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

World Latin Stars of Strictly Come Dancing arrive in Torquay!

Now in it’s 7th year, Strictly Come Dancing gains in popularity every year with an increasing number of people wanting to learn to dance. And this year is no exception. If you are keen to be the new Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova – but still feel a bit like a John Sargeant or Lynda Bellingham – then this is your big chance!

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Andrew & Hanna

Andrew Cuerden & Hanna Haarala, past stars of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, are hosting a new exciting holiday at the Carlton Hotel at TLH Leisure Resort on the English Riviera. This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to learn and develop their Ballroom and Latin dance expertise under the professional eye of these sensational dancers.

With teaching every morning to include Mambo, Salsa, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Waltz and supervised practise sessions every evening an enjoyable dancing holiday is assured – and you just never know, it may be you next in front of Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli!!

And whilst you are here why not take some well earned relaxation in our luxury spa where we offer a wide range of Elemis treaments to ease those aching muscles – or have a St Tropez spray tan so you really are set to Salsa!

4 nts from 1 Feb 2010 at the 3 star Carlton Hotel dinner, bed and breakfast and tuition from only £215 per person 

To book this holiday call 01803 400500 and mention Dancing with the Stars


Do Vampires need Spa Breaks?

True Blood, New Moon, Being Human – it seems we can’t get enough of vampires at the moment.

The Mythical World of Vampires

The phenomenal success of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series has introduced the mythical world of vampires and werewolves to a new generation. Has this fascination with the dark side ever gone away though? We had the Hammer House of Horror and Christopher Lee, my daughter has New Moon and Robert Pattinson – same topic but much better looking actors and sexier plot lines.

Beauty Products for Vampires

Female vampires, Rosalie and Alice Cullen take note, have no shortage of appropriate beauty products out there – all things vampiric have taken off in the world of fashion and beauty too. Just look at the rise in black and inky nail polishes – all cosmetic lines now have at least one dangerously dark shade amongst them. With names like Bogota Blackberry, Malaga Wine and Merry Midnight, from OPI, we can all bring out our inner Goth.

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New Moon

Edward Cullen at TLH?

So do these glamorous bloodsuckers ever need spa treatments? Judging by the latest box office hit, New Moon, then I would say they’re rarely far from some pampering. This generation of vampires are groomed, glossy and gorgeous. Even though immortal, they surely need some help after all that voracious hunting? Those cool marble-like muscles of stone could do with a firm Swedish back massage and those ghostly pale complexions – have they never heard of blusher?

I’m pretty confident that if Edward and the rest of the Cullen family was to take a spa break at TLH we’d have Twilight fans queuing round the block at The Toorak, Carlton, Victoria and Derwent Hotels to share the Aztec Spa with these very popular characters from the books and films.

Why our perennial fascination with vampires? It seems they have always been portrayed in a sensual way, remember the heaving bosoms and milky white exposed necks of the Hammer House movies? And they are dangerous – we know women love a bit of danger -but they are also somewhat vulnerable. They can’t help themselves after all. New Moon has taken the cinemas by storm, with teenage girls being the target audience. Look closely though and you will see a fair share of Mums in the audience too – it seems we never truly grow out of the vampire thing. Now where’s my garlic?