Learn to Salsa Holiday

‘Salsa dancing you say, hmmm……’, that was my friend’s reaction when I told her that I and my husband had got hooked on our weekly salsa dancing sessions.

‘It’s been fantastic!’ I cried, ‘ definitely brought us closer together and trimmed our waistlines!’

She felt that was far too much information, but was still wary about dragging her other half to an organised dance class. ‘He says he’d rather stick needles in his eyes! He is so uncoordinated!’ she wailed.

My challenge was to convince her, and him, that they should give it a go and as they live near Bristol, the perfect opportunity was under my very nose. A ‘Learn to Salsa’ weekend at the Carlton Hotel, Torquay, perfect for complete beginners.

This was a way of combining a short break in sunny Torquay ( the break is in July) with an exciting new ‘learn to’ dance experience. My friends would get about 5 weeks worth of salsa tuition in one weekend from Tony M of the Latinfest Team, as well as great food and accommodation.  What a brilliant way of trying something new! And if they really do get hooked, there are lots of other salsa breaks run by the Latinfest Team.

Learn to Salsa Fri 1st – Mon 4th July 2011         4 nights from £169 pp

Call 01803 400500 to find out more.

South Devon Skydive Raises over £1000 for Rowcroft Hospice

3 months after jumping out of a perfectly good plane, all in the aid of charity, me and my fellow skydivers from TLH Leisure Resort have finally collected all of our sponsorship money and today were able to present Laura from Rowcroft Hospice with a cheque for £1185!

Thanks to contributions from MJ Baker Foodservice, Steers Greengrocers, Caterfood and Academy 4 U Training in Exeter, we were able to increase the amount of money we had raised to over £1000.

The photo below shows us presenting Laura with the cheque.

Thank you to everyone for your support, I still can’t believe we actually did it and managed to raise such a great amount for such a deserving charity.

Not sure what we’ll be doing next, but I definitely think another skydive will be in order!!

Jenny, Steph, Darryl, Adam & Ryan.

The TLH Skydive Team

Steph, Ryan, Laura from Rowcroft, Darryl, Adam & Jenny

The Romance of the Riviera

photo care of ERTC imagesTravelling home from TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, to Teignmouth I was struck by the beauty of this area. In the summer we are known as the English Riviera, but in the winter this area has another attractive lure.

It was 10pm on a very clear full moonlit night, and I had just finished bowling in a league at Torquay United, the weather was freezing cold with no wind and the air was crisp and clean. On the coast road I looked out to sea, and was surprised by a sea mist, which shrouded the horizon. There were several well-lit coasters just off the shore, which looked ethereal in the stillness. The sea was calm and the sky star studded with this bright moon. Nothing was really moving apart from me on the road home.

When I got to Labrador Bay I stopped in the car park to look over Lyme Bay. Looking right toward Torbay the cliffs along the coast had that distinct clear, sharp look about them, and Babbacombe downs with their promenade lights was clearly visible in the moonlight.

Looking left toward Teignmouth there was a mist running out to sea from the estuary, and the rest of the coastline towards Exmouth was lit by the habitation of thousands of people, warm in their homes. The air was so clear that I could see as far as the Axminster mast – 30 miles away (I measured it on the map) and the Portland Bill lighthouse flicking away almost opposite me.

I wondered how many people in the area were looking out into that beautiful darkness and seeing this for the rare and lovely thing that it is.

Anyway, enough of this sentimental twaddle – Torbay is a great place to be summer or winter, so come on down and live the adventure.

That’s all folks
They are coming to take me away ha ha he he

Easter Holidays in Devon – the perfect choice.

We’re half way through February already, and before you know it the Easter holidays will be looming on the horizon. If you’re stuck for ideas for taking a UK holiday, then look no further than here at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay.

With so much uncertainty surrounding holidays abroad, forget airport queues, delayed flights poor exchange rates. Just hop in the car and head down the M5 to the English Riviera, the jewel in the crown of the glorious south west and the perfect location for an Easter break.

With the additional bank holiday provided by royal wedding taking place at the end of April, the holiday period extends pretty much through the whole of April. Here at TLH you can choose from a range of value-for-money family breaks which include some great offers including kids under 10 staying free. And we’ve arranged a great deal with Babbacombe Model Village where kids age 3-14 can get free entry with a full paying adult. This offer is exclusive to guests staying at TLH Leisure Resort.

There are also events taking place for bowlers with the Spring Short Mat Festival, the Easter Bowls Festival and the Toorak Pairs Festival. Dancers can choose from Ballroom & Latin events or the Easter Sequence Dance Break.

It’s been a long old Winter, so give yourself something to look forward to and book an April Break here at TLH. Call us on 01803 400500.

The Fish Kiss Spa Pedicure

Fish – dead skin – eating……….3 words I’d never normally use in one sentence. That’s before I’d heard of The Fish Kiss Spa. The Garra Rufa fish, related to the carp, are natural scavengers in their native Turkey and for some years now their natural behaviour has been harnessed to give the most amazing pedicures. Strange I know, but surely no odder than injecting botulism into your forehead, or any of the other crazy things we do in the pursuit of beauty.

The great thing about The Fish Kiss Spa is that it’s not just a beauty treatment but an organic and very natural therapy which leaves your skin feeling soft, stimulates your nerve endings and can really help skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Sometimes known as doctor fish, the Garra Rufa gently suction away all the dead skin from your feet, or hands, or body. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t have teeth but use a gentle sucking and nibbling action, which devotees say tingles a little, but is definitely a pleasant sensation. When sucking the skin off, the fish also salivate an enzyme containing a substance called dithranol, a natural healing enzyme which is found in many rejuvenating therapy creams. This enzyme stimulates the growth of new skin cells, so skin is left healthy and renewed.

The therapy has come to Britain’s shores from the Far East, by way of the States and many UK major cities have fish spas within department stores or on the high street. It has now come to Torquay, with The Fish Kiss Spa opening up at the Aztec Spa on the 7th February. This is the first of its kind in the area and offers a relaxing, holistic experience for clients. Personally I can’t wait to give it a go – it’s not quite flip-flop season yet, but my feet will thank me for being kissed by fishes!

Fish Night supporting the Fish Fight at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay

Friday 25 February 2011

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal - Fish Fight CampaignThe Toorak Hotel, Torquay part of TLH Leisure Resort cares passionately about sustainable food. Having a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme shows that the hotel is committed to the green issues that influence the business we run.

You will have, I am sure seen or heard Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal’s Fish Fight camapaign.

Part of the campaign centres on trying other types of fish many of which currently get returned back to the sea. Hugh says… “We need to diversify our fish eating habits, and we need to change policy so that it works for fish, fishermen and consumers.”

At the Toorak Hotel on Friday 25 February we will be featuring a special fish menu created by head chef Nick Coombes that features such fish as are supported by this campaign. It’s also a chance for you to enjoy some beautiful and maybe more unusual fish dishes too.

Click here to take a look at the menu.

For this night only we will also feature special offers on some white wines that will compliment the menu perfectly.

Places for this evening are limited so early booking is advised on 01803 400400

Please, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for Hugh’s Fish Fight by clicking the link below. It’s good to think that maybe we can make a difference!


Fish Fight sponsor bodies