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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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15/Oct/2018
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We invited Sian and her family for a taster weekend at Silver Bay and Sian documented her stay. Here’s her round-up of her Silver Bay experience. If you’re a prospective owner, it’s well worth a read…

Silver Bay Holiday Village was recommended to us by several friends – we were looking for a UK weekend break close to home in Manchester, where we could combine a bit of luxury with beautiful surroundings, activities and relaxation. I checked out the Silver Bay website and was immediately drawn to the stunning beauty of Anglesey, and the impressive look and layout of Silver Bay

Sian Ediss and her family on a taster weekend

Silver Bay offer a range of luxury lodge accommodation for ownership all within its beautiful location, and we were lucky enough to be offered a ‘taster weekend’, something which is available to all prospective lodge owners. The award-winning holiday village has numerous facilities including The Deck House restaurant, bar and lounge, ‘Busy Bayers’ children’s club and adventure play park, a secluded forest, beach and boat park, leisure complex including fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room and even a beauty salon.

We arrived at the tail-end of the autumn half-term holidays and there were still plenty of families enjoying their break. I was really impressed by the volume of activities on offer for children at the ‘Busy Bayers Club’. Activities range from creative tasks such as pottery painting, to outdoors activities such as ‘Wild Survivors’ coast and forest club and sports such as kayaking, water polo and ‘Try Scuba’. I also thought it was great that there was children’s entertainment every evening such as Movie Night and quizzes – perfect for when the grown-ups want to relax in The Deck House while children hang out in the nearby Busy Bayers area.

Luxurious Accommodation

There were three of us (myself, my boyfriend and my mum) and our accommodation was lovely. Our luxury lodge had 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and living room. All the lodges at Silver Bay also have central heating which we were hugely grateful for in the midst of November. Our comfortable dwelling was more than big enough for the 3 of us, with great-sized rooms, and our own outside area. If the weather had been warmer, we would have thoroughly enjoyed the outside decking and seating, but we only used this for a rather bracing viewpoint for Bonfire Night fireworks. There were beautiful views from our lodge spanning across the holiday village. We could see all around us the beautiful environment – lush greenery, wildlife, and rolling hills in the distance. Our lodge didn’t overlook the private beach, but we were less than 5-minutes away for brisk morning walks along the coast.

The Plantation lodge at Silver Bay

Sian's mum at Silver Bay

Award-Winning Grounds and Secluded Beach

On our first day, after a short 2.5-hour drive and a shop at the local supermarket,  we were there for 12.30pm. We unloaded the car and set-up our home for the next four days and then wrapped up and headed out for an explore. Silver Bay has recently won a Gold Standard David Bellamy Award for its contribution and preservation to the park’s wildlife. The love and care that the people put into the grounds and holiday park are clear to see. There were recently planted shrubs and trees around the children’s adventure play park area (some planted by the ‘Busy Bayers’ themselves!) and there was not a spot of litter in sight.

The secluded Green Coast Award-Winning beach is a sight to behold. The beautiful white sands are magnificently set against the backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains. The brisk November waves crashing on the sand and salty sea breeze made us feel a million miles away from the racing pace of Manchester, and we instantly felt a sense of relaxation and ease. We strolled along the coast and explored the rock pools and collected a few shells before we continued our adventure up to Silver Bay’s woodland and followed the path over some fields and back to the park. It was a lovely few hours to work up an appetite for an early dinner we planned in The Deck House.

Sian's mum and boyfriend at Silver Bay

Andrew walking in the woods at Silver Bay Holiday Village

The Deck House Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge

The Deck House Restaurant

After a leisurely couple of hours back at the lodge, we wandered over to The Deck House for 6 pm. We had heard wonderful reviews about Lee the Head Chef and his passion for locally sourced ingredients so we were very excited to sample The Deck House winter menu for ourselves. We were greeted by huge smiles from the waiting on team and were directed to our table for 3 next to the bi-fold windows. Although it was dark, it was still lovely to look out over flickering lights and the nightscape across the holiday park. The atmosphere in The Deck House was homely and comfortable. A few families with children were wrapping up their evening meals, and others were arriving in groups to settle in for the eve. There was even a section in the lounge where football fans could watch the Man Utd match; this was far enough away so not to disturb the ambience of the dining area but close enough so families felt all under one roof.

Andrew dining at the deck house

After much deliberation and pondering, we ordered our starters, lamb koftas (x2) and mushroom and stilton melt and then waited in anticipation for our main course of steak, chips and all the trimmings (x2) and a generous fish and chips – perfect fodder after our brisk walk earlier.

Fish and chips at The Deck House restaurant

The service was prompt and caring, and every measure was taken to ensure we were well fed, watered and comfortable. We were too full for pudding, but the lovely waitress insisted that we tried the homemade chocolate brownie and icecream and we weren’t disappointed!

We chatted away for a while amongst ourselves and with some seasoned ‘Silver Bayers’ and enjoyed a few more rounds of drinks before calling it a night – we had a busy day in store for day 2 after all!

The bar at The Deck House

The Spa and Beauty at Silver Bay

The jacuzzi and pool at Silver Bay

After a deep sleep, we were set for a morning of relaxation and beautify-ing at the Spa at Silver Bay. We’d booked our appointments beforehand with team leader, Charlotte. Charlotte was excellent when advising on recommended treatments for all three of us, and our needs were carefully assessed beforehand.

Andrew and myself were set up on the couple’s therapy room, and my mum had a room to herself, each of us had our own personal therapist who delivered the expert treatments. The Spa at Silver Bay is an advocate for ELEMIS products. ELEMIS therapists are renowned for harnessing the power of nature and science to perform treatments that genuinely transform your skin and enhance wellbeing. The experience was exceptional, and we were very impressed with the physical and mental improvement after just 1.5-hours of care.

ELEMIS creams and products at Silver Bay

I requested the Swedish back, neck, and shoulder massage (£30, 25 minutes) and the Pro-Radiance Superfood facial (£60, 1 hour). Soothing music and aromatherapy filled the treatment room, and we began with the facial. Rich in superfoods, vitamins and minerals, the Pro-Radiance facial revealed a glow to rival a week in St. Tropez! The massage followed and melted my aches and tensions away. I spend most of my time at a computer, and this has resulted in tension in my neck and shoulders. Charlotte was quick to discover this and worked her magic to erase what felt like a lifetime of tightness. I felt like a floaty, floppy, ball of happiness after my treatments and I can’t thank Charlotte and the team enough for their expertise and warm welcome.

Andrew enjoyed the Men’s High-Performance Skin Energiser facial (£60, 1 hour) and discovered the relaxation and decadence of beauty treatments. Having never experienced this kind of treatment before, he was quietly happy that we were in the couple’s room together, but he was soon to forget I was there as he floated away in a sea of calm. My mum (who has had a lifelong love for beauty treatments) had the Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial and the Full-Body Aromatherapy Massage (£50, 55 minutes). This bespoke treatment harnessed the wellness benefits of aromatherapy as well as tailored concentration on the body’s most needed areas for attention. My mum was elated after both treatments – we all were – as you can see from the cheeky post-treatment selfie below…

Exploring Anglesey

The weekend was a cultural adventure with visits to South Stack RSPB reserve and also chasing the sunset along the coast. We lunched at the Sea Shanty Cafe on Trearddur Bay and travelled up to the surfer town, Rhosneigr, for Anglesey’s most-renowned fish and chips at Scarlett’s Fish and Chip Bar – we weren’t disappointed! Anglesey is an island that holds a special place in the hearts of those who have experienced it. Filled with charm, history and a unique blend of clear, beautiful coast and lush rolling hills and countryside, Anglesey is a UK staycation destination second to none.

Lighthouse on Anglesey Sian and her mum on Anglesey Andrew eating fish and chips at Silver Bay Beautiful Anglesey scenery

Whether you’re a family with young children, a couple looking for a romantic escape, or a group of friends or family, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you explore this retreat on your doorstep. Being just over 2-hours from most hubs in the North West makes Anglesey an easy and quick retreat. If you’re searching for an ideal base, look no further than Silver Bay Holiday Village.

Escape to Silver Bay Holiday Village

All in all, I believe that Silver Bay is the ultimate UK holiday destination – because it’s situated on the glorious Isle of Anglesey, because the activities are plentiful, the facilities are excellent, and you have so much beautiful outdoors to explore. By the end of our stay, we felt revived and happy in the fact that we had an unforgettable experience that we’ll reminisce over for many years to come.

The Silver Bay team are really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. A special thank you to Leah the manager at The Deck House, Charlotte in the Spa, Heidi and the reception team and park managers Jamie and Chris for the warmest of welcomes.

If you’re searching for a perfect UK family escape, look no further than Silver Bay.

If you’ve been inspired to experience the luxury holiday park lifestyle for yourself, please call Jamie Hughes on 01407 860 111 to arrange your visit.


15/Oct/2018
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When the summer months arrive, we all love to head outdoors and make the most of the wonderful weather – and here at Silver Bay, we’re no different.

We love being outdoors, and when the weather is a little warmer it can be the perfect excuse to enjoy an extra special summer party.

But if you’re struggling to know where to start with your party, don’t fear! We’ve got some fantastic tips below that you’re sure to love.

1. Pick The Right Day and Time

We all know the weather in the UK can be unpredictable, so it’s always best to try and be somewhat flexible with your party date.

If you do that, then you’ll be able to get a better idea of what the weather will be like on your party day and increase your chances of sunshine!

However, if you want to invite lots of people then you may not have that privilege. But one key thing to remember is that a party in August may be more likely to turn out better than one in June – so do your weather research!

 

2. Prepare For Anything

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Sometimes whether you plan your party months in advance or weeks, the weather can still turn on you and the heavens can open regardless. So you need to be prepared!

Consider getting a gazebo set up so that you can still enjoy being outdoors even if the rain is pouring. Also consider buying some blankets for people to throw over themselves if they get little chilly.

It’s these extra little touches that will make your party one to remember.

 

3. Encourage Others To Help

People may shy away from parties thinking about things such as what it might actually cost, but if you encourage people to also bring something with them the cost doesn’t have to become monumental.

For example, asking people to bring certain dishes and puds can save you a heck of a lot of time and money! And let’s not forget the drinks either – make sure you ask people to bring their own beer.

Your kitchen and fridge will be full in no time.

 

4. Plan something for the kids

Everyone loves a party, but they like to get up to different things. Adults like to relax and chat, whereas your kids may have other ideas.

If you plan a few activities to keep them entertained then you don’t need to worry about them growing bored and, in turn, interrupting your chill out time.

To keep them occupied why not drag out some board games or encourage a game of musical statues or pass the parcel?

These things will take minutes to prepare, but the kids will love it.

5. Consider a BBQ

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If the weather’s good, then you might want to consider having a scrumptious BBQ.

It’s a great way to cook large amounts of food fresh and you can ask your guests to bring an array of meats and veggie treats too.

Just make sure you check everything is cooked thoroughly before serving – the last thing you want is for someone to get food poisoning!

6. Make Tidying As Easy As Possible

One of the not so great things about a party is all the tidying up after, but there are a few things you can do to help make it easier for you.

By giving everyone paper plates for food, you don’t need to worry about washing everything up later.

As well as this, it’s a good idea to have a recycle box for cans and bottles that everyone can get access to easily. If it’s in a place they pass by often, they’re likely to just toss their empties in, saving you collecting them all later on your own!

It might also be a good idea to do some tidying before bed so you don’t have to wake up to a messy house the next day. Trust us, you’ll be thankful in the morning.

7. Pick The Right Music

When you have a party it’s tempting to put all your favourite songs on and that’s that. But all the best parties have an array of music and styles for all tastes – something which you should consider too.

If you set up an iPod docking station then you can allow other people to connect their music up.

You could also set up something like Spotify and comb through their playlists until you find the perfect party collection that has something for everyone.

8. Consider Your Neighbours

Everyone loves a party, but it’s not so great for those who aren’t there who are trying to get some sleep.

Always remember to be mindful of those around you whilst you’re having fun.

Turning your music down before it gets too late and lowering your voices can be a great way to keep having fun whilst also caring for your neighbours, too.

Silver Bay Holiday Park

Imagine hosting a summer party at your very own luxury lodge! That’s what our residents can do here at Silver Bay right now.

We have a great community, and we all love coming together for some summer fun. So if you could see yourself doing something similar in the near future, then take a look at our brochure.

You can request a call back if you have any questions, or call our helpful staff yourself on 01407 860 111 to find out more about our amazing Welsh holiday park.


15/Oct/2018
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Every year families around the world enjoy going on holiday. Whether you jet out on a plane or head to your car to explore the country, getting away offers you the chance to relax and recuperate.

But have you ever considered purchasing your own holiday property?

Holiday homes come with a wealth of benefits and when they’re located in the UK, there are even more reasons to purchase a second property.

If you’ve been having an internal to buy or not to buy debate for a few years now, then this is the blog that could settle it once and for all.

Keep reading if you want to see all the reasons why you should consider buying a holiday home in the near future.

 

1. It’s your own slice of paradise

One of the best things about owning a holiday home is that you get to own your very own slice of luxury.

Because you own it, you can be sure that you’re going to have a great break each and every time you visit, and you can ensure you have everything you need stocked up in your cupboards, such as medicines and drinks that will keep: ie. tea bags!

This will really help you feel like you’re holidaying in a home away from home and ultimately make you feel much more relaxed.

 

2. You could save money

If you own a UK holiday home then you don’t need to worry about booking flights and accommodation whenever you go away.

Owning your own property gives you the flexibility to be spontaneous and head out to your holiday home if the weather looks good or you simply have a few days off!

 

3. The facilities

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If you buy a holiday home on a park, you can expect to benefit from certain facilities. Good sites will have a private beach, a spa and leisure developmentrestaurants and bars for you to enjoy.

Some also have boat parks for those who want to park their boat away from home!

 

4.  You can sell the property on

If you purchase a holiday home and change your mind then you also have the freedom to sell it on once you’re done with.

This means you’re not tied to a property forever and have the chance to move on if you wish.

Properties at Silver Bay also come with a longer lease than you may expect from a holiday lodge – so why not explore our options a little further?

 

5. It’s easy to make fantastic memories

If you really want to do something extra special with your loved ones, then a holiday home provides the chance for you all to do something amazing and fun time and time again.

All you need to do is hop in your car and head over to your home whenever you fancy it. It really is a delightful treat after a stressful week in work!

We’re certain your family will love it too!

 

6. You get to make it exactly how you like it

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Because you own the holiday home, you have the freedom to do whatever you like to it.

Whether you have a certain type of pillow you adore or fancy stocking up on your favourite DVDs, keeping them close to hand will always ensure you have your favorite things close by, as well as something fun to do, come rain or shine.

7. You know what you’re getting

Sometimes when you book holidays abroad you choose a gorgeous hotel and can’t wait. Yet when you arrive it might not be what you expect.

This can lead to disappointment, but if you have access to your own property like the luxury holiday homes here at Silver Bay then you’ll be happy every single time you visit!

You get to come and visit our park before you buy to really experience how amazing it is. We’re certain you’ll love it and have many happy holidays here!

 

8. They’re great for families

If you buy a holiday property on a holiday village/park, then you can be sure there will be some great entertainment for your children.

The best holiday parks always host some form of activities during school holidays.

For example, here at Silver Bay, kids can get involved with everything from arts and crafts to junk modelling.

It’s a fun time to be had by all and it will make sure they have a fantastic holiday each time they visit.

 

9. The sense of community

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When you purchase a holiday home you also get to be part of a fantastic community.

You get to know your neighbours and other lodge owners and then meet up when you next go away for drinks and get-togethers.

It also gives your children the chance to make friends with others on the holiday park, buying you vital time to relax in peace and quiet whilst they have a great time playing with their new friends!

Silver Bay Holiday Lodges

Does a holiday home sound like something you might be interested?

Why not download our free eBrochure to find out more about what we offer?

You can also explore our blog here that gives you a fantastic insight into what owning a holiday home on our park is really like.

If you’d like to speak to us direct about our luxury holiday homes, and perhaps coming down here to see what we’re all about, you can also contact our friendly staff on 01407 860 111 to find out more.

 


15/Oct/2018
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Rain lashing down, post-Christmas slump and long, dark, cold evenings – it’s no wonder the January blues have reared their grumpy head for many of us! Here at Silver Bay, we’ve closed down for the season and are eagerly awaiting our lodge owners to return when spring is on its way. Whilst we’re in our hibernation, we thought it would be nice to inspire and lift you with an insight in to the holiday season here at Silver Bay and why it really does pay to stay at home: Save money, make more memories Holidaying abroad can be a rather pricey affair.

With all these extra expense, you’re lucky if you’ve got a few Euros to rub together on your last day! The beauty of staying at home is that you are organised and can spend as much or as little as you like. Staying in a lodge at Silver Bay requires only that you pack your car with enough snacks and supplies to ensure a comfortable stay for you and the family. There’s no pressure on a staycation to go out and lap up the nightlife or finest restaurants, just kick back relax and enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest. When you do venture out, a stroll on the beach with the dog or a trip up to our spa cost nothing, and the memories you make are priceless.

 

Embrace our rich British heritage

Anglesey is an island filled with rich, natural heritage. Taking the little ones fishing, crabbing or seal spotting on the coast is a magical experience that will stay with them forever. Seeing the beauty of nature on our nature on our doorstep is essential for helping children to understand the importance of safeguarding their environment and also a reminder to adults, just how precious it is. Say goodbye to stress The build-up to a holiday abroad can sometimes be the reason a holiday is needed! Preparation stress and time limits on top of a hectic schedule can be a nightmare for parents and make you think, “is it worth it?!” With a holiday on your doorstep, if you set off a couple of hours later, or if you’ve forgotten the travel plug, it’s not an issue! One of our current lodge owners sets off on a Friday evening after a hectic day in the city and the drive down itself is a relaxing experience. Only a couple of hours from major North West cities, Silver Bay is an easy escape. When our lodge owner arrives he is greeted by his wife and children who travelled down earlier in the day and a BBQ is already cooking. Beer cracked open and a quick dip in the sea before tea and happy days, no stressful moments in sight!

 

Holiday with all Friends and Family

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Hosting a weekend for guests in your holiday lodge is a great opportunity for friends and family to get-together for a special weekend away. Coordinating a week abroad with more that 5 is an arduous task, but driving down after work on a Friday and meeting at the lodge is simple. Catch-up with your friends over wine and dinner and let the children play safe in the knowledge that they are protected in the grounds of the holiday village. Build your relationships with friends and spend some quality family time – these are precious memories that can be made on a regular basis.

 

Boost the UK’s economy

When you invest in a holiday home in the UK, you are directly boosting the UK economy. A recent report from Barclays shows that Britons who holiday in the UK will contribute £108bn to the economy by 2017, which will help the hospitality and leisure sector to grow by more than a quarter in the next four years. This is excellent news for the recovering UK economy as the UK’s ‘Staycation Nation’ shows their support. What’s better still, the more you invest in the UK economy, the more growth you will see. This means more restaurants, more activities and more memories to be made for all the family. Now, if we could just sort out the small matter of sunshine, we think we’d be pretty sorted! If you have any further reasons to staycation to add to our list, join in the conversation on Twitter, @SilverBay_ using hashtag #SilverBayDays. If we haven’t yet convinced you that a ‘Staycation’ is better than staying abroad, let us know too! Comment below and let’s discuss.