Unless you’re the ‘all wrapped and ready to go in October’ type, the stress of Christmas shopping is enough to put you off your turkey. So I'm about to let you in on a little secret; there’s a way to enjoy the Christmas Shopping Trip…
How could this crazed task of grappling for those must have gifts and queuing for hours to park your car be enjoyable I hear you say? Two words; Shopaholics Retreat. In my opinion the most genius offering of all of Celtic Manor’s leisure breaks.
Let me set the scene; Arrive at the five star Celtic Manor Resort to check in to your luxury accommodation where a bottle of chilled prossecco awaits , before indulging in a sumptuous three course buffet dinner. Rest easy that night in the knowledge that there will be no car park queues in the morning thanks to the complimentary shuttle to Cardiff’s shopping centre. All from £87 per person!
Celtic Manor Resort sits on the M4, just a short trip to Cardiff’s bustling city centre. With the impressive St David’s shopping centre and its flagship John Lewis department store, there has never been a better time to shop in Wales’ capital city, with plenty of high street names to choose from including Kurt Geiger, Reiss, Marks & Spencer, Jo Malone, Links of London, The Disney Store, Apple, and Hollister.
Home to more than 180 shops, ‘St David’s is arguably one of Cardiff’s great success stories’ according to Wales Online. The idea of ‘shopping as leisure’ defined the St David’s ‘experience’ from the outset says Wales Online and boy did they deliver.
Wandering the promenades of well-known branded store fronts dotted with the occasional coffee chain / frozen yoghurt / eyebrow threading pit stop, the centre feels more like a fun day out than a strenuous afternoon of Christmas shopping.
Santa’s lists are ticked off with ease with favourites like Hamleys and John Lewis and special surprises easily found with Christmas gift gods like White Company and Vivienne Westwood. All entice the shopper in with their snowy displays and festive treats.
Whilst you’re there, take a chance to stock up on your party night essentials in the centre’s brand new Mac and take a trip to the fantastic new concept store exclusive to Cardiff; Superdrug Beauty Studio, a must for beauty buffs.
When you’re done, jump back on the shuttle bus to the resort, there may even be time for a visit to the spa before you check out. One thing’s for certain, you’ll do it again next year…
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