus children are allowed in it which I think is fab.
We then spent dinner at the beautiful Asian fusion inspired restaurant CEN, the chef is Larkin Cen who was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Masterchef and you can tell. The food is so scrumptious and divine and a brilliant children’s menu too! We tucked into delicious fluffy steamed buns and then slow cooked oriental pork belly, so authentic and inspiring.
We then had another lovely breakfast the next day and then headed on our way home feeling chilled and fully relaxed but knowing that our daughter had the best half term holiday.
Celtic Manor Resort is the perfect place for adults to unwind whilst keeping the kids entertained while also treating them to some luxurious fun.
The great thing about the Celtic Manor Resort is that they often have promotions on and you can grab yourself a reasonably priced stay at this incredible place which the whole family will love.
More than 5 stars in our opinion! Amazing place, we can’t wait to go back.