Countdown to Christmas

Christmas at TLH

Our very own TLH Christmas Elves!

It’s the 1st December and the countdown to the Christmas and New Year holidays has begin in earnest. I guess there are some cynics among us who would say that the countdown starts in September as soon as Christmas gift boxes appear on the supermarket shelves, replacing sun tan lotion and mechanical Santas start ho-ho-ho-ing in the aisles of the local garden centre. Personally I try to wear blinkers for as long as possible to save up the excitement. This year I found it particularly weird back in the early Autumn when Chris Evans started his breakfast show half an hour earlier at 6.30am, opening on a daily basis with Andy Williams singing my favourite Christmas song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” All that aside – as soon as I open that first door on my advent calendar – that’s when it all starts for me.

Of course, here at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, the festive season begins with our first Turkey and Tinsel Breaks at the beginning of November, when groups of friends join in a weekend or mid-week break to party together. It really is a great feeling to see people enjoying themselves and having a good time – and let’s face it – we all  deserve some fun in our lives these days. These breaks adopt the popular theme of celebrating all of the main days of the festive season in one fun packed break. “Christmas Eve” includes carols and mulled wine, on “Christmas Day” there’s a visit from Santa before guests enjoy traditional Christmas fayre in the restaurant,” Boxing Day” sees our talented Entertainment Team performing their special Christmas show and “New Year’s Eve” is celebrated in style with a gala dinner followed by party night with Kevin of KB Sounds.

Christmas food and drink

The Toorak chef's with a festive buffet

This, of course, is only a potted version of the main Christmas and New Year celebrations here at TLH. The days and nights are packed with a sparkling variety of activities and entertainment, not forgetting all the delicious food and drinks our chefs prepare. Everyone has a fantastic time, and we’ve just got a few rooms left for anyone who hasn’t made any plans yet, so come and join in the party. Call 01803 400500 to book.

Couple ‘Bowled’ Over by Diamond Wedding Celebration

Reg & Audrey raise a glass

It’s not every day we get to celebrate a Diamond Anniversary at the Derwent Hotel, but this week we’ve been honoured to do just that. 60 years ago Reg and Audrey Gay from Trowbridge tied the knot and have been happily married ever since!

They decided to celebrate with friends and family whilst on their annual bowls tour to the Derwent Hotel. Reg said, ‘We usually come away in November and our actual anniversary was in July so it made sense to celebrate now when we have all our good bowling friends with us anyway.’ They also invited close members of their family to enjoy the week with them.

When asked what is the secret of such a long and happy marriage, Reg replied, ‘We’ve never had a row, just differences of opinion!’ Audrey added that their shared love of gardening and bowling has helped keep them together over the years.

The couple were keen to add that they thought the Derwent was a great place for a celebration with friends and family. They have been thrilled with the champagne, fruit basket, balloons and card. ‘The Derwent team have made us feel really special, Audrey said. Jason Garside, General Manager, added, ‘this is the 14th year Reg and Audrey have stayed with us and we feel privileged to have been able to share such an important date with them this time. We hope to see them again for many years to come.’

Christmas Party Pampering

AG Photographer

As a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and colleague, many women today have a lot of demands on their time, especially at this festive time of year. Time spent on yourself is time (and money) well spent. You will feel better able to tackle everything that Christmas throws at you over the next few weeks.

The Aztec Spa knows this to be true! They have come up with two scrumptious party season packages to help recharge your batteries.  Depending on your available time and budget you can either plump for the Christmas Sparkle at just £34 or the Ultimate Christmas Cracker at £69. Both packages represent a significant saving on having the treatments individually, so are definitely good value for money. They are a perfect way to feel special before a big night out or as a pick-me-up after a hectic day Christmas shopping.

Even better, why not just treat yourself, for no other reason than you deserve it!

Happy Christmas!

TLH achieves Investors in People for 7th time!

We have just said ‘cheerio’ to our Investors in People assessor. He’s been with us for the past 3 days as we have just had our 3 yearly re-assessment for the national accreditation – Investors in People.

Investors in People is awarded to businesses who train, develop and involved their staff to help them achieve business improvements. We first got IIP in 1992, and this is our 7th successful re-assessment – not many businesses can make that claim.

The assessment is a very thorough process. 35 staff were interviewed across the 3 days to establish not only whether we still maintained the standard, but also to see if we had made improvements since the last time he was here. He was really pleased with what he found,  and was extremely complimentary about the people he met saying that we had gone from ‘strength to strength’ over the past 3 years.

So great news all round, holding IIP is very important to us as a business and says a lot about the great team of people that work here at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay.

New Year’s Eve Thoughts

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve this year?

It’s the one celebration which seems to throw the most hardened partygoers into a flat spin. Where is the best party, who else is going, what shall I wear?

The pressure to have the most memorable party ever gets to some people, who either get hopelessly drunk and miserable or decide to give the whole thing a miss and stay in, with only Jools Holland for company.

My own New Year’s Eve celebrations have been eventful in the past, from a fancy dress disaster (I’m sure it said ‘fancy dress on the invite?!) to an episode of instant food poisoning after a meal out. More often than not there have been arguments, tears and dreadful hangovers the next day. And nobody ever knows what they are doing until the very last minute. A case of waiting for a better offer – after all it is the most important party of the year – it would be disastrous to have accepted the invitation to a sophisticated dinner party while elsewhere other friends are playing Twister and dancing on the coffee table!

Last year we held our own party but the stress of waiting to see if anyone would actually turn up was too much and once again, you guessed it, there were arguments, tears and a dreadful hangover the next day!

So enough is enough and this year I’m looking to someone else to do all the work. I may book a table in the Aztec Bistro at TLH Leisure Resort, where for just £39.95 a head I’ll be able to enjoy a lovely meal and join the live entertainment and disco afterwards in the Starlight Lounge. It sounds like a great way to see in the New Year with a group of friends and the menu looks delicious. Take a look here New Years Eve menu.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy it and for goodness sake double check before turning up in fancy dress!

Thanks to Kylie Minogue it is Movember at TLH

Whilst reading my twitter updates at the start of November Kylie Minogue tweeted a good luck message to all the guys taking part in Movember.

I was intrigued so I clicked on the link to find that November was being renamed Movember in aid of Prostate Cancer. They want men to grow a moustache throughout the whole of November and get donations for doing so.

I mentioned it to my Restaurant Manager, Darryl, and the next thing I knew he had signed up a group of the Carlton and Aztec guys who thought it was a great idea. Hence thanks to a Kylie tweet I am now growing a scary third eyebrow on my upper lip!

We are half way through the month and to be honest I cannot wait to shave it off. However it is such a good cause that we will persist with it and post some more photos at the end of the month.

Here is a photo of the guys at the half way mark…… no funny comments about a village people reunion please!