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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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spa jet hydro massage

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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healthcare head spa massager

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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

Dancers return time after time for a dance holiday at the Victoria Hotel

“We are regular TLH dance guests, 5 times this year at the Victoria Hotel – part of the TLH group – where we can be sure of the quality of service, and where they take the dance holiday market very seriously. We find the management and staff are friendly and very customer aware and these excellent value short breaks enable us to recharge our batteries by getting our own little taste of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

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Ballroom & Latin

Their Ballroom and Latin breaks, hosted by various top class well known dance professionals, are aimed at social dancers with some experience as well as those of competitive standard.  We always enjoy our holidays at the TLH for the following reasons:

They offer a wide range of dancing holiday throughout the year, which encompass many dance styles and with varying lengths of stay.  Ballroom and Latin breaks range from complete beginner right through social dancer to more advanced level and competitive dancers, so we can gauge which is right for us.  We receive quarterly updates of all the dance holidays currently available, plus of course, we can refer to their up-to-date web page at any time.

The dance hosts are qualified, well known, and dedicated Dance Professionals, all experienced in running such holidays.

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Warwick Ballroom

All the beautiful ballrooms have superb sprung wood floors.  A real asset when dancing twice a day!  (Energy saved is always useful for some retail therapy in Torquay).

The programmes are well balanced, with comprehensive and fun tuition in the morning workshops and friendly, social evening dancing to superb recorded dance music.  Some holidays have top class dance demonstration cabarets as well.  The English Riviera Dance Festival week attracts huge numbers to TLH and is a must on many dancers’ calendars and the new Christmas House Dance Party is an exciting addition their programme.

The company and friendship of fellow dancers from all over the UK as well as some from the EU.

The fantastic quality of the TLH complex which also offers superb indoor and outdoor leisure and entertainment facilities and the delights of  Torquay and the English Riviera, which is so easily accessible by road, rail, coach and even air (Exeter Airport). Be sure to check out our bargain family holidays and dancing holidays on our website.

Hope to see you all again soon!”

Celia & Tony
23 November 2009

Christmas Sparkle Spa Packages

It’s Christmas party season! You’ve got a new frock, shoes and sparkly party animals 150x150 Christmas Sparkle Spa Packageshandbag so all that’s left is a spot of pre-party pampering. We all know that whipping on some nail polish 10 minutes before you’re due to leave is not a good idea and come on own up, you’ve only painted the few toe nails on show in those new peep toe shoes haven’t you? Why not do it in style instead and treat yourself to a professional manicure and pedicure at the Aztec Spa?

Not only can you have your toenails and hands attended to, but you can also get your eyebrows tidied up as part of their Christmas Sparkle package – all for just £34. And if you have a really special event to go to, or just want to splash out, then the Ultimate Christmas Cracker will give you an upgraded Replenishing Manicure, an Aztec Feet Treat plus an Elemis Taster facial.

opi lacquer display 150x150 Christmas Sparkle Spa PackagesBoth packages will also make great Christmas gifts, as they are available until the end of January 2010. Of course there are a whole range of other treatments and gifts available at Aztec Spa, including spa vouchers.

 Call 01803 400190