Monday, 22 February 2016

Bluestone Wales Thermal Spa Break

Bluestone Wales is a luxury holiday park set in the beautiful West Wales countryside. Recently I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit on a thermal spa break recently.

Awarded with a five star rating from Visit Wales, a stay at Bluestone can be as energetic, relaxing or as fun as you make it. With a variety of family friendly activities, you know the kids will love this place and with the gorgeous countryside on your doorstep, Bluestone appeals to both families and couples alike that love the outdoor life.


Accommodation


We stayed in a Ramsey lodge, which had two bedrooms downstairs, and ensuite bathrooms to both rooms. Upstairs is the lounge/dining room with an open plan kitchen. The lodge is deliberately set out for 'upside down living', so you get views over the beautiful valley.



As you can see from the photos everything was of a high standard and the lodge was very well equipped. The kitchen includes a fridge, full cooker, dishwasher, and microwave. It is easy to cook for yourself and your family if you need to with the fully equipped kitchen. I cooked a meal one night and had everything i needed. The lounge has large leather sofas, a table and tv with Freeview and a dvd player. 

The dining area has a spacious wooden table and chairs - big enough for 4 people.



Insider Tip: You only get very basic washing up items, so if you are planning to cook bring washing up liquid, as well as extra toilet rolls (you get one per bathroom). You can buy provisions in the small Newton grocery shop but prices vary a lot.

The countryside in which Bluestone is set, is really gorgeous. The lake is in the centre of the resort and many lodges over look this area. There are walking trails around the lake and you are encouraged to watch and study the wildlife, we saw a bug lodge on our walk.



Activities

There are a huge amount of activities on offer at Bluestone and when you check in you are given an itinerary for the week. Some are free and some you have to pay for. The Blue Lagoon, the large all weather water park is free to all guests and has a large flume ride, indoor wave machine and much more for all the family and little ones too. There is a large indoor play area for children as well as an outdoor play area too in 'The Village'. 


'The Village' is where all the shops and restaurants are based and also the booking centre where you can book paid for activities. There are lots of activities for children and paid for activities for adults and teenagers include archery, rock climbing, laser clay shooting, cross bow, kayaking in the summer month and for the very adventurous (and those not scared of heights!) the high wire experience. You can also hire bikes and golf carts to get around the resort - but be sure to bring your driving licence for the latter. 

Bluestone Wales is very hilly and if you have little ones or you have difficultly with mobility then a golf cart is recommended.

Insider Tip - As soon as you have your booking reference you can book and pay for activities in advance online. Especially useful to do this for peak season. you can also order groceries in advance to be delivered to your lodge.


Our focus this time was on an adult relaxing thermal spa break break so we had admission to the
Well Spa for a thermal spa experience included. 

The 2 hour thermal spa experience allows you access to the 6 pod rooms including an Ice room and Salt Room, herbal steam room and marine steam room, two saunas and the small heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool. The pool especially was very relaxing as it was warm and had a variety of jets and whirl pools. Sitting in the warm water, being massaged by the jets with the rain coming down gently, was a lovely experience.


We stopped for food in Y Mor cafe, in the spa and I had a lovely chicken, bacon and tomato sandwich. Then it was time for my pedicure.

The young therapist Caryn was very chatty and personable and after a consultation gave me a pedicure and painted my nails. She is an asset to the resort and I would give the treatment 9 out of 10, more attention to the rough skin on my feet would have made it a 10.


Spa packages are available for an indulgent treat or you can book treatments separately. Access to the spa is available from £35 for a 2 hour session. My pedicure was £70 but that included admission to and use of facilities at the spa.

Restaurants

There are a variety of places to eat at Bluestone. The Oak Tree restaurant uses local Welsh produce with an Italian slant and is the 'posh' restaurant. We ate there one night and enjoyed the food. I had Italian meatballs in a ricotta sauce. The meatballs were well seasoned and the dish was tasty. My husband had a pizza and it wasn't quite as nice, the base was thick and we felt it should be thin and not doughy.




There is a pub called the Knight's Tavern and a Farmhouse Grill restaurant as well as a number of cafes.  Camp Smokey looked great for the Summer months, an outdoor barbecue area. Millers Bakery is the perfect spot for a coffee and muffin and I was pleased that they serve soya milk too. We ate at the Knight's Tavern one night and the food was ok, nothing special, my chicken was tough and overcooked although my husband's meal was better - good chips!

Insider Tip - Talking about chips, The Chippy is a a takeaway cart where you can get a quick meal such as fish, sausage, pie and chips to take back to your lodge. Every Thursday there is a quiz in the Knight's Tavern where you can win prizes.

Conclusion

This is the third time we have visited Bluestone National Park. There are a few small points that could be improved - the wi-fi is very spotty but you can upgrade at a price, and the food can be a little expensive both in the shop and the restaurants. The meals we had in the restaurant and the pub weren't consistent although some were very good. It's a little bit of a shame that there are no other restaurants outside of the park within walking distance.  

All the staff we came across were helpful and trained well and the beauty therapist, was lovely. The lodges are very comfortable and well equipped, the activities available are many and varied and the country setting is beautiful. If you want a relaxing break with the countryside on your doorstep, Bluestone is definitely a place to visit. With lots of children's activities, you may think that it's just for families with children, but this is not the case. On this occasion we visited without my son and we had a lovely time. We will be back to Bluestone one day, I hope it's sooner rather than later.

* I was given a complimentary stay in exchange for an honest review
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24 comments

  1. we went to Bluestone last year and loved it. Didn't visit the spa though so this looks amazing!

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    1. The spa is worth checking out, especially if you have admission in with a treatment.

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  2. I love going on 'staycations' and this place seems fabulous! I love that there is so much for you to spend your time doing as quite often these places can be a bit limited!

    Musings & More

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  3. I am loving the look of the bathroom. Amazing interior here.

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  4. I've heard such great things about Bluestone, and this is no exception! If it wasn't so far away from us, we'd be there every year! I think we'd be ok with no other restaurants nearby, we'd probably go with self catering anyway and get our groceries delivered! x

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    1. It's only a hour or so from us so it's not too far at all.

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  5. I won a trip in College to go to Bluestone, and I must say it is great!
    Glad you enjoyed your third trip!

    http://blondedaisychains.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. OOh I could really do with a Spa break right now! I've had a couple of blogger friends visit bluestone, they've told me its def worth a visit!

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  7. Bluestone is absolutely amazing. I love it there, and really want to go back soon! x

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    1. Hope you get the chance to go back one day and glad you liked it too!

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  8. Bluestone is fabulous, we love it there! I've not as yet been to the spa though... lucky you! That photo of the robin is gorgeous x

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  9. We stayed with friends and all the kiddo's at Bluestone and we have a great time, especially the pool and the cabins! Definitely makes me want to go back. x

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  10. I have heard so many positive reviews of Bluestone. It does look gorgeous. Your photos are stunning. The accommodation looks lovely and clean. Which is really important. And I like the idea that there are lots of activities on offer. Sometimes you need a variety of activities to be able to please everyone. The spa sounds divine. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    1. Yes the accommodation is very clean and well kept. It looks like they update it and paint the walls every year or so as there were no scuff marks or marks on the walls which impressed me.

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  11. I have been to Bluestone twice and absolutely love it there. I will defo try the spa next time I visit xxx

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    1. The therapist was so sweet and lovely.

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  12. It looks lovely, I'm currently looking for somewhere to go for a stay-cation and this has just been added to my list! :)

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  13. I've been to Bluestone so many times, but never to the spa. It sounds and looks amazing. Might have to treat myself next time. It's a great place isn't it? We go a lot at Christmas, which the kids love!

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    1. I bet it's magical at Christmas. They do the 'Kingdom Of The Elves' break don't they?

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  14. This looks like a lovely little staycation venue! I keep thinking about staying in the UK this year - this might be the place for that!
    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

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  15. Wow this places looks stunning! I would and could see myself having a break there. Super jealous of the spa!

    Kirsty
    Www.kirstyralph.co.uk

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    1. It's a lovely place, so relaxing Kirsty.

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  16. This looks amazing and some stunning views. I've only ever had individual spa treatments and never a weekend or time like this but it looks exactly what I need x

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