We were delighted to receive an email inviting us to review Bluestone, Wales. Friends have raved to us about Bluestone for years, particularly since we’ve had kids and we’ve been keen to check the Pembrokeshire resort out for ourselves.
Rather than publishing one of my regular reviews I thought I would share the top six reasons we loved our stay at Bluestone national park resort. But first let me share with you a short video I have just published over on our new You Tube channel! (I’m hoping to publish lots more videos of our holiday reviews, so please do subscribe to our channel).
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Reason number one… The incredible setting!
We were fully expecting to love the resorts facilities, and so although I can confirm that they are indeed fabulous, they came as no surprise to us. What completely took us by surprise was the resort itself. It is absolutely stunning. Set in 500 acres of woodland and countryside with views of surrounding hills.
We were completely taken by surprise when talking to a member of staff to find that the resort was at a whopping 98% occupancy during our stay. It felt at times like we had the place to ourselves and we had assumed, because it was mid June and term time, that the resort was quiet because there were many lodges unoccupied. The village centre itself was always bustling with life, and lots of kids for my boys to play with, however there was never any queues to go on the slides at the Blue Lagoon and it was so easy to take photos without being photo bombed by fellow guests! According to our shuttle bus driver the resort prides itself on never feeling crowded, even when at full occupancy, and I have to say they have definitely succeeded.
One of the things we enjoyed the most about our stay was watching our boys run ahead of us or enjoy being on their scooters, without the worry of cars. Bluestone is a no car zone, apart from during arrival and departure days. Although there were a lot of golf buggies and bikers on the paths we found everyone courteous and patient with walkers and kids on scooters.
3. All budgets catered for
We were so impressed with the free activities and attractions available to guests of Bluestone that I’ve published an article sharing our money-saving tips – Bluestone on a Budget. A guide to saving money whilst at Bluestone, Wales. We spent a minimal amount during our stay as we opted to cater for ourselves in our lodge and made the most of the free attractions (Blue Lagoon, playgrounds, Adventure Centre) and activities (forest walks, outdoor games and days at local beaches).
We particularly loved the wave pool, lazy river and slides in the Blue Lagoon. We also spent a lot of time at the new outdoor playground and searching for bugs and magical creatures in the forest!
We were also amazed at the range of extra kids and adventurous activities on offer at Bluestone. For kids you can book everything from a three-hour crèche session (£24), to baby yoga (£7.50) and a 4 x 4 safari (£19). For older kids (and the young at heart!) they offer a unique weekly schedule of fun sessions from high ropes (£31), to family raft wars (£12) and laser clay (£15).
The two things that we splurged on during our stay at Bluestone were a two-hour thermal spa session in the Well Spa Retreat and the house keeper service. Hand on heart I can thoroughly recommend both! Our friends offered to look after our boys for an afternoon when we first invited them to join us on holiday and so I quickly booked the spa retreat online. (Before they had the chance to change their mind!) By booking online it only cost £40 for the two of us, which we thought was a great price.
It was honestly the BEST money we spent all week, especially as it included complimentary hot drinks whilst at the spa. We loved going between the six spa rooms and chilling out reading magazines in the outdoor hydro therapy pool.
The money we spent on an hour of housekeeping service was also worth every penny! Our housekeeper came in mid way through our holiday, changed all of our towels and cleaned all the floors… for a bargain price of just £10. (We also booked this online before arriving at Bluestone).
4. Choice of restaurants and coffee shops
Although we didn’t use them much, apart from the odd sandwich or hot drink from the various coffee shops, it was great to know that there were lots of options for dining at the resort. It’s so much more convenient than having to drive and find places locally. There are four restaurants at Bluestone including the Farmhouse Grill and the Oak Tree restaurant. (A pizza and pasta restaurant with prices from £11.95 – £14.95 for an adults meal and £5/£6 for a kid’s meal). We were very tempted by the heavenly smell from the fish and chip van in the village centre and spoke to other guests who raved about the themed dinners and character meet & greet breakfasts.
5. Proximity to many of Wales best beaches!
It was our first visit to Pembrokeshire but it will certainly not be our last, we are already planning another visit! For beach lovers the area is paradise, you can find every sort of beach from hidden bays, to the mythical Skomer island and popular stretches of beach with all the amenities that families need.
We spent a day at Castle Beach in Tenby and a few hours before our drive home at Saundersfoot Beach. Both were just a short scenic drive from Bluestone with lots of wildlife and animals to keep our boys amused!
These are the views of Castle Beach and Harbour Beach in Tenby that have resulted in me spending a lot of hours on Right Move looking for a rental property to buy in the area!
6. Last but not least….Our HUGE homely lodge!
We stayed in a three bedroom Gateholm Lodge, also known as an upside down home with the living area and kitchen upstairs. We were most impressed with the spacious living area and outdoor space which was perfect for my energetic boys who love being outside. Our lodge had two twin rooms, a master suite with ensuite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and small fridge/freezer. I took a video tour around our lodge when we first arrived and before my boys had chance to make themselves at home! You can view it here…
So that’s it, the six main reasons we loved our mid-week stay at Bluestone! Have you visited the resort? I would love to know what you enjoyed most. Feel free to pop your thoughts below in the comments section or ask questions if there’s anything I’ve missed!
Further reading – Check out our Bluestone on a budget. Guide to saving money whilst at Bluestone, Wales
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Disclosure – We stayed with friends as guests of Bluestone in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are as always our own. Review Bluestone Wales copyright: All photos copyright Travel Loving Family.