My kids broke up from school super early this year, which meant we were able to squeeze in a festive trip to Bluestone before the festive big day. We last visited Bluestone back in April 2015 when the girls were still just two so I was excited to take them back now they are older and are more independent.
I wrote in-depth last time about our check in and Grassholm lodge so you can check out my full Bluestone accommodation review here; we stayed in number 28 Preseli View last time and this time we were in number 20 so the lodger itself was exactly the same and still as gorgeous and spacious as ever.
This year saw an introduction of nappy bins and a box for glass recycling, which is always good to see as I am a keen recycler! We decided we wanted a pretty chilled out week and just to go with the flow, which worked out well as it pretty much rained for 5 days solid whilst we were there! Not that we were complaining as we still got to do lots as Bluestone has the ability to offer you fun both in and outdoors.
We made the most of the Blue Lagoon and all three children being more competent in the water, and actually visited three times! I definitely would advise to go around 1.30-2pm as it was so quiet! It must be the time where everyone heads off for lunch as each morning was really busy, despite it only being open to guests. I think people may think the afternoons are going t be rammed but they were the completely opposites. Just don’t forget your £1 coins for the swim lockers like we did and had a panic trying to get some change.
The highlight of our trip was without a doubt the wonderful Kingdom of the Elves Elftopia experience.
We were greeted at the Elf “departure gate” where we were greeted by an elf and given the full elf makeover of rosy cheeks and noses. They were also given their very own Elf passports. We stupidly didn’t realise we needed to take these with us, so make sure you keep them as they get stamps in each of the passport zones. The kids then went through to boarding where the kids were given their elf attire of a fabulous elf onesie (that they get to keep at the end too) Charlie being so tall meant he had to wait for a larger size to be brought through.
I have to say that all of the Elves and zone staff were absolutely brilliant. They all gave it 100% and it really shone through. I can imagine it gets a bit wearing having to be THAT happy but they were all spot on and made it really enjoyable.
I particularly loved the Fun House area which was so much fun and definitely a highlight for an oldie like me. I think the whole Elftopia Kingdom of the Elves is a definite for anyone visiting Bluestone at Christmas. Make sure you book early though as the slots soon get snapped up, especially if you are a larger party.
We hired a golf buggy again as found it invaluable last time with little legs. Some of the buggies have named and we got the wonderful Enid as our ride for the week. We booked in advance and got £5 off for booking early. It’s definitely worth booking in advance as when we went to pick our pre-booked buggy up, there were others in front of us asking if there were any but every single one had already been reserved, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
We also made use of the new “Chippy” which is located not far from the Spa. We were able to get a tasty takeaway on the last evening which I would highly recommend as the food was so tasty and lots to choose from. We also ate in the first evening in the Knights Tavern and all had a lovely meal by the roaring open fire. It really put us in the mood for our holiday.
We also spent a day off site and visited Saundersfoot and found the most wonderful little café where we all had some tasty hot chocolate. It is definitely worth a visit, but I think I still preferred Tenby from our last day trip as there was a little bit more to do! We still had fun nonetheless on the beach and found some crabs and a washed up jellyfish which the kids were utterly fascinated with.
Bluestone at Christmas is just magical. They certainly know how to do Christmas right and we absolutely loved our stay. I was pleased to see that some of the activities now offer a discount if more than one person books them but due to the poor weather, we didn’t book any this time and spent our time going to the Blue Lagoon.
Disclosure: We were offered a complimentary four night stay at Bluestone for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are my own