This is how it all started…
The first Travel & Things posting that I published
was on the 30/09/2010.
Not a single photograph was used…
I have to admit to being a bit of a Spa junkie, so when I was recently offered the opportunity to try out the Arabella Spa at the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa my only question was “What time should I be there?”
This hotel and spa must have one of the best views in the country, being situated as it is (?). It is also home to one of the best golf courses in South Africa…or so I am told. I cannot see the value in chasing a little white ball while dressed like Rupert the Bear. But before I incur the wrath of every golfer, I did walk part of the course and it is stunning!
The views from the lounge in the main reception area are spectacular, and I can see why seating here is at a premium. There is also a cigar bar that I was tempted to try out, but time constraints did not allow me to.
But before I get to the treatment I have to mention the accommodation. Every room has its own balcony that looks out over a huge water feature and swimming pool. Because of the noise this waterfall makes, the hotel very thoughtfully turns it off at night.
Aside from the glorious bed linen, goose down duvets and rosewood furniture the best feature of my suite was the fact that there was a tv built into the wall at the foot of the bath! Only problem…no-one seems to have invented a waterproof remote control!
The dinner and breakfast that I enjoyed had more than enough variety to satisfy the most serious food junkie. And after a drive though parts of South Africa where chicken is considered a vegetable, there were plenty of real veggies on offer! The staff, some of the best I have met in my many travels. were friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
But I was not here to eat the food and look at the stunning views! No, it was spa treatment I wanted and that is what I got, in spades.
I have frequented many Spas both locally and internationally, but the signature African Rain Forest Experience at Arabella has to be the most spectacular treatment I have ever had.
Most treatments take between 60-90 minutes. This treatment took an astounding 130 minutes and every one was well spent.
This 15 step treatment focuses on water and heat.(Lots of water, some hot and some cold and heat in the form of a sauna and steam room.) Therapeutic showers, scrubs, steam treatments, all interspersed with various forms of relaxation therapy, make this treatment very special. My therapist was very capable and her knowledge and use local products, which are used to stimulate all senses, enhanced my treatment experience..
One of the highlights for me was the Rainforest Shower. My therapist did warn me that the water would be cold, but the initial ‘shock’ had me screaming out loud. As had the guests before and after me!
Oh, and don’t forget about 20mins of relaxation time at the end, just before the tea ceremony
The Spa combines modern and traditional Far Eastern and Western therapies that left me feeling like I had been reborn! My only problem was that I had to leave for Cape Town soon after my treatment; I would have liked to have relaxed for a couple of hours before I left.
This five-star facility and its dedicated staff certainly made me feel very special. Perhaps next time I get invited I will have the time to try out the heated indoor hydro pool and fitness centre!
There were NO sponsors back in 2010
and if I remember correctly,
this posting was used in the Citizen Travel section.
But how things have changed over the intervening years.
The latest addition to my sponsors list…
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.
Bush gear to make me blend in…
I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.
This powerbank is my constant companion
while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
When offered an option…
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack.
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
A new “tool” in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple…and it is,
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product,
visit their Facebook page:
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