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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

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 and

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 sites in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport with regular updates on her intranet page.

Personal Training sessions are subject to availability.  To book a session with any of our team you can call us direct on 01792 657111 or email us at

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!!