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Spa Review: The Saxon

I’m one of those people who prefer going to the spa alone. The entire experience is an indulgence I like to fully immerse myself in with zero distractions. I don’t even like the therapists talking to me too much. Silence, at this juncture of my life, has become a luxury I embrace wholeheartedly.

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours at The Saxon Spa in Sandhurst, Johannesburg. This opportunity came at a much needed time as I was craving a holiday I couldn’t afford. The spa, then, became my holiday destination for 3 hours or so…

There is luxury and then there’s The Saxon Spa. On arrival I stop and marvel at the beautiful environment I find myself in. Walking up to the reception area I pass backlit shelves filled with some of my favourite brands: QMS Medicosmetics, Molton Brown, Elemis and my choice for the day, Harnn, which is a natural body care, skin care and aromatherapy brand inspired by the Asian holistic approach to well-being. Every one of their scents is absolutely divine.

I opted for the Harnn Signature Ritual, an incredible experience that includes a full body exfoliation and oil massage using the Oriental Herb range (you can also choose Jasmine or Tropical Wood). My treatment room had the perfect dim lighting, just the right intensity of scent in the air and the perfect temperature. My therapist was a dream: professional, friendly, mainly kept to herself, had the most magical touch and light, easy energy about her. I love that I was encouraged to hang around the spa even after my treatment to enjoy some tea goodies, a chill lounge and a book. I took full advantage.

After taking myself on a little tour of the spa, I soon realized that I’ll be coming back for a mani and pedi treat just so I can experience this most beautiful room:

It’s officially Spring so I suggest you take yourself over there and enjoy some treatments in the outdoor treatment rooms before taking yourself to the pool with a great book and a chilled drink.

Contact them on: 011 292 6000