Mount Grace: Magaliesburg luxury

2012-10-30 10:14

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“You need to shower before you get in!” a voice bellowed as we popped our head into the cave-like room of the flotation pool. We had just arrived at the Mount Grace Country House and Spa, in the Magaliesburg.

It’s safe to say the sound of this guest’s voice had about the same irritating effect as nails being scraped across a chalk board.  Spa bullies, who needs them right?

You have to admit though, the first sign that you’ve reached the peak of your stress levels is when tolerance is at an all time low and the little things start to grate your nerves.  

Clearly, we were all in the right place at the right time.

If you’re looking for a weekend escape, not too far from fast-paced Joburg, head out to this African Pride escape. While children under-12-years are not allowed (mommy-me-time alert) we can’t vouch for the rest of the guests. Peace and serenity people, peace and serenity.

All robed up and flopping around in my over-sized spa slippers – the hazard of one-size fits all - I was ready for the recently launched African Poultice Spa Massage. Your therapist literally kneads your knots away with heated, herbal poultices as it releases fragrant aromas of locally sourced mint, geranium and ginger. It also involves some stretching and lymph drainage so expect an overhaul aimed at alleviating your stress completely.

 It's easy to get lost in your thoughts while in the Mount Grace flotation pool.

According to the therapist, some of the treatment’s aftereffects include anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and cell proliferation. Surely, a bit of anti-bossiness too?

By the end of the treatment I was in a complete state of relaxation, I even managed to drift in and out of sleep during the massage. Headed towards the heated Jacuzzi in the Hydrotherapy Spa Garden, I literally floated past my spa bully, who suddenly had an equally Zen look across her face.

Utter bliss, with an entire weekend of this ahead.

A tranquil hideaway just an hour outside the cities of Joburg and Pretoria.

After indulging in the flotation pool, steam room and complimentary refreshments in the relaxation lounge, drifting over to your room through what sometimes resembles an enchanted forest is easy.
While spas that only feed you liquidized wheat grass and spinach have a certain appeal with some folk – be warned this is not that kind of retreat. Don’t get me wrong, healthy options are available if you want as the Mount Grace staff is ready to accommodate your choice of dining, whatever that may be.

Get into the lushy, country feel during your break.

You can indulge in a bit of beer tasting before enjoying a scrumptious selection of seafood by candelight on the terrace – in particular the soft-shell crab was absolutely delicious.

Otherwise the Rambling Vine offers formal fine dining, complete with amuse bouche' appetizers and a range of courses to choose from. 

A particular highlight during the stay was the exuberant, poolside picnic arranged for us. Cocktails, a selection of snacks ranging from wraps to mini beef burgers, replete with Persian rugs and oversized pillows. It all felt very Mediterranean in the middle of the Magaliesburg. 

Soak up some rejuvenating sunshine as you enjoy an indulgent picnic.

Twists’ breakfast buffet has you salivating and if the broad selection doesn’t satisfy, the chef can whip up your whim and fancy.

After breakfast on our final morning, I wasn’t quite done with the hydrotherapy garden – my advice to you would be arrange a late check-out. I enjoyed some final steam room meditation, infinity pool pulsation and saltwater flotation – it’s the ideal easy Sunday morning in this countryside hideaway. 

Eggs Benedict whipped up on request.

For spa newbie’s and bullies alike – here’s a round-up of the spa facilities and etiquette:

-    The Mount Grace spa environment is quiet and relaxed - all mobile phones are required to be switched off during your spa time.
-    All areas of the spa are strictly non-smoking.
-    Day visitors are welcome on weekdays
-    The spa is open 7 days a week, from 09h00 until 20h00
-    Spa implements are sterilized twice, first in a hospital grade disinfectant and then in an ultraviolet light to ensure ultimate safety. The Spa is equipped with plenty of showers and it is particularly important that guests shower before using the pools and after using the steam room.
-    Pre-booking is essential for dual treatment with a partner or friend.
-    If you suffer from high blood pressure, have recently been unwell or believe you may be pregnant, you should not use the steam room, outdoor Jacuzzi or Brine pool.
-    No glass of any sort is permitted in the Hydrotherapy Spa Gardens.
The African Poultice massage is available at an introductory offer of 60min at R650 or 90min at R775. Take a look at the full range of Mount Grace Spa treatments here.

An upcoming highlight on the Mount Grace calendar is Farmers Fresh Produce Market on 10 November 2012 – Visitors will be able to sample fresh produce as well as taste craft beer and wines. Tickets are R100 a person (Includes a complimentary gift, picnic location and entrance to the market). There is also a R250 per person picnic option but this has to be pre-booked. Limited tickets available at the door at R150 per person.

Mount Grace Contact information:
Phone:  014 577 5600

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