Disclosure – we were given the accommodation for our stay free of charge in exchange for this post. Everything else we paid for. All opinions are honest and our own.
We love Bluestone and have visited several times before, at different times of year. You can read our previous reviews here…
This was the first time we have visited at Easter and although the weather sadly wasn’t the best we still had the most amazing time. This time we really got stuck into the activities so it wasn’t a relaxing break but we had an absolute blast and to be honest it was exactly what we needed after a tough couple of months adjusting to the new baby and other family stresses. We all just needed some time together to let our hair down and have fun, and we did just that!
This was also Baby N’s first holiday! It was very apt that he spent his first holiday in Bluestone as last time we were there he was secretly growing in my tummy and we hadn’t told the children yet. It was so lovely to go back with him in my arms when I had hoped, wished and dreamed about him being with us last time.
So let me tell you what we got up to!
We stayed in the Gateholm lodge which we haven’t stayed in since our first Bluestone trip. It is a great lodge which offers upside down living with the living area upstairs and bedrooms downstairs. I love it as it is a bit unique and different which is always nice when you are on holiday. You also get to appreciate the gorgeous views with upside down living. I do think though that for our family the layout of the Tenby lodge works better.
We had two twin rooms and one master bedroom which was ensuite and there was a separate bathroom too. We had plenty of space between us all, the beds are really comfy and come with bedding and towels too.
Upstairs is a very well equipped kitchen with plenty of crockery, cutlery and utensils. There is a an oven, hob and grill and a dishwasher too. Hubby was very pleased to find a cafetiere! You get a welcome pack with dishcloths, washing up liquid and a dishwasher tablet but we usually take another tea towel and a few dishwasher tablets with us too.
A Golf Buggy
We always hire a golf buggy. I think they are a little pricey and you definitely don’t need one. There is a complimentary bus/train going around the resort and it’s not too far to walk from the furthest lodge to the activity centre. We just find that the golf buggy makes the holiday extra special. The kids love driving around in it and they each have a name so they love getting their named buggy for the duration of the stay. The golf buggies are synonymous with a Bluestone trip for them now and while they are definitely nice to have, they aren’t essential. Top tip – keep a hand towel handy for drying off the seats in the morning or after it has rained.
Swimming at The Blue Lagoon
This is one of the highlights of Bluestone – free access to The Blue Lagoon which is a lovely swimming pool with a lazy river and some great slides. It has a lovely warm little baby pool where Baby N went swimming for the first time and the kids love the main pool with it’s wave machine. We went every single day! You can use all the facilities at Bluestone including the pool before you check into your accommodation and until 3 on your day of departure. Before you go though make sure that you take a look at their rules for swimming as they are very strict about parent / child ratios.
The Adventure Centre
The adventure centre is a great place to hang out on a rainy day (or any day in fact!) It is a big soft play type area with a mini golf course, bouncy castle, climbing wall and some arcade games. It is free to use and you only pay for any activities that you want to take part in, and to use the arcade machines. Mine loved playing in here for a couple of hours and there is also a cafe upstairs so you can grab a coffee and chill out while they play!
We usually don’t take part in many activities but this time we threw ourselves into them! That is the beauty of Bluestone, you can do as much or as little of what is on offer as you wish. Just head into your booking area online to see what activities come up for your stay and it will tell you all about them and how much they cost. Popular activities do get booked up and sold out so make sure you book in plenty of time if you want to do something in particular.
This time we booked onto the Easter Egg hunts. There were two hunts for the different age groups and they were popular and lots of fun. Little Boy loved meeting the Easter bunny and getting his egg and the girls were delighted that they won their hunt meaning they got an extra big egg! I thought that the egg hunts were great and very reasonably priced too.
We also got involved in the Myths and Legends theme by taking the children up to Knight School where two Knights taught them some sword moves and made them balloon swords. This was a great photo opportunity and brilliant as it was absolutely free as was the evening Knights Tournament which was really great quality entertainment and the whole family loved it. I made a video of our weekend which I have linked below so make sure that you watch it as the Knights were really fantastic.
There is a little village in Bluestone which has a pub, a restaurant, a food shop, a toy and clothes shop and a cafe. It also has a really great outside park and play area. When the weather is nice it is lovely to sit outside with a drink while the kids play. Just outside the village is a lake which makes for a nice little walk and at the right time of the year they have ducklings! There is also a take away fish and chip shop just outside the area too which is great if you want to take a little takeaway back to your lodge.
This was the first time that we have used the Spa at Bluestone and now it definitely won’t be the last! Hubby went on Saturday and I went on the Sunday. We booked our treatments online before we went which is essential as some get booked up, especially in busy season. The spa is gorgeous and I was put completely at ease there. With most treatments you get a 2 hour thermae experience where you can enjoy the use of different steam and sauna rooms, relaxation pool and the cafe with unlimited coffee, tea, fruit and snacks with magazines. You can also just buy a thermae spa experience on its own without a treatment if you are on a budget. I had a seaweed wrap which was really really lovely and was just the relaxation that I needed after the last stressful few months.
In the immediate area there are several places to go. Tenby isn’t far away as is Narberth and they are both lovely little places to spend a few hours. You also have Oakwood right on the doorstep as well as Folly Farm not too far away. We normally venture to one of these places but we didn’t this time as we took part in the activities at Bluestone itself but just to let you know that there are options of things to do in the area that are outside the complex.
We saw the huge dome being built on our last two visits and today I saw the news that it is opening this summer! It makes me want to book a trip already to see what it is like in there, I bet it is amazing! Take a look at their website to find out more about what is going to be inside the dome, I can’t wait to see it!
We had such a lovely time at Bluestone, and everyone I speak to loves the place. If you haven’t been before I would definitely recommend booking a trip. You can watch a video of our weekend away at Bluestone here…