Posts Tagged ‘Health & Fitness’

Bikini Bodies, Babies & Beauty !

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Baby Beautiful!!

 Well it’s all happening in the Healthclub this month……!! Not only are we giving you the opportunity to get your Beach Bodies ready with our June offer of 3 Free Personal Training Sessions or 3 month Summer Body Membership, we are now able to offer you the support to lose the pounds and get into that bikini by joining our fantastic weight loss club!! So get motivated and get ready to strut your stuff this summer!

 Motivation speech over with…time for the news!!

 We are due to say a temporary farewell to our fantastic Beauty Therapist Michelle, who is going off on Maternity Leave (her bump has officially out grown the treatment room!) She will be missed by us all (her Dermalogica facials are to die for!)  We wish her all the very best for the imminent arrival of Baby Domenic (Sparkle as named by the rest of the team) and hope she enjoys her baby holiday!

 So with the lovely Michelle out of action, the Beauty treatments will be placed in the very capable hands of Harley, who many of you are familiar with (another facial and massage goddess) and a new Beauty Therapist Karen Young who we offer a very warm Dragon Hotel welcome! So don’t worry girls and boys…our team of pamper experts are here to make you beautiful!

We will keep you updated with all the latest offers and baby news!! Until then – think beautiful thought!

Summer Weight Loss support is coming your way!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

weight loss posterThis month we’re excited to launch the Dragon Health Club Weight Loss club with Tara! (more…)

Dragon Memories Exhibition Launched

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Louise Howells, Tim Priestlamd and Cath Garcia

Louise Howells, Tim Priestland and Cath Garcia

It was a pleasure to see so many enjoying afternoon tea on Monday, 11th April 2011 when The Dragon Memories Exhibition was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Swansea, Councillor Richard Lewis.  With a trip down memory lane conducted by historian Professor Peter Stead, memories were flowing as swiftly as the tea and coffee!

With a delightful mixture of those who used to work at the hotel, those who celebrated their weddings here and those who simply came to enjoy the afternoon teas of a Saturday, there were plenty of tales captured live on air as Shanny broadcasted live for The Wave.

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

The exhibition runs throughout the public areas of the hotel until May 12th 2011 and all are welcome to visit at their leisure to view the memorabilia on display.

A big heart on Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Evening Post CuttingAs detailed in The South Wales Evening Post on Wednesday, 16th February 2011(right), February 14th saw The Dragon Health & Fitness Club staff and members take part in an organised event celebrating 50 years of the British Heart Foundation. Along with other gyms and health clubs in the Swansea area, The Dragon had to promote an event with the 50 theme in mind. Some discarded ideas included 50km on the treadmill, bike and rower but we finally set the challenge of swimming a combined effort of 50km in one day, it took a lot of hard effort and some long hours in the pool, in fact 2,777 lengths in total, but we managed to hit the target at 9.30pm! We would like to thank everyone who took part and sponsored the team for this great cause, the final sum of money raised is still unknown but appears to be over £350.

Completing this challenge now frees up the team to put their heart and soul into celebrating 50 years of The Dragon Hotel – I somehow don’t think that 50km on the treadmill is going to be included in those celebrations either!

Winter Beauty, it’s ‘Snow’ joke!!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Well this week it’s all snow, snow and more snow!! But that hasn’t bothered any of our beauty clients. Whether it’s party glamour or beauty maintenance, it is not something that the snow can get in the way of, OH NO!! It is essential and whether our clients have had to walk, hike, ski or slide their way to us, they’ve made it!!

We also know there will be some very special gifts underneath the Christmas tree. Husbands and boyfriends have done well this year buying gift vouchers for their loved ones. A real luxurious treat and perfect Christmas surprise.

Michelle’s top tip for your beauty regime in this harsh cold weather is:

Make sure you moisturise daily, use a heavier moisturiser at night and use a gentle exfoliator once a week. Also, when inside with the heating on, keep skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of hot or cold drinks!

For more information on your skin care or for FREE Dermalogica face mapping call us now to book your appointment!

Merry Christmas and a Happy & Beautiful New Year

Michelle & Harley

Tara in 50 Questions

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

This is your opportunity to learn random things about The Dragon Health & Fitness Club Manager Tara Hammett – FAB! (As Tara would say…)

1.Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi (Diet!!)

2.Desk: messy or organized?


3.Are you always early or terminally late?

4.Who would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
Meryl Streep

5.What is your favourite word?

Fab! (or amazing..say that a lot too)
6.What is your least favourite word?


7.What sound or noise do you love?
My Voice
8.What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Interior Designer
9.What profession would you not like to do?

10.If Heaven exists, what would God say to you when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You haven’t shut up all your life, now get in and be quiet or you’re going back!!

11.On a scale of 1-5 how organized are you?

12. Do you exercise regularly?


13. Have any nick names?
TTP, Princess

14.Do you have tattoos?
Yes, one.

 15. What is/was your worst subject in school?

Worst at History and Geography

16.Do you like to dance?


17. Name your favourite colour


18. Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?

Act younger

19. Ever had an imaginary friend as a child?
Still got one.

20.Do you drink?
I do drink but can’t handle it at all.

21. What annoys you?

Robert Crabtree – Mega mind!

22.Do you wear pajamas to places other than at your house?

I have standards thank you!

23. Have you ever stolen anything from a store or from someone?

I once stole a melon
24. Ever cheated on a test?
Never – I’m a complete nerd and I love studying!

25. Name 5 of the most important things in your life?

Husband, Family & Friends, Love my job, Food (lots of it), Socialising

26. How many languages can you speak and what are they?

Just English but I speak so fast you could count it as my own language
27. Are you a touchy feely person?

28. Do you have any phobias?

The Dark!


29. Are you a heavy or light sleeper?

Um, don’t really know?!? But I’m good at it!
30.Are you a morning person?
I don’t look great but I like to think I am a morning person

31. Ever broken any bones?
Yep, both wrists and my nose.

32. Do you play any instruments?
33. Have you been told you can sing well more than once?
No, I haven’t got a good talking voice, so you can imagine what my singing voice is like!

34. Name your least favourite feature?
My bum
35. Name the clothing store you shop at the most?


36. Pecs or Abs?


37. Name someone you can tell just about anything to?

My imaginary friend
38. Where were you born?
Neath General Hospital
39. Do you live in a street or in the middle of nowhere?

A street with a fab view.


40. If money were not an object, what would you do with your life?

Train people

41. What would be your last meal on earth?

Sushi followed by seriously chocolate fudge cake!!!


42. What is your favourite film?

Oceans Eleven and  ATime to Kill


43. What possession do you love the most?

My slanket!!

 44. Apart from your husband, who is your number one man?

Jason Statham


45. What is your favourite TV show?

Don’t watch TV much, bit I do like Hustle.


46. Who is your biggest inspiration?

Daniel Bevan


47. If you could have dinner with 3 people in the world, who would they be?

Rob Crabtree, Daniel Bevan and Andrew Morrissey


48. If you were an animal what would you be and why?

A cheetah, because I use to think I was Cheetara from Thundercats when I was young


49. If you were prime minister, what would you change, or impose?

Make a law that everyone had to do some form of exercise everyday


50. If you were deserted on a desert island what one item would you want with you?


Kelly-Ann Bursts onto the Scene!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Well hello to all you Dragon Hotel fans out there! My name is Kelly-Ann and I have been working at the hotel since 24th August 2010 as the Administrative Manager,  a task that I have taken on with my usual gusto and enthusiasm!

Let me tell you a little bit about me; I hail from the ever expanding Broadlands Estate in Bridgend where I reside with my three beautifully behaved children (A term I use loosely).  I have been with my long suffering husband Justin for 8 years, during this time I have successfully managed to wear him down to an acceptable level of compliance and hardly ever need to resort to torturous methods to get my own way.

In my spare time I knit socks for gerbils and loiter around zebra crossings waiting to assist the frail and aged people across the road and campaigning for World Peace.  I am a self confessed Obsessive Compulsive, and seem to cause my colleagues in accounts much amusement with my constant cleaning and organising and inability to put a cup down without a coaster (this being just the tip of a very large ice berg).

 Since starting at the hotel I have been fortunate enough to meet some lovely people and share an office with Helen the Accounts Manager and Kelly the Accounts Assistant, both of which are inspirational, strong, bright women (I’m easily bribed, invoices in the post ladies).

On a more serious note I am happy to say that I have been made to feel very welcome by all of the staff here and feel like I’ve been here for years!  I am also most grateful to Helen for introducing me to the wild, wonderful, calorie laden world of Starbucks!

 I have been involved in the HR Administration for many years but had never worked in a Hotel before and I must say that I love every minute of the hustle and bustle of people coming and going.

 I must say that whilst I find having a Health spa on site a fantastic bonus it is proving to be rather detrimental to the health of my bank balance and my husbands blood pressure as I have become a huge fan of Michelle our resident Beauty Therapist, her ability to make me snore during a facial is amazing and I am now hopelessly hooked on Gel Nails and eye lash extensions (I hope my Husband doesn’t read this!)

 I am a huge animal lover and a sucker for a sob story hence the fact that I am the proud owner of six horses, nine cats, three dogs, two gerbils, a monosyllabic teenage boy, a cheeky monkey of an eight year old, a busy bee daughter and a partridge in a pear tree!

 Well that’s all about me for now, join me for the next chapter in the trilogy; “Admin v Accounts 2 – Your number’s up”.

Fabulous Individual Eyelash Extensions

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Now available from the Hotel’s Beautician

Eyelash extensions are a revolutionary advanced product that lengthen and thicken eyelashes. Individual eyelash extensions are single strands of a synthetic material that are curved to replicate a natural eyelash. Applied and bonded to each individual eyelash on a lash by lash basis to create an instant elegant and luxurious look.


Rob Crabtree is Team Member of the Month!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Rob Crabtree Team Member for September

Huge congratulations to Robert Crabtree for being nominated as The Dragon Hotel Team Member of the Month – September.  An award given to those who have given that extra bit of themselves in order to ensure that visitors to the hotel go away feeling that they have received only the best in customer service.

Rob has worked at the Dragon Hotel Health Club for four years and during that time has proven to be a valuable asset to the team and is well liked by both visitors and team mates.

His colleagues speak very highly of his thirst for success and his never ending enthusiasm.  As you would expect from working in a Health Club, Rob is very fitness focused and is a dedicated participant in Triathalon events for which he trains on a regular basis.  He is a compassionate soul in both his professional and personal life. 

Some interesting facts that you may like to know about Rob:

He has a long term girlfriend called Tanya (Sorry ladies but he’s taken!)

His favourite food is whatever anyone else is eating!

He once had to bandage a man’s ‘special place’ following an injury.

His favourite colour is blue.

Once again congratulations Rob for all your hard work and continuing commitment to your role within the team.

Andrew Conquers the Tour De France

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Andrew CyclePlease join us in giving Andrew Morrisey, Senior Lifestyle Consultant at The Dragon Health and Fitness Club a big round of applause as he returns from his endeavours at this year’s Tour De France.  In his own words, this is how he fared:

 My cycling adventure consisted of cycling 7 stages of the 2010 Tour de France, the biggest cycling event in the world. In total I cycled 1092km over 7 days. The stages that I completed involved the Prynennes Mountains. These are home to some of the most gruelling mountain climbs including the Col Du Tourmalet which I climbed twice. Each day I was cycling for a minimum of 7 hours and covering distances over 180km with hills that would take from 1 hour to 3 hours. I also took part in the etape the biggest amateur event, this year 10,000 people took part with only 6,000 finishing, I managed to complete this day after already doing 3 days cycling. I enjoyed doing this and now I am aiming to complete the whole tour de france next year!