Amy Standen, Conference Planning Executive, has written our newest In The Know instalment, sharing her top venues in Wales that an offer you a perfect setting for your next event. We’ve covered various UK locations recently and we think that Wales deserves recognition in its own right as it is home to some fantastic hotels and venues that are perfectly tailored to host your future meetings and events. The hospitality is second to none in Wales and we always hear delegates exclaiming ‘just how easy it was to get there’, as it has several direct transport links throughout the country that can join delegates from all over the UK. Wales could be the perfect option to reintroduce face-face meetings as you can travel directly to venues and avoid public transport in most instances. Take a read and let us know what you think at the end…
Voco St David’s is a part of the global brand, IHG, with Voco being their international lifestyle brand. In summary, this brand prides itself on being reliable, where organisers can be assured of the dependable service they can receive, and yet they also describe themselves as being different enough to be fun – Voco St David’s definitely meets this mark!
It is a luxury, 5-star hotel that sits right along the river, with fantastic views out onto Cardiff Bay. The hotel has eight contemporary event spaces , allowing between 10-400 delegates between these spaces. They are all beautifully finished and completely versatile – also boasting their own gorgeous views over the Bay, a welcome change of scenery from the high risers of London! They can also offer an outdoor terrace, The Waves Terrace, for those special drinks receptions and break outs, allowing guests a literal breath of fresh air!
Many of the 142 bedrooms exhibit homely comforts, whilst remaining light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows, and some may even be lucky and get a balcony! This hotel can offer the comfort and indulgence of a weekend getaway, as well as being conveniently located in the capital of Wales for delegate travel.
The Admiral St David is the bar/restaurant at the hotel and draws inspiration for its cuisine from Asia, whilst incorporating local, seasonal Welsh produce. The hotel has secured the Gold Award by Visit Wales and the spa is regularly ranked in the top five spas in the UK, where guests can enjoy a little relaxing therapy.
Havannah Street · Cardiff · IHG.com/VocoStDavid’s
The Celtic Manor Resort is one that couldn’t possibly be missed off of this list, and the scale of the resort does indeed make it unmissable full stop! Based in Newport and just off of the M4, this resort sits amongst stunning scenery and is a striking sight to see from miles away. Initial impressions are set the moment you walk in, with the grand open lobby and soaring atrium not failing to impress even a seasoned event organiser.
The event spaces within the Celtic Manor Resort are definitely fit for purpose and allow for a truly easy event to run naturally across all spaces. They have several conveniences within easy access of all meeting spaces and large foyer areas allowing for those private phone calls and down time during breaks. Their event spaces can accommodate up to 1200 people across the
Built within 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland – there are 8 restaurants and 5 bars, along with 3 golf courses, tennis courts, a spa, 2 pools (including whirlpools!), saunas and steam rooms and not to mention over 650 bedrooms across the whole resort!
As if Celtic Manor didn’t offer enough in its own right, there is also the new and exciting International Convention Centre directly next door to the main building in the resort. A stunning, purpose-built and brand new conference centre allowing endless possibilities for all your meeting needs, whatever the size!
Coldra Wood, Usk Valley · https://www.celtic-manor.com/
Part of the immense Accor brand, Mercure Holland House is situated in the heart of Cardiff. This four-star hotel boasts one of the largest conference facilities in Cardiff, capable of seating up to 700 guests and has a total of 16 meeting rooms.
If you’re not all business, the hotel can also offer great transport links around the city and amazing onsite leisure facilities including an 18m swimming pool, steam room and jacuzzi.
Coldra Wood, Usk Valley · https://all.accor.com/hotel/6622/index.en.shtml
This resort takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into the beautiful countryside. Based on 650 acres this golf and spa resort can offer so much. From the casual grill restaurant, champagne lounge and sports bar as well as two championship 18-hole golf course, tennis, and squash courts, a 20m pool and a high-tech gym! The 143 colourful modern rooms are designed for maximum comfort and ease.
All 10 multi-functional conference and meeting rooms boasts natural daylight, full AV and can accommodate between 10-700 guests.
Hensol Park, Vale of Glamorgan · https://www.valeresort.com/
Heading much further up North to a little town called Llandudno, this beautiful 17th centre country house hotel is set over 200 acres of parkland. Each of the 46 bedrooms are traditional and individually designed with delicate and homeless decor. After a restful sleep, sit for a full welsh breakfast served in the formal dining room setting which has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes. Then why not treat yourself to a treatment at the Bodysgallen Spa – this chic spa offers an indoor pool and gym for the full getaway experience.
A restored 18th century stable block split into two levels forms the conference centre for this hotel, boasting 4 rooms that can accommodate 50 delegates in each.
The Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno · https://www.bodysgallen.com/