Coes Faen Spa Lodge
The undiscovered Mawddach Estuary is often overlooked by visitors on their way to its lofty honey-pot neighbour, the Snowdonia National Park, but a stay at Richard and Sara Parry-Jones’ carefully crafted oasis of calm delivers the very best of sand, sea AND Snowdonia, away from the crowds.
Coes Faen is very deliberately named as a Spa Lodge. Doing justice to this extraordinary nirvana is a challenge. It’s safe to say that we’re impressed, and that’s a challenge too. What began life as a Victorian lodge has been reinvented for the 21st century – reborn, really – using generous space, glass, that indefinably calming seaside light and cutting edge technology to give guests a remarkable experience cut through with relaxation, wellbeing, discretion and luxury. There is no spa in the conventional sense (Coes Faen doesn’t do convention). What you have here are individual spas experiences and features in each bedroom so that you can have your own private, personalised treatments from fully qualified massage and complementary health specialists.
The serene sophisticated rooms are as indulgently individual as they are astounding. There’s the handcrafted wooden ash bath made by a boatbuilder, velvet armchairs fit for a palace, tactile oak floors and Italian marble bathrooms, all with underfloor heating. It’s meticulous interior design that’s playful, inventive, and inspiring. The UK’s largest all-glass atrium roof harvests solar energy, a natural rock outcrop is seamlessly incorporated into the entrance hall, with clear spring water trickling down into a pool, sweeping views of Snowdonia, every conceivable high-tech and indulgent luxury, heated robe warmers, waterproof TV remote control, computer-controlled lighting for a start…
As you’d expect, the food and wine (a mix of Tuscan and Welsh influences) are of the highest quality too, while the surroundings – 30 acres of beautiful woodland gardens, secret garden viewing points, and hidden water features to discover, and all shot through with those dreamy views of coast and country – further enhance Coes Faen’s romantic, restful personality.