REST and Re­set

If you’re seek­ing to be­come the most Zen-like ver­sion of your­self, look no fur­ther. These med­i­ta­tive, en­er­gy­boost­ing health and well­ness re­treats of­fer trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ences

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Santé Well­ness Re­treat & Spa

Sur­rounded by jaw-drop­ping views of the Drak­en­stein moun­tains, nes­tled in the Western Cape winelands, Santé Well­ness Re­treat & Spa is an in­te­gra­tive, holis­tic sanc­tu­ary that takes an au­then­tic ‘sci­ence with soul’ ap­proach to health and well­ness. If you’re af­ter a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that of­fers to­tal re­ju­ve­na­tion, then this re­treat is for you. Great for… In­ner and outer well-be­ing. What to ex­pect: An eco-realm fea­tur­ing nat­u­ral prod­ucts from skin­care to decor and food, with unique ac­com­mo­da­tions fea­tur­ing 30 su­per luxe suites, a top­class day spa with vast hy­drother­apy fa­cil­i­ties, an in­door heated pool and Jacuzzi and a fit­ness cen­tre over­look­ing a beau­ti­ful val­ley, where you can do ei­ther yoga or Pi­lates. There’s also a multi-sen­so­rial heal­ing herb and veg­etable gar­den sup­ply­ing the beau­ti­ful on-site restau­rant. What’s unique about it: Apart from the spa’s ex­clu­sive stress-re­liev­ing ProSleep Mas­sage, the brand boasts a first-of-its-kind health-op­ti­mis­ing re­treat which uses high-tech med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies within the de­vel­op­ing world of quan­tum and en­ergy medicine. It of­fers sup­port­ive bioen­ergy treat­ments to make up spe­cific holis­tic, per­sonal well­ness pro­grammes. Con­tact: www.san­tere­treat.co.za

Na­maste Detox Re­treat

Na­maste re­treats take place at the scenic five-star For­doun Ho­tel & Spa in the tran­quil Mid­lands of KwaZulu-Natal. They of­fer a choice of three goalo­ri­en­tated trans­for­ma­tive pro­grammes over a four-, seven- or 10-day pe­riod, de­pend­ing on in­di­vid­ual needs. The re­treat’s spe­cialised pro­grammes fo­cus on treat­ments for weight loss through detox and yoga prac­tices, in­clud­ing nu­tri­tional sup­port. By the time guests leave the re­treat, they’ve learnt a holis­tic ap­proach to health and well­ness, and have valu­able tools to help them fol­low through in their ev­ery­day lives. Great for… De­tox­ing and a weight­loss boost. What to ex­pect: Trans­fix­ing views of the Drak­ens­berg moun­tains from lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, guided walks around the sur­round­ing mag­nif­i­cent trails and daily yoga ses­sions are sure to get you re­laxed and fo­cused for the com­plete re­vi­tal­is­ing pro­gramme on of­fer. Sup­ple­men­ta­tion, colon, par­a­site, liver and kid­ney cleans­ing, daily juice fasting, lymph-drain­ing mas­sage and well­ness coach­ing ses­sions, among other treat­ments, all aim to break bad food habits. What’s unique about it: Apart from an in­ter­est­ing cof­fee en­ema and co­conut­pulling ther­apy, work­shops on of­fer in­clude learn­ing how to make your own smooth­ies, juices and com­plete raw food cooking classes. You can also look for­ward to ex­pert pre­sen­ta­tions by in­dus­try lead­ers on top­ics rang­ing from man­ag­ing stress and hor­mones to fit­ness and nu­tri­tion. Con­tact: www.na­maste-re­treats.com

Satya­graha House

For city-dwellers want­ing a quick es­cape, Satya­graha House – for­merly known as The Kraal – sim­ply and beau­ti­fully pro­motes well-be­ing. The re­stored his­tor­i­cal land­mark (which was once the home of Ma­hatma Gandhi) is lo­cated in Or­chards, a stone’s throw away from Louis Botha Ave in Jo­han­nes­burg, and is split into a her­itage site (with free ad­mis­sion for South African vis­i­tors) and a peace­ful guest­house, where vis­i­tors can en­joy fresh, or­ganic vege­tar­ian meals. Great for... Rest and con­scious en­light­en­ment. What to ex­pect: The house, in­spired by Gandhi’s con­cept of a sim­ple life lived el­e­gantly, of­fers group yoga and med­i­ta­tion classes in the tran­quil sur­round­ing gar­dens, while neu­trally dec­o­rated guest rooms are tech-free zones. Mind­ful syn­ergy has been cre­ated be­tween lo­cal spa and skin­care brand Afri­col­ogy and Satya­graha House for a be­spoke spa ex­pe­ri­ence to com­ple­ment one’s stay. Termed ‘AfriVeda’, their ap­proach in­cor­po­rates holis­tic ther­apy sup­port­ing Ayurveda (the In­dian sci­ence of life) and the use of African plant oils to pro­mote well-be­ing. What’s unique about it: This was where Gandhi’s Satya­graha move­ment (a phi­los­o­phy of pas­sive re­sis­tance) was born. All on-site in­come is used to sup­port so­cial up­lift­ment, con­trib­ute to­wards a profit-shar­ing pro­gramme for staff and im­prove and main­tain the fa­cil­i­ties. Con­tact: www.satya­gra­ha­house.com

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