Last Monday we were lucky enough to be invited to a pamper evening at Celtic Manor. It’s a spa I’ve been dying to go to for ages and we both love a good spa day so couldn’t wait to head there.
Celtic Manor is a huge hotel with two separate types of accommodation within the hotel and lodges on site, golf course and many other activites for an stay including the Forum Spa.
This place is huge and after going in a different entrance to L I promptly got lost, the staff instantly impressed me as I must have been looking lost a member of staff walked out of a conference room to ask if I needed help.
On arriving we were taken to the changing rooms where we all had our own personalised lockers filled with robes, towels and some treats. The robes were so big and comfy I wanted to just stay lounged in it.
Once we’d all gotten changed we were welcomed with Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries and taken into the main reception. The forum spa uses Elemis and Leighton Denny products which are two brands I love. Elemis skincare is a current favourite of mine and my skin always feels better after using it.
On the evening we got to have back, neck and shoulder massages, Elemis Biotec Facials, AND a file and polish. We were also allowed to explore the spa area and got to see the treatment room for the Elemis Herbal Steam Temple. The room was beautiful and felt like somewhere in Morocco with the amazing tiles floor and sparkly ceiling. This is a treatment I think I’ll be booking if I visit again. You get three different types of mud to apply to different areas of the body and get to relax on the heated seats. At the end of the treatment a rainforest type shower starts. How amazing does that sound!
Every area of the spa felt luxurious and I loved that even the toilets has Elemis products to use. A great feature that we all agreed was great was that the women’s changing rooms had a female only sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. This is great for days where you maybe don’t want to be around too many people. I imagine this would be really popular area for groups of women enjoying a spa day.
The main swimming pool is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. With an amazing mural on the ceiling and massive glass windows behind the hot tub so you can look out to beautiful scenery. It felt so relaxing in there and the swimming pool was a decent size.
The make up was something we of course couldn’t resist a little swatch of. These eye shadows were such pretty, easy to wear, everyday colours.
Here I am enjoying my massage chair. We were a bit dubious of the chairs but it was so easy to relax on them. These were put up in a lovely chill out area with sun loungers and magazines. This area also has massive windows with green fields to look out on. We’re already planning a day spa trip here and looking forward to some chill time in this area.
The files and polish all uses Leighton Denny products. There were an amazing range of colours. L went for a gorgeous pearl shimmer shade. I couldn’t resist a gorgeous greige colour. I’ve had Leighton Denny manicures before. They always last a resonable amount of time. For me no polish lasts that long without chipping.
We’ve saved the best till last here. The Biotec Facials. This link explains all the types fully. This is a new and exclusive treatment. There are a combination of seven, target specific treatments to offer personalised facials with great results.
L went with the Resurfacing Facial while I went for the Radiance facial. They both started with a cleanse of the skin followed by a tool that gave the skin a gentle exfoliation. This felt a bit weird at first and made a buzzing sound like you’d expect an ultra-sonic tool to. Next up I had a mask put on then the rollers were used to massage the mask into the skin. L’s facial then moved onto a light treatment to help treat scars and fine lines.
We both felt so relaxed during these and loved how soft our skin felt after. This is another thing we’ve said we need to go back for more and imagine that if this could be done on a monthly basis we’d really notice the difference in our skin.
The Celtic Manor offer great spa days for all budgets and can include stays in the hotel (Obama stayed here during the NATO talks!!) and meals. We’ll definitely be back.
They even hold bootcamp weekends with Lucy Mecklenburgh (from TOWIE and Results with Lucy) and to experience a bootcamp with her would be amazing!! They consider the whole package in these weekend deals so you get food, exercise classes and wellbeing talks which would be great to listen to.
Huge thanks to Celtic Manor Forum Spa for the amazing treatments and totally relaxing us after some busy weeks.
We also left with an amazing goodie bag of Elemis products so we will be sure to review them when we manage to try them all out – we have been completely overwhelmed with the generosity of Celtic Manor, their customer service is second to none.
Love L and M
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