Did you know?
Snow falls every five or so years in 'Notties' transforming this beautiful part of the world into a pristine white landscape.
Brookdale Health Hydro is based in the picturesque village of Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, just under five hours from Johannesburg and a short 90-minute hour drive from Durban. Here you can focus on a true escape, in a country haven bordered by forest and farmland with a meandering stream.
This KwaZulu Natal health hydro offers an extremely high ratio of staff to guests. A Brookdale consultant meets each guest on arrival to ascertain their health, level of fitness, personal preferences and to advise on the most suitable treatments, exercise and diet. The guest is able to choose a routine that best suits them, incorporating as many of Brookdale's treatments and facilities that they can manage in the time available.
Brookdale employs the Nutri-fit programme, which was devised by exercise physiologist, Rob Cowling. Nutri-fit aims for a composite, manageable lifestyle approach based on healthy eating, moderate exercise and stress management in order to provide a realistic outcome-based method of embracing a balanced lifestyle.
You needn't go hungry and fasting is definitely not encouraged. Although red meat is not served, low fat dishes including chicken and fish are on the menu, with plenty of fresh vegetables, crisp salads and a variety of fruit.
To accommodate guests and their individual schedules, Brookdale's activities include the use of a fully equipped gym (and fitness trainer), walks around the estate and neighbouring farms, swimming (in the outdoor or indoor pool), aqua aerobics, Pilates, stretch & toning, yoga, and guided relaxation.
Brookdale's approach is a personal one and visitors are limited to just 34 guests at any one time. When it comes to treatments, therapists only use reputable products from established brands, such as Guinot, Babor, Ahava, Clarins, OPI, Paul Mitchell and South Africa's own award-winning brand, Environ.
So why not take a break from everyday stresses and strains and take time out at this wonderful health hydro in KwaZulu Natal.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Brookdale Health Hydro
Tel: +27 (0) 33 266 6208
How to get here
Exit off the N3 heading towards Durban and follow the R103 towards Nottingham Road, carry on past Rawdons Hotel and you will find Brookdale on your left hand side.
Best time to visit
It’s always a good time to take yourself on a health & wellness journey. The Midlands is spectacular at any time of the year.
Tours to do
Spend a day on either side of your stay at Brookdale to explore the Midlands Meander with its arts and crafts, restaurants, guest houses, galleries and even its own brewery.
Self-drive is a good idea, and there are numerous car hire companies operating in South Africa.
What will it cost
Brookdale offers various packages at different prices.
Length of stay
Brookdale Health Hydro offers three types of packages. There is also a day spa along Nottingham Road which is linked to the hydro.
What to pack
Comfortable clothing and shoes, tracksuits, a bathing costume, a warm jacket for the evenings.
Where to stay
Suites range from standard to executive.
What to eat
Healthy meals are provided as part of your package.
There is loads of fun to be had in and around the area which is located on the Midlands Meander Route. Art galleries, coffee shops, working farms are all in close proximity.
Local arts and crafts