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France Comes to Swansea!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Dragon Hotel was bursting at the seams on Thursday 15th November when we welcomed over 300 guests to celebrate Beaujolais Day.  While many cities have seen a decline in Beaujolais celebrations Swansea has grown from strength to strength and The Dragon Hotel has been fully booked since September with a waiting list!!!

The Dragon Brasserie and restaurant was offering individual bookings with many city businesses taking a table to entertain their clients and The Pembrey Suite hosted a three course lunch with entertainment from Colin Price and resident DJ.

The lunch event in our Pembrey suite was sponsored by Croner Solutions who did a quiz on HR with a chance to win a bottle of Champagne and the room was decorated by Flags & Bunting Galore who boast a huge collection of traditional Sewn Flags

The afternoon continued into the early evening when our resident DJ hit the decks and entertained guests with some French classics!!!

Beaujolais Day is on Thursday 21st November 2013…………………..book now to avoid disappointment by calling our Events Team on 01792 657100

Watch out for our first ‘St David’s Day Event’!!!!

Highly Commended Best Large Hotel

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

It is with much pride and great delight that I confirm that The Dragon Hotel came Highly Commended in the Best Large Hotel category at the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards last night.  Congratulations to all category winners and runners up – I’m sure that there are some headaches around the city this morning!

 We enjoyed a lovely evening at The Brangwyn Hall with The Wave’s Badger hosting the awards after a word of welcome from Lisa Cameron of the South Wales Evening Post.  Entertainment was provided by local band The Insiderz.

Tourism Awards As this biennial awards ceremony goes, this year was quite subdued for us from The Dragon – no one had food poisoning…no one danced on the tables…no one ended up leaving in an ambulance…we were hardly there at all!

The Dragon Hotel’s Team Member of the Month: October

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

It’s once again that time where we proudly announce the member of staff who has stood out amongst all. Our team member of the month goes to our night receptionist Sebastian ‘‘SEB-OO’’!

Seb has worked at the Hotel for going on 6 months and although he doesn’t always relish a busy sporting weekend he has clearly demonstrated that his commitment and determination to his job shines through! 

Join me in saying ‘Congratulations’ Seb on your well deserved award!

SPOOKTACULAR – SPOOKTACULAR!!!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Mwahahahahahahahaha!! (Evil laughter eminates through the walls of Swansea’s Dragon Hotel)….

From down in the dungeons, the three Witches of Macbeth are stirring figures into the cauldron in order to concoct brain mangling accounts that will woo and wow the Board!!  Eye of computer and Budget Bat….clicking calcs and thinking hat….Wing of Admin, Healthclub too…a spooktacular profit….honest it’s true!!

From the Conference office the cackles are churning…mention the budget and Gethyn starts gurning,  Sarah flies off to capture the hoards with magical words and emery boards…..

The scariest of all monsters in the healthclub lurk,  show them a cake and they all go beserk….be prepared for a Tara beating if by some fate she should catch you eating….fatty foods and creamy cakes, oh my goodness what mistakes..She’ll mash your body to glowing perfection and should you fail…hit the button ‘ejection’!!

In the kitchen the chefs are preparing the supper…. Hungarian Ghoulish and Terror me Sue (did you see what I did there?)… It’s like something out of a fright night movie as one by one they exit the chiller!!!

Happy Halloween to all budding witches, wizards and toads………’I AIN’T ‘FRAID OF NO GHOST’!!!!!!

Fitness Classes

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Our Fitness Classes In Swansea

SMALL GROUP TRAINING

At the Dragon Hotel we certainly know how to kick off the start of a new week with the introduction of MOTIVATION MONDAY!  We are now holding 30 minute Fat Burning, Metabolism Boosting Classes that are high on results and low on time.

Reach your health and fitness goals faster with our Personal Trainers who are holding small group training classes every Monday  at 6.00pm.  We keep the class small so you get plenty of attention from our trainers.

The 30 minute group sessions will be a personal ‘circuit style’ training session, with sessions including ‘High Intensity Interval Training’.

Class costs are £3 Health Club Members     £5 Non-Members

So book your place now on this amazing class that will transform your training regime, your whole outlook on health & fitness, and reap all the rewards!

Please contact the Health Club on 01792 657111 to confirm your place!

 

AQUA AEROBICS

Come along to our class every Monday at 2pm and Thursday at 6.30pm.  45 minutes of fun, low impact exercise aimed at improving fitness, toning muscles and building strength.

Members £3    Non-Members £5

You can also park at the hotel for free plus you can use our towels and take advantage of our sauna after the class!

T: 01792 657111
E: Healthclub@dragon-hotel.co.uk

Personal Training

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Dragon Hotel is proud to boast some of the best Personal Trainers in Swansea and South Wales. Here’s some more information on our top team.

Louise Morris

LouiseI am mum to a teenage son, who is my inspiration to stay fit and healthy. I have always enjoyed going to the gym, but I was a believer the longer I stayed in the gym doing cardio the more I would benefit. I also believed that I could have a biscuit with my cup of tea “as I had earned it”. Needless to say I didn’t change body shape and stayed unhappy!!

Then I met two fantastic ladies in the fitness industry, one being Tara Hammet, who shed some much needed light on the best way to train and eat for optimal results. This inspired me to educate myself further to achieve the physique I wanted and to be healthy and happy. I completed Level 2 Gym instructor and then Level 3 Personal Trainer, and i have achieved level 1 Precision Nutrition . I am keen to research fitness, health and well being; we are constantly learning how food and fitness affects the human body.It isn’t all about physical appearance.

I love my position as Health Club Manager here at The Dragon Hotel and being able to pass on what I have learned to motivate, educate and help get others achieve the results they desire. I absolutely love pushing clients through our one to one sessions, motivating my ladies through our Aqua class on a Monday @2pm, and a Thursday evening @6.30, and also getting the most out of people with tough sessions in our Group Pt Hiit workouts.

Tom Abraham

Tom is a keen fitness enthusiast and always looks for new ways to train on his own fitness and nutrition and in order to help others reach and over exceed their goal. Tom enjoy’s taking part in all sports, has a black belt in karate a sport that he has participated in since the age of 7. This is how he learnt to improve his own training in order to reach his peak at international level where Tom represented Wales. This in turn inspired him to help others to improve their health and fitness.Tom also enjoy’s surfing when ever possible and is keen to try out new sports. Tom still attends various courses to gain as much knowledge in the field of health and fitness as possible.

Personal training slots are available with Tom, to book a session or for any further information about training with Tom call the Dragon Health Club

Tara Hammett

TaraTara is one of Swansea and South Wales’s leading and most passionate Personal Trainers.  Her enthusiasm, dedication and infectious motivation is spreading not only in The Dragon Hotel Health Club but throughout Wales, the UK and internationally with individuals following her online tips and advice. Tara has also been a finalist in the Top Ten Exorex Personal Trainer of the Year 2011 and the Top six in the National Fitness Awards Personal Trainer Award 2012.

Alongside her day job, Tara visits local care homes helping elderly and mentally ill residents through enjoyable activities. She regularly writes articles for newspapers and magazines, has been the motivational force behind the local radio stations 6 week diet programme helping the recruits and presenters lose hundreds of pounds. The programme will enter its third series in the New Year; this has been in addition to encouraging hundreds of listeners across South Wales. Tara has also helped launch online lifestyle channels 24sports.tv and supermum.tv.

Tara launched her first book, called Tara’s ‘Healthy Handbook’ in February this year with copies being bought from all around the world.  Tara has also been appointed as the Fitness Expert for Admiral. Tara helps to promote health and fitness to all employees across the Admiral and Confused.com sites in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport with regular updates on her intranet page.

Personal Training sessions start at £15.  To book a session with any of our team you can call us direct on 01792 657111 or email us at Healthclub@dragon-hotel.co.uk

A day in the life of Hazel – Accounts Assistant Extraordinaire!!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

‘Step into my shoes’ she says, ‘and live a day like mine,

I’ll guarantee that by the end you’ll need a glass of wine!!

For all my days are filled with chores that no one else can do –

Well, yes they can but the point is this: I just don’t trust them to!!’

 

Everyday she lays out the clothes the children are to wear,

And makes sure Mark is up to speed on how to do their hair.

Woe be tide if he should fail, the consequences great,

And nervously he wrings his hands and waits to learn his fate.

 

Off she trots to work to chase up payments with great pleasure,

No debtor stone remains unturned; with her they’ve met their measure.

With Irish lilt she lays the law, her tone causes a sweat,

For they all fear her wrath if payment terms have not been met!

 

So here it is in black and white: she truly is a wonder

She captains home and work alike, and leaves no room for blunder,

Pay heed all readers: leave no room for excuses or mistakes,

Lest you shall feel the sharp edge of the tongue of Hazel Lakes!!

 

Tara Jives Away With Second Place!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This weekend I took part in the most INCREDIBLE experience of my life. Strictly Swansea was the most magnificent event and I feel so lucky to have been part of it. The journey was so emotional, I was nervous, scared, anxious but also very very excited!

Many months ago Blanche Sainsbury, the Managing Director of SWWMedia had a lightbulb moment about a Strictly event and I was so excited that I was asked to dance. Taking on a challenge and learning a new skill is right up my street, but never in my life would I have predicted that it would soon become one of the biggest highlights of my life.

Tara  & BlairMario and Rebekah from DeMarco’s Dance School in  Swansea have been amazing. They are the most incredible instructors and now wonderful friends and I can’t thank them enough for all the effort they have put in to teaching me, and all the others who were dancing on the night. My new Strictly family!

I also feel like the luckiest girl to have been teamed up with the amazing Blair Crewther. We got on like a house on fire from day 1. Blair had a hard task of putting up with me over the months, but he is the most patient, professional and fabulous person (and an amazing dancer btw) and with the help of Mario and Rebekah, somehow managed to turn me into a dancer! We have had so much fun along the way and have become brilliant friends.Rumba

The night was a huge success and I was over the moon with my Rumba performance with Blair.

Strictly 10

We had the highest score of the night with an amazing 10 from Mark Jermin, 9 from Camilla Dallerup and 10 from Kevin Sacre! Wowweee!

I was so happy to get to the final with the lovely Melanie Walters and along with Lara Johnson, who was so fab the judges decided to choose her with a wild card; we had a really tough Jive in the dance off. It was one of the hardest workouts even for me as a Personal Trainer in Swansea but the best fun too!! Melanie was the winner of the night, and I was proud to have come second and delighted to have raised £300 for my chosen charity Tan Yr Allt Service Users Fund.

Now my amazing journey is over I have the Post-Strictly Blues. I want to go back in time. (In fact, Blair is also amazing by day and is a scientist – so I’m putting all my faith in him to invent me a time machine pronto!!) I miss my lessons, I miss Mario & Rebekah, I miss my new friends that also went through the same journey as me and I miss Blair. Sooooooo…that can only mean one thing!!! I’ve got to keep at it.

Strictly Swansea may be over for me now, but the journey was too amazing to leave there. The dancing shoes are with me to stay and I can’t wait to see what exciting memories they will see me through in the future!!

Keeeeeep Dancing!

Tara xxxx

…and now the news!!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

BONG – Payslip requests increase.  Accounts Assistant Kelly Palmer has been forced into hiding, following  a surge of employees requesting paperwork.  Today she issued a press release asking for staff of  The Dragon Hotel to remain in their posts and stand together!!

BONG – Tragedy has struck in the Helen John household (Accounts Manager).  Beloved Norman the hamster, who has for the last 18 months entertained friends, family and blog readers passed away peacefully.  This sad news has indeed caused a cloud to hang over the accounts office.

Norman was a happy soul,  he had his faults as we all do.. and was under going therapy for his nut addiction and biting habit.   Forensic reports showed traces of nut in his bloodstream and tiny nut particles hidden under his bed.  Police are not treating his death as suspicious. The family have asked people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

BONG – Administrator airs her assests.  The people of Briton Ferry were shocked and outraged when Kelly Allen dared to bare all in a comedy play written by Eric Chappell.  The shapely sex bomb suggestively sauntered onto the  stage and bared her bootie in  a blatantly bold display.  Members of the public are being treated for shock and their families have been informed.

…and now the weather

Cold and damp for the remainder of the week, followed by cold and damp!!

They Are All Barking Mad!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

It’s the pitter patter of four tiny feet for Louise our reservations manager as she has a new addition to the family!!Flo

Flo the British Bulldog is new to the Reservations team here, and is busy at work..

It’s a hard life being a dog!Flo hard at work

Flo is only 8 weeks old, so Louise is now her substitute Mama.

Flo likes nothing more than having her belly tickled and biting your toes!

Flo is originally from North Wales but is now a fully fledged Swansea Jack, even down to her toes being black & white!

Hopefully when Flo is big enough you will see her strutting the green at Crufts!