A spa resort in south Wales has been recognised as one of the best in the world by a Lonely Planet travel guide for “wellness” holidays.

The Vale Resort in Hensol, where the Wales squad stay prior to Test matches at the Principality Stadium, was one of around 200 destinations featured in the Wellness Escapes guide – from yoga retreats in India to Buddhist meditation temples in Korea.

Marketing manager Stephanie Metson said being included in the guide was “truly humbling”.

The guide is divided into five chapters offering reviews of dozens of destinations divided into active, calm, healthy, indulged and inspired.

The resort was also named Wales’ best golf hotel and best resort spa at the World Travel Awards, dubbed the “the Oscars of the travel industry”.

One of the ‘relaxation spaces’ inside the Vale Spa

Best Golf Hotel 2018 was judged at the World Golf Awards, held at La Manga Club in Spain, during which The Vale Resort held onto its title from the previous year.

The World Spa Awards were held in the Maldives and the resort in the Vale of Glamorgan also held on to its title of Wales’ Best Resort Spa.

At both ceremonies, organised by the World Travel Awards, votes are cast by professionals working within each industry and by members of the public.

Ms Metson said the team were “delighted” with their double success of retaining two titles.

She added: “It is a credit to the entire team.”


There are two championship golf courses

The spa, which is the largest in Wales, has 19 treatment rooms and five relaxation zones, including a “float zone” with water beds and a water feature.

There is also a “chill out zone” with leather sofas and magazines and a “slumber chamber” with low lighting and quilts. Other facilities include a whirlpool bath, steam room and sauna.

Ms Metson said the team also pride themselves in delivering a “memorable golf experience” for players of all levels.

The two championship courses have hosted a number of Professional Golfers’ Association and European golf tournaments over the years.



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