Hidden away in a lush, secret garden in Sandton, you’ll find a 5-star hotel. But this is not any hotel … it’s more of an inner-city retreat where the setting speaks to your senses. And the destination for a duluxe night spa overnight experience.
From when you first step into the Seven Villa Hotel & Spa and pick up the pleasing fragrant with hint of something you can’t easily identify (it’s their very own signature scent which they diffuse into the air), to the wonderful Textures restaurant where you head for Canapés and a Cointreau G&T, to the Camelot Spa, hidden within the hotels garden, it’s pure bliss all the way.
Talking bliss … the night spa experience includes a full body massage … an hour of pampering in a room set for two. A freshen up, and it’s back to Textures restaurant for a little wining and dining. The name plays with everything from the touch of the table and feel of the menu through to the playfulness on your plate … braised pork belly with smooth carrot puree, fluffy cauliflower cous cous and crisp roasted apple. Expect dinner to be divine – Sous Chef Percy Leso delivers a stellar job with the food and presentation.
The overnight spa package includes a glass of Arniston Bay wine with dinner … a great choice, as we do love a wine with a story and for every bottle of Arniston Bay wine sold, a contribution is made to the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds to assist in their fight towards the conservation of coastal seabirds, focusing on our endangered African penguin.
You’re in for a treat after dinner, too. Accommodation is in a spacious Villa Suite (such a treat) … all dark accents and modern finishes with lifestyle artwork hanging from the walls giving off a sense of livelihood. Pre-order your choice of pillows of the pillow menu, watch one of the two 65’’ inch TVs, wallow in the grand luxe bath, have a drink from the fully stocked bar of spirts on the balcony overlooking a stream, and if you’re still peckish, there’s an in-room dining area with butler services.
Breakfast is sweet … we’re talking the waffle stack, but for those with will power there are options like health oats. And nothing takes your fancy? A quick request will see them whipping up something not on the menu.
And before you leave, make sure you stop to admire the many sculptures on the grounds, the work of Anton Smit who uses monumental shapes – raw and earthy power that feels innately African. This is a collaboration between the artist and the hotel born from common values – a passion for excellence and celebrating South African creativity
It’s all very luxurious and memorable … worth a staycation indeed. The duluxe night spa overnight experience package will cost you from R4900 per couple. For the Villa Suite, R6300 per couple.