I did a bit of research into spas in the area and struggled to find something appropriate. We needed something close to Joburg (within an hours drive away), that had accommodation for three people in the same room (what’s a girly overnight without late night gossip sessions?) and that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. After a bit of web-surfing, I came across Misty Hills Spa in the Country.
If you’ve ever been to the restaurant Carnivore, you’ve been on the Misty Hills property. It’s super close (about a 20 minute drive from our houses) towards the Muldersdrift area. We booked the African Escape Spa Stay Over Experience which included: a hot stone full body massage, a deep cleansing facial and an African scalp massage. The package came to R2 045 per person including accommodation for the night, breakfast the next day, full use of the spa facilities and lunch on arrival. Unfortunately, we arrived after lunch but the lovely ladies at the spa suggested we exchange that for an extra foot treatment for the bride, which we did.
We had a truly delightful experience. We were carted around the property on golf carts and the service by the drivers and porters was exceptional and friendly. Everywhere we went we were greeted by staff members with a smile.
The spa itself is gorgeous. Decorated to theme with African motifs, we arrived to be seated in the lounge with a tea/coffee/juice station and I, of course, took full advantage of the mini croissants. We were led away to the treatment rooms which included a shower, separate toilet and spa bath. The actual treatments were exactly what you would expect from a spa housed on a four-star hotel’s property. We had the massages on the first day, which left us excited for the facial and some time to appreciate the facilities the next morning.
Being a girls’ night, we headed straight to the Gin Box bar for a quick pre-dinner cocktail. Once again, the African decor was subtle yet striking and I loved the beams enclosed in metal sheets with cut out designs through which lights shone through. Our waiter was an absolute star and when asked which way to head for the restaurant, he actually escorted us through the winding paths to the restaurant.
Dinner, of course, was divine. Carnivore is one of those restaurants that meat-eaters will love. It’s an all-you-can-eat type of thing where waiters with cuts of meat, some more unusual than others, on espetada sticks come around and carve directly onto your plate. Our only problem was that the bride is technically a pescetarian (yes, I took a non-meat eater to a meat restaurant, sue me). The website had said there was an a la carte menu but we found this information to be incorrect. However, there was a small vegetarian menu and the fish she eventually ordered was probably one of the nicest pieces of fish I’ve ever tasted (I traded some of my crocodile for her fish). We also drank some dawas (traditional African cocktail with honey and lemon) and spoiled ourselves on dessert – we had fruit salad, chocolate mousse and cheesecake between the three of us.
After a few hours of drinking and eating and chatting, we crawled into bed excited for the next day’s activities. Morning saw us gorging on the most complete breakfast buffet I’ve seen in years. Then back up to the spa!
Our facials, with the locally-manufactured Six Sensational Skincare products, were amazing. The therapist was well-trained and a number of times I found myself drifting off to sleep. We followed our treatments with some time in the sauna and steam room, and I even managed to brace myself for a dip in the indoor pool. Lastly, we chilled on the swinging beds for a bit before heading back to our rooms to grab our luggage and head home.
Overall, the experience was simple. But the little added touches, the quality of the facilities and the staff’s enthusiasm really made this a trip to remember. I’m now trying desperately to find some other excuses to go back asap. Anyone up for a girls’ weekend?