50% off Bluestone Midweek Break - 19th January - 4 nights - £99 (Was £199) - HotUKDeals
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#1
Not a bad price if you can take advantage of it.

This place seemed to promise so much when it first opened with talk of a snow dome and the like.

The Blue Lagoon pool (can't really call it a water park) is nice, although it's quite small, crowded and very expensive.
Don't think I'll bother going back.

The staff we met were nice and friendly, but the whole thing seems to be badly run (IMHO) and a missed opportunity.
#2
To counter that review we did a mid week break w/c 24/11/2014 and found the opposite!

The pool was relatively quiet (time of year and mid week perhaps?) It's always going to be busy at weekends and school holidays as it's open to the public.

Staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming and we had an amazing experience.

We never once felt ripped off and found even the price of merchanidse from the Kingdom of the Elves attraction to be reasonable.
#3
Hot. Excellent price for a whole weeks break.The lodge sleeps four people which is only £25 per person. Don't forget 1.5% Topcashback or 1% Quidco too. Also the Blue Lagoon water centre entry is included with the price so no need to pay extra for these facilities. Great location to go exploring the region. Tenby, Saundersfoot and Narberth only 5 - 10 mins drive away. Get in...
#4
BigAde
Not a bad price if you can take advantage of it.

This place seemed to promise so much when it first opened with talk of a snow dome and the like.

The Blue Lagoon pool (can't really call it a water park) is nice, although it's quite small, crowded and very expensive.
Don't think I'll bother going back.

The staff we met were nice and friendly, but the whole thing seems to be badly run (IMHO) and a missed opportunity.

We have been to this place about 7 times. Whilst it was new in 2010 it was brilliant. Absolutely amazing, but then again it has mostly been in the summer time where the place is green and vibrant etc.

Anyone who knows wales knows the place is mostly waterlogged at the best of seasons and in the wintertime it is an absolute shutdown situation. We were there this past November, and admittedly have not been in 2 years. The whole week it was pouring down. You need to go into the local town Tenby which is gorgeous but all SHUT DOWN as it is out of season. The ferries are not running and the poor town is practically deserted. The other town is Haverford West where you can go to pick up your food shopping for the week however. Sadly its pretty mediocre and well, scummy.

If you want an English break where you want to stay inside and cook for yourself and just chill this place used to be decent however here is what is wrong with it now (and I take no pleasure in saying this):

- You check in after 4:00PM the day you arrive. Once you're on facility you have ONE time to take the car in and then within an hour you get a notice on your car to take it back to the entrance. As it is your first day you will spend the rest of the time getting food from town and settling in. The on-site facilities are VERY VERY VERY expensive. I mean £3 quid for a 2 litre coke (now 1.75 litre, thanks coca cola). As such the first day is finished by the time you're in and as you leave before 11:00AM on Friday, you typically only have 3 days which you need to split between going out into Tenby or staying on site really.

- Depending on where you are on the (extensive) grounds, you can end up with a 20 minute walk to the entrance car park, or if youre near the carpark you miss out on all the nice views.

- The waterpark is small and mostly cramped. The strangest thing is one waterslide comes on at 11:00AM and the rest are shut till 1:00PM. (These are of course the ones you'd want to ride on). Once again this is about 20 - 25 minute walk from the cottages and by the time you make your way to the pool you justw ant to have fun only to find out you're stuck to the strange "bluestone schedule".

- This is true for other facilities such as a go ape style facility which is closed during the winters. As is a little BBQ type rustic restaurant down a ravine. So yes, in the winters most facilities are shut, as well as the nearest town worth visiting and ferries which take you to a nearby monk island.

- The spa facilities are super expensive if you need massages. They used to do deals before but this is now seldom the case. You can however go sit in their "experience rooms" at the spa. Over the years these have basically become a bit of a joke. For example: You have two steam rooms which are supposed to have different temperatures but the only thing distinguishing them is the aqua room has one sort of air freshner and the other room has another. There is an ice room which is a cold room with a sink with ice in it and your usual dry sauna rooms. Oh and theres a "relaxation" room which is just dark, silent and creepy with weird music playing. So yeah, go relax lol.

- The worst bit is, they DO have golfcarts to take you back and forth on the facility, however this is again very expensive. In fact the employees will stop of being underhanded to try and get you to use and pay for these. Upon arrival we left our bags in the cottage to quickly rush into town to get food. Upon our return we were not let into the premises as "once cars leave they cannot let them in a second time. We were schooled on the law by the security guard who advised us that the two large boxes of food we have just purchased from tesco (as they charge for plastic bags) had to either be carried by us down the 20 minute walk in the winter dark and pouring rain, or we can wait for a shuttle bus which runs every 20 minutes (in the rain as no we cannot come into the guard facilities which I suppose is fair). OR we could buy the golf cart service.

In the end, it's a nice place in the summer, however as said before in the past few years the facilities have become a bit run down which is to be expected. I would say the worst thing is the general attitude of indifference which in my opinion is the one thing which can ruin a perfectly good holiday - moody, indifferent service with a bad attitude. Also the strange schedules for when things open and shut. It just makes a time you should be relaxing into a REGIMENTED time where you're always on your toes trying to make sure you can go into town when something opens or you'll miss it.

That is my genuine, honest opinion folks.
1 Like #5
wonderlander
To counter that review we did a mid week break w/c 24/11/2014 and found the opposite!The pool was relatively quiet (time of year and mid week perhaps?) It's always going to be busy at weekends and school holidays as it's open to the public.Staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming and we had an amazing experience.We never once felt ripped off and found even the price of merchanidse from the Kingdom of the Elves attraction to be reasonable.

True, we visited in August last year so obviously school holidays and peak time.

But I think £40 (gone up to £46 this year) for a swim for a family of four is excessive given what it offers and how many people they cram in. Yes there are flumes, lazy river and a wave machine but for them to claim that it's a water park is quite an exageration.
There were indequate numbers of showers (only 5), family changing rooms and few lockers with working keys and we had to queue for everything.
But if you get it free as part of your stay then I can see why you didn't feel ripped off.

Don't get me wrong, I voted this deal hot, but my one experience of the facilities wasn't good.
1 Like #6
I can't believe that this is being voted cold, it's £99 for 4 days beautiful accommodation (superior to centrcparcs) in Pembrokeshire where you can visit some stunning places whatever time of year you go. The watermark isn't huge but you don't have to use it if it's not for you. Heat from me for a very reasonable mid week break.
2 Likes #7
Hot
Been twice, love it! My 8 year old son, when asked to choose between Bluestone & Disneyland Paris (having done both), picked Bluestone. We just bring the supplies we need for the weekend in the car with us, no need to go near the shop!! And we make use of the fact you can arrive by 11am and use the facilities until check in at 4.30. Same on last day, load the car back up and then go to the pool, you can use the facilities until 4pm on day of departure.
1 Like #8
Wow. A fantastic price for a weeks holiday. Stayed here several times over the last few years. Always a great experience. Lovely part of the world. With or without the rain!
#9
I went in November and loved it - shame i cant make it on the 19th but its a cracking price

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