Long time no speak! I flew back to the UK from a dreamy vacation to Dubai last week and went from one adventure to another. I was lucky to be invited to review the Bluestone Resort, which is situated amongst 500 acres of rambling and unspoilt woodland and clear blue lakes, which make it the perfect romantic countryside escape or a family retreat to remember. We stayed in the Tenby Lodge, which in short was spacious, well equipped and squeaky clean. I hope you enjoy this post and I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.
We drove down to Bluestone from Monmouthshire - South Wales on Thursday morning, which took us roughly 2 hours. The road network was very good and also extremely straight, which made for a pleasant car journey. When we arrived at Bluestone we were greeted with a lovely sweeping driveway with manicured gardens, which instantly gave us a great impression of the resort. Check in was incredibly straight forward and involved us handing over basic details at the security check point just outside the Resort, we didn't even have to get out the car! The lodge we were assigned was a "Tenby Lodge" located at Templars Court, one of the many stunning complexes at Bluestone. The resort operate a no car policy (apart from blue badge holders) so once we dropped our bags off to our lodge, we were required to park our car in the secure long stay car park located near the entrance to the resort. I wasn't expecting to like the feeling of not having the car, but actually having no cars driving around made our Bluestone experience truly relaxing and serene. Due to the size of the resort, there is an option to rent a golf buggy to get around quicker!
On entering our lodge we were met with a utility type space, which I can imagine would be perfect for kicking off shoes (Muddy wellies in the winter) before entering the lodge! When we opened the main door into the lodge we were pleasantly surprised by how modern, spacious and clean the main living area was. The kitchen is well equipped and had a real modern feel to it, which I loved! The living area was spacious with two comfy settees a samsung hi-def television and dining table to seat five people. The downstairs section of the lodge is a real labyrinth of space and also consisted of two twin rooms and a modern, clean and spacious bathroom! - One thing to mention is that even though the lodge was spacious, it had a real homely feel to it. On our first night we enjoyed a cosy night in front of the TV with hot choc and mini marshmallows, which we purchased at the on site store. I also had one of the most relaxing baths that I've ever had! and that's saying a lot from a beauty blogger. The upstairs section of the lodge was equally as spacious! Myself and Daniel also really liked the plush carpet featured upstairs only. The only room upstairs was a double bedroom and en-suite and wow what a room! It was huge, but again it didn't feel empty. Plus the en-suite was gorgeous as featured a large shower, which I didn't get around to trying out during my stay.
During our first day we decided to visit Folly Farm, roughly a ten minute drive away, which was fantastic. I would go as far to say that it might be my favourite farm/zoo that I have ever visited! The farm section was so cute and some of the animals included a stunning shire horse, goats, pigs, barn owls! The Zoo section was also impressive and we visited animals such as Lions, giraffes, zebras, rhino's and many more - It was such a lovely way to spend our first day. On the way back from Folly Farm we decided to drive to Haverford West around 15 minutes from Bluestone, where we found a Tescos and stocked up on a few foodie treats for our two night stay. We enjoyed a lovely cooked meal in the lodge and generally had a lovely cosy evening in front of the TV with a fluffy blanket. It's also worth mentioning that each lodge has complimentary WIFI, which is a huge bonus (especially for a social media lover like me)
Day two was equally as impressive with a stunning woodland walk in the morning and a visit to The Well Spa. Anyone who knows me will know that I am extremely devoted to my skincare and I genuinely find Spa experiences so interesting and of course relaxing! I just love learning more about how I can look after my skin and keep it in tip top condition. On entering the Well Spa I was pleasantly surprised with the reception/retail area and was given a warm welcome. I was shown the facilities by a member of staff and once I was changed I headed up to take a peak of the thermal facilities before my treatment. I have to say that I've been to quite a few spa's and the facilities at The Well Spa were truly amazing and in a league of their own. The thermal facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, salt inhilation room, hot brick/slate saunas, herbal/marine steam rooms, ice room and experience showers, which give you total sensory overload in the best possible way! After trying out a few of the rooms, I headed back to the "Cwtch" relaxation room (such a cute name) If you're welsh or have any welsh friends/relatives you will know the importance of the word "Cwtch". Within a few minutes of sitting down my friendly and professional therapist Sarah collected me and took me up to my treatment room, which again was very relaxing and full of my favourite Himalayan salt lamps and candles.
For my treatments I opted for the Espa Radiance Facial and the Relax and Renew Back Treatment. Once I was comfortable Sarah started off with the Relax and Renew treatment, which was so relaxing! The treatment consisted of a light body brush and polish followed by a seriously relaxing massage. Sarah mentioned that I had a huge amount of tension spanning my entire back, so it was nice to feel the relief once the treatment had finished. Following the massage, I was treated to an Espa facial and full skin analysis. The facial was truly beautiful and the aromatic scents of the Espa products made it that extra bit special. After the facial, Sarah told me that my skin was normal and ever so slightly dehydrated in some places, but overall in really good condition. It was great to have such a kind and knowledgeable therapist, who made me feel at ease throughout the entire treatment. After the treatments had finished, I treated myself to some more relaxation in the Thermal Suite and I have to say that the Salt Therapy and Ice Rooms were my absolute favourite! I could literally feel the tension draining from my body. Overall, the experience was truly fantastic and of my favourite spa experiences ever.
On the morning of our second day we also visted Ty Coffi, a beautifully decorated Coffee shop within the Bluestone village, I Had a Vanilla and Candyfloss milkshake, which was SO good. On our last evening we visited the village and ate out at the Farmhouse Grill, which was very enjoyable. Myself and Daniel both love steak and we were really impressed by the food and also the value for money. The following morning we woke up early, as you need to be vacated from the lodge by 10am. We left the lodge by about 9.15am and headed to Tenby where Daniel spent a lot of his childhood. I had never been before, but it was such a beautiful place and we enjoyed a lovely coffee and breakfast roll in a local cafe, as well as raiding an old fashioned sweet shop. I think I could literally start up my own shop with the amount I purchased ha ha!
Overall, our visit to Bluestone was extremely enjoyable and has left me and Daniel really wanting to go back again soon. It is very close to many attractions such as Folly Farm, stunning beaches and general amenities, which is great especially if you are travelling down with your family/friends. I wasn't expecting it to be quite as relaxing as it was, as initially I thought it was more suited to families. However, I was completely wrong! Everything from the luxury lodges to the spa and picturesque walks made our stay at Bluestone truly relaxing and a mini break that I would recommend to literally anyone... families, groups and couples alike! There really is something for everyone.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this review! Have you visited Bluestone before, or is it somewhere that you would like to visit on a mini break?
Lots of Love