05 February 2011 by Denise Slabbert

Spa Surprises

According to Susie Ellis, President of Spa Finder, spas are going to have to up their game to keep ahead of global trends. She says, ‘Destination spas have, of course been doing yoga and healthy cooking “weeks” for years, but retreats are moving in bold new directions.’ She says 2011 sees the end of the tired old ‘golf and spa package’ and these days clientele are looking for something more original.  In South Africa, there are certainly a few novel choices available especially if you combine your spa experience with cultural and natural attractions in the area you are visiting. At Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg you can combine visits to see ancient rock art with your spa experience. In Mpumalanga you can enjoy a massage on the banks of the Sabie River and follow it up with a trip into the Kruger Park. In Limpopo province you can enjoy a visit to an ancient cycad forest and finish off your day with a massage under the stars. When it comes to originality, South Africa certainly has something a little extra.

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