Resort report: Bluestone National Park

Bluestone National Park Resort

The joy of Bluestone National Park Resort is that it's the sort of place you can do as much or as little as you feel like, whether you're aged 70 or seven. Oh, and you happen to be beautifully placed in in one of the most spectacular spots in the UK, too...

First impressions
Nestled in a secluded location in the heart of Pembrokeshire, this haven comes as a genuine delight after the road journey. Children will feel a real sense of freedom from the moment they arrive, while grown-ups looking for a gentle wind-down over a short stay are well served on site with a pub as well as a spa at the centre of the village which offers a range of pampering treatments.

What's to love?
Apart from being a great chill-out space and base for local touring, Bluestone National Park Resort is clearly designed to gently convince visitors that there is little reason to stray too far too often, whether you're on a week-long holiday or short mini-break. And here lies its success.

Things to do...
The list is endless. A main attraction of the resort is the huge range of activities available in a valley a short stroll form the village, as well as the Blue Lagoon.

An indoor activity centre also provides plenty of options, not only for energetic kids but for parents looking for a bit of respite from their little darlings. A games field also gives the older folks and young fogies the chance to try their hand at archery and laser clay shooting. Canoeing too on the small lake at the centre of the village is on offer.

Places to see...
The beaches of Tenby, Saundersfoot, and St Bride's Bay that stretches from the bird sanctuary of Skomer Island up to St David's – the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Wales.

If you do one thing while you're here...
Visit Skomer Island bird sanctuary - a delightful trip which can be arranged with advice by Bluestone staff.

Overwhelming impression?
A wonderful retreat, perfect for spending quality family time and recharging the batteries. Just like the puffins of Skomer Island, there's every chance you'll be back for more. Visit Bluestone Wales to book.

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Resort report: Bluestone National Park

A well-stocked and reasonably priced village shop – and the option to pre-order grocery packs for arrival – gives those relying on self-catering little need to restock at supermarkets in the local area. 

Beach football and and horse riding on the spectacular beaches of near Broad Haven on St Bride’s Bay are a must...

Bluestone makes a virtue of its soft timber based lodges, which vary is size and colour with larger two story lodges mixed in with smaller single story units to avoid too uniform a vista. Top-notch decor and high ceilings give a spacious feel and triple glazing and modern construction techniques give them an airy but cosy Scandinavian feel. 

A range of dining options are available a brief stroll away from breakfast through to to dinner. Bluestone's Yard next to the Tafarn pub in the central village complex offers a range of pizza, pasta, burger and other convenient cheap eats. And going posh at the adjacent Carreg Las restaurant doesn't break the bank. Obviously more upmarket but still pleasantly unstuffy, kitchen and serving staff are keen to promote the range of locally produced lamb and beef and local fish catches ado centrepieces of a menu which could be describe as classic modern British cuisine.

A daily trip to the resort's Blue Lagoon water park will be a given for most – with its range of plumes, spa pools lazy river and wave machines plenty of fun for all. The water temperature too is remarkably pleasant, even for sections of plumes which extend outside.

Apart from at arrival and departure, guests are required to leave any cars on the edge of the village – giving it a restful, unhurried atmosphere as most visitors are happy to walk or cycle around Bluestone – though golf trolleys are available for those so inclined to tackle the slopes!

The resort boasts 238 timber lodges, opened in 2008, and the varied design, landscaping and generally faultlessly equipped accommodation still has a freshly built and uncluttered feel that makes it an excellent base to simply chill and relax.

Bird lovers will be in paradise on the island of Skomer, where thousands of feathered creatures, including puffins, migrate thousands of miles each year across oceans and continents to and from this small outcrop of south-west Wales. 

Anyone with nerves of steel will love the high rope tree climbing and zip wiring of the Steep Ravine – not for the faint of heart. Bushcraft sessions are available for kids who are not yet up to speed on traditional foraging and fire making skills. “Woodland warriors” allows those kids and adults of a more military bent to hone their martial skills in laser gun battles between teams.  

The beautiful town of Tenby is just a stone's throw away...

... And there’s plenty of advice on hand for those wanting to explore the exquisite local beach.

The eco-friendly design of the lodges and other resort facilities seems more than skin-deep. Rather, it seems a creditable ambition for a holiday centre to minimise its impact on a special area of conservation. The water supply to the resort is heated using an on-site biomass energy centre, which burns locally grown miscanthus and woodchips. 


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