A beauty salon in New Inn, near Pontypool, has been named as one of the top five Clarins Gold Salons in the UK and the best in Wales.

Competing against other salons from across the UK, The Beauty Oasis or the ‘Secret Spa’ as is it affectionately known by its patrons was recognised as one of the best in the UK in the national awards.

Sarah Henson, owner of Beauty Oasis, was delighted to receive the accolade and keen to praise her team of 12 staff who work alongside her in New Inn.

She said: “When we were told we had been shortlisted we were thrilled, but to go on and make the top five Clarins Gold Salons in the UK and the number one in Wales is a huge compliment and great testament to our talented team of professionals in the salon.”

Sarah bought Beauty Oasis in November 2009 following the success of her other salon The Beauty Studio in Ridgeway, Newport.

She said: “The New Inn salon is being adapted to meet the needs and requirements of our patrons and now includes six treatment rooms to accommodate hen parties and baby showers. Some of our team are also training to provide new specialist treatments which we think will be unique in South Wales.”