This Dance Festival has something for everyone.

For all lovers of dance, whether you just can’t keep off the dance floor, or you simply enjoy watching the spectacle, the annual English Riviera Dance Festival is a must.

There is no escaping the current craze for dance with the increasing number of programmes on TV. “Strictly Come Dancing” is taking a break until later this year, but “So You Think You Can Dance” quickly steps in to take it’s place, seemingly giving the opportunity to the ordinary man in the street to strut his or her stuff. Dancing is even extended to the ice rink as the latest series of “Dancing on Ice” takes to our screens.

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Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace at the 2008 Festival

The clear advantage of the English Riviera Dance Festival is that it is available to everyone. The June extravaganza, organised and hosted by dance impresario Philip Wylie, has wide-ranging appeal. The invitation to join this unique dance holiday is extended to learners, improving dancers, experienced social dancers, up to medallists or competition dancers. Ballroom dancing, Latin American and some Sequence are included in the programme. You’ll be able to see dance champions in cabaret, take part in dancing sessions morning, afternoon and evening, join in with learn and improve workshops, or master-classes for the more experienced.

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Dancing for all at the Festival

Based at the Victoria Hotel in Torquay, the extensive dance programme is given some extra sparkle and glamour with two gala evenings at Torquay Town Hall, plus the added excitement of the Sunday afternoon competition session. A full programme of events is available online, or you can call TLH Leisure Resort on 01803 400500.

And if all the dancing gets too much, you can revive your tired tootsies in the luxury Aztec Spa, by booking a Luxury Pedicure – 70 minutes of complete bliss and it only costs £36. Or go the whole hog and try an Elemis Complete Spa Ritual for total top-to-toe pampering. As part of TLH Leisure Resort, this luxury spa is right on your doorstep and just perfect for a spot of “me-time”.

Don’t be a wallflower and do come and join Holiday and Dance at the Victoria Hotel, Torquay between 4 – 11 June 2010.

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Philip Wylie & Pam Peters of Holiday & Dance

 

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A garden holiday with a difference – Meet the gardeners in South Devon

Join us in April at TLH Leisure Resort for the first of our new garden holidays. Enjoy a colourful and rejuvenating jaunt through some of Devon’s most beautiful spring gardens, escorted by Judy Disney of Great Garden Getaways. From woodland glades, to subtropical plants and flowers, we will explore a diversity of gardens that thrive in Devon’s mild climate. Several of our visits will include personal tours conducted by the owners or Head Gardeners, to help us learn more about their wonderful gardens and the varying conditions in which they work.

Well known for its rich variety of trees, shrubs and ornamental gardens, RHS Rosemoor is top of our list for a spring visit, with its woodland trails amassed with the dazzling colours of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. These acid loving plants can also be found in the colourful Lukeslands gardens, which nestle in a secluded valley on the slopes of Dartmoor.

 

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RHS RosemoorLukesland pond

Renowned for half-hardy plants and it’s woodland garden, we will also visit Coleton Fishacre, the seaside home of Rupert D’Oyly Carte of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, which sits in a stream-fed valley above the scenic Devon coast and is now owned by the National Trust

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Coleton Fishacre

One visit that could not be missed as part of our spring collection is the truly inspirational Garden House at Buckland Monachorum. Steeped in history and set in a tranquil valley, the walled garden surrounds the ruins of Buckland’s medieval vicarage. Beyond stretches a modern garden planted in a naturalistic style and the whole site contains over 6,000 plants!

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The Garden House Long Walk

Guests will stay at the 3 star Carlton Hotel, part of the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay in the heart of the English Riviera, which is nationally renowned for its amazing Aztec Falls leisure complex and nightly entertainment. With prices starting at only £240 pp for 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast this is an opportunity not to be missed by keen gardeners and plantsmen alike.

For more information call 01803 400500 or visit www.tlh.co.uk

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Spa breaks should be more holistic and less ecliptic

When you think of  spa breaks, you might think of walking around a beautifully therapeutic environment, with waterfalls and singing tropical birds. You might imagine being wrapped in a huge fluffy dressing gown, that feels like it have been hand woven by angels. Why? Because a Spa is all about having your body pampered by experts intent on making sure ever inch of you as relaxed and stress free as possible.

What you might not imagine is the opening scene to Ridley Scott’s Alien, your fluffy dressing gown is a cold space suit and you’re running through corridors avoiding aliens to find your 4.00pm pedicure.

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Ellen Ripley in the First Alien movie

OK, well maybe it’s not that bad, but as technology becomes more emboldened., are we in fact in danger of loosing the very sanctity of what a spa treatment really is. Here is our pick of some of the most bizarre space age treatments and Spa’s online.

1) High tech body spa machines

This spa in Skopje has high tech body work machines that look just mini space pods from some sixties movie B movie.

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Spa high tech body work machine

2) The 3D pluri-sensorial dimension Spa

This is the galactic Exedra Nice Hotel Wellness Centre in Nice. It is said to offer a “3D pluri-sensorial dimension never seen before,” I have no idea what that means, but it does look very nice.

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Simone Micheli Space Spa

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

3) The space age salon

This is a design concept for a new space age salon by designer Vizitiu Eduard, filled with transparent glass partitions, retro graphic art designs and walls that curve in on themselves.

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New space age salon by designer Vizitiu Eduard

4) Takeaway Spa hydro-fusion

This is a futurist spa that you can have in your home; it is basically a huge bathing tube where the user gets; a hydrotherapy spa treatment with inbuilt hydro-fusion, aromatherapy and musical technology (it has nozzles that spray water, play music and smell nice).

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Spa hydro massage chamber

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5) The Spa shower system

This is the kind of phone booth that even superman wouldn’t have minded changing in. OK, you got me, it’s a shower, but it is very pretty.

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Spa shower

6) Futuristic head massager

If you wish to look like one of the original battlestar galactica’s cylon’s while you get your massage then this futuristic head gear is for you.

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Original battlestar galactica cylon

So, should spa breaks be a holistic experience or a step into the Twilight Zone?

TLH Leisure Resort celebrates Gold Tourism Award

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Nigel Beck & Peter Lloyd in the Toorak wildlife garden

TLH Leisure Resort

would impress the powers that be at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Whilst they are umming and aahing and struggling to make decisions, TLH are leading the way locally with their green initiatives.

The Torquay based hotel company have just achieved 4 awards for Green Business Tourism. The Toorak were awarded Gold with the Carlton, Victoria and Derwent Hotels all being awarded Silver. The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK and is validated by Visit Britain.

A range of measures were looked at in the audit including laundry, waste and recycling, insulation and the use of Fair Trade products. In fact the inspectors were so impressed, they believe the Toorak could well become leaders in environmental tourism in Torquay.

‘This is a proud moment,’ said General Manager of the Toorak, Nigel Beck,’ and a real pat on the back for all our staff who have worked so hard at maintaining our green initiatives.’

As well as looking at the obvious areas of energy and waste, the Toorak have cultivated a wildflower garden providing a valuable habitat for garden birds, bees and insects, which has become an added attraction to guests at the hotel. Composting bins are supplied by waste from the hotel.

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the commitment from staff to green issues, with suggestions such as paperless meetings, a bike rack and the use of some Fair Trade products all being implemented. There has also been considerable investment from TLH in terms of new eco-friendly boilers, supplied and fitted by local companies.

Nigel added, ‘All the hotels have done brilliantly to reach such a high standard in the Green Business Tourism Awards. It has benefits across the board, to our guests, our staff and, of course, ultimately to our environment.’

TLH Leisure Resort celebrates Gold Tourism Award

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Nigel Beck & Peter Lloyd in the Toorak wildlife garden

TLH Leisure Resort

would impress the powers that be at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Whilst they are umming and aahing and struggling to make decisions, TLH are leading the way locally with their green initiatives.

The Torquay based hotel company have just achieved 4 awards for Green Business Tourism. The Toorak were awarded Gold with the Carlton, Victoria and Derwent Hotels all being awarded Silver. The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK and is validated by Visit Britain.

A range of measures were looked at in the audit including laundry, waste and recycling, insulation and the use of Fair Trade products. In fact the inspectors were so impressed, they believe the Toorak could well become leaders in environmental tourism in Torquay.

‘This is a proud moment,’ said General Manager of the Toorak, Nigel Beck,’ and a real pat on the back for all our staff who have worked so hard at maintaining our green initiatives.’

As well as looking at the obvious areas of energy and waste, the Toorak have cultivated a wildflower garden providing a valuable habitat for garden birds, bees and insects, which has become an added attraction to guests at the hotel. Composting bins are supplied by waste from the hotel.

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the commitment from staff to green issues, with suggestions such as paperless meetings, a bike rack and the use of some Fair Trade products all being implemented. There has also been considerable investment from TLH in terms of new eco-friendly boilers, supplied and fitted by local companies.

Nigel added, ‘All the hotels have done brilliantly to reach such a high standard in the Green Business Tourism Awards. It has benefits across the board, to our guests, our staff and, of course, ultimately to our environment.’

New Year Breaks – Toorak is the top choice on the English Riviera

Does New Year on the English Riviera in Torquay, Devon sounds appealing?? Take an easy drive down the M5 with no need to worry about a British Airways strike and join us for a New Year Break.

The Toorak Hotel,  part of TLH Leisure Resort, that stylish hotel with the host of leisure and entertainment is the place to be this New Year.  Have you realised it’s 10 years since we celebrated the big Millennium bash,so it’s time to do it again in style!!  On New Year’s Eve there is a drinks reception, a blini or two, and the piece de resistance – as befits a Taste of the West member – is a delicious 5 course dinner produced by head chef Nick Coombes and his team. During dinner a traditional piper adds to the atmosphere as he plays out the old year.  After dinner there’s a full programme of entertainment with dancing and cabaret and at midnight a glass of bubbly to welcome in 2010.

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Nick & his team

New Year’s day is a relaxed affair with brunch served from 9.00 until 1.00pm, then take in the sea air on the prom of the English Riviera – complete with palm trees, or if you are feeling energetic the Aztec Gym and Pool are open. Or just relax in the spa and treat yourself  - ahhh!!

Nick’s Gala Buffet is the highlight of the evening on New Year’s day with an impressive array of food from the Toorak kitchen, followed by dancing the evening away. 

Not a bad way to start the new year so if you have not made plans yet, don’t miss out on the best party around and  give us a call for the last few remaining places on 01083 400400

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New Year Buffet

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Dressed salmon