St Brides Spa Hotel is a stylish property with spectacular views over Carmarthen Bay. The hotel has been designed around its clifftop location with floor-to-ceiling windows in the restaurant, some hotel rooms and the spa. There are relaxation rooms, thermal facilities and marine-themed treatments, but the jewel in St Brides' crown is the infinity hydropool where you can enjoy the warm water looking out over the beach and sea below; as stunning in the winter as it is in the summer.
- Four treatment rooms including one dual treatment room
- Salt infusion room
- Sensation shower
- Aroma steam room
- Herbal rock sauna
- Ice fountain
- Marine hydro pool
- Oncology treatments
- VOYA Organic Skin Care
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Drive through the pretty harbour town of Saundersfoot to St Brides Spa Hotel. Perched on a cliff, both hotel and spa are designed throughout to give stunning views of the blue flag golden-sand beach and silky blue ocean.
The hotel is family owned and beach-chic tasteful with driftwood sculptures, soft blue and cream interiors and walls adorned with local art. Downstairs the Cliff restaurant, Galley bar and lounge area are all vast with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the 34 rooms are individually designed – it’s all about the sea here at St Brides.
What's on offer?
The Spa is through double doors which lead through to the cosy reception, with its shelves of Voya and Caudalie products to try and buy. Head downstairs – there is also a stairlift – past a large mani-pedi studio to the small changing rooms. The one we used was galley-style with two small showers, a swimsuit drier, and one vanity unit on one side with a mirror, stool, Caudalie cleanser and a hairdryer; a sink with mirror on the other. Lockers (plus another changing room) are back up at the reception.
The thermal suite is through a glass door, its tiled central space containing a double seat if you need to take a breather. There are three rooms – a beautifully hot herbal wooden sauna, a steamy salt-inhalation steam room, and a marble seated aroma sauna with changing chromotherapy lighting – each seating around six people. Cool off in the sensation shower with a cold mist shower, warm water (not working on our visit) and a cold water-jet option for the brave: or take a handful of ice from the ice-fountain.
The jewel in Spa crown is of course the infinity edged outdoor Marine Hydrotherapy Pool, dangling over the beach, so it feels like you are floating in the sea itself (albeit warmly). Swim out through the plastic curtains and bubble away on the hydro-beds gazing at the pretty cove and bay, the bobbing boats, the sea drifting lazily in and out. There is also a swan pipe to give aching shoulders a blast (and play havoc with your selfies: be careful of the extra splashing). The pool holds around six people comfortably and its saltwater leaves the skin feeling soft and fresh.
After a dreamy dip, head to the spacious spa lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the pool and bay beyond, bright and airy, in tasteful creams and blues, and arranged over three languorous steps. Recline on one of five wide and comfortable loungers and gaze at the seaside. Sit on modern sofas and play with the Caudalie and Voya products laid out for you. Or head to the top level, make yourself a free hot drink, help yourself to the generously stocked fruit bowl and sit at the tables at the back. A door leads to an outdoor terrace for warmer weather.
There is also a post-treatment relaxation room with loungers facing a glass wall: drift away here while contemplating the sea.
The fitness suite, which is separate to the spa complex. The compact gym is airy and bright, and fully equipped with up-to-date fitness equipment.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Voya Pure Organic Peppermint and Seaweed Sugar Glow (25 minutes, £40) and the Caudalie Vine (Active) Detox Facial (55 minutes, £65).
My therapist Nina found me trying out Voya oils in the spa lounge, then led me to a warm, gently lit treatment room. We went through the treatment, and Nina made some thoughtful changes in some products to suit my skin and needs.
First the scrub, which was swift and invigorating with a delightful minty scent. Nina scrubbed my back as I sat up, then worked her way over my body, cleverly arranging towels so I didn’t feel exposed. She then set the shower to the perfect temperature and left me to rinse. My skin felt glowing and gorgeously oiled.
I lay back down on the bed for the facial. Nina began by cleansing my skin, then applying a scrub and oil. She used a cooling jade roller for lymphatic drainage, then performed a lovely facial massage. Nina brushed on the pink clay, coffee and grape mask and massaged my shoulders and arms as it set, which was blissfully relaxing. She removed the mask with hot mitts, then swapped in an anti-aging serum, eye cream and moisturiser. At the end of the treatment she led me to the relaxation room so I could bask in sea views as I revived. My complexion still looked radiant and youthful a day later: I was very impressed.
The Spa at St Brides offers massages, facials, scrubs and wraps using Voya and Caudalie products, as well as manicures and pedicures. The Spa also offers a Cwtch (Hug) Menu for those receiving oncology care with trained therapists and organic products.
Day guests on spa packages can pre-order a spa lunch – there is a vegan menu available. As this is a Spa Hotel, you can also keep your robes on to dine in the AA Rosette Cliff Restaurant. Our Onion Bhaji and dahl option from the Vegan menu was the most deliciously flavoured meal we have ever tasted in a spa.
If staying, try the Cliff for smart-casual dining: we had beautiful, tender monkfish in a curry sauce for starters and a flawless roasted halibut on samphire for mains, washed down with some refreshing Pinot Grigio. If staying over, head here for a delightful fresh buffet and cooked breakfast with a few Welsh twists. You can also take afternoon tea in the Gallery Bar, adjoining the restaurant.
St Brides also run the Marina, a traditional fish and chips restaurant, and the family friendly Beachside Barbecue in the village.
We loved / we didn't love
The outdoor infinity pool: A dreamy place to drift away - and even celebrity watch if you know your Welsh rugby stars.
The design: the hotel is comfy-chic (we loved our beach-view bedroom) and the newer part of the spa stylishly modern and bright: all make the absolute most of the views and beautiful pearlescent light. When it gets dark, enjoy the modern artwork instead.
The food: Every meal was a delight.
We didn’t love
The changing rooms in the spa were a little tired and in need of updating.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: Of all ages, for sea-gazing and hand-holding. The beds are super-comfy and the dual treatment room has coastal views.
Sea lovers: Apart from the obvious (did we mention the view?) Voya skincare is marine based, highly ethical and very sustainable, while Caudalie products also bill themselves as marine friendly. The sea food is fresh and local and treatments delightfully marine themed.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We again awarded St Brides 5 bubbles, hands down, for being the perfect relaxing destination where spa merges beautifully into sea. The infinity pool and spa lounge were the highlights, as well as our thoughtful and effective treatment and the delicious spa food. Our trip delivered a top-quality experience and we’d go back there for some R&R anytime.
A light spa lunch is available and served in the dry relaxation room or gallery restaurant. Lunch and dinner are also available in the Cliff Restaurant and Gallery Bar. Afternoon tea is served in the Gallery.
There are 24 individually styled rooms, most with a lovely sea view and balcony, as well as 6 two bedroom apartments. Rooms range over several floors showing different aspects of the Hotel.
9am – 6pm every day. Times are flexible to reflect business.
Travel and Parking
There is complimentary car parking at the Hotel for guests (resident and non-resident). WThe spa is a five minute taxi drive away from the nearest train station (Saundersfoot train station).
There is a room especially equipped for disabled access. One of the non sea view rooms has a lower super king size bed and a bathroom with a walk in wet room shower. Chairs are available which are suitable for use in the shower and the hotel can also assist in arranging other necessary disabled equipment. An alarm has also been fitted in the bathroom should you need to gain attention. All areas inside the hotel are accessible. There is full disabled access to the restaurants by means of ramps and chair lifts.