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Welcome back Cath

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

JonathanSo, as many others are preparing for their maternity leave, we welcome Cath, our Deputy General Manager, back from hers.  Her son Jonathan was born on Beaujolais Day last year and she can’t quite believe that she’s back at work already! ‘I really don’t know where the last six months have gone – the only measure I have that time has actually passed is how big Jonathan is getting!’ she says.

It has to be said that Jonathan is indeed a pudding, and the spitting image of his Daddy, Antonio.  Apparently he sleeps well and is as laid back as you can get – clearly his father’s son on every level in that case!  He also idolises his big sister Maya, which currently is a mutual thing although Maya did ask the other day whether ‘Mami could make a little sister’ for her…

New Kid on the Block

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Hi everyone! My name is Cheryl Entwistle and I’ve just joined The Dragon Hotel as Conference & Events Manager. It’s only my second week here so I’m still settling in and getting to know everyone and I really appreciate the help and support I have had so far so thank you! Since graduating I’ve built up an interesting career within tourism and hospitality predominantly within the conference and events industry, having worked in both hotels and a University.

I’m originally from Liverpool (and I’ve heard all the jokes!) but have lived in South Wales now for over six years after spending some time living in Spain and Leeds.

I have two cats, Ribena and Sparko, and I love Chinese food! I will be having my very first fake tan this week in preparation for my Dad’s wedding at the weekend so wish me luck!

Paperwork, Payslips & Parties!!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Well hello once again from the Accounts and Administration department here at the Dragon Hotel!!  We have been busy bees as usual keeping the bills paid and the paperwork up to date….

What a horrible May it’s been so far with the soggy weather, so much so that we have all been quite happy holed up in the dungeons working!!  It was Kelly’s (Admin) Birthday last week and so cakes were number one on the list of priorities and how we indulged!  Well it would have been rude not to hey!!

Our account manager Helen now has a fully completed brand new kitchen, so her stress levels have now come down to nearly normal (well she does have to work with us!).  Her biggest thrill so far has been opening the dish washer after it’s finished and seeing the gleaming dishes!! Somebody needs to get out more…and of course no one is allowed to use anything in case they dirty it!!!

…and so we continue on, always willing with pen in hand and calculator at the ready, the cogs in the machine, the hamsters in the wheel….the..oh you get the picture!! Until next time avid readers, lets have a sunny June!!

Dragon Beauty Baby Boom!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

There must be something in the air with our beauty department and we’re very excited to tell you that over the next few months there will be the addition of the pitter patter of 6 little baby dragon feet!

Firstly, our freelance Spray Tanner Louisa is expecting a little princess within the next two weeks, so we’re all very excited about the first arrival. Once we’ve welcomed our dragonette into the world we’ll be getting ready to welcome Karen’s little baby who’s due in September closely followed by Michelle who is due at the beginning of October!

Well, they say everything happens in three’s so Tara & Sandra can breath a sigh of relief that those three places have been taken up!

I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing Louisa all the very best of luck and we look forward to updating you with our baby boom news over the next few weeks

Admin & Accounts – Dragon Dramas cont….

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Mellow greetings to all you avid blog readers from the 4 musketeers of the admin and accounts office!! One for all and all for one is our motto – well when there’s starbucks involved it is!

Let us update you on the exciting news and dramatic occurances that have occured in our lives since our last installment.

Helen (Accounts Manager)  – Following the decision to have a new kitchen instead of a holiday this year, Helen has been a nervous wreck…..her caffine intake has trippled and we think perhaps so has upped her gin dosage!! (For nerves of course) It will all be worth it in the end Helen and we look forward to the grand unveiling..That said she has spent the last 4 weeks having her washing done and being fed by friends and relatives so we think she may be dragging it out on purpose!!

Kelly one – I must apologise for forgetting to mention that Kelly passed her exams! (There Kell I have done it now).  Kelly had a very exciting lead up to her sister’s wedding in which she was a bridesmaid and having seen the photos she scrubs up well!  She is now waiting for the birth of her nephew which should be any day now.

Hazel has been busy with her beautiful children and birthday parties and losing at the rugby (Hazel is an irish lass).

Then there’s me (Kelly 2)! I have been lucky enough to have been nominated for a NODA (National operatic and Dramatic Association) award for my portrayal of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls last year which I am very excited and shocked about…new frock to buy ready for the awards in June..I will let you know how it goes!

Well that’s our news for this month, we will keep you updated on all the exciting adventures we have.

Kelly 2, Kelly 1, Hazel and Helen.xx

Tara Hammett’s Healthy Handbook

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

My book is aimed at anybody that is interested in improving their lifestyles but need a bit of a point in the right direction. There are a few myths out there that people still believe so I’m aiming to educate people on a few rights and wrongs with nutrition whilst giving some handy, easy ideas along the way. Many of the people I meet struggle to think of new ideas to keep variety in their meals which will help keep them on track, so fingers crossed there may be a few yummy ideas of mine that people fancy trying.

Tara's Book

Everything I’ve covered in the book is all tips and information that I’ve been following myself and passing onto many of my clients over the years helping them to lose tremendous amounts of weight, boost their fitness levels, increase their confidence and achieve their own goals.

In the book I scratch the surface on a bit of nutrition info that I think people will be interested in and there’s loads of other info on how to increase your metabolism, how to stay motivated, things you already knew and things you may not. There’s also a few home exercise ideas in there plus a handy little note section that people can record their weigh and inches and track their success.

There are lots of quick and easy meal ideas and little twists on a few classics that everybody loves. My ‘Spin Bol’ (Spag Bol, without the Spaghetti but with Spinach instead) is becoming a little bit famous now and loads of people I have suggested it to totally love it.

As you’ll see, all my photos are my actual meals from my iphone (none of them airbrushed by the way . They’re all incredibly easy to make (If I can do it, I guarantee you can!), convenient and YUMMY!

I hope people will enjoy this book, carry it around with them, share it with their friends and family and I hope it encourages them to release the healthy person wanting to get out!!

For a limited time you can purchase my new book, for only £5.00 with a FREE VIP DAY Pass  to The Dragon Health Club Facilites

To buy your copy of my book, either call into The Dragon Health Club or it can be puchased online at my website.

Happpy Reading !

Join us in welcoming Kelly!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

New Kid on The Block!

My name is Kelly Haslam and I’ve recently started here at The Dragon Hotel as the Reception Manager. I have previously worked at The Bluebell Hotel Neath & The Ramada Encore, Swansea Bay known now as The Ibis.


I have worked in the hotel industry for the last 8 years and started off as a weekend breakfast assistant whilst I was studying Travel & Tourism at Swansea College. My intention once I finished college was to go on and work as an air hostess but whilst working in The Ramada my perception changed as loved working in the hotel.

I have been busy over the last few months getting to know the job & my team. This has paid off as I have been busy over the last week completing performance evaluations.

Current news with myself includes me having laser eye surgery in Bristol tomorrow & agreeing to assist my brother learning to drive in his new car – wish me luck!

Thank-you all for your continued support over the past few months & I would like to wish our guests past, present & future a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Team Member of the Month – Sean Warren

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Well hello avid readers!! Yes its once again time to award the Pretegious Team member of Month title, to the member of staff that has stood out for their dedication and hard work.  The award for December 2011 goes to the suave, tall dark and ridiculously handsome (he paid me to put that bit in!!) Mr Sean Warren…..cue fanfare and much applause!

During the month of December, Sean donned his armour and bravely ventured where others dread to tread – The STORE CUPBOARDS!!! (Anguished scream!!)

Thank you Sean for doing such a stirling job!

Festive Food & Frivolity!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the Dragon Hotel delighful! The Brasserie is the place to go…please don’t snow, please don’t snow, please don’t snow!

With the Christmas party season now in full swing, the hotel is buzzing with activity.. the trees are trimmed, the lights are flashing and the kitchen is place of oganised chaos and beautiful aromas!

Head Chef Steve is doing his best Gordon Ramsey impersonation as he barks orders out to his ‘little helpers’ and Pastry chef Hayley is concocting the most delicious desserts you could imagine, from your traditional Christmas pud to Orange Parfait with Clementine Compote with Chestnut shortbread! Mouthwateringly good!

So if you fancy some festive fun, or just a traditional Christmas dinner, come along to the hotel and sample the delights we have to offer!

Black Friday in The Pembrey Suite

Black Friday in The Pembrey Suite

Team Member of the Month – Tanisha Williams

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Festive Greetings avid readers!!

We are once again honouring a team member..the one person that has stood out as contributing that little bit extra, and I am delighted to announce that the winner of this pretegious accolade is once again the lovely Tanisha Williams – Conference & Banqueting Supervisor!

Tanisha Williams team member of the month for November

Tanisha is one of our long serving employees and works tirelessly along side the Conference & Banqueting Manager Antonio, making sure that everyone attending functions, be it Birthday party, wedding reception, hen night etc has the very best of service.  Her attention to detail is seconf to none!  Her favourite time of the year at the hotel is trimming up ready for Christmas and it’s fair to say that there is never a bauble out of place or a piece of tinsel trailing!  So once again join me in a celebratory toast to Tanisha…may your Christmas lights glow brightly and your festive functions go with a bang!