Last month we were invited for a family holiday at the Bluestone National Park in Wales. Bluestone is a luxury 5* family holiday resort with accommodation and activities to suit all ages. It’s a holiday park all about being outdoors and active but also eating and drinking like you are on holiday and totally deserve it!
You can watch the video of our holiday adventures and road trip up to Wales here.
We traveled up for a midweek break and stayed in one of their Caldey Lodges which are the perfect size for a smaller family – sleeping up to four. The lodge had two bedrooms – one double and one twin. The rooms were big with brand new carpets and plenty of wardrobe and cupboard space. Finley was very excited to have two beds in his room, one for him and one for the menagerie of cuddly toys he insisted on bringing all the way to Wales with him!
The first thing you notice about Bluestone (apart from that your lodge has a dishwasher and you don’t have to wash up all week – boom!) are the views. It really is beautiful there, with over 500 acres of woodland, walks and play areas. We saw wild rabbits and ducks everyday and spent a lot of time hunting for Welsh dragons. Finley searched a lot of rabbit holes and was thrilled when we actually stumbled across one!
It’s little touches like this that make Bluestone particularly unique. There were lots of extra details on and within the centres on site that added to the magical feel of the holiday.
We spent the majority of our holiday at the resort itself, simply because it was such a nice place to be! The lodge was a home from home, with every home comfort you would expect from a 5* star resort. The free activities included within the break were excellent and meant you could spend a whole day within Bluestone having fun at no extra cost.
Our personal favourites were the swimming and the indoor soft play centre. The Blue Lagoon Water Park is free of charge for the duration of your stay and is a cut above your average swimming centre. There are four flumes to choose from – most of which head outside. There was also a lazy river and kids area which Finley loved.
My favourite thing about it however, was how clean it was. I know that’s boring but I don’t care. There is nothing worse than a grungy bloody swimming changing area, it makes my skin crawl! The Blue Lagoon is hands down the cleanest swimming centre I have ever been too, with easy access planned with families in mind.
The only thing worth noting with the Blue Lagoon is that it is not actually exclusive for the resort. Most of the time it is also open to the public. In the morning up until 11am it is open soley for the use of holiday makers, but after that it’s open doors. We did notice that on some days it became quite crowded and we had to wait a while for a changing cublicle, which isn’t great when you are freezing cold and have a whinging toddler in tow. It’s best to go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowd.
The other free activity we loved was the Adventure Centre. I could describe it as soft play but it has more character than that, it’s more like an indoor – outdoor activity park. It’s in a huge warehouse, with crazy golf, tree houses and bridges. There is also a bouncy castle, a Sky Trail and wall climbing. There were a few arcade and game machines about plus a pretty cool Lego wall. If you climb high up to the roof you will reach the WildWood Cafe, which was definitely our favourite place to eat. It was like entering a secret fairy wood, with twinkling lights, a magic tree and we also had a visit from a hedgehog. We had lunch here and we felt it was good value for money and very tasty!
We absolutely loved our holiday at Bluestone in Wales and would definitely go back again. If you are thinking of going, we would certainly recommend it! I’ve put together a few tips and hints from our holiday experience below.
- Unlimited entry to the Blue Lagoon and Adventure Centre
- Unlimited access to the beautiful woodland walks and surrounding scenery
- Bed linen and towels
- Cots/ high chairs/ stair gates
- TV/ DVD player
- Dishwasher (woop woop!)
What To Bring
- Extra towels for swimming
- Wellie and walking boots
- Dishwasher tablets (they provide two but its not enough)
- Anti-bac / surface spray
- Kitchen/ toilet roll (they only provide one)
- Hair dryer
- Bring a torch!
What’s In The Area?
- On site there are several restaurants and cafe’s
- There is also a reasonably priced (not expensive but not exactly cheap either) village shop which sells essentials such as milk, bread etc
- There is a large Morrisons (and petrol station) and Aldi a 15 minute drive away in Haverfordwest
- We visited Folly Farm Adventure Centre and Zoo during our holiday, which is a 10 minute drive away. It was a great family day out that we would recommend.
- We also visited the beautiful seaside town of Tenby (25 minute drive) and would recommend eating in the Three Mariners Inn.
*Our holiday with Bluestone was FOC in exchange for our honest review*
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