I’m touring with a play until November – Rehearsal For Murder – and while I was performing at Weston-Super-Mare this August I had a week of rare luxury, staying at Celtic Manor in Wales! It’s located just over the Severn Bridge at Junction 24 of the M4.
From Monday to Saturday I stayed at one of my favourite resorts in the UK and it was utter bliss. I was staying on the 6th floor – which is the floor that has the ‘Signature Suites’. The benefit to the sixth floor is that you have your own breakfast area in Celtic Manor’s ‘Steak on Six’ restaurant.
You can also check in and out on the 6th floor for extra ease, and you are welcomed with wine and treats in your bedroom, and on your pillow each night. I was on the 10th floor when I was co-hosting the polo earlier this year with Gethin Jones, and the rooms are fabulous everywhere in the hotel.
I had some fabulous spa treatments. The ‘Forum Spa’ sits on the basement floor of the Celtic Manor, alongside the gym and indoor swimming pool. It won in six category wins in the 2015 Spa Traveller Awards, and it’s easy to see why. Everyone is so friendly and there are a huge range of treatments on offer. I started with an Elemis Garden Of England Rose Restore Massage. It was my first time having this treatment, and you are drizzled in warm oil and massaged from head to toe – complete bliss.
I also had an Elemis Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap – which uses a different type of oil to the massage – it penetrate more deeply to give the skin extra nourishment. And on my final day I had an Elemis Brightening Facial – which was extremely relaxing – and I’ve found that not all targeted facials are.
One thing I hadn’t known about The Celtic Manor before my stay this week is that they have a fabulous restaurant called ‘Newbridge on Usk’ that is set in breathtaking beauty on the River Usk. I went for lunch one day with my friend Simon – it’s a lovely hidden away treat that the Celtic Manor offer car transfer too for residents. It’s about a 15 minute drive away and I highly recommend it if you are in the area.
Other than that I relaxed like never before on a theatre tour. It barely felt like work – I was desperate to get back and get into my bed every night! I watched TOWIE in bed and ordered room service! I had afternoon tea, and had my twin goddaughters to visit for hot chocolate, I hit balls on the driving range – because of course what Celtic Manor is really famous for is it’s superb golf facilities and for hosting The Ryder Cup in 2010.
Celtic Manor have fabulous activities for the whole family; they have laser clays, forest jump, adventure golf, pitch and putt, fishing, woodland walks and of course childcare for both the day and evenings. They also have luxury lodges, and a farmhouse and barn for bigger groups of guests.
Massive thank you to everyone at Celtic Manor for making my stay so special and memorable.
All details at the website http://www.celtic-manor.com