Pampering, luxuriating and revelling in tranquillity are the order of the day at this country oasis.
Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, KwaZulu-Natal, Midlands Meander
Not much can beat the unspoilt countryside if you’re looking for relaxation. But add to that an excellent spa, and you have a recipe for utter bliss. Surrounded by a tranquil garden, the spa at the landmark Granny Mouse hotel in Balgowan on the Midlands Meander, at the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, is a gem of a place that offers pampering with a capital ‘P’.
The wide range of treatments includes a rejuvenating, vitamin-rich Shimmer Milk Hydro Bath (“It’ll leave you dusted with a shimmering veil,” advised my therapist) that is the perfect prelude to an aromatherapy and hot stone massage and skull massage. The staff aim to give their guests a personal experience and, indeed, it isn’t long before you feel as if you’re the only person there. The hotel has two restaurants (The Eaves for fine dining, as well as the Bistro), while accommodation is varied from garden suites and deluxe suites to self-catering at The Farmhouse, 900m from Granny Mouse’s entrance. – Andrea Abbott
033 234 4071 www.grannymouse.co.za