Based near Narberth in Pembrokeshire, Bluestone is only about thirty minutes away from our home town so it was the perfect location for some rest and relaxation away from the housework and the phone calls but without having to drive a long distance.
The five star resort has nearly 300 hundred luxury lodges, cottages and studio apartments set over 500 acres of countryside. It also boasts a large water park, activity centre, a 'village' with shops and restaurants, a spa, a host of outdoor activities and lots of paths and nature trails.
Bluestone offers a range of different accommodation options sleeping from 2 - 14 people so it makes a perfect holiday choice whoever you plan on taking with you. We were booked into a 'Ramsey' lodge with two en-suite bedrooms downstairs and an open plan living space and kitchen upstairs.
The quality of the accommodation at Bluestone is excellent; everything is sparkling clean and comfortable and the décor is very modern and fresh.
Like everything at Bluestone, families are extremely well catered for and highchairs, stair gates and travel cots are provided. The only thing I noticed that we should have brought was plastic bowls and children's cutlery.
The kitchen is fully equipped and even contained a dishwasher and a welcome pack including some dishwashing tablets and items needed for washing up. Free wifi is included.
If you have children Bluestone is an amazing place to have a holiday because there's so much to keep them entertained, which in turn means you can have a break!
Complimentary access is given to Bluestone guests to the Blue Lagoon Waterpark and Activity Centre throughout their stay and there are absolutely loads of other add-on activities you can book from baby massage to archery and high ropes.
Josh sadly came down with a flu-bug right at the start of our holiday (boo!) but it's testament to how good Bluestone is that I didn't find solo-parenting stressful at all. Ivy and I loved the Blue Lagoon with its lazy river, bubble pool and wave machine (there's flumes and hot tubs for the older ones too). The activity centre has a huge area with adventure play, mini golf, arcade games, a bouncy castle and more, which can keep young ones entertained for ages.
We especially loved the 'circus room' with its soft play and other activities for under 5's. It was really quiet every time we went (a few times we were the only ones!) and I found it a wonderful break to chill out on the comfy sofas with a hot chocolate from the café and read my book while the little ones played.
We booked the kids into a crèche one afternoon with the intention of going to the spa but unfortunately Josh wasn't feeling up to it. I still enjoyed sitting in the bakery with my book (alone time and a hot drink - I know you other parents can appreciate this joy) and the children seemed to really enjoy their activities; Ivy came back with a cake she'd iced and a mask she'd painted.
There's a large choice of restaurants and cafes at Bluestone so if you don't want to cook for yourself it's not necessary! We enjoyed fish and chips from the chip van one night, a hot chocolate in the cosy bakery and burgers in the Wild Wood Café on our last day. You can even book on to family dinner shows on some nights.
The majority of people at Bluestone have children so it makes eating out completely stress free. Everything is set up for families and there are loads of children around so you don't feel stressed that your children are disturbing the peace!
Out and About
I know I'm biased, but Pembrokeshire is a stunning part of the world so Bluestone is a great destination to be based in order to get out and about. We visited Narberth, Amroth, Pendine Sands, Saundersfoot and the nearby Blackpool Mill and Llawhaden Castle for walks.
Folly Farm, Oakwood theme park and Tenby are also really close and would make a good day trip.
Bluestone is fairly out of the way so arriving by public transport would be tricky, but not impossible. The whole site is car-free (except for dropping and picking up your luggage) which makes it quiet and safe for little ones. The site is fairly hilly and spread out so there is an option to hire golf buggies to get around, but at £80 for five days they don't come cheap. We didn't hire one during our stay and survived, but as our lodge was on the furthest part of the park I could definitely see the benefit by the end of the week, especially if you have elderly or very young members in your family.
We love Bluestone and think it's a fantastic place for a family holiday. Although the 'holiday resort' type holiday isn't what we would usually choose it definitely allowed for rest and relaxation and has something for every member of the family. I would love to bring our wider family here for a break one day - it really provides for every age group. Bluestone provides such a high quality product and everything is well thought out, clean and professional and the staff are very helpful and friendly. I honestly struggle to find anything to criticize and would definitely recommend it as a great UK holiday destination.
To find out more and book your stay visit the Bluestone Website.
Here's a little video of what we got up to on our break: