Warning...this is a long review! We stayed in a Cadley lodge in Pentre Ifan on a midweek break Mon 10-14 Feb. I had requested this area prior to arriving & so glad we were were accommodated as refused to pay the extortionate cost of the buggies but with a 2 yr old walking takes some time. This area was perfect as less than 5 min walk to the Adventure Centre which meant we could nip between there and the lodge for lunch/pick up swimming gear etc. was also only a 5 min walk (downhill, slightly longer uphill) to the village. Lodge was very nice, clean & perfect setup for us. Only downfalls were: no doormat which meant with the very wet weather the entrance flooring held the water so feet were soaked through whenever remotely touching; the cot reeked of sick/poo when first putting it up; beds are pretty hard, not clear at all where rubbish to be taken.
The adventure centre was great although very cold in there so never took my coat off. The circus room was good too, full of soft play & toys for toddlers but again freezing. Blue lagoon was ok although much smaller than we had thought it would be and the wave machines weren't as frequent as advertised. Only criticism is there weren't many large lockers in family area & many were broke/didn't have a key.
Spa was very good, the use of the facilities is great value for money, but I thought treatments were over priced. Like the fact you can still book online whilst at the resort since we didn't know how our days would pan out so did this last minute.
Also booked the Woody wild show. I thought the concept for this was good although my daughter was scared of the costumed entertainer & wouldn't join in but other kids seemed to like it. Food offered was good for the children but more a finger food for the adults although desert was lovely!
We didn't eat out at any of the restaurants but thought the drinks were overpriced. Peroni was £5.70 a pint & also the Yard sold Corona at £3.70 but on a takeaway menu it was £2.80.
The kids entertainment hour at 5:30 was ok but the venue, Tavern, wasn't adequate for it. just too small for the kids to play & adults all huddled, climbing over each other to move. The day of the storm it was moved to the Granary in the yard which we thought was much better. Lots more space & a kids soft play area/Lego for the play to continue after. Wish we had discovered this earlier & recommend they move kids hour to here.
My main criticism for the whole stay was booking into what was sold as 17 hours of free activities for under 5s. These were free anyway to all guests since there was no check you had booked onto this package. At the start of the week no entertainer turned up to the ' sports play' session until half an hour before then end & there was no sports theme. This improved as the week went on & became much better with face painting & a massive effort from one entertainer to do a bug hunt despite the storm. I later learned that many were new staff starting that week so that may be why. However I would have booked a different package, the spa, had I known it were all free anyway.
The weather was appalling during our stay but we had a good time & this was our first UK family holiday. The staff were great on the day of the storm (90mph winds), being very communicative (through tv msgs) and helpful on site, putting health & safety first by closing pathways, directing alternative routes due to possible falling trees & evacuating the adventure centre when the marquee collapsed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bluestone National Park Resort offers fantastic free range holidays for families, couples and friends! The all-weather luxury short break destination in Pembrokeshire is like no other. Whether you want to relax and unwind or play and have fun during your break there is something for everyone! We offer breaks for generational families wanting to spend quality time together, romantic short breaks, and catch up getaways with friends. Guests can choose from a range of luxury lodges set around a private Welsh village where you will find the cottages and studio apartments, restaurants, shops, a pub and its very own holistic spa and thermal rooms. Choose from heart pumping activities in the Steep Ravine with its high ropes and zip wire around the old Camp Smokey; splashing fun in the Blue Lagoon water park and outdoor fun indoors at the Adventure Centre with its climbing walls, ball pits and Wild Wood Cafe. For those wanting to chill and unwind there’s The Well Spa with its holistic treatments and invigorating thermal rooms. Combine this with opportunities to visit the nearby coastal towns and countryside communities and you have a perfect short break destination, whatever the weather. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bluestone Hotel Narberth
- Bluestone Resort Narberth
- Bluestone National Park Resort Wales/Pembrokeshire