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.

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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

HAS XMAS COME EARLY AT FAIRWAY SPA?

With so many year end functions at the moment, we need to look our best. Fairway Spa in Randpark offers a FREE MANICURE or pedicure with every facial booked from Monday to Thursday – ideal to get you looking like a million dollars for your year end function.

Better yet – for every massage booked, you get one free. Even the gents will love this!

Call 011 478 8000 to book now. Offer valid for November only.

www.thefairwayspa.co.za

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HOW A SPA HIGH TEA CAN SOLVE YOUR YEAR END PARTY DILEMMA.

Askari Spa, a little hidden gem on the outskirts of Magaliesburg has just launched a High Tea menu. Call me crazy, but I can’t think of a nicer way to spend and afternoon with girl friends nibbling on mini doughnuts, chocolate fudge brownies (my all time favourite way of kilojoule intake) , mini milk tarts and chocolate dipped strawberries. And did I mention the selection of cupcakes – think: red velvet, vanilla and chocolate. Sounds seriously yum to me.

Feeling that you need to go the healthy route – then the cucumber sandwiches and Spinach and feta quiche will work for you. There is also a Tika Pizzamoosa on the menu which I have  absolutely no idea what it is, but my guess would be a cross between a dainty samoosa and pizza? (Mental note to self – have to ask the Spa a photo of what this looks like!)

At R150 a person its a steal – keep in mind that if you plan your day well, you could lay down your sorrows in the capable hands of a miracle-working massage therapist and still see the elephants drinking water in front of the main restaurant  during lunch.

Women rule the world and also the diary, so keep in mind that this also makes an incredible alternative for a year end function for the girls in the office. Send the men for some bush-whacking or a Big 5 game drive at Askari Game Lodge to keep them busy while you drink, pinky in the air, yet another cup of glorious tea.

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Still thinking about the chocolate fudge brownies like I am right now? Thought I should share my easy-peasy recipe with you (courtesy of Food24.com)

Ingredients: 250 g butter | 500 g icing sugar |250 ml good quality cocoa powder |1 egg, slightly beaten |1 tsp vanilla essence | 1 packet Marie biscuits broken into pieces (bash in a packet or use a food processor)

Method: Melt the butter in a large pot until melted. Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa. Mix well until well combined and there are no dry bits.
Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the broken biscuit bits and stir until well combined and evenly coated with chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 24 x 24 cm and smooth out with a spatula.
Once cooled and firm (pop into the fridge to speed up the process), cut into 16 squares and keep in an airtight container.

I told you it was easy !

BOOKINGS AND  ENQUIRIES: spa@askarilodge.co.za | Tel 014 577 2658 | http://www.askarispa.co.za  |Valid 2016

 

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

 

 

ASPIRATIONS IN THE SPA WORLD? WHO DO YOU CALL? GUVON ACADEMY.

On a cold and dreary day like today with temperatures carelessly hovering around the six degree mark, a Spa seems to be a really nice place to work. Surrounded by soft music, beautiful fragrances and people talking in low whispers as to not to disturb the peace, beats any other office environment hands down.

Guvon Academy now offers Spa training for existing Spa staff who want to add to their skills, as well as anyone who wants to train as a therapist.

The huge interest in the hotel industry for staff wanting to upskill as Spa therapists is evident in the first student intake of 40 students, ranging from Mount Grace, Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Askari Game Lodge & Spa, Rosewell Spa and Valley Lodge.

Training is provided by the bubbly and energetic Donna Lira who is passionate about the Spa and training industries and places great emphasis on the need for therapists to be multi-skilled.

In a tight economy with job creation at its lowest in all times, it is comforting to know that all learners have the opportunity for practical experience within the Spa workplace at Guvon Spas.  Should a position be available to be employed by Huvon Spas on successful completion of the training, there is the added opportunity to grow within the group.

Training takes place at the Guvon Academy, based in Muldersdrift at Glenburn Spa or alternatively at Donnalira Academy based in Weltevreden Park.  Learners may attend the location which is most convenient.

The Spa courses can be completed on a full time or part time basis: Full Time is available for learners that can attend on a daily basis and prefer structured classes.  Part Time & Modular Training programs allows the learners to continue at their own pace while still providing a learning pathway to the full qualification.

The training is perfect for learners who want to enter the Beauty Industry, or therapists that are in full-time employment and wish to expand their skills. With both the Full Time & The Flexible Learning programs the training consists of contact tuition with a practical and theory component as well as self-study & self-assessment.

HOW TO ENROLL: Contact Sonia at Guvon Academy for further information:

sonia@guvonacademy.co.za, academy2@guvonacademy.co.za or (011)668-1621/8 -079 772 6886

RETIREMENT HAS LOADS OF BENEFITS. TIME FOR YOURSELF IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST.

Chicama Spa in Muldersdrift (at Glenburn Lodge) offers pensioners over 65 a 30% discount when spending more than R500 per person. Treat yourself to a foot rub, a pedicure, manicure or a nutrient rich facial between Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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The restful spa is based in Muldersdrift, overlooks the countryside and is just a few minutes from Cradlestone Mall, Silverstar Casino and the Featherboook Retirement Village.

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For bookings or enquiries, please contact Geraldine on Tel 011 688 1615

The full spa menu is available on the website: http://www.chicama.co.za

Cannabis on the Spa menu for 2015? Spa Trends revealed.

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I always keep a close eye on the Spa trends every year.  With four Spas in the Guvon spas portfolio it’s essential to keep up with what is trending in the industry. This year’s list of trends was most interesting. The one that caught my eye straight away was: CANNABIS: New Spa & Wellness Connections

Paraphrasing Spafinder and Les Nouvelles Esthetique’s blogs, the “cannabusiness” is set to reach new heights. Apparently weed is moving from  “dorm room to boardroom”

The Cannabis Trend Highlights as listed in the Spafinder Report include:

  • Cannabis “wellness tourism” packages with spas as centerpiece
  • Non-high-inducing cannabis topicals: from pain-relieving lotions to beauty products
  • Cannabis-branded day spas – and more spas generally using cannabis products
  • More “yoganja” classes
  • Cannabis as super-food: hemp
  • Cannabis dispensaries and clubs adding free massage, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc.
  • Traditional medical spas prescribing medical cannabis

Although South Africa probably has a long way to go, Cannabis has been legalised in 23 U.S states with more rolling out. Spafinder reports that over 100 trials on medical cannabis exist (the vast majority positive), with the strongest evidence of benefit for nausea, wasting in AIDS and cancer, epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and chronic pain.

According to http://www.thecannabist.co, massage oils are infused with cannabis (Cannabidiol (or CBD), which helps Spa guests to achieve a deeper mode of relaxation, without getting the therapist or the spa guest high.

Ricardo Baca, editor of The Cannabist, tried the 60-minute Mile High Therapeutic Massage that used a THC- and CBD-infused lotion. He firstly offers a few pre-emptive answers:

 No, I wasn’t high.

I didn’t smoke or vaporize before or after the massage.

And no, the lotion didn’t get me stoned. (That’s not how topicals work.)

“”Infused topicals don’t get you stoned,” Baca explains. “But the best topicals I’ve used have a way of opening up the skin’s sensory profile, like a more nuanced Icy Hot. Rub the topical into the area feeling pain or pressure. Give the topical time to take root. And then gently rub it in, taking time to work the surface skin and the muscles and tendons underneath”.

While the relaxation properties of a  THC- and CBD-infused massage sounds most pleasurable, the jury is out if this Spa trend will waft our way anytime soon. Just a few jumps through legal hoops is all we need. Or do we?

For further (very interesting) reading:

http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/06/04/marijuana-infused-massage-feel-great-thc-topical-massages/13010/

http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/06/20/cannabis-spa-thc-massage-hash-bath/14422/

The full Spa Trend 2015 report in DPF format is available from:

http://contentus.sfw-cdn.com/sites/default/files/spa_trends_report/2015-trends-report.pdf.pagespeed.ce.omtf3FzNsX.pdf

Win a super 3 night stay and Spa prize on SABC 3 Expresso from Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Tune in to Expresso Breakfast Show (SABC 3) on Friday morning from 6h00 for the Pick a box competition and stand the chance to win the following prize:

3 night weekend stay-over at Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort | bed & breakfast |  Sunday Lunch for 2 | 30 minute back, neck & shoulder massage for 2 at Fairway Spa

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FLOWER GIRLS NEED SPA TREATS TOO.

Little Princess Spa packages at Chicama Spa

Flower girls are an essential part to the wedding day and bridal entourage.  Introduce your flower girls to the pleasures of Spa-hood with the Little Princess package from Chicama Spa.  

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Chicama Spa, known for its vinotherapy and family friendly attitude, welcomes Little Princesses between 8 and 12 years from Tuesdays to Fridays, at R430 per girl. The Little Princess Spa package consists of the following and will keep the little angels busy for 2 hours while the bride could indulge in a facial, massage or even a couples treat with husband-to-be : 

  • 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage

  • 60 minute mini hand and foot ritual, including painting of nails

  • Light lunch (toasted sandwich with chips or a side salad and coffee, juice or tea)

Talking about wine therapy, we highly recommend that the bridal party reward themselves with a relaxing Red Wine Sachet massage and  Merlot Hydrotherapy Spa Bath. A warm infusion of herbs, minerals and red wine is used to create cell renewal through your skin. Every sachet contains polyphenols, which slows the damaging cell oxidation process. After your massage, enjoy a Merlot hydrotherapy spa  bath to complete your anti-aging treatment. A steal at R500 for your full body treatment.

Guvon Hotels & Spas will be at the Wedding Expo at The Dome this weekend. Visit us on Stand D11 for more info and to collect your gift.

 www.chicama.co.za

CHICAMA SPA BOOKINGS:                                   

Email:                                      health@glenburn.co.za

Tell:                                          011 668 1615

Running out of ideas for kiddies parties? Bring your Little Princess to Chicama Spa

Hosting kiddies birthday parties must be one of the most lucrative industries to be in. How many times have I seen moms ripping their hair out to come up with another inspirational party idea for her Little Princess. One that hasn’t been done before and will keep up with the Joneses.

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Chicama Spa, known for its vinotherapy and family friendly attitude (nice combination when you are hosting a kiddies party!), has come up with a brilliant idea which will have moms smiling all the way to the kiddies party.

Set in Muldersdrift on the Glenburn Lodge property, Chicama Spa with its split levels and welcoming interior is a wonderful party venue for little girls, slowly easing them into the joys of Spa pampering.

The Little Princess Spa package consists of the following and will keep the little angels busy for 2 hours:

  • 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage
  • 60 minute mini hand and foot ritual, including painting of nails
  • Light lunch (toasted sandwich with chips or a side salad and coffee, juice or tea)

Your Little Princess must be between 8 and 12 years old and the Spa welcomes groups of little ladies from Tuesdays to Fridays, at R430 per girl.

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Talking about wine therapy for moms, we highly recommend that mom rewards herself for her brilliant idea and settle in for a relaxing Red Wine Sachet massage and Merlot Hydrotherapy Spa Bath. A warm infusion of herbs, minerals and red wine is used to create cell renewal through your skin. Every sachet contains polyphenols, which slows the damaging cell oxidation process. After your massage, enjoy a Merlot hydrotherapy spa  bath to complete your anti-aging treatment. A steal at R500 for your full body treatment.

www.chicama.co.za

 

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Words by Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR: Guvon Hotels & Spas

For images or further info: Brenda Dooge on crm@guvonhotels.co.za

CHICAMA SPA BOOKINGS:                                   

Email:                                      health@glenburn.co.za

Tell:                                          011 668 1615