Category Archives: Blog
To VAT, or not to VAT, that is the question
03 Dec, 2018
Christmas at The Amber
03 Sep, 2018
Ho Ho Ho we’re all go for Christmas 2018
07 Jun, 2018
New Family Den Suites puts Amber Springs firmly on the destination map
05 Feb, 2018
Best Family Hotel in Ireland
24 Mar, 2017
One Farm Two Hotels One Vision
19 Oct, 2016
18 Aug, 2016
With Budget 2019 announcing that tourism-related activities will revert to a VAT rate of 13.5%, hotels & restaurateurs around the country are left to face the dilemma of passing on the cost to the guest that being you the public or taking the hit themselves. Businesses around the country were left reeling after this and for some smaller businesses this increase of 4.5% means the difference of staying opening or closing up altogether. A lot of people are unaware or unsure of what this means to them. What this increase means to you the public is an increase of 4.5% on food and accommodation costs. So if you are planning a wedding, christening, communion or a night away you will now pay an additional 4.5%.
The hospitality sector is the sector that carried Ireland through the recession and now the economy is moving in the right direction the industry and the public seemed to be seems to be targeted again. With rates, rent, insurance, utility costs and wages all soaring many businesses have been forced to pass this cost on to the customer. You may have read recent articles of how some hotel have passed this cost on to Brides & Grooms increasing their overall wedding costs by thousands.
Here at the Amber Springs Hotel and Health Spa we have decided not to pass this cost on to the guest. So for all pre-booked services for 2019 or for anyone looking to book a service in the hotel for 2019 we will not be passing this 4.5% increase on to you. Having won Ireland’s favorite family-friendly stay in the 2018 Reader Travel Awards of the Irish Independent and Georgina Campbell’s Family Destination of the year, we’d like to treat you as family would and look after you……
24th December – Christmas Eve
A warm welcome awaits our guests at The Amber Springs Hotel – Check in from 3.00 PM.
4.30 PM or 5.00 PM – take a trip on our Amber Express to our Christmas Village to wave farewell to Santa before he returns to the north pole for his busy night ahead.
5.30 PM – Pre-Dinner Mulled Wine reception In Hotel Foyer with Festive Singers.
6.00 PM Tea with Santa’s Elves.
6.00 PM to 8.00 PM – Sumptuous Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner in Kelbys Restaurant.
7.00 PM to 10.00 PM- Christmas themed activities with our Kids Entertainment Team.
8.00 PM to 9.30 PM – Family Disco in BBG.
Cinema screening a selection of Christmas movies during the afternoon and evening.
Live Entertainment for the adults in The Terrace Bar from 9.30 PM.
25th December – Christmas Day
A leisurely full Irish breakfast is served in Kelbys to start this special day.
10. AM – 4.00 PM – Amber Park with go-karts, mini- golf, football pitch and playground.
No better way to work up an appetite than a visit to Club Amber Leisure.
1.30 PM – Full 5 course traditional Christmas Day Luncheon in The Corrig Suite.
Cinema screens a selection of Christmas Classics throughout the afternoon and evening.
An afternoon with a selection of Board Games available in our Playroom.
Or simply relax out in our Oasis Room.
6.00 PM to 9.00 PM – Festive Buffet Dinner served in Kelbys.
9.30 PM – Live Entertainment in The Terrace Bar, Terrace Bar open from 6.00 PM.
8.00 PM – 9.30 PM – Family Disco in BBG, BBG Bar open from 6.00 PM.
26th December – Stephen’s Day
Delicious full Irish breakfast is served in Kelbys Buffet at your leisure.
10 AM -4 PM – Amber Park with go-karts, mini- golf, football pitch and playground.
Re-invigorate the body and mind with a visit to Club Amber or revive the senses with a treatment in Cocoon Spa (appointments must be booked in advance).
10.00 AM -1.00 PM and 7.00 PM to 10.00 PM – Kids Club.
Festive favourites screened in our Cinema throughout the day.
9.30 PM – Live Entertainment in The Terrace Bar.
Dining in BBG & Farina.
27th December – Fond Farewells
Delicious full Irish breakfast is served in Kelbys at your leisure prior to a fond farewell to friends & family.
Christmas Sparkle Package with The Amber Springs Hotel 3 night’s Bed and Breakfast
Dinner on two evenings and Christmas Day Luncheon
Rate €512.00 per adult sharing / €229.00 per child
Infants 3 and under go FREE
The Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey is renowned for being the leading family destination hotel in Ireland and for running one of the best Santa Train experiences. This year for Christmas 2018 they have combined their skills to open over the festive period with a 3 day package celebrating this most wonderful time of the year.
The Amber Springs Hotel is the winner of the BEST FAMILY HOTEL IN IRELAND in the inaugural year of the Irish Hotel Awards. This programme was set up to celebrate the amazing work being done in hotels across the island.
The hotel focuses strongly on providing the best experience for all ages from toddlers to grandparents. There are loads of things for the kids to do. The hotel is minutes from excellent beaches, has adult and kids’s swimming pool, a great active kids club, pet farm, mini golf, go-karting, Amber Train and Village and four restaurants including an Italian garden pizzeria and an adult only FARM steakhouse. The hotel is surrounded by family visitor attractions. We are hugely fortunate to have a really lovely repeat guest business and our strongest marketing tool is word of mouth which we hope reflects the service and enjoyment our guests have.
The Amber Springs has recently embarked on a complete bedroom renovation project and a new 48 family rooms extension.
Speaking at the awards organisers said “The hospitality industry in Ireland consistently goes the extra mile to provide top quality experiences for visitors from all over the world. This wouldn’t be possible without the ‘Stars’ of the industry – those people day in day out who work behind the scenes to deliver consistently high standards. The Irish Hotel Awards is a celebration of these people and the hotels they work in”.
Eibhear Coyle, General manager of the Amber Springs believes the award is a reflection of the value and affection the industry and the guest hold the hotel in “Its a great win for us, we have a strong team in place who drive our property mantra “Dedicated to happiness dedicated to you”, the Irish Hotel Award is one team Amber can be, and should be, proud to have won”.
Bord Bia lists Redmond Farm as a finalist in Origin Green Awards
We are delighted to be a finalist in the forthcoming Bord Bia Origin Green Awards, read more about our Farm Gate to Hotel Gate and our carbon footprint, sustainable ethos below…
Wexford farm shortlisted for Bord Bia Origin Green award
Prize recognises sustainable practices in beef and dairy farming
Winners to be announced at awards ceremony on October 21st
Redmond Farm (the farm linked to the Amber Springs Hotel and the Ashdown Park Hotel) has been nominated for the first-ever Bord Bia Origin Green Farmer Awards, putting the farm among the most efficient in the country. Origin Green is the world’s first national programme to address climate change and the broader sustainability challenges in food and agriculture. Bord Bia is inaugurating the Farmer Awards this year to the exceptional performance being achieved by members of Bord Bia’s Beef and Dairy Sustainability Assurance Schemes, which are pivotal to differentiating Irish food and drink in the global marketplace.
A total of 28 beef and dairy finalists have been shortlisted for the Awards. These producers exemplify an environmentally conscious approach, producing what the market demands in a natural, sustainable manner. The overall winning producers will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, 21st October 2016.
The Amber Park is a fantastic place to host your child’s party – whether its a communion, confirmation, school tour or special event.
The Amber Park is a fantastic spot for children and adults alike to enjoy and hang out in. Lots of do in a private area at the back of the Amber Springs behind our Italian garden restaurant FARINA. See our many different animals from pigs, to alpacas, our new racoon, pet rabbits and of course our calves.
Try your hand at mini golf, go karting, lifesized chess and enjoy a trip aboard our Amber Express to see the Amber Village and for the little ones they can also feed the ducks. For kids parties e can host treasure hunts, creative art parties, sport competitions anything you and your special birthday child would like to do to make their day the very best birthday….EVER!
Kids Party packages start from €12.50 per child (1 hour and a half) which includes as many go’s on the park games as they wish as well party food and drinks (for example: sausages and chips with plenty of dips!) Our 2 hours and a half includes unlimited use of our crazy golf and go carts and train trip to the Amber Village to feed the animals as well as the party food is only €15 per child.
We promise to make your child’s day one to remember! Call 053 948400 to book.