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
- Comfort Zone
- Spa Ritual
- VOYA Organic Skin Care
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St Brides Spa Hotel is in a stunning destination -- perched atop a cliff in Wales. As we weaved our way through the town of Saundersfoot, we were charmed by the mixture of intimate pubs and restaurants, and tourist seaside shops.
The hotel building is modern and muted but, once you make it to reception, you catch your first glimpse of the scenery through the bar and restaurant. Most spaces in the hotel and spa are designed to maximise the spectacular views.
Staff welcomed us at the main reception and showed us to our pretty and spacious room which had a balcony overlooking the sandy beach.
What's on offer?
Décor in the spa and hotel is simple and uncluttered: gentle seascape colours, floor-to-ceiling windows, and marine-inspired art.
The changing rooms are small, with just two showers and one vanity mirror and a hairdryer. You can also head further into the spa where there are two private changing rooms with bench seating and mirrors. Hotel guests are encouraged to shower and change in their rooms.
The thermal experiences are free to all hotel guests, but you will need to book your 90-minute slot in advance. There are two steam rooms: the salt steam room has a mix of a sea-water infusion and mint essence with calming blue lighting; the aroma steam room has a refreshing lemongrass scent and green lighting. If you prefer dry heat, the herbal rock sauna is super-invigorating. It is scented with mountain spruce so you really can pretend to be in Scandinavia. All of the rooms are small and would take five or six people comfortably. When you're ready to cool off, try the sensation showers or rub flakes from the ice fountain over your skin.
The jewel in St Brides' crown really is the infinity hydro-pool. The warm outdoor salt pool overlooks the stunning coast; it almost feels like there's nothing separating you from the ocean below. Station yourself by an air jet and stare up at the sky while the water gently massages your back.
The spa has two relaxation rooms. The "wet" relaxation room is for thermal spa users and looks out over the coast. It has comfortable loungers, magazines, and teas and coffees just outside the door. The other relaxation room is low-lit; your therapist will take you here post-treatment. Snuggle under the blankets on the beds and continue your zen.
If you visit in the summer, the outdoor terrace has comfortable loungers so you can chill out in the sunshine -- it's a real suntrap.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Contouring and Invigorating Body Wrap (55 minutes, £70) and the Marine Radiance Facial (55 minutes, £70).
Hayley, my therapist, collected me from the relaxation room and took me through to our darkened treatment room. She talked me through the treatments and asked about my skin type and areas of tension.
I lay down on the wide treatment bed and Hayley massaged a grape-seed scrub over my back and the backs of my arms and legs. I flipped onto my back and she scrubbed my arms, décolletage, stomach and legs. Hayley left the room while I showered off the scrub. My skin felt revitalised and fresh.
I settled back on the treatment bed and Hayley started a full body massage with grape body butter. The body butter was very thick and luxurious: a great contrast to the scrub. Hayley used a mixture of longer, flowing movements and deeper tissue work, pressing into my tight muscles. She wrapped me up in a sheet to help the moisturiser sink in and massaged my head and feet... I might have drifted off to sleep at this point!
Hayley moved on to the facial. She cleansed, exfoliated and massaged my skin with hot and cold stones; it felt blissful. Next up was a gel mask which cooled and soothed my skin, another cleanse, then finishing moisturisers. Hayley adapted the facial really well to suit my combination skin; it felt very smooth and fresh.
St Brides Spa offers a good variety of facials, massages, wraps, scrubs, beauty treats including manicures and pedicures, and complementary therapies such as reflexology. The spa menu includes treatments for mums-to-be and those receiving treatment for or recovering from cancer.
Spa guests eat in The Galley restaurant which continues the coastal views. You can eat here in your robe, though we saw very few people doing this. The menu is seasonal; choose from lighter salads and soups to heavier fresh fish and steak and chips. The food is beautifully presented and delicious.
If you stay overnight, you might want to try The Cliffs restaurant for dinner. It's more formal but offers very good modern British food with, of course, seaside views.
We loved / we didn't love
The quiet and peaceful vibe: Most of the time we had the thermal experiences and infinity pool entirely to ourselves. We were never jostling for space or access.
The cliff-top setting: Whether you're in the infinity pool, a relaxation room, or the restaurant, the design makes the most of the fabulous views.
The lovely products: The Caudalie range has everything from grape-water mist for your face, to deep-conditioning hair treatments. We emerged trailing a heady cocktail of scents!
We didn't love
The slightly impersonal service: Every member of staff was helpful and friendly but, other than during our treatment, there was no sense of treating us as individuals. The spa is so well managed in terms of guests that a few personal touches would be a great addition.
The spa is a little worn: Everywhere was clean, but the tiles in the steam rooms had some dark staining and the changing-room floors had similar dark flecks and marks that made them appear dirty at first glance.
Finally, a note of warning: The salt steam room gets very hot; we almost scalded our legs on the steam vent.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: The gorgeous views and quiet spa make a romantic getaway. Pair this with the very good restaurant and there's a loved-up vibe.
Mothers and daughters or best friends: Catch up in the infinity pool then head to indulgent treatments. The spa space is gender-neutral but the Caudalie products and treatments are beautifully feminine.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded St Brides Spa Hotel a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The setting is absolutely beautiful, and the hotel, spa and restaurant make the most of the surroundings. The well-managed thermal facilities are a treat and the outdoor infinity pool is seriously special. St Brides has personality; you couldn't be anywhere else...
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.
Four styles of rooms available from Good Rooms to Apartments. Room rates start at £150 per room per night (double occupancy) based on bed & breakfast.
9am – 6pm every day. Times are flexible to reflect business.