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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our annual Christmas party on the 9th December. We were joined by owners, family and friends for games and dancing plus a visit from Santa himself!

To remember the night we’ve put together a video of some of our favourite photos, we’d love to see your photos from the night as well so make sure to share them with us and use the hashtag #SilverBayXmas.

Can’t see your photo in the video? Make sure to check out our Facebook photo album and tag yourself, family and friends.

New Year’s Eve Party

After our successful Christmas Party it’s time to look forward to New Year’s Eve. Tickets are now sold out for this event but for those of you who are attending, dig out your shoulder pads and hairspray and get ready to go back to the 80s! We look forward to seeing you all there and make sure to share your photos with us on social media.

We also have some activities taking place over the New Year’s weekend for the Busy Bayers, such as arts and crafts, baking and hair braiding. You can find out more about specific activities and times in our Christmas newsletter blog.

Preparing your holiday home for winter

We’d like to remind you that the park will be closed from 4th January to 12th February. The cold weather can sometimes cause issues so it’s important to make sure your lodge is prepared for the downtime. Here’s a couple of useful tips:

  • Protect all your outdoor furniture by storing it either inside your shed or inside your lodge; any heavy glass-top tables will need turning upside down and securing
  • Turn your boiler to FROST STAT and turn your water supply off at the stopcock, you can make sure the system has run dry by opening all the taps. Alternatively, you may request a DRAIN DOWN, this will drain your holiday water supply, including the heating system, and antifreeze will be put into the system to avoid pipes freezing and bursting

We’d also like to remind you that the boat park will be secured by bollards over the season closure so please ensure all valuables and electronic equipment is removed from your boat if possible.

Spa Beauty Offers

You’ve still got some time left to make the most of our December spa and beauty offers.

Our treatment of the month is the ELEMIS Couture Touch Face & Body treatment, reduced from £60 to £40. The 60 minute treatment consists of an ELEMIS hands-on TOUCH facial with a personalised Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage or Deeper than Deep Hot Stone Massage.

If you don’t have time for a full treatment why not pick up our product of the month – ELEMIS Skin Buff. This deep cleansing exfoliator re-energises dull and lifeless skin, leaving skin brighter and allowing it to breathe.

You can find out more about our spa treatments here.

Finally, we’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and for those not able to attend the New Year’s Eve party, a Happy New Year!


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The first weekend of December has been and gone and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to put your Christmas decorations up! We’ve been keeping an eye on the latest decoration trends this year to help make your holiday lodge look extra special over the festive period. Here are some of the top trends to help you on your way:

Scandinavian

From Scandi-noir TV series gracing our screens to Hygge taking the country by storm last Christmas, Scandinavian culture has well and truly made its way into our lives.

The trend is very much about “less is more” with a focus on the colour white, even down to the colour of your Christmas lights (keep to white bulbs rather than mixing them with warm, yellow bulbs). To keep to the minimal aesthetic, try to stick to only one or two colours throughout the house.

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from Norse mythology so it makes sense to complete the theme with a sprig hanging above the door. Why not tie it together with a ribbon in your chosen colour scheme? Stockings hung over the fireplace is also a Christmas essential; maybe try some white, knitted ones in-keeping with that cosy, Scandi feeling.

Quirky

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the quirky trend where you can mix as many themes and colours as you want, sometimes the more the better. If you do want to stick to a theme, how about going tropical? Palm tree prints aren’t just confined to summer and pineapple-shaped glassware and baubles are everywhere this year, too.

Not keen on the tropical theme? Why not go for a cactus, unicorn or even a llama? The rule of the quirky trend is that there are no rules, but if you want a bit of direction think colourful decorations in block colours, clashing patterns, neon brights, quirky accessories and pops of metallic.

Country

Countryside styling takes the classic festive look and gives it a farmhouse spin. It’s all about using raw and rustic materials paired with classic shapes and designs. Up-cycled pieces also play a big part and give that homely, tactile feeling.

When picking your decorations think raw wood, textured finishes, industrial metals, hessian fabric, linens and vintage tableware.

Festive flowers

Bringing the outdoors indoors is more prevalent than ever, with many people filling their houses with indoor plants and buying fresh flowers, so it’s no surprise that this has influenced Christmas decorations as well. You may have noticed most shops now sell the classic Poinsettia, known as the “Christmas flower” in North America.

This festive season no flower arrangement would be complete without some sparkle and glitter and many florists are taking a modern approach by combining crisp, white flowers with different metals. This year’s bouquets are also bursting with colour, featuring festive reds and greens.

There’s many ways you can bring the outdoors inside this Christmas; how about entwining a floral garland around your staircase or framing a mirror? Or why not create a spectacular floral centrepiece for the table?

Metallics

This year, metallics featured heavily in both interior design and fashion and there’s no exception when it comes to Christmas decorations.

Copper, rose gold and bronze will be bigger than ever this festive period and this isn’t restricted to just the decorations. Hosting and entertaining is a big part of Christmas so your tableware is the perfect place to add a touch of glamour.

Whether you’re going for the minimal Scandi look or the over-the-top quirky trend when decorating your holiday lodge, we’d love to see your photos. Make sure to share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram and tag Silver Bay with the hashtag #SilverBayXmas


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As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, Silver Bay becomes a haven of winter luxury. Bask in our warm spa, hidden away from the cool evenings in our magnificent pool or jacuzzi, or spend nights curled up with the family in your holiday lodge, heating on, board games out.

Whatever your favourite part of winter is, we think everyone can agree that it’s such special time at our Anglesey holiday park with lots of magical family memories just waiting to be made.

Christmas Party

Already, our Christmas Party is less than a month away. This year, the big night will take place on the 9th of December from 4:40 pm to midnight. As usual, Father Christmas himself will be stopping by to say hello to all the little ones, and a fantastic festive buffet will provide a place for you to fill your boots with scrumptious grub. There’ll also be face painting, games, and drinks until midnight!

Of course, our Christmas party is owners-only, so if you want to book your space, wait no longer! Call us on 01407 860 860 right away. Tickets are £8 per adult and £3 for children. Best of all, under 3’s go free.

 

New Year’s Eve

What would the end of the year be without our fabulous annual New Year’s Eve party at The Deck House? This year, we’re throwing a tribute to the outlandish 80’s!

Tickets are also on sale for this fantastic event, and although NYE might come second to Christmas, we recommend you don’t hang around.

There’ll be glitz, glamour, dancing, drinks and food – what’s not to love? Bring in the near year in style amongst friends and family!

 

Christmas at The Spa

The festive time of year provides the perfect chance to treat yourself or someone you care about to a treatment or product from our luxurious spa.

As usual, we have a fantastic monthly offer for you to make the most of. Our December Treatment of the Month is the wonderful ELEMIS Couture Touch Face & Body Treatment for 60-minutes. Reduced to £40 from £60. Forget about the hectic Christmas shops and take a much-deserved break with us!

Our product of the month this December is perfect for that irksome winter skin. Welcome the ELEMIS Skin Buff for just £20, reduced from £28.50 – On a side note, this product also makes an excellent Christmas present!

 

The Silver Bay Christmas and NYE newsletter

Christmas at Silver Bay wouldn’t be complete without our activities. Of course, there’ll be festive sessions galore – including Christmas Decorations and Christmas Crafts that everyone will love. Supervised Gym and Supervised Activities will be back at the spa if your health and fitness regime is on the agenda, as will the ever-popular adult-only swim.

For the full newsletter please take a look below.

Christmas 2017

As current owners know, we close the village down at the beginning of the new year. We’ll be closed between the 4th of January – 12 of February, and should you need us in the meantime, our reception team will still be on hand 7-days a week between 9am and 3pm.

Finally, we’d just like to take the chance to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and all the best for the new year!

 


25/Sep/2018
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Christmas was well and truly welcomed in at Silver Bay on the last weekend of November as we celebrated our annual Christmas party!

From festive games to fantastic dancing, and even a visit from the big man himself, Father Christmas, the festive mood was contagious. Everyone had a wonderful night creating perfect, Christmas memories that they’ll remember for a long time.

Father Christmas in The Deck House at Silver Bay Holiday Village

As usual, we’ve gathered some images from the night together in one place for you to peruse at your leisure.

Christmas is such a special time because it’s about coming together, spreading the love and appreciating one another’s company. So it really was magnificent to see our lodge owners gathering around and having festive fun with one another!

Two lodge owners enjoying a drink at The Deck House Christmas Party

We’ve got a lovely collection of images below for you, and make sure you share your own snaps on with us social if you managed to take capture any special moments.

Elf at the Christmas Party

New Year’s Eve 2016/2017

We’re now directing our attention towards the NYE extravaganza we have planned on the 31st of December. This year, we’ll be celebrating with a Great Gatsby 1920’s theme, and we’ll also be welcoming back the ever-popular Runaway Babies tribute band!

All of this will be rounded off with a stunning themed menu and lots of fizz. To secure tickets, call us on 01407 860 860. Prices are £25 per adult and £10 per child. Under 3’s go free.


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Christmas came early for The Spa at Silver Bay this year as we launched our fantastic Christmas Beauty event!

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We firmly believe this time of year is all about feeling your best as well as having a great time with your loved ones, and we really enjoyed taking the time to make our guest feel extra special this festive season!

Hosted between 12pm and 8pm on Friday the 18th of November, people started to gather in the Spa reception area throughout the day, enjoying their yummy mince pies and champagne.

Mince pies and Christmas decorations at the Spa at Silver Bay

Once thoroughly indulged, they then moved on to experiencing The Spa at Silver Bay treatments! Each person received a ten minute experience and could choose from a facial, hand massage or foot massage to take them right into the heart of tranquility.

ELEMIS gift set, towel and flowers at the spa on Anglesey

Our spa-goers also had the chance to explore the facilities and spend time in our fantastic pool, jacuzzi, sauna and more.

The jacuzzi and pool at Silver Bay

We had over 80 guests in attendance, and they could also redeem their £5 ticket against either another treatment or one of our gorgeous ELEMIS gift sets…

Everyone had such a great time, and we can’t wait to host future activities at the Spa for our lodge owners and Anglesey locals. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest news so that you don’t miss out!

If you’d like to find out more about joining our leisure centre and our spa treatments, call us on 01407 862 049. You can also discover our opening time and treatment prices by clicking here.

So go on, why not treat yourself this Christmas? We’re certain that you deserve it!

PS. Lisa Rebecca of Blog Eighteen also made an appearance at our beauty event, why not check out how she got on over on her website?

You can also take a look at a video montage of a range of images from the day below.


25/Sep/2018
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Each culture has different Christmas traditions, it’s part of what makes the festive time of year so rich in diversity and so full of wonder. And just like there are particular traditions practiced in Ireland, England and Scotland – there are also some Welsh Christmas traditions that people should enjoy!

If you’re planning on celebrating the festive period on Anglesey this season, then we suggest you take a little look below and integrate some Welsh practices into your Christmas celebrations. They’ll certainly add a new, yet old, spin on the most magical time of year!

Plygain

What would Christmas be without carols? Well, in Wales caroling is traditionally a little different.

Taking place early Christmas morning, between 3am and 6am, to be precise, people would gather in local churches and sing their hearts out during the 19th century.

They usually stayed awake throughout the night ready for the early morning carols – and although we think the tiredness may have put a bit of a damper on Christmas day itself, why not have a little sing song with the family before bed this year?

Plygain also still occasionally happens, meaning that if you really want to take part this year you can! Churches famed for it include St David’s Bishop’s Palace, so be sure to seek out those in your local area for something a bit different.

Welsh Christmas Toffee

Welsh Christmas Toffee

We all love a few extra sweet treats during Christmas time, and so to do our friends in Wales.  In fact, they often made toffee an integral part of their celebrations in years gone by.

On Toffee Evening, also known as Noson Gyfraith, friends and families would get together at one another’s houses and play games, have food, tell stories and make toffee over the fire.

It was popular during the late 19th century, so why not have a go at making your own this Christmas? It’ll certainly invite a little bit of Welsh festive charm into your lodge. You can also nip to the supermarket and pick some up if you want to take a little shortcut. We promise we won’t tell anyone!

Calennig

In Wales, the Halloween tradition of Trick or Treating was actually something that happened during the festive period. On New Year’s Day, between dawn and noon, children would go from door to door with good wishes for the new year, and in some cases, they would sing and splash people with water. They would then be given a gift for their troubles, usually loose change.

We don’t recommend your children continue this tradition in 2017 as it hasn’t been practiced since the early 19th century – but it might be nice to wish each other well and buy gifts for New Year’s Day.

We can’t think of a lovelier start to the new year.

Holming

Not all Welsh Christmas traditions are particularly pleasant, and one of the less favourable festive customs lies within ‘holming.’ This tradition also took place during the early 19th century, and you wouldn’t have wanted to be the last one to get out of bed on Boxing Day!

If you were, you would be beaten with prickly holly sprigs. As you can imagine, this is something that is certainly not practiced any longer. But if you want to make fun of the last person out of bed on boxing day, we recommend a friendly little hair-ruffle. Perhaps even a snuggly hug!

New Year’s Eve Drinks

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There are four staples of a modern-day New Year’s Eve. Family, friends, food, and last but not least, something to whet your whistle! And as you can imagine, there also used to be a traditional Welsh drink created at NYE that people enjoyed.

This tradition actually has roots back to Tudor customs, where people drank from patterned Wassail bowls. They’d be full to the top with tasty sugar, fruit, spices and warm beer. Yum!

Why not try making your own version for New Year’s Eve? Everyone loves a good punch, and it’s a great way to toast 2017 with those you care about.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve on Anglesey

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If you fancy spending Christmas and NYE in your very own holiday home, then why not get in touch with Silver Bay Holiday Village today? We’re also hosting our annual Christmas and NYE’s parties too, exclusively for lodge owners, and we’d love to have you along.

Take a look at our free eBrochure here or call our General Manager Jamie on 01407 860 111 to find out more.

You can also take a look at our blog from Sian Ediss, who recently visited our site for a taster weekend!


25/Sep/2018
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As we wave a fond farewell to Halloween and Bonfire Night, it’s time to look towards the end of the year. A joyous Christmas and New Year’s Eve are on the cards here at Silver Bay, and we’ll be hosting our annual Christmas and NYE celebrations as well as a range of other festive events to get the Christmas spirit flowing!

Below you’ll find all the exciting details of everything that’ll be happening at our luxury holiday park during the final few months of 2016.

You’ll be full to the brim with festive excitement by the end!

We have two big weekends during November and December that will sate your appetite for partying and magical Christmas fun!

Our highly anticipated annual Christmas Party will be held from 6:30 pm until midnight on the 26th of November.

There’ll be a special, festive, VIP visiting us (we hope your little ones have behaved themselves this year!) and everyone will have the opportunity to have a photo take with our guest! We’ll also be hosting a festive disco for the children from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and then the adult disco will kick in. But the fun doesn’t stop with dancing.

There’ll also be some exciting games and face painting to keep the children entertained, as well as plenty of prizes to be won for both adults and children alike.

We’ll also have a scrumptious buffet on offer from 7:30 pm with lots of wintery treats and festive warmers for all ages – be sure to look out for Charlotte’s spiced mulled wine, too!

Tickets are required for the Christmas event, so please call reception on 01407 860 860 to avoid disappointment. Prices are £8 per adult and £6 per child. Under 3s go free.

Our second big weekend will be held between the 30th and the 31st of December. Once more, the Silver Bay community will come together and celebrate NYE 2016 in style with a glamorous Great Gatsby themed party!

The evening will feature an indulgent 1920’s menu created by our fantastic chefs, as well as the return of the popular cover band The Runaway Babies. Tickets are available from the 15th of November and will be £25 per adult and £10 per child. Under 3s also go free.

Christmas and New Year's Eve Party Information

And remember… the fun doesn’t stop with our parties for lodge owners. We also have a range of activities running from Water Polo to Adult-Only Swims during the aforementioned weekends.

Take a look below for the precise dates and times these activities will be taking place.

Please remember to book in advance for all the sessions marked with a * 

What's on Christmas at Silver Bay Holiday Village, Anglesey

Furthermore, we’re excited to announce that there’ll be a range of brilliant special offers available at the Spa at Silver Bay, offering the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge those batteries before the party season gets in full swing!
 Special Offers for November and December
Finally, there will also be a few changes to our opening times across November and December.  Take a look below to ensure your stay over the Christmas period is planned to perfection for a flawless Christmas and New Year break.
Christmas and NYE opening times at Silver Bay
If you have any questions or queries about our Christmas and NYE events, be sure to call us on 01407 860 860.
We’re also hosting a tremendous Christmas Beauty Event on Friday the 18th of November at The Spa at Silver Bay. Take a look here to find out more and book tickets.

25/Sep/2018
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Christmas at The Spa at Silver Bay is a magical time of year, and we’re excited to announce that we’re hosting a special Christmas Beauty Event with our partners at ELEMIS on Friday 18th November, 12pm-8pm.

Because you deserve a treat, too…

Christmas Beauty Event

We welcome all beauty and relaxation lovers for a festive afternoon full of pampering and treats, and the experience will include:

  • A glass of tasty prosecco or orange juice and festive mince pie on arrival

  • A choice of either a deluxe hand massage, a deluxe foot massage or a quick fix 10-minute facial to help you switch off from the world

  • Full access to our fantastic leisure facilities which includes our gym, pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi

Tickets are just £5, and they can be redeemed against any ELEMIS gift bundle of your choice or a spa treatment, perfect for after a busy day of Christmas shopping!

If you want to make the run up to Christmas extra special this year then call The Spa at Silver Bay on 01407 862049. You can also email us at spa@silverbay.co.uk to book your tickets.

Spread the word, Christmas is coming!


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Here at the Silver Bay spa, we love to use ELEMIS products during our spa treatments (we even wrote a blog about it here). And now we’re proud to announce that we’ll also be selling ELEMIS gift boxes just in time for Christmas!

Elemis Gift sets

Whether you know someone who would enjoy award-winning skincare, or perhaps luxury body and face products, we have everything you could ever need for a special festive treat.

Want to get your hands on a gift box? All you need to do is pop down to the Spa. You can also call us on 01407 860 860 if you have any questions or queries about the products.

Be quick though – we can’t imagine these beautiful, luxury boxes hanging around for long!

But in the meantime, if you’d like an exclusive look at some of the boxes we have available, take a sneaky peek below.

 

Best Face Forward ELEMIS gift box

Perfectly suited for normal to dry skin, the Best Face Forward ELEMIS gift box is the ideal present for someone who loves facial skin care products.

In this gift box you can expect to find a Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, a Rehydrating Ginseng Toner, a Hydra-boost Day Cream and also a Hydra-Nourish Night Cream. It’s a fantastic gift for someone who enjoys using products that will leave their face feeling refreshed and nourished.

Smooth Solutions ELEMIS Gift Set

ELEMIS Smooth Solutions

Looking for a present for someone who adores using the very best products to give their skin that extra, magnificent glow? Then the Smooth Solutions Gift Set will be their dream come true!

Complete with both Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash and also a Dynamic Resourcing Gel Mask, this gift set will help refresh skin and reveal a brighter, more even skintone. These products also help to boost the natural exfoliant cycle – so don’t miss out if you think this lovely set could bring a beaming smile to the face of someone special.

Blossoming Botanicals ELEMIS gift set

ELEMIS Botanicals

Know someone who enjoys soothing botanical smells and fantastic skincare products? Then the Blossoming Botanical set could be the perfect Christmas gift for them. Complete with both a wonderfully scented shower cream and body cream, this gift set provide a wonderful sensory experience.

Whoever receives this box will soon see the magnificent results on their skin that will leave them feeling cleansed, nourished and conditioned – and it’s all thanks to the fabulous ELEMIS formula.

Tempted? Visit the Spa to purchase a luxury box set and make someone’s Christmas!


25/Sep/2018
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Christmas is a fun and enjoyable time for all the family, but after they’ve spent countless days at the gorgeous Silver Bay pool and on the beach, what else can you do to keep them from boredom during the Christmas period in your luxury holiday home?

There are plenty of fun and simple activities that are the perfect way to keep the children occupied during the break – so explore this blog for some exciting ideas that everyone can enjoy!

 

1. Bake a gingerbread house

If you’re trying to teach your children more about baking, then Christmas is the perfect time to do it. Baking a gingerbread house and allowing them to decorate it with icing and sweet treats is a great activity that will get everyone feeling festive.

And if a gingerbread house sounds a little too ambitious for you, then regular gingerbread men or biscuits also make the perfect backdrop for some festive decoration. Just let your imagination run wild!

 

2. Put on your own Nativity play

The Nativity play is one of the most pivotal moments in the Christmas calendar, so why not put on one of your own?

You don’t need to go over the top with fancy dress and props, but a little imagination and a video camera to watch your efforts back on at a later date can create some truly magical memories that will last a lifetime.

 

3. Create your own decorations

If you enjoy being creative and feel this is something the kids will benefit from too, then why not consider making your own decorations? Paper chains are one of the easiest items to make. All you need to do is cut coloured paper into strips and then create a loop with one of them.

By threading new loops through old ones till they link together, you can really create some beautiful decorations with minimal effort that won’t make a mess!

 

4. Get the board games out

Christmas tends to be a time of playing games and bonding, so why not dig out any old board games you have and spend some time playing them?

It’s a great way to bring the family together and will ensure you have some effortless fun close to hand when you feel like they might need some extra entertainment!

 

5. Have a Christmas movie night

Christmas films are a joy to watch for all, and if you want to have an extra special family night then why not consider putting your favourites on with a big bowl of popcorn?

It’ll also be the perfect time to indulge in the gingerbread you baked from earlier too!

 

6. Read the Night Before Christmas

There’s nothing as delightful as watching a child’s face light up with Christmas excitement, and to really get them in the mood for Christmas why not read the Night Before Christmas to them?

It’s a lovely tradition that you can adopt into your family every year, so we recommend that you give it a go and get them all excited for the big day.

 

7. Write a Christmas list to Father Christmas

Kids love writing Christmas lists to Father Christmas, so if they haven’t already then why not encourage them to this year?

If you’re worried that they’re going to launch unsuspected presents at you at the last minute, then perhaps make the focus of the letter them explaining why they deserve some lovely gifts!

It’s a joyful activity that encourages good behaviour, and the kids will have fun doing it too!

 

Christmas at Silver Bay

Silver Bay is a beautiful place throughout the year, and visiting your luxury lodge during the festive period can be a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

To find out more about our luxury lodges then give us a call on 01407 860 111. You can also view our online brochure here to really get a feel of what Silver Bay is all about!