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Celtic Manor Resort, a real winnerCreated by lorna in Blogs, Lorna Edwards' Blog
What I like about my life at this moment is that there are still things that can excite and surprise me. Grandchildren do it but event or places rarely make me buzz so it was such a great surprise to Grandpa and I that our two day stay at Celtic Manor Resort hotel exceeded all our expectations.
Whenever the grandchildren see me they always ask the same question ‘Where’s Grandpa?’ I reply ‘Where do you think?’ Their answer is automatically ‘At golf’. This is invariably correct so Celtic Manor is an ideal place for us to stay. Grandpa loves to play golf and I love to lounge about reading and having the odd spa treatment whilst he is out. We do enjoy trying out new restaurants and as we often eat too much we like to make ourselves feel better by having a leisurely swim in an indoor pool. So on paper Celtic Manor should have been perfect.
Well it was. In fact Grandpa was so excited about playing on the Ryder Cup course that he persuaded two golfing friends to travel down from Suffolk to join him. J and A were so delighted with their stay that they have sent me their thoughts to share on this review. For those of you who are (or have partners who are) equally besotted by the game I am going to quote some impressions of their golfing experience.
‘We were driven to the Golf course and our golf-bags and trolleys were packed and unpacked. We were shown to our own personalised lockers, with our names printed on the door. J’s name was just above that of Ricky Fowler, the American professional who had the same locker for the 2010 Ryder Cup… We were given personally engraved metal bag tags as a memento plus a stroke saving booklet and a bag of tees. We were joined by a young professional Nick Rees to make up the fourth. The game ended up all square which meant nobody was a loser but equally nobody was the winner. We felt we had rubbed shoulders with the great and had been put firmly in our place.’
Previous to this we had all enjoyed a super breakfast in the Olive Tree restaurant. It’s all set out as a buffet so the choice is very varied. I prefer to choose what I have for breakfast as I hate leaving food on my plate. Mind you I suppose it’s better than eating too much! Whilst the golfers were otherwise engaged I had as chance to wander around the hotel. It is a very imposing building that overlooks the Severn estuary and is surrounded by golfing greens and trees. The hotel has 330 rooms spread over 10 floors. It is a big hotel but the benefit of this is that it offers a huge variety of amenities. There is a kids play area and even a Nanny Service. For the more adventurous child there is Adventure Golf, a Treetop Adventure with high and low rope course, swimming and a variety of sports. I mention all this as I could see this place being a perfect venue for a family reunion, as it would be able to cater for all ages.
No, I wasn’t tempted to do any of those activities. Instead I went to the Spa and indulged myself with a massage, pedicure and manicure. Well, I had to conserve my energy for the evening as we had a table booked at The Crown. This restaurant has 3 rosettes and is the ‘resorts flagship for fine dining.’ We lost count of the number of courses we were served. Each one was presented beautifully and tasted superb. It’s a great experience for a special occasion. The following day we were taken by the hotel shuttle to the Newbridge on Usk which is a country inn on the banks of the river Usk. Again we had a great meal chosen from ‘a menu of wholesome country fare.’
I think my best recommendation is that Grandpa and I are definitely planning to go there again. We will try and take advantage of their deals as it makes the stay far more affordable. For instance there are golfing, pampering or Sunday Rollover packages to chose from. It was great to stay in a hotel that had such high standards with its staff, accommodation, food and facilities. Last time I raved about a hotel it was in USA, so it’s lovely to know that Great Britain can do it too.