Tuesday, 19 June 2012 7:01 AM
Staying at a spa hotel can be a great way to spend time with your partner away from the worry of the daily grind. If you're hunting for ideas for couples' romantic breaks, take a look at our top picks of the fantastic spas you can find in Wales.
Celtic Manor Resort, Usk Valley
The award-winning Forum Spa at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort is the perfect place to escape to for a few days of pure pampering with your other half. The spa boasts 16 rooms providing a dazzling array of treatments for both sexes, with programmes tailored according to what you want to get out of your stay.
For example, the spa's detox ritual includes a hydrotherapy bath, body wrap and massage aimed at purifying your system, while its relaxation treatments include four different massages designed to help you truly wind down. If you want a more exotic experience, you can sign up for frangipani body wrap, herbal steam temple and hydrotherapy milk bath.
The Celtic Manor Resort also offers a variety of other activities, particularly golf, while foodies will be spoilt for choice – there are no fewer than 12 different places to eat and drink onsite!
Lake Vyrnwy Country House Hotel & Spa, Powys
If you're considering a romantic break in Mid Wales, the Lake Vyrnwy Country House Hotel & Spa should be top of your list for accommodation and spa facilities. Offering amazing mountain and lake views, the four-star establishment is a dream come true for holidaying couples.
The hotel's spa is home to an eight-person spa pool, fragrant mist and monsoon showers, a dry sauna, an Arabian rasul mud therapy chamber and an aromatherapy salt inhalation room, among other features. Specific treatments include facials, body wraps, hot stone massages, tanning and offerings designed specifically for mums-to-be, as well as a range of natural Thai and Indian treatments.
If you want to do more than just relax, the onsite Technogym facilities could be worth checking out. Alternatively, you can go clay pigeon shooting, mountain biking or sailing, or indulge in some tennis or rough game shooting.
Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, Llandudno
Llandudno has long been a popular destination for British holidaymakers, but if you want to escape the summer crowds you should consider staying at Bodysgallen Hall & Spa. Situated in 200 acres of stunning gardens and parkland, the hotel is based in a Grade I listed building, parts of which date as far back as the 13th century.
You can enjoy wonderful views of the Snowdonia mountain range during your stay, as well as a plethora of treatments and facilities at the Bodysgallen Spa. Regularly ranked among the UK's best, the spa has a whirlpool bath, swimming pool, steam room, gym and sauna.
Treat yourself to the Serenity Face & Body programme for all-over pampering, or opt for an extra relaxing hot stone massage using ingredients such as frankincense, camomile, rose and myrrh. Alternatively, you could focus exclusively on the face with a facial tailored to your skin type, or beautify your nails with a manicure or pedicure (or both!).
St David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff
This hotel is the perfect place to stay if you want to combine relaxation with a spot of sightseeing in one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. Occupying a spectacular waterfront location in Cardiff Bay, St David's Hotel & Spa is home to the award-winning Marine Spa, where you can try specialist treatments utilising active ingredients from the sea.
These include a micronized algae facial, a body wrap using sea mud and essential oils, and an ultra-exfoliation treatment that incorporates natural sea salts. Holistic services, such as reflexology and head massages, are also available. All of the treatments on offer are just as suitable for men as for women, but males can also enjoy specialist massages designed for their skin type.
Hairdressing services are available if you want to thoroughly spoil yourself, while the onsite Tempus at Tides Restaurant & Bar offers the perfect way to round off your day, especially on a Friday or Saturday, when the venue puts on chill-out nights. Visit in the summer and you can also enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace – now what could be more romantic than that?