On a beautifully sunny Sunday day in October, my husband and I arrived to spend a day of much-needed rest and relaxation at the Wave Garden Spa, nestled in the stunning Snowdonia National Park and overlooking a sparkling lagoon.

Wave Garden Spa is located in a small village – just past Conwy – and connects directly to the new 106-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn, which is one of the largest hotels in North Wales.

On arrival at the spa, which was only 90 minutes from our home in South Manchester, we were greeted with a warm welcome, offered a glass of prosecco, given fluffy robes and towels and then talked through the rest of our day of relaxation.

Inside the modern spa, a ‘fragrant thermal journey’ welcomes visitors with its vitality waterfall pool, steam room, foot spa and iconic oversized Himalayan salt sauna, all of which have views out across the surf lagoon to the mountains and forests beyond. My personal favourite was the indoor rock sauna which offers stunning views and feels like it’s revitalising you from the moment you step inside.

Outside you’ll find another sauna, a relaxation room, numerous day beds and, my favourite area of all, the outdoor infinity pool. I love mountains and found myself meditated by the views while relaxing in the pool and enjoying my prosecco. It looked to be a hit with the rest of the guests, too.

We headed into the Hilton’s restaurant for lunch and I was pleased to see a Sunday roast on the menu. We felt a bit out of place in our dressing gowns as other diners ate in their normal clothes, but were assured that it’s fine to stay in robes while eating. After an hour of delicious food – husband had the chicken burger and sticky toffee pudding, which he said was amazing – we headed to the treatment rooms in a bit of a food coma.

Wave Garden Spa has four beautifully styled treatment rooms with a range of Thalgo and bespoke Tribe517 treatments, as well as a double hammam for steam-based cleansing and purifying rituals. I opted for the ‘Marine Wellbeing’ massage followed by a facial and my husband went for the ‘Hot Wave’ and a neck and shoulder massage.

I absolutely love a massage and Brenda, who did my treatment, did not disappoint and tenderly worked out all my tight and achy spots. This treatment is inspired by the infinite power of the oceans and incorporates the powerful techniques of shiatsu and Swedish massage moves, together with some ocean-reflecting movements. 

As much as I try to take care of myself, I live on fewer than the recommended eight hours a night – and often broken – so my skin is, sadly, starting to show signs of ageing. Brenda performed a 25-minute face and neck facial and, I must say, I left looking a lot brighter and tighter than on my arrival. My husband enjoyed his treatments too and came away feeling equally refreshed.

The Wave Garden Spa feels like a little haven and a real escape from it all, especially when you’re parents of two young children and time to yourself is rare. I think it has to be one of the nicest spas I’ve had the pleasure to visit.

We are planning on coming back to stay in the hotel and bring our kids so we can try out Surf Snowdonia and the Adventure Parc, which is located just across the lagoon from the spa. I think another visit to the spa will definitely be on the cards for me. though.

Wave Garden Spa is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a few hours to rewind and relax.

By Lisa Wood

Main image: © Hilton

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