We were lucky to be invited to spend a week at Bluestone this June. We have visited a couple of times before and the resort, set in 500 acres of private Pembrokeshire countryside, has fast become a firm favourite holiday destination.
When we arrived we were greeted by 70mph winds and heavy rain, but that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm or that of the check-in team. We checked-in at 4:30pm and we were able to go straight to our lodge for the week. We did a quick drop-off, of our belongings including the kitchen sink (I can NEVER pack light); and then headed to the village pub ,The Knights Tafarn, for some traditional pub grub for dinner. Set inside a barn with a roaring log fire, and feasting on sausage and mash was the perfect way to hide from the summer storm and start our week away.
After we had been fed and watered we headed to claim our golf buggy – in my opinion the best way to travel around the hilly terrain with a toddler who refuses to get in a pram but can’t walk too far. I think it’s safe to say the golf buggy was Reuben’s favourite thing about the holiday, and we may have used this to our advantage as a bargaining tool to get him from A to B….. ahem. We pre-booked the buggy before we arrived which I do advise because they do get booked-up in advance.
We then made our way to our lodge, in total there are over 300 luxury lodges, cottages and studio apartments, but it doesn’t feel overcrowded like some other resorts, it all feels
very open. We stayed in a two-bedroom Ramsey Lodge, which has the quirk of being upside down. The bedrooms are downstairs (both were ensuite) and the living space including the kitchen was upstairs; this allows you to take in the rolling Welsh hills in the surrounding view. It was spacious and toddler friendly, and finished to a high standard. I have a thing about showers away from home never being very good, but I’d have gladly brought this one home with me!
We had pre-planned our activities and on our second day we were supposed to head to Camp Smokey, unfortunately due to the previous days storms it was closed which given it’s nestled down in the woods was fair enough! Camp Smokey is situated in the Steep Ravine, complete with amazing overhead zip wires, tree climbing and high ropes, it’s a fabulous outdoor activity jungle for the slightly older kids and adults. We have visited Camp Smokey on a previous stay and I definitely recommend it. You can either take a long walk through the woods or take the designated path. It’s great fun to toast marshmallows over the fire, or have yourself a spontaneous hoedown! Aside from the marshmallows for toasting, the chilli hotdog is pretty darn tasty.
So instead of Camp Smokey we headed to the Adventure Centre, a giant indoor space crammed with soft play, slides, ball pool, bouncy castle, mini golf and Reuben’s absolute favourite – sit on diggers that you can scoop gravel and sand with. It really is a wonder how they manage to fit everything in but we loved it, and Reuben was happy being able to roam around from one activity to the next.
On Wednesday morning we had planned to head to the Blue Lagoon water park which has a wave machine, rapids, a river ride and two flume rides. We have been before and if you can make space in your time there it’s well worth a visit. However, because the sun came out, and we hadn’t seen it for a while, we decided to go to Tenby beach and spent the morning jumping the waves and eating ice cream. The beaches are about a 20-minute drive away and well worth a visit.
In the afternoon I took advantage of the Well Spa, it has a fabulous thermal spa with treatment rooms, brick sauna, herbal steam room (good for the old sinuses), dry salt room (I once witnessed someone lick the wall to see if it was salty…I don’t think you’re supposed to do this…). While feeling slightly guilty at leaving the boys behind I enjoyed a couple of hours of ‘me time’ and enjoyed some treatments – the facial was superb and I very nearly shouted “noooo” and had a cry when it had finished. Rounded off with a Bento Box and a glass of bubbles from Caffi Mor I felt super relaxed.
For dinner that evening we headed to the Oak Tree Restaurant, the newest restaurant at the resort. Whilst my pasta dish was ok, Ben chose the Welsh lamb, and I had serious food envy. It really was a melt in the mouth dish so I’d recommend going for something local. Well, when in Wales….
Thursday the sun came out even more, and we headed back to the beach, this time going to the slightly closer Saundersfoot, where again we built sandcastles and ate some more ice cream. Hard life!
Thursday afternoon we took Reuben to a pre-booked Messy Play hour, where he fully enjoyed throwing around glittery water, flour and playdough oats; and I was content in the mess not being in my own house. Everyone’s a winner!
We then booked into the Woody Wild Dinner Show, we had taken him on our last visit and it was a must for this one because he enjoyed it so much, and for the kids it really is fab. They’re treated to a story (this one was given by Luna the fairy), and then story involved summoning one of the Woody Wild Characters from their sleep, we had to wake up Buzby Bee. Then there’s dancing and an activity in which the children have to find various things. Food is included, chicken dippers, sausages, chips, coleslaw, baked beans and corn on the cob – a child’s heaven and an adult’s guilty pleasure. Then there’s a photo opportunity with the characters. It really was a lovely way to end the holiday to see Reuben enjoy himself so much. When we first arrived he wasn’t very confident, but the entertainment team were really good at coaxing him out of his shell, it really ended his last night on holiday on a high.
Afterwards we headed to The Village Central, the village shop which is great for a selection of local produce and gifts to bring back home, where stocked up on some local honey and cake.
Friday was home time, and we felt so sad it had come to an end! We had such a fabulous holiday and cannot wait until our next visit!
Thank you Bluestone!