Bluestone Wales national park resort is unlike anywhere we have ever visited as a family. We’ve never ‘done’ a holiday park before, or stayed at a resort in Britain. But when we were given the opportunity to review the resort over a three-night stay in February half term, we jumped at the chance. A quick bit of internet research decided it for us. The resort looked beautiful.
And so we went. It was, as we had hoped, perfect. Here’s a short video of our stay:
Before Tony and I had children we were very independent travellers. As a student, I’d backpacked around Central America and parts of Europe, North America, and South East Asia. Tony had travelled around every continent living out of the bag on his back.
Over the last three years though, what we both want out of a holiday has changed. These days, I want to know the beds will be comfy because if we’re going away, I want to do my best to get a decent rest and some good sleeps. I want to know that the bathroom is going to be clean. I want somewhere the kids will enjoy and feel relaxed in. I also want a well-equipped kitchen – because they’re fussy eaters and in bed by seven, so restaurants aren’t an easy option.
Bluestone ticked all our boxes on paper. When we arrived, we knew it was going to be brilliant.
Bluestone is made up of lots of lodges all arranged around a kind of little town centre. Our lodge was a beautiful four-bedroom, two bathroom chalet-style building. It was huge, looked brand new, and the kids loved running up and down the wooden floors.
We were up on a hill, looking out over some simply stunning Welsh countryside. The stars at night, the rolling hills, the peace and quiet – it was just the escape from London we needed. Inside, a dishwasher made life easy, the two bathrooms were stunning, the kitchen was stocked with everything we needed, and a highchair and portacot were waiting for us. The sofas were super comfy, the lodge was lovely and warm with easy to adjust radiators, and the beds were wonderful. With two sick kids, we played a fair bit of musical beds, so having so much space was brilliant!
When you arrive at Bluestone, you unpack the car and then drive it away to the carpark at the entrance to the resort and leave it there for the duration of your stay. We loved that this made the village so safe for children. If Milin was a little older and more proficient on his scooter or bike, we would have taken it as this would have been the perfect place for him to scoot around. Jasmin loved being able to walk everywhere, of course.
The village centre was incredibly sweet. A little, reasonably priced shop meant we could buy everything we needed (milk) and everything we had forgotten (nappies. I know. Fail.) There was a bakery and a little pub and restaurant which we got the most delicious pie and chips takeaway from. (What diet? We were on holiday!) The wine was good too….
Also in the village centre was the information desk where the staff were incredibly helpful. We asked for an extra travel cot on our first night, and this arrived very quickly. There was also a brilliant playground which the kids loved. Of course.
Included in the cost of your stay at Bluestone is use of the Blue Lagoon water park. Jasmin wasn’t well enough for a swim but Tony took Milin and he thought it was fantastic. There were massive slides, a wave machine, a graduated pool he was confident walking into, and a baby pool. A cafe on site was perfect for me and once again, there was a shop for the things I’d forgotten to pack. Swimming trunks for both of them. I know.
Use of the adventure centre is also included. Be warned, it will blow your mind. Soft play doesn’t describe it. There was crazy golf, a bouncy castle, a ball pit, slides, climbing walls, swing ropes – the centre was huge.
A small baby sensory room was ideal for our little ones as a bit of a chill out zone towards the end of our stay. Again, a brilliant cafe on site kept the kids amused even at snack time. We were a little disappointed outside a set meal time to find that the only snacks were cakes, biscuits, crisps and chocolates – or similar. We were hoping for some fruit for the kids!
Evening functions here included a disco and a show for the kids, but ours are a little too young to need extra entertainment after dark! Were they older though, I would have booked them in for some of these paid extras. The programme looked brilliant.
The resort is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the national park and I should have really gone for a run to explore. Instead, I truly relaxed and made the most of the beautiful bath and the most high pressure shower I’ve ever had in my life. Again, were the kids a little older, we would have explored our surroundings on walks and mountain bikes. However, we’ll just have to go back to do this!
A spa in the village was on my list of things to do, but as the kids weren’t that well I didn’t want to leave them for too long. I love that the option was there though – and on another visit, I’d make that a priority! Even without it though, I felt very rested during our stay.
On one of our days, we drove the 20 or so minutes to the historic town of Tenby. You can read about our beautiful day by the sea in this post. It was a brilliant day and made us want to stay longer to explore the South Wales coastline. I love beaches in the winter and this didn’t disappoint. It was stunning.
Overall, we loved Bluestone and would highly recommend it for a little holiday. Our kids weren’t that well while we were there so we were probably indoors more than we would have liked. However, the lodge was of such high quality that it was a pleasure just to hang out in. We even cooked a pizza from scratch one night as the kitchen was so gorgeous and such a joy to cook in! (No, Milin didn’t eat any of it.)
For a family wanting a little break and some relaxing time together, Bluestone is perfect. We loved our stay and will hopefully one day be back. It’s certainly opened our eyes to resort stays in Britain. With kids, they’re brilliant!
*We were given a three-night stay at Bluestone Wales for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and the post is my honest opinion.