Monday, 15 February 2016

Pre-Valentines Spa Retreat to Bluestone Resort

One hour and forty minutes is all it took for Luke and I to drive from the city to Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire for a week of relaxation and free range fun. Hidden completely in the countryside with a short drive to the coast, Bluestone is the perfect location with something on offer for everyone. 
I was always aware of the resort being a family friendly resort offering plenty for children of all ages but I hadn't considered it to be the type of break you take if you're looking for complete relaxation.. Oh, how I was wrong. After visiting around about this time last year [you can read a full blog post on that here] I was excited to return and experience the well spa in all it's glory. 


We arrived at around 5:00pm on a very stormy Monday evening, although the weather didn't dampen our mood as the lodge was warm and cosy the second we stepped through the door. We stayed in a Ramsey Lodge which is designed as upside down living with double doors leading from the master bedroom to take you onto an outdoor seating area. There's also a twin room and two en-suites on the ground floor. Apparently the lodges are designed this way to maximise the views from the open plan living space on the first floor. The layout was perfect, we were able to pull back the curtains and open the doors whilst sitting in bed and letting the fresh air ooze in each morning. 
Our lodge was conveniently located in Augustus Way meaning trips to and from the restaurants and spa were less than a five minutes walk, however it is a little bit further to the car park, adventure centre and blue lagoon but thankfully Bluestone have thought of everything with a complimentary shuttle bus service running regularly and the option to hire buggies or bikes.  

Once arriving at the spa we were greeted by the receptionist who handed us our robes, slippers and a towel each before showing us the changing rooms and direction to the thermal suite. The thermal suite is made up of a hydro pool (a heated outdoor pool, similar to a hot tub that uses water pressure to soothe muscle aches and pains) theres also a terrace area where you can sit and relax around the pool. In the thermal suit there is also two steam rooms, two saunas, a salt inhalation room, ice room and experience showers. We didn't follow any particular order when using the facilities other than mostly alternating between hot and cold areas. There's also plenty of seating and relaxing music to just sit and fully take in the surroundings. After spending around two hours in the thermal suite, I headed off for my Re-Hydrating Facial. I opted for this treatment as I wanted to hydrate my skin but entered the room completely unsure on what outcome to expect. The entire treatment was soothing and relaxing, including a facial cleanse, exfoliation and face, shoulder and scalp massage. The 50 minute treatment left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and my skin was hydrated, smooth and the visible rewards of my skin were noticeable immediately afterwards. After the treatment, we took a seat at the Caffi Mor and ordered an afternoon tea for two. 

Afternoon tea at Caffi Mor (located in the Well Spa) included a variety of sweet treats. Unlike a lot of afternoon teas it did lack finger sandwiches and any savoury options but for only £12 for two, it was a huge selection to accompany a cup of tea. We actually couldn't finish most of it and the waitress kindly wrapped up the remaining cakes for us to take back to our lodge to enjoy. The three tiers included: Chocolate fudge cake slices, apple and pecan sponge, welsh cakes, shortbread, salted fudge and of course, scones with clotted cream and jam.
We utilised the kitchen equipment in our lodge and picked up a selection of groceries in a supermarket on our way up on the Monday and fresh produce from the store located in the resort village daily. We cooked up a storm in our lodge most days but did make the occasional exception. It's important to note that although there's more than enough restaurants on the resort, there's also the option to eat out at local towns like Narberth and Tenby. On our last evening we had a drink by the fire at The Knights Tavern before ending our night sharing a bag of chips from The Chippy van located just behind the village. I also recommend checking out Millers Bakery for a croissant and indulgent hot chocolate on a frosty morning. Another mention is Camp Smokey which was sadly closed on this visit but has now re-opened and a definite must visit. 


Whilst staying at Bluestone it also gives you complete access to the Blue Lagoon Waterpark placed at the top of the resort, offering fun for all ages. Our original plan was to leisurely swim along the lazy river and relax in the indoor hot tub, which we did but the big kids within us got the better of us and we ended up on all of the waterslides - repeatedly! We also arrived at the Blue Lagoon around 5:00pm on one of the days and sat in the outdoor hot tub watching the sunset. Despite the cold temperatures the heat from the pool kept us warm and I promise it's not a sight to miss.

Bluestone was the perfect place for a valentines break offering a selection of relaxing and action packed activities, ideal for all ages. Whatever type of holiday you're looking for, I'm certain Bluestone can accommodate.

*This spa break was kindly provided by Bluestone Resort in exchange for an honest review.
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  1. I love Bluestone, great location to explore the countryside and the national park along the coast. Can't wait for my trip there later this year x

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  2. I always enjoy reading different blog posts on Bluestone, it really does look like a great place to go x

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