BUSINESS TRAVEL: Room Service - Where Stephen Cronin stays

FOR BUSINESS: The Celtic Manor at Coldra Woods in Newport, South Wales, is one of the key hotels that meet all my business needs. We used it for our highest-profile customer engagement event this year, inviting our top 300 customers to share ideas on innovation, service and quality - something the hotel itself can boast. Two of its best characteristics are the service and the facilities for business. The conference staff were very flexible - always there at the moment we needed them. We held a number of seminars and an exhibition of our key business solutions, so everything had to go like clockwork - and it did. The decor of the hotel is also quite unusual - Celtic-inspired design. As you would expect of a hotel of this standard, it boasts fantastic facilities, including a spa, gym and three championship golf courses. In fact, Celtic Manor is playing host to the 2010 Ryder Cup - another good reason to go back.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

FOR PLEASURE: They say Mauritius is a 'jewel in the middle of the Indian Ocean' and that's no understatement. To celebrate our silver wedding anniversary, my wife Veronica and I visited Le Touessrok hotel on the island. Le Touessrok is luxurious, yet somehow manages to be relaxing and romantic too. From the moment we woke up and stepped out from the bedroom onto a beach leading to a crystal blue ocean, we fell in love with the tranquil atmosphere. Throughout the nine days we stayed there, the delightful staff, service and food - coupled with the stunning location of the hotel - meant that we completely unwound and forgot about the rest of the world. In fact, I relaxed so much I didn't even play golf. And anyone who knows me would say this is highly unusual! We'd love to go back to Le Touessrok - maybe for our 30th wedding anniversary?

Stephen Cronin is managing director of Xerox UK.

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