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blissed out at the four seasons westcliff spa

We wish we could have whisked ourselves away to experience the utter bliss of the newly revamped spa at the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel, but alas, our trusty Joburg correspondent Ruth Tanser, had to step in for us 🙂 Ruth says we have the ocean and she has The Westcliff, so all is fair.

Here’s what Ruth had to say about her experience…

I’m a mom to three boys (two of which are 10-month-old twins!), so I was really looking forward to some pampering at The Westcliff. As I pulled up to the gates of the hotel, the staff greeted me enthusiastically. I was shown where to park and even offered a lift to the spa in a golf cart – incase I was wearing heels. As soon as I stepped into the spa I started to feel relaxed – even more so once I had my fluffy gown and soft rubber slippers on. I didn’t even have to worry about a locker key as the new lockers use a nifty code system. While I waited for my lovely therapist Noni, I took some time out in the relaxation lounge which overlooks the beautiful infinity pool and a canopy of trees. It was a perfect autumn day and as I sipped on some freshly brewed Honeybush, Coconot and Mango tea and read some magazines, I felt like I was in heaven and I hadn’t even had my treatment yet! 

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I opted for the back, neck, shoulder and scalp massage to relieve the tension in my upper body. Noni seated me and began with a welcoming foot washing ceremony. She offered me a warm peppermint-scented towel, which acts as an invigorant, and she then immersed my feet in cucumber and salt-infused water before scrubbing them gently. My massage was brilliant and Noni was careful to check whether she was applying the correct pressure and if I was comfortable. It ended with an incredible scalp massage which is always my favourite part.

As it had been recommended to me to try out the ice scrub and steam room after my massage I was quite happy to acquiesce. The spa has separate sauna and steam room facilities for men and women. What a way to end off my treatment – I felt refreshed and invigorated! Unfortunately time was running out and even though I was sorely tempted by the Jacuzzi and infinity pool, I had to head back to my boys. 

Throughout the entire two hour experience I felt incredibly pampered and left feeling utterly relaxed and rejuvenated. Thank you Four Seasons Westcliff Spa, what a treat! 

— Liza

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jozi family trip

Just after Easter we made our way to Joburg for a full-on family fest. John-Louis’ brother was getting married and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were together for the first time in quite a while. Because we were up there for about 9 days, we had lots on the agenda. I really like Joburg – it’s a beautiful city, the people are super friendly and the shopping is good. But Cape Town will always have my heart.

Here are the highlights (and some lowlights) of our trip…

  • Our flight up was horrendous and packed, but thankfully the woman sitting next to me and Robert offered to swop seats so he could sit at the window – always grateful for small mercies such as these
  • I got to see old friends and meet new ones. Ruth, you’re looking amazing and I can’t wait to meet your twin boys! Ingrid, that serendipitous parking lot meeting made my day! Meeting Bailey from Bury and Discover and Kimmy & Bear, for the first time, and her beautiful twin girls was such a treat, and so was meeting Cheska’s precious newborn baby girl, Francie Sugar
  • I went running on my own and felt more than safe
  • I got to meet an I Heart Vintage shopper – always nice to meet our readers and supporters (Andrea, the blazer looks so good on you!)
  • We had Sunday lunch at Casalinga with the entire family and John-Louis took some lovely family portraits – making memories
  • We used Uber for the first time (many times) and every experience was a good one – we are converts now
  • Load shedding in Joburg is much worse than Cape Town but luckily my brother in law (who we stayed with) has a generator 🙂
  • Shopping at Sandton City is awesome, but shopping at Sandton City with two littles is not so awesome – they really tested our patience that day (we also sat in two hours of traffic after our shopping day)
  • Visiting Joburg Zoo was just lovely but so sad too – we don’t like seeing animals out of their natural habitat
  • We went to the Foundry for supper during load shedding and we had a great time
  • Breakfast at Nice was really nice!
  • Bailey getting sick all over the backseat of the car we were driving in was not so nice
  • Engedi is an exquisite wedding venue and we had a great day – Bailey was a brilliant flower girl and both our littles stayed up till 11pm! Also, my phone died and I got no pics of the lovely bride!
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Casalinga has huge wide open spaces for littles to expend all their energy

Ready to rock Joburg Zoo

Ready to rock Joburg Zoo

Beautiful views from our picnic spot at the zoo

Beautiful views from our picnic spot at the zoo

Camels having lunch

Camels having lunch

Hanging out at Uncle Neil's house – our home for 9 days

Hanging out at Uncle Neil’s house – our home for 9 days

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Me and my littles ready for the wedding

Me and my littles ready for the wedding

Bailey and daddy tearing up the dance floor

Bailey and daddy tearing up the dance floor

 

Joburg was lots of fun, but it was so good to come home!

 

— Liza

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a bushveld break

Last month we headed up to Joburg to spend time with John-Louis’ family and have a little holiday. His brother kindly invited us to spend a week with him at a game lodge called Mabula. The day we flew out of Cape Town it started to rain here, and for the 10 days we were away, it pretty much rained incessantly. We, on the other hand, got to wear sandals and dresses, shorts and tees because it was blissfully warm and dry in the bush. Now as I type this (back home where it’s still raining) I’m wrapped up in a scarf, a woolly jersey, socks, boots, the works… brrr!

Although holidays with littles are not very relaxing, it was still good to take a break from routine, drink champagne at midday, lie on a lounger in the sun, read my book, see wild animals and just not think about work (sort of).

Some holiday highlights:

  • I drove myself and the kids around Joburg all on my own. I’ve always been too nervous to navigate Jozi streets but I did pretty well, considering I left the house in my slippers and had to do a detour and start all over again.
  • Discovering the wonder of Bambanani – seriously, there is such a need for one of these in Cape Town. A great restaurant serving good food, with a huge, amazing play area for your kids and a bunch of child minders too, so you can actually sit down and relax and enjoy your food.
  • Breakfast at Moemas.
  • Meeting some of John-Louis’ cousins and family that I’ve never met before and seeing others we haven’t seen for many, many years.
  • Having our own private game ranger – in the form of John-Louis’ brother. It’s not what he does for a living, but he got his game driving licence just before we came up so it was awesome to have our own vehicle to do drives in whenever it suited us.
  • The bonus of having our own private game vehicle meant we could strap Robbie’s car seat in it so he could nap while we enjoyed the beauty and silence of the bush.
  • Bonfires every night.
  • Warthogs in our front yard.
  • Seeing elephants, rhino, hippo, warthogs, giraffe, zebra, bush buck, jackals.

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Before we left for our holiday, I tried out the new Tan Organic self-tan oil. It’s super simple to use – simply exfoliate your body with the buffing glove, then put on the tanning mitt, spray a small amount of self-tan oil onto the mitt and rub all over your body. I did it the night before we left as well as the following morning and the tan came out evenly with no orange to speak of, just a gorgeous golden glow. I love the fact that Tan Organic is eco-certified too. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re heading somewhere sunnier during the mid-year school holidays or if you’re just wanting to look less ghostly this winter!

— Liza

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