Sunday World (South Africa)

Radisson is superb at pampering

Relax without breaking the bank

- By Somaya Stockenstr­oom

Year-end fatigue is real, and everyone deserves a breakaway. But with the astronomic­al prices of flights and petrol, taking a well-deserved break has become almost impossible.

You don’t have to break the bank. Look around for local gems like the recently opened Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre – OR Tambo, in Kempton Park, east of Johannesbu­rg.

Although it’s close to the airport, you still feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle of that part of town, as it’s about 8km away from the noise of the airplanes and ridiculous traffic. The hotel is neatly tucked away between residentia­l houses.

Expect to be greeted by all types of internatio­nal folk in the reception area, as this is the kind of guests it attracts. The aim, however, is to make it a home for locals too.

Sunday World was invited to particular­ly check out their facilities, spa treatments and its upcoming Christmas menu.

The rooms are welcoming, spacious and offer a friendly working space with free Wifi. As the hotel is inspired by a Scandinavi­an way of life, the décor minimalist­ic and rustic.

I stayed in the Junior Suite a home away from home with its modern elements – it offers a balcony for a view of the Kempton Park residentia­l area, a kingsized

bed, two TV sets that slide in and out of the cabinet, as well as a luxury bathtub, shower and ample storage space.

Amani Spa on the premises is a welcoming indulgence. Imagine a three-hour session of pampering.

First up was the sauna room to sweat out all the bad stuff, a full 30 minutes. The wait may seem a tad overwhelmi­ng in the extreme heat but directly after this, I’m taken for a full-on body spoil in the form of the Himalayan Salt therapy massage.

Now, this was just the therapy needed to rid the body of built-up toxins from bad food to bad decisions. The aesthetics of the spa also takes you on a wonderland – as though you were lost somewhere in the tropics of Thailand or the like.

Couples can especially enjoy the Just The Two Of Us threehour spa treatment, which includes a welcome drink, a private use of the deluxe couple’s suite with someone special, 30 minute jacuzzi, Kurhula Body Ritual, a bottle of bubbly served with breakfast/lunch, depending on the time of arrival and booking confirmati­on, and a spa gift. There is other entertainm­ent close by, including the

Emperors Hotel and Casino, but trust me – you genuinely don’t have to venture anywhere outside the premises.

It has an all-day dining restaurant offering both buffet and menu options, a coffee shop as well as an added feature of the rooftop Level Seven Restaurant and Sky Bar. But be weary, the latter will cost you an arm and a leg, for shooters normally costing R35 a shot.

The best part about this stay, after the spa treatments, must be enjoying cocktails from the pool bar, and sipping them next to the serene pool.

The continuous rain on the day didn’t dampen the joyous atmosphere.

The food is fancy and soulful. It has dedicated this area to screening of the World Cup games from 19 November to 19 December.

For Christmas Day, there is a specially curated menu for families and a Christmas Day set menu targeted at corporates and other groups that require a festive meal created by chef Darshan Chetty.

• Somaya Stockenstr­oom’s stay has been sponsored by the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre

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Radisson Hotel, The Avenue restaurant
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Radisson Hotel, junior suite room
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Radisson Hotel relaxation indoor room.
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Radisson Hotel room.

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