HOW TO BE THE BEST FATHER XMAS EVER.

In an age of less is more, I am still astounded by the number of friends who rent storage for the one-half of their possessions that don’t fit into their house. I bow deeply to the Millennials who have a pack-up-and-go lifestyle, and I get really grumpy at old school corporates who do not understand that most businesses can run on a bit of trust, Skype and WIFI.

Gearing up towards Christmas Day the question of Christmas gifts rears its ugly head.

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Wall Street Journal recently reported that “more than 20% of returns happen during the holiday season—about $60 billion in merchandise, according to Optoro, a logistics provider. The U.S. Postal Service handled 3.2 million returns in the two weeks that followed last Christmas and said there will be even more this year. United Parcel Service Inc. expects to handle four million returns the first full week of January, up 15% from two years ago as online sales continue to grow.”  Although these are American stats, South Africa is surely short on the heels of its international counterparts.

With so many unwanted or unfit gifts being returned, we surely need to reassess what and why we are giving gifts?

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as “The Minimalists” to their 4 million readers, help people live more meaningful lives with less. They share some valuable tips on minimalist gift-giving:

Joshua explains: “I tend to avoid physical gifts, but I still enjoy participating in the holidays. I now give gifts of experiences, charitable donations, or, if I give material goods, I give consumables, such as a bottle of wine or a bag of coffee from a local roaster. It must be something someone can use, or, if it’s an experience, it’s a memory that can be shared, from concert tickets to an evening of watching the sunset together. It sounds cliche until you actually do it, and then you realize it’s great.”

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Being part of the hotel and spa industry certainly has its perks. Nothing fills my heart with more joy than enjoying a chilled glass of Chardonnay overlooking the mountains and dams, relaxing into a Spa treat, or just nibbling on something as simple as a snacky Ploughman’s Platter with the sounds of a waterfall close by. Would I choose any of the above instead of another set of wine glasses? Or another photo frame? Hell, yes.

So before you test your road rage levels and parking warfare skills, ask yourself if an online Spa/hotel voucher (or even a movie ticket, for goodness sake) would not be better for your own sanity and those around you. I hear a resounding yes all around.

Happy holidays and may the experience-gifting bring you much joy.

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Words: Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR |Guvon Hotels & Spas | Photo credits: @Four_cousins

INTRODUCING: SUNDAY, MONDAY, FUNDAY WITH KLOOFZICHT SPA.

The Cheetahs won on Saturday  and it rained over the weekend – many things to feel grateful for, right? But it is quite human to feel a little sulky on a Monday, especially if it was such a super-duper weekend. Thanks to Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa,we may just have the ‘rescue remedy’ for Monday morning sulks:

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Check in round 14h00 for a lazy afternoon, drinking in the beautiful surrounds, the dams, the views, the wildlife, followed by a sumptuous dinner. Awake refreshed after a good nights rest only to be spoiled at Kloofzicht Spa for the remainder of the morning, after your hearty breakfast.

At a ridiculous R1500 per person, I can see that next  Monday will have loads more happy chappies out there – spa-ing instead of checking their In boxes. Hope you are one of them!

Bookings:   Tel : +27 (0)11 317 0640 |  spaadmin@kloofzicht.co.za

Dec 16. Dec 24. Jan 1. What do they have in common? Our Spas are open!

Some of the December days before Xmas and between Xmas and New Year seem to drag on a bit. One can only sleep late so many days before you need to venture off for a Spa treat, not true?

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So here’s the good news: Askari Spa, Glenburn Spa, Fairway Spa and Kloofzicht Spa are all open on the following dates and ready to pamper you:

Dec 16 (bonus: a public holiday before the big summer break)

Dec 24 (an early Xmas gift for someone special?)

Dec 30 (because you can)

Dec 31 (celebrating that you made it through 2015 in one piece)

Jan 1 (being gentle with yourself after a night of festivities)

Please note that Kloofzicht Spa is fully booked with inhouse guests on Jan 1, 2016. Now thats what I call good planning on someones part! For our December festive Spa packages, visit our website: www.guvonspas.co.za

TICK TOCK. DECEMBER IS VISIBLE ON THE CLOCK.

By now you are probably counting the days until it is December break. Dont we all drag our feet through November, just to celebate that two week break we work for all year long?

For those who are not aiming for sea, sun and surf we have some super December breaks at all the Guvon Hotels. Give Reta at our Central reservations office a call today to book your well deserved December  break : Tel 08611 48866. Our website is also sporting December and Xmas Spa treats – so check it out on www.guvonspas.co.za

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