3 Lodge on the Lake and Well­ness Spa

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes - – Bron­wyn Mul­rooney www.coun­trylife.co.za

Wilder­ness

The open front of this bou­tique B&B re­veals an ex­pan­sive vista of Wilder­ness’ fa­mous Is­land Lake, and it’s hard not to be in awe of its lofty set­ting. This same view sets the tone for the lodge’s well­ness spa, which doesn’t only over­look the wa­ter, but en­joys the sounds of the abun­dant bird life that calls Is­land Lake home. This means all treat­ments come with their own, nat­u­ral soundtrack which, on the day I vis­ited, in­cluded the un­mis­tak­able call of the African Fish Ea­gle. I opted for a full body mas­sage, fol­lowed by one of the lodge’s sig­na­ture hy­drother­a­pies – the For­est Stream Milk Bath Cer­e­mony. A gen­er­ous spa bath is filled, to which a bath bag of salts and herbs is added, fol­lowed by a gen­er­ous glug of ‘bath milk’. A 20-minute soak in this sooth­ing, fra­grant blend rounded off my treat­ment. More in­vig­o­rat­ing hy­drother­a­pies, body scrubs and wraps are avail­able, as well as full use of the steam room and rim-flow plunge pool on the deck just out­side the spa. Af­ter my treat­ment, this is where I sat back and in­dulged once again in the lodge’s el­e­vated lake­side lo­cale, sip­ping spring wa­ter while de­light­ing in the an­tics of the wa­ter­fowl be­low.

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