Hotels Celebrate the X-Mas season at the Celtic Manor Resort November 2003 244 Modern or traditional, peaceful or lively...The Celtic Manor Resort is offering whatever type of Christmas you feel most in the mood for. Christmas packages just unveiled by the five-star resort at the gateway to Wales include a choice of breaks at Celtic Manor’s modern luxury hotel or its original 19th century Manor House.Dining options include the special party atmosphere of Christmas day lunch in the Caernarfon Ballroom, an exclusive-to-residents buffet in the informal Olive Tree restaurant, or a more intimate and traditional experience in fine dining restaurant Owens and oak-panelled Hedleys at The Manor House.A few days later, residents and other guests will celebrate the New Year in style at a Moulin Rouge-themed Gala Dinner in the Caernarfon Ballroom. Street entertainers will create the atmosphere of the legendary venue as guests arrive for a champagne reception before enjoying a five-course meal and live cabaret featuring the dance and song of 19th century Paris.Festive preparations at the resort are now well advanced with the team ready to handle more than 15,000 crackers, 10,000 fairy lights, 6,000 puddings, 500 turkeys and 50 trees between now and the end of December.“The resort is, of course, busy year-round,” said marketing director Simon Lee. “But Christmas is a particularly exciting time - December will be one long party!”Set in 1400 acres of parkland at the gateway to Wales, Celtic Manor offers a 400 room, 32 suite five star hotel, a 1500 delegate convention centre, 40 function rooms, four restaurants, three championship golf courses, two health clubs and spa, and a wide range of resort activities such as tennis, jogging, walking, heritage tours and quad biking.Package prices range from £172 (twin/double rooms) for dinner, bed and breakfast at The Manor House, to £212 for dinner, bed and breakfast at the resort hotel. Accommodation for the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and New Year’s Day Jazz Brunch costs £390 for a twin/double and £265 for a single room, including meals.Family rooms, executive rooms and suites are available in the new resort only. Family rooms cost an additional £30 per night, accommodating two children under 13 years of age to exclude meals; executive rooms cost an extra £30 per night and one bedroom suites an additional £150 per night. All rates quoted are per room per night and inclusive of VAT.