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“Easter fun at Bluestone for all the family”

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Bluestone National Park Resort
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“Easter fun at Bluestone for all the family”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic place Bluestone is. This was our first visit ( and certainly won't be our last ). Accommodation is excellent and has everything you need for self catering. Staff were brilliant throughout and couldn't do enough for you.
Prices throughout are more than reasonable. They don't take advantage and rip you off. Childrens meal in the pub was £3.95 for 2 courses.
The Blue lagoon swimming pool is fantastic. Both our daughters loved it. The water slides (4 in total), lazy river and wave machine were all a big hit.
The activities are all reasonably priced and great fun. Would definitely recommend the zip wires (if your children are over 8) and the wife enjoyed her Archery.
If you can afford it, then hire a golf buggy. The hills are quite steep. But there is a free bus/train that goes round the park if you time it right.

Overall an excellent break and we will definitely be back. Would recommend over centre parcs as its cheaper not so busy and not so commercialised.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

It's a lovely spot, we were lucky enough to get a prime lake view. If you're to book I would ask for a Bartholomew Pond view you're not overlooked at all.
The lodge was luxurious a BIG; were a family of 5 and this 6 birth swallowed us up. It had all the creature comforts to keep the kids entertained.
We didn't bother with buggies, or bikes, we walked... It's not far only 10 mins in between activities.
On a negative note, the paths are rough in places, hard for the kids to scoot around. It's steep in parts. The water is hot and some of the public areas need attention, like making sure there's plenty of toilet roll.
The pool is ok. It should be open more, like at night and be included. It's extra for the after dark session which I think is mean. It's also a bit small, compared to Centreparcs (Nottingham).
We booked the Yard restaurant for one night and to my horror found out it was an Indian buffet, I hate Indian food so no surprise when I say wasn't great. Not much choice, especially for kids and vegetarians and the Poppadoms are extra, only £2 but really... Extra!! Service was slow too. Coffee in the bakery is poor, slow and not strong enough. Beer is very expensive in the pubs, but this might be because I'm a Yorkshire girl and not used to paying £4.10 for a pint. So after that we stayed in the lodge and cooked lunch and tea, drank good quality wine and it was much better.
Tenby is worth a trip, it's beautiful and the beach is great.

Stayed April 2014
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Not as comercial as centre parcs and a lot smaller. Very hilly so worth hiring a golf buggy fro your stay. Plenty of activities, worth booking early as some do get booked up. Great indoor areas if weather not great. Accomodation clean and modern and very spacious. If we ent again I wouldn't bother taking bikes as very hilly with only few cycle paths (prefer Centre Parcs for cycling). We went for the inclusive option so ate breakfast and evening meals on site, not a great selection of meal types so maybe self catering would be better next time. Fantstic spa with treatments and a 2 hour experience which was a great break. Staff very helpful. Pool great and not too busy.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

A lovely week at bluestone, stunning area with lots to do around tenby. The park itself is quite hilly and pre booking a buggy is essential, we thought £75 was a bit pricey so walked the area daily and quite enjoyed it as the weather was great! lodges are beautiful and clean and very spacious just make sure to bring essentials such as washing up liquid, cloths, kitchen rolls etc there were 2 ensuites and a family bathroom which are spotless and constantly have warm water. Heating was great and warmed the lodge within minutes. Beds are hard but I do like a hard bed I would maybe bring my own pillow next time. TV was great and kids had good choice of films and programmes. The village was a bit small, the knights tafarn was an overpriced meal, I much preferred the buffet theme at the Yard although we only ate out twice it seemed quite pricey at £60 for a family of 5 at both restaurants. The park area is great and we loved sitting outside the tafarn while the kids played! The Pool was ok, it was included in the stay but I found it overpriced at £9.95 for visitors (my family came and visited and paid nearly £20 for two of them) but the kids enjoyed the slides and waves and it killed a few hours, adventure centre was great although we didn't go there often as my children wanted to be outside. All in All a lovely stay but having great weather helped, we went into tenby the beaches are lovely, saundersfoot and also visited heatherton. I don't think we could afford to this often but glad we came and experienced this beautiful area :)

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Just spent a week at a Bluestone and had a great time. We took a three bed Gateholm lodge which was lovely, well equipped and comfortable.

Bluestone is a great family resort - the pool was great fun and never too busy. The adventure centre was a big hit, especially the circus room. The outdoor playground was brilliant and the kids loved it.

Lots to do around Bluestone - Narberth was gorgeous, lots do lovely shops, cafés and restaurants. Lovely beaches too (Saundersfoot and Tenby).

Highly recommend Bluestone but would point out a few things:
- it's very hilly so not ideal for everyone
- buggy looked great, but expensive and not great in the rain
- the houses could do with a few more things like toilet rolls, washing up liquid, kitchen clothes
- while it's great to be car free, for some people the car park was a really hike
- we didn't eat on site at all as the food didn't look great but the shop was great and would have had everything you needed

That said, the staff were brilliant, all happy and helpful.

I would definitely return.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Just got back from 3 night stay with another family. My kids are 2 and 4.

Activities: for under 4's, have outdoor play park, adventure centre play area, soft play, blue lagoon. All the super cool activities are for over 6s.

Accommodation: Stayed in DIMAS, very clean and modern. EXTREMELY HOT WATER! BE CAREFUL.

Golf Buggies: Must have, or hire bikes, very hilly, you will get annoyed walking up and down!
£25 hire per day.

Village: Pretty boring, few eating joints, bar, nothing special. Camp Smokey recommended!!

All in all, very nice, but not WOW! 8 out of 10.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

As with most people who post on Tripadvisor, the previous months of reports are always read and considered. Of course we all have our individual take on things, including personal preferences, so if you are visiting Bluestone soon, here are ours.

We travelled as 4 adults and 4 kids aged 7-12 and stayed in a Caldey Connect on Augustus Way. We are regular 5* travellers at various places, but please remember this is not an All Inclusive hotel, this is self-catering 5* accommodation and under that premise, it was. Please don’t try and compare this to 5* hotel resorts. No-one will leave a chocolate on your pillow or turn your bed down (unless you have a very willing room-mate!). However the lodge was immaculate with nice touches that meant we travelled ‘over-prepared’ with domesticated items. I fully understand the 4.30pm entry system that people have complained about. The resort is as car free as possible and there are times for cars on site during arrival and departure. If there were no boundaries for this, the idea of freedom for the kids running and cycling would be more fraught with danger.

If you come to an activity centre such as this, why would you complain about a 5-10 min walk or cycle up and down hills? It is a chance to be outside enjoying the open spaces, which never felt cramped even though this was the middle weekend for most on Easter holiday, and the resort was full. Lots of families booked golf buggies. A little pricey at £75 for the weekend so we went with bikes which added a better perspective for us (important to note, with huge thanks, the helpfulness of the staff at the bike hire). We were fortunate with dry weather and I appreciate a buggy in the wet would be preferable but any golfer will tell you, they are far from waterproof! In an outdoor activity centre, the amount of kids who took the option of sitting and riding rather than running and cycling possibly explains a little about today’s society?

We didn’t take part in any paid activity due to the preferences of our children never matching, so we took a 15 min trip to Tenby beach for the afternoon. Well worth a visit – and free! (apart from the obligatory ice cream).

The Blue Lagoon was busy but never felt over crowded. The range of amusement inside was very good and occupied us all for hours at a time. The only niggle was we were expected to pay extra (£4.95 per head) to attend the evening session called ‘After Dark’. The difference was pink coloured water due to lighting effects and staff wearing face paint, so we declined!

I can’t comment on the opinions of the food outlets as we self-catered all weekend. The small array of shops were adequate for little extras we needed. All in all, a fabulous break and a lovely opportunity to stay as an extended family in a glorious part of the country. Would possibly go back one day, but would certainly recommend Bluestone to others.

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Property: Bluestone National Park Resort
Address: The Grange, Canaston Wood, Narberth SA67 8DE, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Pembrokeshire > Narberth > Canaston Wood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Canaston Wood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 344
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 
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Bluestone Hotel Narberth
Bluestone Resort Narberth
Bluestone National Park Resort Wales/Pembrokeshire

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