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The Vale Resort Celebrates Double Win at World Travel Awards


The Vale Resort, Hensol, has been named Wales’ best golf hotel and best resort spa for the second year running by an international awards body that recognises excellence in tourism – and has also earned itself a coveted place in the first edition of Lonely Planet’s Wellness Escapes book.

The four-star hotel and leisure venue, in the Vale of Glamorgan, was named Wales’ Best Golf Hotel 2018 at the 5th annual World Golf Awards, held at La Manga Club, Spain.

The Vale Spa was also named Wales’ Best Resort Spa 2018 at the 4th annual World Spa Awards, held at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in the southern Dhaalu Atoll. The resort also won both titles in 2017.

Both ceremonies are organised by the World Travel Awards to recognise the best in travel and leisure, which have been described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’.

In both awards, votes are cast by professionals working within each industry and by members of the public.

The Lonely Planet Wellness Escapes guide is a round-up of wellness holiday hotspots from around the world. Divided into five chapters, including Active, Calm, Healthy, Indulged and Inspired, the book features reviews of almost 200 leading destinations from across the globe – from yoga retreats in India to Buddhist meditation temples in Korea.

Stephanie Metson, marketing manager at the Vale Resort, said:

“We are delighted to retain our titles from the World Travel Awards, which are regarded as a benchmark of quality in our industry – it’s a credit to the entire team that we find ourselves celebrating double success again 12 months later.

“It’s also truly humbling to be featured in a global list of the best places to experience total wellbeing and relaxation as part of the Lonely Planet Wellness Escapes guide.

“We believe our spa, which is Wales’ largest, offers a warm welcome and access to plenty of bespoke relaxation spaces, in addition to indulgent treatments, and that sets us apart from other hotels with spa facilities.

“In addition, we pride ourselves on delivering a memorable golf experience for players of all levels, which is why we also invested £250,000 this year in state-of-the-art golf buggy equipment.

“Investment has proven key to keeping our guests happy, and the focus on comfortable surroundings, as well as facilities, is a big part of the service we provide. The £500,000 upgrade of our bedrooms this year demonstrates our commitment to quality across the resort.”