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Sports Massage

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The Dragon Hotel offers sports and remedial massage. Tara Hammett is a fully qualified Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer.

What is Sports/Remedial Massage?

A technique that focuses on the deep layers of muscle tissue, to release chronic patterns of tension in the body, using various pressures, gliding strokes and kneading movements to manipulate soft tissue.

Who Would Benefit?

You do not have to be involved in sports to benefit. The build up of general muscular stress and tension and postural issues can be treated. Aids the prevention of sports injuries and assists the body to repair and heal after any sustained injuries.

Some Possible Benefits

Improves blood circulation, aids in decongestion of lactic acid and waste products stored in soft tissue. Speeds up healing of stressed or damaged muscles.

What Is Involved?

Massage is carried out while lying on a massage couch. A series of assisted stretching techniques are also incorporated in the treatment to improve flexibility and decrease tension within the muscles.

Side Effects

Although relaxing and soothing, it can be vigorous. Some muscle soreness can occur 24 – 48 hours after treatment.

Is It Right For Me?

There are times when Sports Massage is not suitable:-

  • Body temperature over 100 degrees
  • Feeling unwell or viral infection
  • Acute traumas – muscle, ligament injuries, bruising (pre 72 hours)
  • Open wounds, skin infections, cancer thrombosis
  • Varicose veins (work above area)
  • Hypertension (need clearance from doctor)
  • Diabetes (massage has same effect as exercising)

For further information on sports massage or to book an appointment ( appointments are limited, must be booked a few days in advance and also subject to availability) call The Healthclub Direct on 01792 657111

Opening Times

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The Dragon Health & Fitness Club is open daily from:

Monday to Friday: 7 am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 8pm

Last entry is 1 hour before closing time


Bank Holiday Opening Times 

Saturday 29th August: 8am – 8pm

Sunday 30th August: 8am – 8pm

Bank Holiday Monday 31st August: 8am -8pm

Last entry is 1 hour before closing time

Season’s Greetings!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The Festive Season is drawing to a close… and we all here at The Dragon Hotel heave a collective sigh of relief!

We have served hundreds of Festive meals… opened countless bottles of wine…  rocked around the Christmas tree – and kissed under the Mistletoe!

Thank you for your support throughout 2012, a year which saw some big changes at The Dragon Hotel, we very much look forward to seeing you again in 2013. We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Congratulations Hayley James – Team member of the Month!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Hayley is one of our Senior Sous Chefs. She’s the first to be called in for breakfast on the rare occasion that our Breakfast Chef oversleeps (her Bacon & Eggs are second to none so the guests tell me) and also organises the rotas of the kitchen porters, often stepping into the breach herself.  Hayley is also our chief dessert maker, for which there are plenty of volunteers for quality checks –  just don’t tell Tara in the Gym!

Hayley can often be heard in the Kitchen howling along to Justin Bieber and her favourite song at this time of the year is All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – although I hasten to add that hers are intact!

Please join me in congratulating Hayley for winning the Team Member of the Month – November accolade

We’re going to help you make December your fittest ever!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Merry Fitmas

Want a change from the normal Advent calendar?

Need some motivation to keep in shape in December and burn off the Christmas party buffet & the celebratory drink or two?

Then join in with Tara Hammett, one of the Top Personal Trainers in Swansea and The Dragon Hotel Health Club Manager as she kicks off her FREE ‘Merry Fitmas – Advent Workouts’

Tara will be kicking off the festive fitness on Saturday 1st December and will be helping keep everyone fit & fab with 12 minute home workouts that you can do every morning. You can join in too for free and receive your short workouts every morning in your inbox. Take part with hundreds of others and stay in shape for your party outfits and sign up with your email on

So get ready to open the Advent workout doors and make December 2012 the most fittest, fabulous and festive yet!

Merry Fitmas from The Dragon Team!!

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………………… 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!


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


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!



Come along to our class every Monday at 2pm.  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