We have been lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to have a midweek break at the fabulous Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire in return for a review on my blog. As you can imagine, we are all beyond excited.
Today, I’m finishing a bit of work off (nothing like leaving it to the last minute) and hubby is taking charge of the packing. The girls are generally getting over excited with Lia on the cusp of crawling, just to ensure that our holiday is a little more chaotic than it would otherwise be. Pluto and Jamer are resigning themselves to being packed off to various family members for a few days.
Before heading to Bluestone, I have booked a few activities to keep us going for the week. Alongside all the exciting, free activities at Bluestone, there are additional activities for parents and kids alike that need to be booked in advance.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email detailing some special offers for the Well spa so I decided that this would be a great thing for hubby to get me for Christmas. Two hours in the spa cost just £10 at the offer price, and I was able to add a 50 minute aromatherapy massage to that and still pay just £40 in total. In the grand scheme of health spas, I thought hubby got a bit of a bargain there, lucky him.
When I phoned up to book my spa treatment, I also decided to chat to the call taker about activities for the girls that we would need to book in advance. I spoke to Natasha who was incredibly helpful and recommended some activities for us that she’d tried out with her own children. She talked me through all the things we might want to do, making recommendations without being pushy.
As well as my spa morning on Tuesday, I booked both girls in to messy play on Wednesday morning together. Then on Thursday afternoon, I booked Libby in for toddler sensory and Lia in for Baby sensory just afterwards. Each session is £7 per child and lasts for an hour.
Natasha chatted to us about booking an extra cot, but explained that this would cost us an extra £12.50 and we could just bring our own cot from home instead, so we’ve decided to do that.
She also explained about hiring golf buggies and bicycles and explained that the resort was car free, but we could either bring our own bikes or hire theirs. We were unsure whether we would be able to put Lia in the bike trailer, so Natasha checked for us and confirmed that they weren’t suitable for Lia’s age (8 months).
All in all, I was really impressed with Natasha’s professionalism on the phone, she was able to answer all my questions with either personal recommendations or facts that she had checked with a colleague, I couldn’t fault her at all. Thank you Natasha for all your help.
This morning, we decided it would be a good idea to book an early check in as well, because the normal check in to the accommodation isn’t until 4.30 pm. I logged on to the website to book this, expecting a small fee but it cost £60.
For us this is quite prohibitive and it doesn’t seem to tie in with the rest of the Bluestone pricing structure. Especially as I only had to spend £68 on all the activities for the whole family for our stay. Needless to say, we will be going for the later check in time.
I was impressed though that you can arrive and check into reception to use the rest of the resort with the exception of the accommodation from 11 am. So we’re aiming to arrive at around 2 pm and get some lunch in the cafe and enjoy soft play before we get into the lodge and put the girls down for their nap.
Roll on tomorrow. Look out Bluestone, we’re on our way!