SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: FIXES FOR YOUR DILEMMA NEXT WEEK

As much as moms have a love-hate relationship with school holidays, I rejoice. No traffic between 7h00 and 8h00 on the roads. No road rage from sleepyhead mommies in PJ’s with bed hair. My colleague who usually manages to crochet half a blanket on her way from Pretoria to Joburg, is at work before she can untangle the wool. (Read more about our Blankets for Mandela day project)

guff

As schools close 31 March only to reopen again after Easter, the workforce sighs with relief. Moms, on the other hand, are getting slightly panicky, especially if they are working moms.

WE HAVE SOME SOLUTIONS TO YOUR SCHOOL HOLIDAY DILEMMA:

Take a midweek break and book into Bush Willow Tented Camp with the kids and husband in tow. Set on the Glenburn Lodge & Spa property, this tented camp is more glamp than camp – the tents are already there, equipped with beds, a toilet and small kitchen.  Even hot water is included. Bring the mountain bikes and do the beginners trail with the kids, or get dad to teach them how to fish in the Blauwbank Spruit.

4

Should Muldersdrift  feel too close to home,  instead search for Warthogs Bush Camp on Google Maps. Just over an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria on the outskirts of Magalies, this small Bush Camp allows pets. If Rover and little Ronnie is inseparable, this will bring you heaps of joy. Pets stay for free while humans pay a budget-friendly self-catering rate. Warthogs Bush camp is 2km from Askari Lodge and Spa, and on a Sunday you can watch the two elephants from a distance as they play in the dam in front of the restaurant.

shutterstock_152097917

Glenburn Lodge & Spa has great facilities to keep the kids busy  on the hotel property and at GlenPalms: A putt-putt course, a dedicated games room, tennis courts, play park and obstacle course. Chalets provide a friendly family set-up with self-catering options,  its own braai facilities and a lovely patio, several overlooking the river frontage.

5

If by the end of April your nerves are frazzled and you can’t wait to drop the kids with the friendly school teacher, book your Mother’s Day Spa treat. In sympathy, we’ve loaded the special on the website so long, and made it valid from 1 May, for the entire month. You survived the school holidays. You deserve it.

*

Editors Note/ Disclaimer: Opinions are totally my own as far as children go. We clearly have something in the drinking water at  Guvon Hotels head office with three pregnancies on the go, so brace yourself for baby boom blogs and news over the next few months. Our latest newsletter even includes baby room decor tips with an Easter theme! Click here to read our Easter newsletter – bunny alert!

3

Bookings: Central Reservations Office: Tel  08611 48866 | Email: cro@guvon.co.za | www.guvonhotels.co.za

 

ROMANCE DOES NOT TAKE A VACATION. MAYBE IT SHOULD?

Fresh from a date night last night with my one and only, reading Ane Malan’s article “Romance does not take a vacation” on Date Night Ideas SA, made me think.  The sentiment is a good one because love shouldn’t take a vacation. It should be an everyday bread-and-butter essential in your life.

Fast forward to the real world where your husband works 12 hour days and fills the rest of the time with some random sporty activity. The washing machine breaks and it seems that the ceiling is about to collapse. Sadly the blue colour on the Plascon swatch looks nothing like the real thing – the bright turquoise bedroom wall gives me a headache when I lie on my left side. These are the times when romance definitely is on vacation. Absent With Out Leave.

1

 

Romance needs a vacation as much as slap chips need vinegar.  The one is unthinkable without the other. We need to get away to remind ourselves why we fell in love in the first place. Without deadlines and pressures, surrounded by a beautiful natural setting, we take a step back and realise he is still looking pretty good for his age. His jokes are still funny. And he brews a mean espresso.

Journalist Susan Haydn delivers a compelling argument for relationships in  5 Things you need to know to live happily every after. The take home for me is

“Make kindness the default mode. What you have is special and might not come around again, so guard it with your life.

With Easter around the corner, take your romance on vacation. Book that special getaway; lie down on a Spa bed and massage the cares away. Heck, even a picnic in your back garden with a string of fairy lights mimicking the view of Cape Town at night from Blouberg will do the trick. Take your love on a vacation. Something or someone worth this much is worth the investment.

Click here for Easter accommodation specials at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa

For Easter Spa specials, visit www.guvonspas.co.za

(Click HERE to read the lovely “  Romance does not take a vacation”. )

3

 

3 REASONS WHY THE FAIRWAY HOTEL LOVES THE GOLF TRAVEL GURU

2017 will see the rise of combo trips, the “year of the grape” and the arrival of social media as top golfing trends and recurring themes, according to author Ed Schmidt Jr. AKA The Golf Travel Guru

Right on trend, The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort and Randpark Golf Course has teamed up to bring golfers a “Play and Stay” package which caters for the golfer and his or her spouse. For R2475 per night golfers and their spouses are treated to accommodation, breakfast, one round of golf, a complimentary golf cart and a Fairway Spa voucher.

Three Spa combos are available and include treatments such as back, neck and shoulder massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and something to eat.

Single golfers can enjoy accommodation, breakfast a round of golf and a golf cart for R1725.  The golf villas which sport four private rooms per villa with a shared lounge and kitchen, are the ideal option for four balls traveling together.

Fairway hotel golf villas

The Golf Travel Guru further predicts that 2017 will be the year of the grape; packages combining golf and wine will do really well. “Countries that are heavily promoting incorporating wine experiences like tours and tastings with golf are Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, New Zealand and the U.S. (Napa Valley and Sonoma in California and Oregon). In the past year I’ve been to Napa/Sonoma, Italy and South Africa and I can fully attest that superb wines and great golf are an excellent pairing.”

Golfing wine connoisseurs are encouraged to pre-book for the food and wine pairing dinners at the Fairway Hotel which takes place once a month and features some of the top wines in South Africa: April 26 features Boschendal Estate with Vergelegen Estate on the 25th of May and  Vergenoegd Wine Estate on the 29th of June. This delicious four course menu and wine pairing is prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler in the award-winning Balata Restaurant.

the-fairway-hotel37-medium

With social media increasingly playing a role in choosing golf courses and venues, The Fairway Hotel is proud to have been rated one of the Top 25 hotels in South Africa by Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice 2017, while also being the recipient for the Tripadvisor Service Excellence Awards three years in a row. Follow us on Facebook and stay on top of all news from the Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.

trip

www.thefairway.co.za | www.thefairwayspa.co.za |  Bookings  or Enquiries: 011 478 8000

I AM A VOUCHER KIND OF GIRL. ESPECIALLY FOR VALENTINES.

Groupon may have left the country, but I have definitely become a voucher kind of girl.

While Groupon made friends with bargain-seeking clients (who mostly stuck around for the one promotion) and made enemies of suppliers who were hung out to dry after massive discounts, there is another voucher scheme going. The old-school honest kind where you pay a specified amount and receive a great experience in return. Simple always win.

shutterstock_404237083-large

5 TIPS FOR VALENTINES DAY

  • DONT, I repeat DO NOT, buy roses. Any florist out there will tell you (or maybe they won’t) that roses are heavily marked up for Valentine’s day, because of demand and supply issues.
  • Instead of buying cut flowers, why not invest in a  flower or other plant – plant it together, say a blessing and watch it grow as you shower it with water and love throughout the year. Married couples, we know you are in for the long run, so invest in a beautiful fruit tree. If married life gets tough you will always have lemons to go with the Tequila.  Click here for 24 Glorious Ways To Drink More Tequila.
  • Home-cooked breakfast in bed is always a good idea. Same goes for lunch or dinner.
  • Buy each other vouchers – it may seem less romantic but hey, what if she really needs a pair of Woollies knickers more than a box of imported chocolates?
  • Gents, I have three words for you: Massage, massage, massage. If food is the way to a man’s heart, so do the words massage and Spa light the flicker of love in any girls eye. Stress not if this is not your area of expertise because once again the lovely voucher comes to mind. For great Valentines Spa ideas, click here, and yes,  vouchers are available. Always.

Happy Valentine’s to all, and let the secretive planning be part of the fun.

Want to feel the love with us @guvonhotels? See our Pinterest board for inspiration:

www.guvonhotels.co.za | www.guvonspas.co.za

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.

irish-times

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.”

life-choices-1

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.

capture

http://www.guvonhotels.co.za | http://www.guvonspas.co.za

Click here to buy your Spa vouchers  | Click here to book now at one of eight Guvon Hotel properties.

 

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

#SUMMERSPA – GET YOUR BODY SUMMER AND SANDAL READY AT GUVON SPAS

1 December marks the unofficial start of the Christmas break and while some of us are still hammering away at the keyboard, chances are that work hours are a bit more lenient and you will be able to sneak away for an extended lunch or early afternoon.  We have some great suggestions for you…

Summertime also calls for summer drinks and we have compiled a whole Pinterest board for your pleasure. Scroll down to the bottom for  the link.

GLENBURN SPA | Muldersdrift

  • Matsimela Sugar Body Exfoliation 25 minutes
  • Swedish Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage 25 minutes
  • Jacuzzi
  • Foot Experience 30 minutes
  • Duration:  2 hours

R 650 pp | R 1300 per couple

glenburn-spa-summer-signature-2016

Valid for the summer months – Dec ‘16, Jan & Feb ‘17

KLOOFZICHT SPA |  Muldersdrift – SUMMER SIZZLER

  • 45min Tension Reliever Massage
  • 30min Hydrating Skin Treatment
  • 30min Mini Foot Grooming
  • Treat for home
  • Spa Café Lunch
  • Enjoy our Spa facilities at leisure

R1 000pp

kloof

ASKARI SPA | Magalies

Choose any 4 of the following treatments to tailor make your pamper package.

  • 30 min Invigorating Body Exfoliation
  • 30 min Hawaiian Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
  • 30 min Botanical Hair & Scalp Treatment
  • 30 min Express Facial
  • 30 min Express Manicure
  • 30 min Express Pedicure
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee

2 hours  R795 pp

ellies

FAIRWAY SPA | Randpark

  • 30 minute Back, Neck  and Shoulder Massage
  • 45 minute Manicure
  • 60 minute MediHeel Pedicure
  • Complimentary Gold Body Spritz valued at R150.

R900pp

fari-drinks

 

 

Summertime also calls for summer drinks:

Move the tab on the right up and down to view all the yummy summer cocktails

www.guvonspas.co.za | Follow us on Facebook  | Tag us on Instagram @Guvonhotels

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:

Sunday, Monday, Funday - KZ Oct and Nov 2016

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

IF YOU KNOW WHAT CLEATS ARE, READ ON. THIS IS FOR YOU…

I have just bought a mountain bike. Its black and green and very pretty. Don’t get excited, my intentions don’t stretch much further than 5km in and around the Cradle of Humankind. My husband suggested that I get a wicker basket and bell for my bicycle…I can see a French loaf and bottle of champagne fitting nicely and the sarcasm was totally lost on me.

So while I am clearly not part of the Argus Cycling brigade, I do recognise a good outing when I see one. And being in the Cradle of Humankind on a mountain bike is right up there with great things to do on a weekend.

I tend to work on a rewards system and therefore clearly planned my cycling route from bistro to restaurant to spa and perhaps back. Cycling is hard work after all.

So my suggested route includes:

  • A cappuccino with Garth Mes and his team at Bidon Bistro in Muldersdrift where there is ample parking for cars and a shower for cyclists. A caffeine kick start may be necessary.

Capture

  • You could then take the long way around (for the serious riders, off course) which totals about 43km on the Cradle cycle route.
  • Or my version would be to  turn left coming out of Bidon Bistro and cycle about 2km down the road, past Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa where they do lovely Sunday lunches,  to Glenburn Lodge and Spa.

Capture 2

  • Take a left and carry on for another kilometer to the main Glenburn Lodge gate. The lodge has two tracks on the property: the circular routes start and end at the universal sports field close the Glenburn Lodge’s entrance. Both scenic routes are just under 5km and takes the rider along the grass fields, mountain and riverside.
  • Then, move on to Glenburn Spa where Spa manager Geradline Veldman and her team have the most divine Spa package especially made for cyclists: 30 min steam room session | 30 min Swedish back massage | 50 minute CirculaeVine leg treatment

Spa Manager Geraldine Veldman explains the  leg treatment in more detail: “The specialised CirculaeVine invigorating foot and leg treatment uses manual lymphatic drainage techniques: The feet and legs are wrapped in a circulation-booster gel, followed by a hydrating body lotion. A perfect treatment to help relax and relieve tired or aching legs and a definite for anyone who participated in the 947 cycle challenge or does weekend races or leisure rides.”

shutterstock_128560223 (Copy) (Copy) (Medium)

Capture 3

Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect training session? I will be on the lookout for kindred spirits on the route – especially those with wicker baskets  and who still have no idea what cleats are…

Book your Spa Cyclist Treat by calling the Spa directly on Tel 011 668 1620 | www.glenburnspa.co.za | www.glenburn.co.za

A WORD OR TWO ABOUT CLEATS – Michael O’Reilly

 http://www.executivestyle.com.au/why-do-cyclists-wear-cleated-shoes-11lm64

SPRING HAS SPRUNG. OR HAS IT?

The tree outside my bedroom window is pushing out hopeful little green leaves and I don’t have to wear my puffer jacket to survive the 100 meter dash between the parking lot and the office front door anymore.

If you are feeling the start of Spring, which is only two weeks away, we have a few Spa suggestions for you. A little bit of forward Spa planning has never hurt anyone…

Spring Signature 2016 - Guvon Spas

FAIRWAY SPA

Enjoy your Spring Spa special while hubby plays a round of golf: 45 minute Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage | 60 minute Facial | 45 minute Classic Pedicure | Spring Mocktail | R850pp

 ASKARI SPA

Spring Indulgent Package

Combine your Spa treats with a Big 5 game drive or relaxed Sunday lunch – book this in addition to the Spa treat: 60 min Body brushing with Aloe Glaze Skin Soothing Body Wrap  | 60 min Massage of your choice | 30 min Spalicious Express Manicure | 30 min Spalicious Express Pedicure |Complimentary tea & coffee with rusks. Durations 3 hours

Price : R850.00 per person OR R1650.00 per couple | Valid from Sundays to Fridays only

 

GLENBURN SPA

Spring Fresh –  Ginger & Lime package 

Swedish Full Body Massage 50 minutes | Jacuzzi Session | Hand Experience 30 minutes | Foot Experience 30 minutes | Spa Lunch | Matisimela Body Butter  gift to take home.

Package Duration:  3,5 hours | R 1100 per person OR R 2200 per couple

KLOOFZICHT SPA

Enjoy your Spring Spa special while hubby tries his hand at fly-fishing:60min Aroma Massage | 75min Deluxe Pedicure | Spa Café Lunch | Spring Gift

Enjoy Spa facilities at leisure | R900pp

All the Spa Spring packages are valid from September to End November.

 

For more info or to view individual Spa treatments, visit our website: www.guvonspas.co.za

 

 

NOT TO BE MISSED. THERAVINE PRODUCT DAY AT GLENBURN SPA.

What do you get when you combine the magic of the vineyards and the peaceful surrounds of a Muldersdrift countryside venue – the Theravine Spa product day at Glenburn Spa, off course.

Join Glenburn Spa & TheraVine on 8 September for a great day out with the added bonus of winning some super prizes.

R350 per person includes :
Skin Analysis & Consultation with a TheraVine brand representative
30 min High Impact Flash Facial | Light snacks, coffee, juice and tea

RECEIVE A FREE 30MIN BACK, NECK & SHOULDER MASSAGE VOUCHER
when you bring a friend to the TheraVine Product Day!

WIN: Buy any two Theravine products on the day and stand a chance to win
a midweek couple’s escape package valued at R1900 (stay-over package),
a luxury Matsimela hamper or a special lucky draw prize from Theravine.

Booking is essential due to the limited space available: Ask for Spa Manager Geraldine on Tel 011  668 1615 | Email: health@glenburn.co.za

Glenburn Spa Theravine Product Day - Sept 2016 large