Bluestone is situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is the perfect destination for a self catering break. Whether you want to relax and take it easy at the Blue Lagoon Water park or Spa, or get out and about for some adventure - Bluestone has it all! The views are breathtaking and it was so surprising how quiet it was even though the car park was always full.
We stayed in a luxury lodge - of which there are 9 types, although they also offer cottages and studio apartments to suit any party size. These are all situated within the hills of the park and are all set for a self catering holiday the second you arrive. There's free wi-fi throughout the resort - a nice bonus and perfect for us bloggers.
The park runs a strict no car policy which we thought was a brilliant idea; especially as Indiana loved to run wild the whole time we were there haha. There's a long stay car park by the entrance where you leave your car throughout your stay - there are obviously exceptions for those that require their car. The barrier opens at 4.30pm and cars had to be back in the car park by 10pm. After that they had to stay there until the Friday morning when we were able to pack the car back up to leave.
There are endless activities to enjoy while at Bluestone. We were so lucky with the weather as it was beautifully sunny, if a little windy, the whole week. There is something to do in all weathers though if you do travel during worse weather. Plenty of those are included in the price of your holiday which we thought was brilliant. Then you can also pay extra for optional activities - these can either be pre-booked before you arrive or booked once you arrive (although there isn't a guarantee there will be spaces left).
The main free activities are the Blue Lagoon swimming pool and the Adventure Centre which is home to soft play, a bouncy castle, a Lego wall, the NRG Games Room, The Circus Room (under 5s play room) and a huge play area.
The Adventure Centre was our favourite place to let off some steam. As well as the free activities inside there's also the 'Big Four' - The Swing, The Drop, The Wall and the Sky Trail, a climbing wall and more all for a small extra charge. We obviously didn't try any of these out as Indie is a little too young, but they looked like loads of fun!
We paid a little extra (£7 a session) for both Toddler Sensory and Messy Play, both of which we enjoyed thoroughly. The toddler sensory wasn't as great as it took place in the Circus Room, which proved too much distraction for most of the kids and it was free to use anyway! They also have a fully licensed crèche for if you want some 'me' time away from the kiddies. These are just two of the extra activities available at Bluestone, you can see a full list here.
One area we didn't see or get to enjoy was the Well Spa Retreat. We simply didn't have time, and we wanted to spend as much time as a family as possible. The Spa is a 5* resort and offers a range of treatments including massages, beauty treatments and even a little something for the men! Prices range from £30 to £170 so definitely more of a treat I think.
Food & Drink
Bluestone is perfect for a self-catering break, however if you fancy having a break from the cooking completely, there are plenty of places to eat and drink. We only cooked on one occasion during our stay as we wanted to make the most of it. The kitchens are well equipped, however Jack did have trouble with our hob as it took about 20 minutes to heat up!
Miller's Bakery is perfect for those lazy mornings offering fresh bread and pastries (which was absolutely delicious), as well as ice creams, snacks and lunch time food. They have tables inside and out so it's perfect for a sit down bite to eat or food on the go!
There was the Wildwood Cafe which is located upstairs in the Adventure Centre. The room was beautifully decorated and had a pirate theme while we were there. They even do a dinner show which would be fab for those with older children. Finally there was also Camp Smokey which we didn't go into but it was too early for food. They offer rustic bbq food as well as the chance to roast marshmallows over an open fire!
I'd totally recommend Bluestone and will definitely be going back - this time as a family of 4 and without the bump so I can join in more of the fun!
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday
Disclaimer - We were provided with a 4-night stay free of charge in exchange for a honest and personal review. All opinions are honest and my own.