Spa trips are always a luxury, but I find it easier to justify when I know that my enjoyment is bringing employment and dignity to previously unskilled women from my own greater community. That’s why I’ve always loved Mangwanani, “The Original African Day Spa”. Their philosophy of indulgence and revitalisation over skin-deep treatments resonates with my soul, and I love their policy of employing women who otherwise would have no other means of income to support themselves and their families (in 2013, the last available data, 95% of their staff fit this profile). It sits well with my Veggie Tot values.
Until now, I’d always believed that spas were where mommies went to escape their children for a while (sorry), but I’ve now been proven wrong. Mangwanani has pioneered a Kids Spa concept that lets moms AND their tots enjoy a little pampering in a totally kiddie-friendly – indeed, kiddie-centric – environment. I took my almost-three-year-old daughter down to Ushaka Kids World to check it out and we had a wonderful time. She felt like an absolute princess and I didn’t have to stress when she climbed on the empty massage chairs or got up halfway through a treatment to wonder over to the window and wave at the swimmers tubing it down the Dizzy Duzi river.
It’s not often you find activities that both parent and child totally enjoy, and it’s so special to be able to share these together. Like regular spas, this is a special-occasion treat rather than something you can do every day, but the memories are worth the investment. Check out more on their website.
Frolicking Fairy Manicure (includes adorable stick-on nail art)
Twinkle Toes Pedicure (includes Orbeez fun soak – the colours and textures are great for sensory development)
While the little ones are enjoying, moms (and dads/uncles/aunties/grannies/grandads/etc) can relax and enjoy a little pampering themselves, all within eye- and ear-shot of their kids.
Click here to check out my story on whether children should go to spas on Parent24.com!