The five-star Celtic Manor Resort is set in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales. The award-winning destination offers guests a complete experience including four individual hotels, eight restaurants and three championship golf courses.
The resort has a little something for everyone but is constantly evolving to make sure the Celtic Manor experience is one of the best in the UK. As such, a multi-million pound project will be completed by the end of 2017 to refurbish each of the 332 bedrooms at the Resort Hotel. Starting with the new signature collection of rooms and suites, which were completed in early 2016, work is continuing to progress rapidly ahead of the project’s scheduled end. With the final stages now underway, Premier Hospitality spoke to Celtic Manor’s Director of Food and Beverage Glenn Lewis about the new look:
“The Resort Hotel opened in 1999 and from that time up until a few years ago we’d done a bit of a refresh but the rooms pretty much remained the same. Two years ago, we thought after 18 years the time had come for a full refurbishment. The previous was very traditional and we wanted to move away from that. The brief was to create a classic look and feel including some more contemporary elements. We’ve spent £4m on this refurbishment and the classic element was important because it needed to last the test of time.
“There is much less clutter in the rooms and all of the furniture is bespoke. We had bespoke cabinetry credenzas made and they house all the electronics to help with the clutter. We’ve also used lots of rich colours and luxury fabrics which give a luxurious feel and each floor has a different colourway
“I guess the biggest challenge was that we had to keep the day-to-day business operating and it was a gradual process. We’re quite lucky that we have certain wings that can be closed down without causing too much disruption. This was an incredibly important project and it was a real bonus that the previous look lasted so long. After 18 years we wanted to enhance the journey of our guests and that’s what we’ve done.”
Each floor has one colour scheme that flows across all rooms with a relaxing, luxurious feel created by textured velvets, wool checks and metallic fabrics. The new Signature Collection located on the sixth floor of the hotel is a particular standout. Beautiful hues of gold and brown complement different fabrics within the bedrooms, giving a real sense of variety in texture. Commissioned artwork features on the walls, with velvets and satin adding a real luxurious vibe to the space.
In addition to its newly appointed rooms, The Resort Hotel is also home to three dining options including Celtic Manor’s signature restaurant Steak on Six, which is complemented by The Olive Tree and Merlins Bar. The award-winning Steak on Six produces sumptuous dishes using the very best ingredients the UK has to offer.
The Resort Hotel also boasts The Forum Spa which provides indulgence for the body and soul. The Forum Spa has won multiple awards and boasts 16 beautifully appointed treatment rooms which have been designed to welcome and relax guests. Soft ambient lighting, aromatic scents and luxurious electronic therapy couches ensure total privacy and make sure guests can feel rejuvenated, restored and relieved of all stress.
Celtic Manor is arguably best known for its three world-championship golf courses which are available to gests and visitors alongside a golf academy featuring a floodlit driving range plus two luxurious golf clubhouses. The Twenty Ten Course was built to stage the 2010 Ryder Cup and provides a challenging mix of risk and reward dilemmas. The Roman Road course opened in 1995 and is regularly ranked as one of the best in Wales. The Montgomerie Course was designed by legendary golfer Colin Montgomerie who used his Ryder Cup experiences to create an exciting test of strategy.
To find out more about the newly refurbished rooms or other developments currently underway at Celtic Manor, please visit celtic-manor.com.
Calico Interiors specialise in the manufacture and supply of soft furnishings to the hospitality and leisure industry, with products including curtains, blinds, cushions, throws & upholstery. The company has been in operation for 35 years and has the capabilities to design and manage projects to meet clients’ requirements.
Past projects for Calico Interiors include Coldra Court Hotel in Newport; Dunstane Hotel in Edinburgh; Kings Head, Cirencester; Fish Hotel, Broadway; Flemings Hotel, Mayfair; Cardigan Castle Hotel, Cardigan; and High Bullen in Devon, to name but a few. Most recently, Calico Interiors has been involved with the work at Celtic Manor, supplying curtains, pelmets, headboards and cushions for this prestigious renovation.
Duncan Roberts, Calico Interiors said:
“Celtic Manor is a 5 star Hotel with a great reputation. Our brief was to create a modern comfortable space to relax, with a luxury finish.
“Setting out to complete 20 rooms per phase, we worked alongside the Celtic Manor team to transform 330 bedrooms in total, incorporating luxurious textured velvets, wool checks and metallic fabrics from leading fabric houses, throughout.”
“At Calico Interiors we pride ourselves on our quality, our value and our service. With this project, we were able to showcase our ability to provide our services at this size and to this level.”