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The Saxon Hotel’s Spa – so much more than just a spa…

I consider spa-ing somewhat of a sport. I’m really serious about it. I have a spa membership (yes that’s a thing!). I need my R&R. While I’ve been to the Saxon plenty, I learned more about their spa late last year at a somewhat related launch but I just never got around to going so I couldn’t have hoped for a better surprise recently…

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“I’m picking you up in an hour. Pack a swimsuit, toiletries and open shoes”. That’s pretty much a dead giveaway that I’ve got a spa day up ahead, I just didn’t expect it to be at the Saxon! 🙂

If you’ve been to the Saxon you’ll know that grandeur starts pretty much the second you arrive (and to think this was once someone’s home!). I remember the very first time I visited the hotel (early/mid 2000’s maybe) feeling like I must be on an alternate planet as the chauffeur arrived in the parking lot to shuttle me the 20 meters from where I’d left my car & up to the hotel. And years on and dozens of visits later I have to say it doesn’t get old…

I was booked in for the Traveller package, which consisted of:

  • Foot therapy reflexology
  • Lime & ginger full body exfoliation
  • 60 minute hot stone massage
  • Lunch at the Spa Café

We also added in as an extra, a French pedicure…

Lust

  • as you’d expect of the Saxon, no cost or corner has been spared. Their spa has all the usual standard spa things you’d expect and then some. Think Molten Brown amenities with extras like disposable undies, a hairbrush/mirror (per person), a shower cap (so important if you have my kind of hair), dental kits – they really have thought about everything!
  • of all the treatments I enjoyed the exfoliation the most as my skin is naturally quite dry. It starts with dry body brushing that I’m quite a fan of (but too lazy to do at home despite buying the brushes to do it!). The exfoliation was done with Elemis products which I liked (I always feel a bit cheated when spa’s use home-made sugar scrubs etc.). Also the smell (lime & ginger was a treat to the senses). My treatment room had a shower, so the therapist stepped out while I rinsed off…

Love

  • if you can imagine it, the spa feels cordoned off in one “wing” of the hotel so it’s quite secluded and you almost forget you’re in a hotel per se
  • a pleasant & unexpected surprise was when the therapist told me the package also included a mini/basic facial which I appreciated & was perfect (I’m not the biggest fan of facials in general)
  • on the topic of my therapist – I had the same one for all my treatments which I liked and she was the perfect balance of friendly & professional. I’m not usually chatty at a spa but I had loads of questions since it was my first time and she was superb. (I wish I could remember her name)

Loathe

  • the change rooms could be a little roomier. With 3 of us changing simultaneously it got a little crowded, but really not a crisis…
  • my French pedi (just a regular OPI one/not gel etc.) started to chip around day 3 which I think is a little soon, so that was disappointing

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Lunch – salmon, teriyaki, shimeji mushrooms, carrots & tenderstem broccoli…

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I could hang out here for hours…

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Decisions, decisions…

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hydro facilities (this is one is complimentary)

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the hydro bath. Really want to try this next – haven’t seen it in a spa before… (this one must be booked)

Because I had a super slow/lazy lunch and a shower before my treatments I ran out of time to use the facilities. Also, I only discovered the downstairs/outdoor relaxation area after my treatments were practically done, so I definitely have to come back and make the most of it…

Need to know

  • the Spa Cafe’s menu is quite  healthy & light  & served with a selection of raw/freshly squeezed juices (understandably so – in case you didn’t know you shouldn’t really spa on a full tummy) so if you need a bit more than a nibble I’d suggest rather heading down to the hotel for lunch instead (plan enough time)
  • there is also a Terenz Hair Studio on site with a treatment menu so comprehensive it made my jaw drop a little (relaxers, wig application, locs renew & more).
  • the spa is open 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm and includes Sundays and public holiday. That is without a doubt the most convenient spa times I have ever seen…
  • there are packages available (like the one I had) and also treatments specifically tailored to men. You can download all their menus online & get a virtual tour.
  • to state the obvious don’t dare think about showing up sans an appointment and you may have to wait a little while so plan in advance…

If I ran the place

  • between the food and the spa I would not get very much work done

This was quite the treat, not an everyday kind of experience and I highly recommend it for a special occasion when a treat in order. Definitely in my top 2 spa experiences to date – won’t forget it any time soon…

After 4/5 hours at the spa I’m falling into a slumber thinking about my bed after a pretty marvellous day& another surprise is announced (more in my next post!)…

W

 

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst 2196, Johannesburg

+27 11

www.saxon.co.za

 

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