that, although you eat so well, you somehow also lose weight.
I ask owner Wendy what’s changed over the past two decades.
“More men are coming now and more people from very diverse backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: they want to be healthy. “It’s really like home here. It’s not at all intimidating, and everyone feels totally accepted and at ease. For example, women feel very comfortable coming here on their own – and men too.”
Certainly, anything goes. At mealtimes, guests are often in their gowns, having just come from a treatment. Others may be in swimsuits and sarongs. Zee is still in his golf clothes. Nomobela is in a kaftan, and husband and wife Rob and Katherine are in their street clothes because they’ve been doing some shopping on the Midlands Meander.
The iconic Meander turns 30 this year and is still one of South Africa’s most enjoyable shopping experiences.
Three decades ago, a group of artists, potters and crafters of all kinds banded together to form the route that takes you through the green heart of the KwaZuluNatal Midlands to authentic shops, stalls and galleries, where you can buy handmade shoes and bags, stained glass lampshades, handwoven rugs and carpets, chimes, chairs and cheeses, clothing and candles, fudge and fabrics, books and beads, pictures and pottery – all home-made by locals. (You’ll find it very hard to go back to the mall.) So why wait? As Dr Seuss puts it on one of the cards Brookdale places on your bed each night: