Set in the Pembrokeshire National Park, two miles from the wild and beautiful coast, Lamphey Court is an impressive Georgian hotel with a brand new spa and leisure club next door. Huge oval shaped windows let the light flood in. There is a hairdressing salon and gym, and a 14-metre swimming pool with views over the terrace, tennis courts and fields. Thermal experiences include a Jacuzzi, aromatic steam room and herbal sauna, while four therapy suites offer Elemis and unusual signature treatments.
14 metre swimming pool
Herbal sauna and aromatic steam room
Fitness Suite with state-of-the-art gym equipment and integrated television system
All weather, floodlit tennis courts
Four therapy suites to enjoy a range of therapies and unique signature treatments
Hair dressing studio
Our Spa Spy review
Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa is set in the Pembrokeshire National Park, just two miles from the wild and beautiful coast. Driving up the very small lane to the hotel, you will pass the historic ruins of Lamphey Bishop’s Palace. Lamphey Court is a Best Western hotel, an impressive cream coloured colonnaded Georgian building. The brand new spa and leisure club is in a separate building to the side of the hotel.
What's on offer?
Lamphey Court spa reception is light and spacious with huge oval shaped windows which allow the light to flood in. This is a large space with some comfy sofas and chairs and a vending machine selling energy drinks for the gym bunnies.
There is a hairdressing salon in the corner of the reception area. A corridor leads from here to the gym. The changing rooms and four treatment rooms are off this corridor.
The changing rooms are small. There is a wooden shoe rack as you enter, on which you can leave your shoes in order to keep the changing room floors clean. A row of identical, opaque glass cubicles along one wall house two private changing cubicles, two loos and two showers. These are open at the top and bottom and so do not feel completely private. The showers have shower gel but no shampoo or conditioner. There are wooden lockers along the other side of the room and a central slatted metal bench. This could be used for seating for around four people but mostly had kit bags on when we visited.
The swimming pool area is a long, light-filled room with views out over the terrace, tennis courts and fields. The west facing floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that that the spa is flooded with light in the afternoon. Loungers line the pool on both sides so you can lie and watch the more active guests completing their laps of the 14m pool. When we visited in the early evening we were the only female guest in the pool area, which felt a little alien for a spa environment.
The thermal experiences are in the pool area. There is a small round Jacuzzi and a good sized steam room and sauna which would both comfortably seat eight people. There is a shower outside for cooling off between heat experiences. A jug of water and plastic cups are on a table at one end of the pool, so guests can stay hydrated. When we visited, the pool area was very hot and so the water jug was emptying at very rapid rate.
Those having a treatment will be collected by their therapist, from a poolside lounger. Lamphey Court Spa has no post treatment relaxation room, so you may wish to return to the pool afterwards. Kids swimming times are 8-10am and 3.30-5.30pm every day, so it might be worth avoiding these times if you are planning any relaxing treatments.
In warmer weather there are loungers on the terrace in front of the pool, perfect for enjoying the afternoon sun.
Two outdoor all-weather tennis courts mean al fresco exercise is available all year round. Racquets can be borrowed from spa reception.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Deep Tissue Back Massage (£35, 25 minutes) and the Jessica Luxury Pedicure (£40, 45 minutes).
Nina, my therapist, collected me from my poolside lounger and took me to the small treatment room. She asked me which areas of my body needed attention and what pressure I would like. Nina then asked me to undress and lie face down on the bed while she briefly left the room.
Nina delivered a really good, strong massage, pressing deeply into all the tight muscles and the 25 minutes went very quickly. Nina used Tingsha bells or mini Tibetan cymbals, to indicate that treatment was over.
Once I was dressed, Nina took me next door to another treatment room for my pedicure. I sat upright on the treatment bed and Nina sat at the end of the bed, to work on my toes. Nina took off the old polish. She then filed my nails, worked on the cuticles and painted on the gel polish, placing my toes in the UV device to set each coat. After applying two coats of bright red polish and a final clear top coat, my toes were spa perfect.
Other treatments to try are the body wraps- either a Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap or the Aromatherapy Body Booster Wrap. There is a range of Elemis facials with both 30 and 60 minute durations depending on your available time and budget. Holistic treatments on offer are reflexology and Indian head massage.
There are some excellent value overnight spa breaks starting from just £59 per person with spa day packages from £35.
Those on a spa day will eat their spa lunch in the hotel conservatory, wearing their robes if they wish. All lunching guests were wearing robes when we visited.
The spa menu offers two courses, with a choice of starters that includes a soup of the day. There are five mains including a chicken Caesar salad and a tortilla wrap with beef strips, peppers and chilli jam. We had the soup which was thick and filling and a very large plate of the Ceasar salad which was delicious.
Those on an overnight spa break at the hotel will eat a buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner in the main hotel restaurant.
We loved / we didn't love
We loved the sunlight filled swimming pool with its views out over the Pembrokeshire countryside.
We loved the tranquil surroundings; outside on the terrace we could only hear birdsong.
We didn’t love the lack of relaxation room; there is nowhere quiet and dark to retreat to after a treatment.
We didn’t love lack of retail in reception. We do love to try -- and sometimes buy -- products when visiting a spa.
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone wanting to spa off the beaten track, this is a spa in a really rural setting.
Anyone on a budget; this is a very reasonably priced spa offering affordable spa-ing for all.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We gave this spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 3 Bubbles. This spa has a lovely light pool and very reasonably priced treatments, but this is a busy health club so can feel more health club than spa at peak times. This is not the spa for those in search of luxury or somewhere extravagant for a special occasion, but it may suit you if you are local or want a bargain spa day.
Dining options at Lamphey Court include spa lunch, afternoon tea, seasonal dinner menus and sunday lunches.
The produce is locally sourced, with seafood coming straight off the booats at Milford and including country-crab, scallops, lobster and mussels, Cardigan Bay sea bass, mullet, mackerel, sole and dabs. Eggs and yoghurts come from Welsh producers along with a cheese board variety, some of which are often organic and un-pasteurised.
If you have any special medical dietary requirements please let the hotel know before your arrival so that their chef can cater for your needs.
Lamphey Court offers standard and deluxe ensuite rooms in the main house, plus spacious Courtyard Rooms and Studios suitable for families.
All are stylishly designed, in harmony with the hotel's Georgian roots.