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September 11, 2019

The power of loving touch in a relationship cannot be overstated. Take today to show your partner how much you adore them by scheduling a little pamper session. This could be a shared foam bath with some candles and sparkling wine, a lengthy massage with some essential oils or a basic back rub to help them unwind when they come home from work. As long as you do it with love, any kind of pampering will do.  

Deep in the rugged bushveld, in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve, lies Tau Game lodge, an oasis of tranquillity and hospitality. Relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the uniquely African surroundings of the Tau Game Lodge Spa Oasis. A range of massages are available to reduce tension and relieve the cumulative effects of everyday stress. This serene environment is aimed at assisting you to unwind in the natural and tranquil surroundings. Visit for more information. 

Surround yourself with the romance of the African bush at Forever Hotel @ Badplaas. Situated in the majestic Hlumuhlumu Mountain Range, in the sunny Mpumalanga Province this hotel makes for the perfect couples getaway. 

The hotel has 48 Hotel Rooms which have recently been renovated equipped with a lovely Restaurant and Bar. The Hotel has a variety of rooms available suitable for the budget conscious ranging from one, two and four sleeper rooms, and luxurious suites. The Hydro and Spa at Badplaas, A Forever Resort in conveniently located on the same property as the Hotel making is easily accessible to couples looking for some TLC and pampering as the Spa offers a variety of specialised treatments. 

The tranquil Hydro provides the ideal opportunity to lounge around the pool all year round, not to mention the healing properties of the mineral water from the Hydro Pools and mineral baths.  

Leilani's review: Fusionista Super Spa, Beauty Salon & Restaurant in Randburg is now the proud recipient of the Date Night Ideas seal of approval. We are always on the lookout for romantic venues that go above and beyond to exceed all expectations, and Fusionista ticks all of their boxes. Aside from its central location that makes it an exceptionally convenient destination for couples from all over Johannesburg, it's also a hidden gem. It is wholly apparent that the owner put a lot of care and attention into the design and conceptualisation of the spa, which features a variety of singular rooms, each decorated according to a different theme - Bamboo, Candle, Wind Chime, Crystal and Garden , as well as the totally unique, one-of-a-kind Koi Mist Room. 

The latter is something truly astounding - it really feels like you are enjoying a treatment in a forest atmosphere. The Chill Room takes relaxation to another level, with thoughtful touches like a couple's bed where you can relax and unwind together after your treatments, as well as a recliner with built-in music that allows you to feel the relaxing chords as well as hear it. The food at the restaurant is also remarkable (the crispy duck comes highly recommended!), and the ambiance is tailormade for romance from start to finish. A great spot for a date, anniversary, and even a proposal! 

Book a private jacuzzi or sauna (or both!) or chill out in their Chill Room. Treat yourself and your partner to a romantic and unforgettable couples massage and then indulge in a delicious meal at the exquisite Fusionista restaurant. The decor is exotic and the ambience is laid-back. Dine alfresco in their tropical outdoor section, book the special table next to the Fusionista aquarium, or alternatively enjoy a meal in their private dining area. You will feel like you are on holiday and will emerge relaxed and rejuvenated. Visit their website for more information. 

Mowana spa is located conveniently close to the urban hub of Sandton in Johannesburg, and offers guests an elegant reprieve from this fast-paced atmosphere. Set in the tranquil bushveld gardens of the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Sandton; the Mowana Spa is a wellness sanctuary which will revive your senses, rejuvenate your body and soothe your soul. 

The Mowana Spa, which takes its name from the majestic Baobab Tree of African Lore and Legend, offers wellness journeys based on Tribal Massage in keeping with the healing spirit of the “Tree of Life”. 

Leilani's review: I recently went to Soulstice Day Spa at Silverstar Casino in Muldersdrift, Gauteng with a longtime friend who visits once a year from her home abroad. Our visits are always short and sweet, so we have to make it count! Our experience at the spa was a lovely treat that allowed us to relax and catch up in a beautifully tranquil environment while their extremely professional, talented therapists did their thing. Best of all - because we went in the middle of the week, we enjoyed some exceptional savings on their value-added treatment packages. Silverstar Casino is situated close to a variety of lovely restaurants, so we could have lunch nearby, and opted to stay in a hotel suite for the evening, indulging in takeout that was delivered to our door in minutes. 

Soulstice Day Spa gets an 8/10 as a revitalising, affordable date destination for friends and couples. Our lives are so busy these days that we really have to make a point of setting aside some time (and cash) to smell the roses once in a while. Make a point of visiting Soulstice Day Spa next time you need a breather - it comes with the DNI stamp of approval.

A picturesque resort situated within 2400 hectares of pristine countryside, Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is a 4-star, self-catering destination at the apex of the historic pass that leads to Pilgrim's Rest. Here, visitors can enjoy sumptuous accommodation, family-friendly facilities, proximity to a great selection of leisure activity providers, as well as unparalleled natural scenery that incorporates views of spectacular cliffs and gorges, as well as lush forest vistas. The lodge features a restaurant, spa and facilities. Get in touch to find out more about their special rates and packages.

The historical village of Irene, Centurion is known for the long and winding oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures. 

With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel boasting 75 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, a fine dining restaurant,  function and wedding venues, as well as the luxurious and well-appointed Camdeboo Day Spa

Guests arrive at a haven of peace and tranquility, and promptly forget that they are in or even near one of South Africa’s busiest metropolitan areas. If you want to enjoy a singular combination of convenience and indulgence, Irene Country Lodge should be at the top of your list. 

The new Open Air Massage Area allows guests to enjoy a full body de-stress couple's massage in the heart of nature. The scenic beauty and dramatic rock formations of this carefully selected area will leave you in awe, while luxuriating in a side by side massage.

Kagga Kamma Spa invites you to put your feet up and be pampered. The Spa offers a wide range of TheraNaka™ Massages where guests can choose between Relaxing, Uplifting or Detoxifying Oils. Facials are done with TheraVine™ products and deluxe manicures and pedicures will leave you looking and feeling great.

Please browse through their Treatment List. Guests are advised to book in advance.

Menlyn Boutique Hotel is one of those rare Pretoria accommodation venues that succeeds in combining luxury and tranquillity with an inimitably artful approach to its overall look and feel. 

Here, discerning visitors can look forward to detailed and personalised service and truly stunning surroundings that have been curated with an expert eye. Conveniently located at the heart of Tshwane, right across the way from the famous Menlyn Shopping Mall, this sought-after hotel is easily accessible from Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International airport, making it the ideal option for both business and leisure travellers. 

The venue comprises 6 Express Rooms, 10 Standard Rooms, 2 self-catering units, 8 Executive Rooms and 1 Presidential Room. The Menlyn Boutique Hotel luxury collection also includes Fifty Seven Waterberg, a five-star lodge in the Welgevonden private game reserve. Guests can also look forward to an on-site restaurant and spa at the hotel. 

The Black Bamboo offers five-star South African fine dining at its best; while the Beauty Within Salon & Spa provides a full range of wellness treatments. Their superior spa facilities ensure a tranquil and relaxing experience. At Beauty Within, they offer a full range of treatments designed to reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing. 

Situated close to Gauteng and near the Hartbeespoort Dam, lies the renowned Mount Amanzi Resort. Well-appointed chalets, a wide range of facilities and the beauty from the banks of the Crocodile River and region combine to create the perfect getaway option, honeymoon destination or wedding location.

The honeymoon suite is well-appointed and tastefully decorated and staff go out of their way to create a wonderful atmosphere, with a few added special surprises.The large swimming pool is certainly a highlight of any Mount Amanzi visit, so be sure to pack your swimming towels and some sunscreen. If you can manage to get yourself out of the lovely pool, there are also a variety of activities available, which include crazy golf, beach volleyball, fly-fishing and hiking. 

We highly recommend a couples massage at the wellness spa to instantly transport you into the Mount Amanzi vibe. Mount Amanzi offers the ideal location and setup for weddings, with the near vicinity to Pretoria and Johannesburg being a major plus point. For more information visit

Wind down and pamper yourself at Bona Bona Game Lodge safari spa. Their treatments promises an African experience in style, for you to rejuvenate and to indulge in complete relaxation.

The natural aroma’s of the locally produced Ruah range will enhance your senses while you and your loved one are pampered with the best aroma oils.

The spa treatment menu includes a full range of body and beauty treatments by one of our highly trained and experienced therapists. Indulge in a 60 minute Hot Stone Massage. Bookings are essential. Visit their website for more information. 

When you’re feeling a little less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, a spa break can make all the difference. Escaping the rigours of everyday life to indulge in some restful, reviving pampering gives you a moment to unwind, relax and focus on your own wellbeing. 

At Bakwena Day Spa, true relaxation is a reality. Developed by an innovative team according to the needs of South Africa's most discerning spa-goers, these wellness centres are tailormade for self-care breaks. Bakwena Day Spa has two branches - the Erasmia branch at Velmore Hotel Estate in Centurion, Gauteng. Here, guests are invited to indulge in single treatments, half-day packages and full-day spa outings. Treat yourself, go with a friend, book a romantic package to enjoy with your partner or make a day of it with your bridal party in the lead-up to your big day – the choice is yours. 

Bakwena Day Spa offers a full complement of indulgent treatments that include everything from full body massages with hot stones and invigorating spa body treatments, to hydrating aloe facials and fish spa therapy for dry skin and other conditions like eczema. Best of all – Bakwena has collaborated with the Edgars rewards programme to bring Club Card members exclusive offers on spa packages. This means that card holders are able to take advantage of amazing discounts on all sorts of Bakwena packages. 

TOP TIP: Bakwena Day Spa runs regular competitions. Keep an eye on their website and social media channels to enter and win. It’s as simple as sharing your details and learning more about what this exceptional spa has to offer, and you could walk away with a full day’s indulgence! 

For more information regarding the treatments of offer at Bakwena Day Spa, as well as their rates and availability, visit their website to get in touch with their reservations team directly. Pure indulgence awaits – treat yourself!  

Leilani's review: We've recently visited The Spa at Zebula, and I give it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. 

The Waterberg region of South Africa’s Limpopo province is known for its astounding natural beauty, and with good reason - this rolling, verdant landscape is dotted with indigenous trees and watering holes, which makes it a wonderful habitat for game and birds. It is here where you will find Zebula Golf Estate & Spa, a premier lifestyle destination that makes the most of its singular location, by offering visitors and guests the opportunity to relax in a sumptuous, well-appointed environment with gorgeous views over this natural bounty. 

The Spa at Zebula is tailormade for discerning clientele who have a love of all things beautiful. This elegant pampering destination opened its doors in 2006, as a way for golfers to relax after their game. These days, it is open to the public, who are invited to use the spa facilities before, during and after their spa treatments. This includes a heated pool and relaxation pools in the garden – the perfect place to unwind with a refreshing beverage before heading home. 

The Spa at Zebula boasts ten private treatment rooms that are surrounded by a raised deck where guests can enjoy al fresco treatments overlooking the bush. Here, you can relax at the hands of highly trained therapists, while you soak up the naturally healing aspects of nature's tranquillity. Indulge in a range of facials, manicures, pedicures and signature Zebula treatments, or push out the boat and book a spa package of up to five hours that can be tailored to your preferences. If you’re not sure which treatments are best for your needs, their exceptional therapists are on hand to guide you in your decisions.  

For more information on this beautiful spa, visit their website, or get in touch with their reservations team directly. Go on, treat yourself. 



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