Happy Birthday Granny. Let’s spa-lebrate!

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girls-at-the-spaFrom left: Olivia Chetty from the Maritzburg Sun; Jade Le Roux from Public eye; Veggietot Mom; Hazel Whitehead from Beauty Shout Box; Carmen Barends from meanderings.co.za; and Sabrina Maingard from Fashion Nanny.

Granny Mouse Spa hosted a spa day this week in honour of their tenth birthday. What makes the spa unique is its homely feel – an extension of the Country House so famous in the Natal midlands. Unlike many spas’ clinical aesthetic, Granny’s feels just like that: as warm and comforting as a trip to your granny’s house. The rugs, the raw wood finishes, the opulent armchairs and cottage furniture like kists and wicker side-tables create the perfect cozy environment in which you can relax and enjoy the world-class spa treatments.

20160922_130607The entrance to the spa blends seamlessly in with the rest of the homely, peaceful grounds

img_3778The waiting area

unspecifiedWelcoming foot ritual – part of every guest’s experience

It’s little touches that add up to a great spa experience, like heated massage beds, scented eye masks, and having your slippers put back on your feet before your therapist leaves the room, so you can float straight off afterwards without keruffling under the bed for them.

We were treated to a basic facial, an Indian head and neck massage, and a hand and foot massage (it’s not often that a hand massage goes all the way up to your shoulders, but they do things the right way up here). The facial used products from CSpa, a delightfully fragrant range made locally from plant-based ingredients. The staff are happy to custom-make treatments and packages to suit guests’ needs, and they offer kiddies’ treats on request.

unspecifiedYours Truly being pampered (Thanks to my friend K for the pic!)

20160922_111623The spa’s Jacuzzi

20160922_111328Delicious spread laid on by culinary artist Kirstie du Toit from Granny Mouse. The freshly juiced carrot and ginger drink was particularly delicious, and the brownies, well, yum!

The spa – managed by Camelot – keeps up to date with health and beauty trends and regional operational manager for KZN Iska Bharath says the signature treatment – so special it’s even been patented – has really taken off. Called The Infinity of Beauty and Indulgence, it includes a full body scrub with fresh lavender, rosemary and salt; a detoxifying seaweed back wrap; a CSpa facial; and an aromatherapy massage along the back of the body. I’ll have to go back for this one! Want to try it yourself? Email spa@grannymouse.co.za or drop them a line on 033 234 4071

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Tree is growing

I love ‘my’ yoga studio, Tree Natural Concept in Umhlanga. It opened in 2015, followed shortly by its health cafe with the motto ‘if it’s delicious, it makes you happy’. (Most of their meals are veggie, too, with an option to add animal protein if you choose. So it gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from Veggie Tots!)

Their new retail outlet takes the brand to the next level. ‘Tree is now a one-stop shop for all things wellness: yoga is a natural way to exercise, our café offers a natural way to eat healthily, and with the opening of our  store you can take the experience home with you,’ says Dominique Howard, co-founder with Brett Roux.

Here are some snaps to entice you into the newly revamped space – as if you needed enticing!

20160918_100802The kitchen now uses – and sells – fresh organic veggies from Dave Bartlett of eatyourhome.co.za. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Thursdays so make sure you pop in. Ask about their veggie box scheme. 

20160918_100913 Proprietress Dom stocking the shelves. In addition to their boutique line of dried goods, super foods and supplements, they also sell free range eggs, fresh fare from their kitchen (mmm… bread… mmmmmm…. granola….) and a range of organic skin care including Africa Organics, Bare Naturals, and Esse.  

20160918_100822The new, hand-crafted (and eponymous) tree which greets you as you walk in. (That’s Dom in the background packing the shelves.)

20160918_100950  The studio maintains its aura of peace, calm and playfulness. Mats and yoga gear are available in the new store, too. 

20160918_101651The cafe is still one of my favourite places to avoid deadlines (I mean get some time out) or schedule meetings.

20160918_101621The tree manifesto

See you on the mat. Or at the cafe. Or in the store. Anyway, I hope it’s soon.

If you haven’t yet visited Tree (and you seriously don’t know what you’ve been missing) pop in under the Protea Hotel on the corner of Lighthouse and Ridge Roads in Umhlanga Village, Durban. Call 031 561 1169 for more info.

Who won Waldorf?

I’m sure you’ve all been holding your breath to know whether or not “The Seven Species” won the competition! Well, here’s the update.

The second annual Taste of Waldorf competition (organized by the Waldorf Astoria group in partnership with James Beard Foundation) wrapped up this week in New York as chefs from Amsterdam, Beijing, Jerusalem, New Orleans and Orlando competed for the honour of adding to the hotel chain’s signature dishes.

A few weeks ago I offered my take on Jerusalem chef Itzik Barak’s dish, which spun on the seven sacred plant species of the bible. In the end, the competition went to Beijing chef Benoit Chargy and his partner JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef Erik Bruner-Yang for their dish entitled “Jing roll”. The plate presented comprised Wagyu beef wrapped in Chinese cabbage and served with a fried black mushroom, hoisin sauce and salted duck eggs.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: A view of food during Taste of Waldorf Astoria at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 23: A view of food during Taste of Waldorf Astoria at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts)

Funnily enough, I made cabbage wraps this week as well, though it was before I knew about the competition winner. Watch this spot for my take on cabbage wraps (no mushrooms or salted duck eggs, though).

Jing roll dish will soon be featured on menus at 25 Waldorf Astoria hotels around the globe. For more information about the competition, contestants and winner, click here.

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