Return to less stressed days
Go back in time, as you travel through the Rietvlei Zoo farm on the Swartkoppies Road, Brackenhurst, Alberton to the Sinzinani Day Spa, which occupies former World War II veteran hostels, now a National Heritage Site.
These charming old-fashioned buildings are kept exactly they way they were, which makes it hard to believe that you are only five minutes from the R59 highway, as rolling veld grass waves up the mountains surrounding the farm. Relax, as you look out over the site of the first star garden maze in South Africa and breathe deeply of fresh, crisp air. Admire the ponds, river and ducks that all contribute to the real country atmosphere.
There are only five treatment rooms at the Spa, which limits its guests to a maximum of 10 per day, which makes it ideal for a quiet getaway from the stress of Johannesburg for couples or bridal parties or the perfect corporate pampering treat. Standard change rooms and showers complete the building.
From the moment you arrive, the welcome is warm and gracious as, with your champagne and orange juice in hand, you are greeted by the chanting singing of the spa's nine trainees, dressed in warm tribal colours and costumes. The quiet music wafting throughout the centre, the evocative scent of candles and oils, the soft colours and textures and the heated tile floors made this a place you never want to leave.
A delicious filling lunch, which offered a great vegetarian option, starts the exceptional value package of R499 for a half day. The three treatments offered are a full body scrub and exfoliation, full body massage and a choice between Indian head massage or reflexology. I went with the reflexology, which was painless and wonderfully therapeutic. There were plentiful light refreshments during the afternoon and the day ended with a warming Amarula and sinful peppermint chocolate.
The half-day package can also be taken from breakfast to just before lunch. Or indulge yourself and go for the full day with six treatments at an outstanding price of R799. The Spa is open from Tuesday-Sunday, starting at 08h30 and ending at 16h00, which means that you can miss the traffic, even when travelling from the North.
Sinzinani is a BEE spa, sponsoring a bursary for nine students from City & Guilds each year. They have a dedicated lecturer training them and they work under the guidance of qualified beauty therapists and the owner, Tanya Dimas. On qualifying, they are offered job opportunities at Sinzinani. The talent and charm of these women proves that Sinzinani does more than just provide a tranquil haven in the South; it contributes to the wellbeing and development of the whole country.