Essex Wine – Only at the Playa de Arlow!

Here at the Playa we strive to keep our customers happy.  It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we are proud to announce our latest venture.

Essex has a rich, fertile landscape that lends itself perfectly to the cultivation of grapes.  For the past few years, we have been developing our vineyard and we are now ready to introduce the world to our wonderful, organic, locally grown wine.

St Chardonnay is named after a popular saint of the area.  Indeed, many wines worldwide have adopted the name and it is often mistakenly thought that the name derives from a variety of grape.

As it happens, the name comes from the wife of a local squire, around the time of The Conquests, who was renowned for her services both to the local community and to soldiers passing through.  She was beatified, and later canonised by the Pope himself, for her generosity and her ‘giving’ nature and the name has lived on through the ages, with many Essex couples still choosing to name their firstborn after this saintly lady.

We therefore introduce you to St Chardonnay de Playa 2012.

This wine initially has a light, fruity taste on the palette, with subtle undertones of chewing gum and smoky bacon flavour Wotsits.  On first taste you may think it is a cheeky little wine but, as the flavour bursts onto your tongue, you realise it is in fact a downright slapper.  Undercurrents of Stella and Lambrusco complete the illusion of a balmy night out in a local pub and the final kick, delivered by the essence of kebab, really completes the picture.

A finely balanced wine with the potential to deliver a punch, at 16% ABV.  Not for the faint hearted!

Available by the case at a very reasonable price of 45 pence per unit.




Christmas at The Playa

As those of you who follow the activities here at the Playa will know, we have been very quiet for the past couple of months.  This has been, in part, because the summer season finished but also due to the extensive refurbishment work that has been taking place.

We are thrilled to announce that this is now finished and, to mark this, we are holding some very special ‘Christmas Holiday’ events.

For a very competitive price we can offer you one of the special events we are hosting throughout the festive period, with the option of different packages, including accommodation.

Please see below for the full programme of events:

Christmas Eve


Dinner and dance with music by Muse and Rihanna (rarely seen together)


 Dress Code: No trackies or hoodies








Christmas Day

Christmas lunch and all the trimmings served by our temporary staff,  who will strive to make your Xmas Day a wonderful experience

Dress Code: Festive. No silly hats

Boxing Day

Celebrate with us as we party into the night with our ‘themed’ evening of entertainment.   Music will be supplied by our resident DJ and will go on until late (10pm).  Buffet snacks will be available throughout the evening.

Dress Code: Themed

New Years Eve

Grand banquet and masked ball!   Join us for an evening of intrigue as we see in the New Year.  Dance til the early hours with our resident DJ who will be spinning some tunes to get you tapping your feet! (Strictly no requests for Agadoo)

Dress code: Masked, obviously


Each event can be booked as a stand alone event or you can take advantage of one of our many package deals, which also include accommodation.

Our lovely new rooms all have en suite bathrooms and we also have a number of suites that are at the top end of the range and include the services of your own personal maid (white stilettos extra).  For those of you who are on a tight budget, may we suggest you go to Butlins.

To take advantage of these wonderful offers, or for more information, please leave your questions and details below and we will get back to you at some point.

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