Drinks at The Lakeside Bar at African Pride Irene Country Lodge

20th September 2017 at 2:39 pm

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Ladies day out

Our ladies get-togethers usually entail the trusty coffee club meeting at The Deck Restaurant but since our favourite cappuccinos are on hold for a bit whilst it receives a wonderful makeover, we decided to change things up and so we embarked on a ladies night out!

All beautied up and with our favourite earrings on, Mooria, Pertunia and I went online in search of options. Being the more mature kind since we all have calves and bulls at home, we decided that the younger options of clubs and pubs weren’t really our scene, however African Pride Irene Country Lodge’s Lakeside Bar seemed to be the ideal spot and so we herded off there for our much anticipated day out.

As we entered the Lakeside Bar the relaxed, festive atmosphere was immediately apparent with couples, groups of friends and families chattering away, enjoying a drink together.

Seating ourselves, we decided to start our day with a house cocktail – the Ridgeback. True to our waiter’s word, this was a most refreshing drink and it was well enjoyed by all three of us. Careful not to drink on an empty stomach, we decided to order a snack platter (which was more like dinner) with loads of biltong, chips, fruit and nuts. Munching away and sipping on our cocktails, we ladies enjoyed the next few hours of catching up…

Teenage calves and grumpy bulls were the main points of conversation as we had a few good stories, laughs and the odd serious point of view. What is said at the Lakeside Bar, stays in the Lakeside Bar!

Moving on to wine and ciders, Mooria commented on the wonderful décor that makes this place welcoming.  With the amazing lake views and different types of bird life, it felt like we were in the countryside.

Pertunia was more impressed with the friendliness and service of the staff. Welcoming smiles and great suggestions on drinks and the platter meant that our day was a breeze – even without our bulls around to take care of us.

After a couple of hours of having a good old natter, we decided it was probably a good time to return to our barns.

As much as we love our coffee club dates, I think we are going to throw in another ladies day out or two every now and then – the Lakeside Bar being the perfect spot. In fact, I think I should tell Bill that it’s a great spot for the bulls to get together too…

Till Next Week,
The Dairy Cow

Luxury has a new definition!

16th September 2014 at 5:27 pm

African Pride- Irene Country Lodge offers Luxury accommodation in the heart of Gauteng; South Africa’s Economic Capital, in the historical village of Irene, Centurion. This luxury upmarket hotel now boasts with 75 spacious bedrooms and conference facilities that have recently undergone a phenomenal refurbishment.

The newly renovated hotel rooms are elegantly designed each with its own balcony or patio with breath-taking views overlooking the lake. The design is modern contemporary, offering the charm and warmth of a countryside manor, but reflecting a unique South African flavour.

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The hotel rooms all in excess of sixty square meters situated on 60 hectares of open land.

All rooms boast magnificent views of either the forest or the bird sanctuary home to some 140 bird species. The room configuration consists of 10 Luxury King Rooms opening onto a patio with a stunning view of the lush, green meadow. The 47 Deluxe King Rooms are elegantly designed all with a balcony or patio with a breath-taking view overlooking the lake. The hotel boasts 14 Superior King Rooms hidden away in our amazing natural Camdeboo Forest. The loft superior rooms are double volume designed to delight the senses.


African Pride Irene Country Lodge also offers superb conference facilities set in this calm and relaxed countryside in Centurion. The conference facilities can facilitate events from 2 to 140 delegates.

A new addition to the conference venues is the newly designed and renovated Boardroom en Suite. This combines luxury accommodation with executive boardroom facilities seating a maximum of 12 GUESTS. This multifunctional boardroom suite can be used either for executive meetings or as an executive suite boardroom catering to the high end traveler or head of state requirement to meet in the convenience and safety of the executive suite.


The hotel’s experienced team delivers a highly professional and seamless service. The hotel also has a fine dining restaurant, function and wedding venues, and also boasts the Award Winning Camdeboo Day Spa as well as the infamous historic operational Irene Dairy Farm right across the road.

Irene is a suburb of Centurion; but has become a business and leisure destination.

The hotel is conveniently situated between Midrand and Pretoria. Making the travel to the Union Buildings in Pretoria a mere 15 min drive away and the travelling to Sandton in Johannesburg a 20 min drive.

Centurion Gautrain station is situated at the Centurion Shopping Centre only a 5 min drive away.

The hotel offers transfers to the station as well as to the surrounding facilities of Southdown’s shopping centre and Centurion mall.


19th August 2014 at 4:08 pm

Book your spot for only R150 pp to take part in the Beat Winter Skin Workshop exclusively at Camdeboo Day Spa. Including a luxuriously warm beverage, an informative BABOR talk as well as a mini BABOR facial including a dry skin changing mask treatment.

ENTER THE LUCKY DRAW and you could also stand a chance to WIN an additional BABOR Product with your purchase of any BABOR product on the day.

Valid 26 August only.Camdeboo Aug Promotions2


Book Now – Email Spareservations@IreneCountryLodge.co.za or call on 012 667 6464

Paying it Forward

10th July 2014 at 12:02 pm

As an effort to help better the community that we live, some happy volunteers from Destination Irene joined hands and assisted the Potato Foundation with their “Spread the Soup” project.

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Just wanted to say a BIG thank you very much to everyone who contributed to our “Paying it Forward” effort it was a great day and the kids really enjoyed it!!


Phomolong Gardens in Irene

16th May 2014 at 3:18 pm

“Phomolong” is the Irene Dairy Farm workers accommodation village, each staff member that exceeds a certain number of years working on the farm, gets the privilege to live in one of these 3 bedroom houses in the staff village.

Each year the owners of the farm run a little competition to where the gardens of the houses gets judged. Here is a show of the beautiful Gardens that were on show this year 🙂

Wow these are really beautiful!!!


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In the spirit of giving….

7th March 2014 at 2:27 pm

The Irene Dairy Farm is proud to host the South African National Blood Service on Thursday 13 March 2014 between 10:00 and 13:00.

Join the Irene Estate blood drive and show that you care.

Blood Drive:    Irene Estate

Date:                  Thursday, March 13, 2014

Venue:              Irene Dairy Farm, Tent in Parking Area

Time:                 10:00 to 13:00

Blood Darive

“The Stall” Night Markets at Southdowns Centre

6th February 2014 at 2:26 pm

The Stall

To all of you who have been missing out on “The Stall” night market at Southdowns, here are the dates for the next few months for you to diarise!

27 February,

27 March,

24 April,

29 May, and

26 June.

Be sure not to miss out 🙂

And to anyone interested in exhibiting you are welcome to contact Stalls organiser, Gareth Christie on 072 155 3924


Visit us at the Wedding Expo

23rd August 2013 at 2:18 pm

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Dear Facebook FANS

Do not forget to visit our stand at the Wedding Expo this weekend, on 24 and 25 August.

For all our loyal FANS who will be attending the Expo we thought we would throw in a little fun.

All you have to do is spot our stand and post a photo of yourself and one of the lovely ladies representing us, to stand a chance to WIN one of the many spot prizes up for grabs.

We look forward to showing all you lovely brides-to-be what Destination Irene has to offer.

See you there Facebook FANS 🙂

Until then I’m Moooo, happy cowmooo, moooving on!!!!!!!!

Mandela Day – 18 July 2013 @ African Pride Irene Country Lodge

18th July 2013 at 3:35 pm

Mandela Day 18 July 2013 copyAfrican Pride Irene Country Lodge wrote:

“Today at exactly 10:00 all conference delegates, directors, management and staff of African Pride Irene Country Lodge came together to  hold hands to form a human chain for 67 seconds, this was done as a gesture of unity and commitment to making South Africa a better place on this very special day of Madiba’s 95th Birthday.”

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela we hope you are better soon.

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Valentine at Destination Irene!

4th February 2013 at 8:46 am
 happy-valentines-day-wallpaper-03 Ready to travel down the winding oak avenues of Irene, here lies your premier getaway destination, right in the heart of Gauteng and it’s full of love this Valentine’s Month. We certainly have an array of wonderful ideas for you to spoil your loved one this February.
 AP ICL logo For you and your Valentine, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is running the Romantic Rendezvous promotion any day of the week throughout February. Enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet, a five course dinner, a picnic lunch under the oak tree and a rejuvenating spa package. Read more…
 C  Camdeboo Day Spa is running for Valentine’s month a Romantic Scents promotion. A 45 minute luxurious scented candle back massage, sweet -delights a glass of “bubbly” and a personal gift per couple.Health Spa Members can book their valentine package via Healthspas.co.za. to earn more benefits. Read more…Or join in on their Yoga for Pairs. This session is suitable for all levels, it is filled with fun, laughter and opportunity to share priceless moments with your loved one. Read more…

Camdeboo Day Spa also offers a special range of gift vouchers which at an additional fee can be boxed wrapped, added a gift and get it delivered right to your door step. Read more…

 Meadow Green Logo  So you’ve dozed in luxury, loosened up in spa style and now you need to eat, right? Yes! And for that, theMeadow Green Restaurant at African Pride Irene Country Lodge has a special Valentine’s Day dinner.Come and indulge your love for your other half and your love for food with an intimate Valentine’s Day Dinner.

A glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by an exotic five course meal served under the stars, will set the idyllic Valentines mood as Kirsten Watkins’ soft saxophone serenades conduct the romance in the air. Read more…

 Logos - FARM  Further down the lane, the Irene Dairy Farm’s Barn restaurant has specially created lavish Valentine’s Day Breakfast Buffets available every Saturday and Sunday for the whole month of February.Also available on Thursday 14 February 2013, however bookings are essential. Read more…The Irene Dairy Farm’s Deck Restaurant offers alternatively to spend a few precious moments on their deck watching the sun go down. Enjoying a biltong or cheese platter for two including a glass of bubbly. Read more…

The Farm shop on the Irene Diary Farm has its very own Valentine’s Day corner this month. Offering an array of heartwarming gifts to show your appreciation to your other half. Read more…

 irene_market_logo  My favorite market, The Irene Market, offers a special Valentine Themed Market on the 9th of Feb to buy your ideal gift. Read more…
  header02 Then the Irene Village Mall celebrates by you falling in love with fashion at Old Khaki this month of love! Open an Old Khaki account between 18 January 2013 and 24 February 2013 and you could win R5000 in Old Khaki vouchers! Read more…
 430743_10152262533105099_1787325724_a  Last but not least the Southdowns Mall offer you to fall in love with Village Trading Co this Valentine’s Day. Take a quick look at a couple of great idea’s you can spoil your Valentine with. Read more…The destination Irene is nestled between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. Irene is old-style charm in the heart of Gauteng. So take the time to take a trip to this wonderful destination this Valentine!

Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus beats the best in Joburg at Taste of Joburg

1st October 2012 at 2:55 pm

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel General Manager is very proud of his TEAM.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that the AP Melrose Arch TEAM – led by Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus won the best dish of the competition! Our winning dish was a Kudu Wellington with baby spring vegetables and a port jus.” says a  very proud General Manager Jean-Claude McMenamin this morning to his collegues in the Protea/African Pride Hotel Group.

“There were over 22,000 people at the show, and 14 of Johannesburg’s top restaurants participated. To note we beat competitors of the caliber of recent Master Chef host Andrew Atkinson.” says McMenamin

The winning TEAM!

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus understands the good life and the cuisine that goes with it. He has spent most of his working life in 5-star hotels and restaurants, creating dishes that are culinary works of art.

Hanroe has for the past two years overseen 5 food outlets in the hotel, including the 100-seater fine dining restaurant March.

He qualified as a chef in 2005, and immediately found his dream job at the exclusive Kuname River Lodge just a short drive away from Tzaneen.

In 2009 he relocated to Johannesburg where he became Executive Chef at St Andrew’s Boutique Hotel with its 80-seater fine dining restaurant Trents, then he moved on to become Executive Chef of moyo Fountains Valley in Pretoria, before taking over the kitchens of African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel.

Hanroe has demonstrated his culinary mastery through the creation of such dishes as Cauliflower and Truffle Soup and Cumin Dusted Seabass, served on a carrot and spring onion rosti with a citrus cream sauce.”

The winning DISH!


African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

The March Restaurant at the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel offers guests a truly sensual dining experience. A world-class dining experience, where decor meets a whimsical fusion of intercontinental flavours and cooking techniques, designed with the ultimate dining experience in mind. The clean lines and spacious layout of the March Restaurant are sophisticated elegance personified. The superb menu defies categorization and instead provides diners with a fusion of exotic tastes from around the world. Elegant and sumptuous, the March Restaurant is a sensually addictive dining experience.”

Wheeling in the big fish – 15 September 2012

14th September 2012 at 2:44 pm

Following on last year’s success, African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria will once again host the Ramcats Men in Wheelchairs fishing tournament on 15 September 2012.Ramcats, an organisation launched in 2002, is involved in various events regarding the disabled, focusing on people in wheelchairs. Derived from the Afrikaans word “ramkats”, which means an adventurous, brave and sometimes naughty boy, Ramcats assists wheelchair-bound people to enjoy the outdoors in a safe wheelchair-friendly environment.“The celebration of fishing is more than just a sport; it is a wonderful playground where people with differences meet with the resultant effect of feeling good and making a difference. Our members want to be included in society and desire an active outdoor lifestyle,” says Ramcats organiser Gerard Smal.

The inland dam at the lodge is teeming with fish, which due to the excellent habitat have rapidly grown in numbers. The dam has various fish species including Carp, Lowveld Large-scale Yellow fish, Branded Tilapia, Redbreast Tilapia and Mozambique Tilapia. Last year’s winner of this “Catch And Release” event managed to land a whopping 10.5kg Carp.

“This is a great initiative and we are proud to be associated with this tournament which provides these men with an opportunity to share in this wonderful sport while also enjoying the beauty of nature at this magnificent and serene lodge,” says sales and marketing executive for African Pride Hotels Robyn Ward.

Last year the tournament attracted 40 participants and this year 50 fishermen are expected. Participants are from across Gauteng, Northwest and Limpopo.

“This activity brings people together and introduces new beginnings as a therapy to recover and rekindle feelings of wellness” concludes Smal.

Thank you Susan Reynard for this post: http://www.hotelandrestaurant.co.za/tourism/wheeling-in-the-big-fish/

Employee of the month gets Micro Light flight

12th September 2012 at 9:40 am

African Pride Irene Country Lodge has started a bit of a tradition where if you have been chosen as the employee of the month, you get a flight in a Micro Light with company director, Adrian van der Byl, so every two months he takes the hardworking staff members up and yesterday was just one of those days. Lesley Benson, HR Administrator and Simangele Ndawonde, Receptionist at African Pride Irene Country Lodge were facing their challenges and did a flight around the Centurion area.

They certainly do not look scared and looks like they really enjoyed it thoroughly.

I am sure the performance at the Lodge has increased to win this.


23rd August 2012 at 5:58 pm

Protea Hotel Umhlanga reservationist Sandra Khumalo is in the Olympic Village in London, preparing to bring home gold.

Sandra won silver at the 2012 Final Paralympic Qualification Rowing Regatta in Belgrade, Serbia, a little earlier this year and believes the medal is within her grasp. She flew out of Johannesburg with the South African Paralympic Team on Tuesday and is now preparing for her first race – the Women’s Single Scull – at 8.30am South Africa time on Friday, Aug 31.

Sandra has always led an active lifestyle, but was in a motor accident in 2005 that left her a paraplegic. As soon as she had her doctor’s permission, she headed straight back to the gym, where she worked on strengthening her upper body. It was there she was introduced to rowing by a fellow gym member, and she took to the sport immediately.

“Out there alone on the water for the first time I felt independent,” Sandra said. “As a paraplegic I have to be dependent on others for help every day, so it was an absolutely thrilling feeling. Rowing makes me feel whole.”

Sandra has been training every day for months for the Paralympics – including the day she flew to London! She had a two-hour session on Germiston Lake on Tuesday morning, then packed her bags, participated in big press conference and got on the plane; a very very busy final day in South Africa.

Arthur Gillis says the whole Protea family will be cheering Sandra on when she races for the first time next Friday. “We are so proud of what she has achieved in difficult circumstances, and we’re behind her 100% of the way. Whether Sandra brings home a medal or not, she’s already a hero to all of us.”

Camdeboo Day Spa honoured by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Awards

6th August 2012 at 10:31 am

Camdeboo Day Spa, located at the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Centurion has received distinctive recognition at the 2012 Les Nouvelles Esthétiques South African Spa Awards – the most respected industry awards in the country.

Only two spas on the African continent were honoured with distinctive recognition:  Camdeboo at Irene, Centurion, and the Sanctuary Spa Indigo Bay, Bazaruto Island, Mediterranean coast.

Now into its eighthyear, the awards recognise the highest standards within the spa, health and wellness industry and are designed to stimulate service excellence among local spas.

“As a first time entrant, it is a remarkable achievement to have been identified as a Spa of Distinction – on a par with international spa trends. “We are deeply humbled to have been recognised by our peers,” says Carmenita Pedro, Camdeboo Spa Manager.

“At Camdeboo, the customer experience is paramount. Our staff are enrolled in on-going training and recognition programmes. This keeps them abreast with current industry trends, and internal programmes keep staff informed on the individual requirements of our guests,” says Pedro.

The staff and management take guest feedback very seriously, and adjust and upgrade spa offerings in response to guests’ needs and requests. “It is our mandate to not meet, but exceed the expectations of our valued guests,” she says.

Situated in the picturesque valley of Irene, twenty minutes north of Sandton, Camdeboo Spa offers a naturally beautiful, secluded, and harmonious environment in which to escape from the frenetic pace of modern life.

Pedro is committed to maintaining the standard that has come to be expected from the spa, and aims to continue collecting accolades with the support of her highly qualified team.

About Camdeboo Spa

Camdeboo Spa & Restaurant, surrounded by lavish gardens and a stinkwood forest which lends the spa its name, is housed in a century-old building. The spa is part of the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, which has been developed on hectares of open farm land and boasts historical charm dating back to the 1800s. A haven of luxury and relaxation, this pristine and intimate spa offers skin and body treatments designed to soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body, and transform your mental and physical stress into total relaxation.

For more information review Camdeboo Spa specials on www.irenecountrylodge.co.za or call 012 667 6464

About Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Awards

The Les Nouvelles EsthétiquesSouth African Spa Awards are the country’s premier spa awards. Now into its 8th year the awards have grown from strength to strength, honouring South Africa’s spas of superlative quality.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge to host ‘Live Your Purpose’ High Tea

6th August 2012 at 10:20 am

The African Pride Irene Country Lodge will, this Women’s Day, host a “Live Your Purpose” high tea event organised by Mrs South Africa 2012 finalist, Gugu Chama with special guests Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe, a successful business woman, Kutana Investment co-founder and former country manger of HP South Africa and Lee Griessel, internationally accredited associated certified Meta coach.

This exclusive event is aimed at celebrating the contributions that women make in the South African society on a daily basis, and at the same time will be a networking and idea sharing platform for the modern day career woman.

In addition, the High Tea, which will take place at one of Centurion’s celebrated icons, which boasts tranquil and exquisite surroundings with a 13-year heritage of providing exceptional modern luxury, will be an opportunity for women to escape their daily hustle and tussle, and get together in a relaxed environment to discuss any current affairs on their minds.

“As women in our society, we are seldom celebrated for our contributions and at the same time, we tend to forget to celebrate ourselves and wait to be acknowledged by others. Events like this one will do a lot to remind us of how much we do as women and what a difference we make,” says Gugu Chama.

“We are delighted to be hosting this event, especially because of the purpose it aims to serve and our location and environment are a perfect setting for women of this calibre,” says Cecilia McKay, marketing manager at African Pride Country Lodge.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the event will be: Making it as a successful business leader; the home-career balancing act and finding and living your purpose. There will also be some spot prizes and give-aways at the event.

Event details

Date: 09 August 2012

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Nellmapius Drive, Irene

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Tickets: R300

For more information contact:

Contact person: Gugu Chama

Email address: gugulethuchama@gmail.com

SAX Arena hosts PH Sales TEAM Awards Dinner!

6th August 2012 at 8:09 am

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Thank you Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson for protecting our Irene Trees!

28th July 2012 at 1:21 pm

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries intends to declare a list of particular trees “Champion Trees” as protected under Section 12 (1) (a) and (b) of the National Forests Act, 1998. This list includes the existing list of declared Champion Trees as well as new nominations.

Eucalyptus Rooibloekom
(River red gum)
Irene Farm Estate, Pretoria,

Estate land, parts of which were bought by prominent South African figures such as General Jan Smuts, with a variety of trees planted since the late 19th century.

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Camdeboo Day Spa win award at 8th annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards

23rd July 2012 at 5:40 pm

The 8th annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards hosted by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa in association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Paris, was held on Sunday the 8 July 2012, at the prestigious Montecasino Ballroom, Fourways, Johannesburg.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Gala Dinner evening was filled with excitement and glamour as some of the industries most respected and well-known names and media came together to acknowledge their peers.  In keeping with the Las Vegas theme, the décor of the room transported one to a city where all dreams can come true.  Entertainment was provided by Cameron Bruce with his smooth vocal style, skilful guitar work and own striking lyrics, setting him as one of the country’s leading artists

 Through the success of the previous awards, the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards increases in its stature each year, providing the South African and International Spa Visitors and Media with a comprehensive choice of award winning spas, and a reliable source of spa information and recommendations, within South Africa.

“Spas offer a precious refuge from a frenzied lifestyle.  A time and place to relax and disconnect from the world as you recharge your mind, body and spirit, and an opportunity to bring your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves back into alignment.  In whatever amount of time one can afford, spas provide peace, relaxation and guidance to help create a healthier lifestyle.“ Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South Africa.


The 2012 Spa Awards consisted of five (5) Categories, namely Boutique Hotel Spas, Day Spas, Resort/Hotel Spas, Unique Spa Concept and Safari Spa categories.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Day Spa Category Finalists were Shambala Wellness Centre – Tibetan monks describe Shambala as a mystical kingdom hidden somewhere beyond the snow peaks of the Himalayas. In Sanskrit it is defined as “a place of Peace,Tranquility, and Happiness.” At Shambala Day Spa, nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Palm Harbor, Port Elizabeth, the owners have created a setting that certainly lives up to its name. Danika Spa, located in the heart of Klerksdorp, where the focus is on privacy and the total spa experience, as all guests are treated as royalty. Indulge in the unique reflexology Bean Walk, as you walk in heavy Bali pots while your toes curl amongst the seeds. Spa de la Veille, Centurion,  capturing the essence of France, Spa de la Veille boosts tasteful finishes and pure indulgences. The nine treatment rooms have all been decorated with furnishings carefully chosen, with a great sense of detail and comfort in mind, in addition to the manicure / pedicure lounge and hydrotherapy areas. Boasting the unique Signature Treatment: Le Voyage de Vie – a one of a kind hydrotherapy area. The voyage involves a visit to a number of hyrdotherapy stations, allowing the benefits of heat and cool to invigorate and rejuvenate, as Spa de la Veille strives to ensure clients live a longer and healthier life.


The winner of the Day Spa Category was Life Day Spa, Rosebank, Johannesburg. The latest addition to the Life Day Spa family and proud member of the prestigious Spas of Distinction group, famous for its dazzling facilities, supreme customer care and cutting edge tip to toe treatments. Life Day Spa Rosebank is a modern, contempory designed state of the art fully-equipped day spa, which includes a Heated Indoor Spa Pool and Flotation Pool. Spacious luxury treatment rooms, allow the client the choice of colour, music and background themes on plasma screen, so ensuring complete relaxation and escape.
Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa, winner of the Unique Spa Concept Category is set high on the Umngazi hillside, with breathtaking views of the coast below, guests are treated to a secluded, tranquil spa experience, which is difficult to beat. Dedicated, professional therapists are on hand with a full range of spa treatments and therapies, each enjoyed in treatment rooms, complimented by a private spa bath, inviting the same spectacular views of the beach and ocean.

Each year the judging of the Unique Spa Concept Category is always extremely difficult, as all spas in this category are very different from one another, but we are proud to announce the finalists in this category: Jiva Spa at the TAJ Hotel, Cape Town, where guests are invited to experience a spectrum of traditional Ayverdic wellness treatments in a tranquil ambience. The philosophy of Jiva or “Innerforce” is inherently rooted in India’s ancient approach to wellness. Inspired by ancient Indian healing wisdom, Jiva believes that a spa unfolds a holistic path of life that opens out channels to nurture ones’ life force. Jiva Spas embrace a deep understanding of mind, body and spirit. The 6 organically designed treatment rooms with contemporary finishes provide the perfect ambience to unwind and discover a sense of tranquillity. Ingaadi Spa and Event, located East of Pretoria, is a place of many moods. Well-being, luxury, festivity, celebration, business, learning or just relaxation, whatever your expectation of Ingaadi is, their ultimate intent is to make your experience memorable. The elegant simplicity is a symbiosis of elements of international sophistication, seasoned with a touch of essence of Africa. And Just Haven Nomadic Spa Events is a unique Nomadic Spa Concept for very special events. Heavenly comfort, sheer indulgence and exotic charm, breathtakingly created for guests at the location of their choice. Harmonious nomadic gazebos, white draping billowing in the breeze, silver candelabra, warm wood, sumptuous chairs with soft throws and cushions, lush textures and exotic fragrance. Simply select your location, and Just Haven does the rest.


The finalists for the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Boutique Hotel Category include Sanctuary Spa at Majeka House, nestled on a private garden estate in Stellenbosch, Majeka House offers a lifestyle of quiet luxury.  Tastefully decorated to calm and soothe, the spa offers a unique experience where guests can enjoy the Himalayan Crystal Salt bed, with the added benefits of colour therapy for deep relaxation, amongst other signature Sanctuary Spa treatments. Suntra Spa at 15 on Orange Hotel, Cape Town’s newest icon of style, is set in suburb of Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain. Distinctive architecture, decor that defies categorization and a guest service experience extraordinaire sets the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel apart from any hotel of its kind. Suntra Spa draws its name and inspiration from a star named Suntra, which is responsible for bringing the water element to planet earth. With state of the art spa facilities, Suntra Spa offers holistic, therapeutic and aesthetic care, combined with the latest technology to ensure visitors experience the ultimate in indulgence.

Fordoun Boutique Hotel and Spa  being the winner in the category of Boutique Hotel Spa. Previous Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards winner, Fordoun Spa in the Natal Midlands boasts an oasis of relaxation and sensory bliss. At Fordoun we believe that health begins with the mind and spirit and guests should leave feeling positive, de-stressed and energized. Unique to Fordoun – Dr Elliot Ndlovu – herbalist, ethno-botanist and the country’s leading expert on Zulu traditional healing and indigenous plants – takes Tours from Fordoun to the Kamberg where guests will enjoy  a genuine African healing experience.

In the Safari Spa Category, our international flagship category as it represents the essence of Africa, through the combination of safari and spas, the winner was Etali Safari Spa, located in the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve.  Embraced by pristine bushveld nurtured by Africa’s rich red soil, Etali Safari Lodge is built in harmony with nature. It is an exclusive, intimate haven, where clients are rejuvenated in surroundings created by people who understand luxury. Etali’s state-of the-art Wellness Spa is unique in concept. The design and layout of the cool, thatched, secluded Wellness rooms, lends itself to a sense of “space” allowing guests to hear the echo of the elephants around the water hole and the weaverbirds tapping on the windows.  From the moment guests steps into Etali Wellness Centre a new experience awaits them each and every day.

The finalists was Duma Manzi Eco-lodge & Spa, a sanctuary offering a Unique African Wilderness & Wellness experience, providing an affordable 5 star experience with an elegance and personal touch.  A comfortable 1-hour drive from Durban lying on both sides of the Mkomazi River, Duma Manzi covers a 5000 hectare reserve, nestled in the forest valley.  This extraordinary beautiful and tranquil African Wilderness setting is the ideal retreat for those seeking privacy, exclusivity and absolute serenity, allowing one to indulge in one of the holistic spa treatments, a leisurely walk along the river bank, opportunity to explore on a mountain bike or self guided trail or simply curl up with a good book on a couch on the deck.  In fact, the only thing one could find stressful during time at Duma Manzi would be the selection of choices. Askari Game lodge and Spa reflects the environment that surrounds it – African veldt and wildlife rise up to meet the African sky and the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range. This Big 5 Game lodge is scenically set between Hekpoort and Magalieburg and pays tribute to South Africa’s rich archaeological and cultural history.Located in the heart of the lodge, the entire spa opens up on outdoor relaxation areas and private gardens.The core philosophy of natural health is based on nurture, inspiration and the use of mother Earth’s ingredients, to provide guests with the most invigorating treatments imaginable. Emoya Private Game Reserve and Spa is situated on the western border of Bloemfontein, a region also known as “Big Sky Country”. This 270 hectare Game and Nature Reserve is located in a pristine natural setting.

The luxury day and night spa offers a unique experience of true African indulgence. Through the ritual of application, with the perfect touch of body and mind therapy, guests will experience an African atmosphere of balance and peace.

“The Resort/Hotel Spa Category, as per previous years was the most closely contested category, as the countries finest hotels and spas entered the spa awards 2012, making the judges decision extremely difficult as results were once again separated by only a few points and each spa in this category quite exceptional.”  Says Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa.

Special mentions awards were given to Sanctuary Spa at Indigo Bay Island Resort, located on Bazaruto Island off the coast of Mozambique. Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite island, offereing visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding area. And Cambedoo Spa at Irene Country Lodge, located in Irene, a suburb of Centurion conveniently situated between Midrand and Pretoria, this historical village is known for the long and winding oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures. Camdeboo (named after the White Stinkwood trees that populate the area) is an oasis of tranquillity.

The finalists in the Resort/Hotel Spa Category were Mount Grace Country House and Spa, Camelot Spa at Peermont Mondazur Hotel, San Lameer and The Spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. The recently reopened, extensively-renovated Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town, now boasts an ethereal, all-white crystal grotto interior. The interiors use natural stone, marble, granite and glass to create a textured feeling throughout. White patterned cornices adorn the ceilings of treatment rooms while the same pattern is repeated on doors and walls, with Buddha statues and oil burners utilising the B|Africa range providing a sense of tranquillity. While the interior of The Spa is exceptional, The 12 Apostles’ unique position on the mountains overlooking the Atlantic Ocean means that a sunset treatment or romantic couples picnic in the newly-renovated outdoor gazebos is an absolutely unforgettable experience. Camelot Spa at Peermont Mondazur Hotel, San Lameer,  is immersed in an enchanting sub-tropical ambiance, set between sea and sky. San Lameer on the KZN South Coast presents itself as South Africa’s latest coastal destination spa – where wellness is the true destination.

Draped in elegant white fabrics, the relaxation area overlooks the resort’s pool and the gorgeous, forested lagoon. Minimalist Balinese architecture with clean lines of patterned white glass are blended with sandstone walls. The spa is washed by a sensory light and cooled by internal Zen plantings. Upon entering the Camelot Spa guests are captivated by a sense of calmness, continuity and peaceful abundance enhanced by the luxuriant tropical landscape. Mount Grace Country Hotel & Spa, tucked away in the ruggedly Magaliesburg Mountains, just an hour from Johannesburg, Mount Grace Country House & Spa, offers the ideal environment to unwind. Mount Grace Spa features 18 pristine, spacious treatments rooms, an ultra deluxe pedicure lounge, elegant furnishings and soothing neutral colours which adorn the main spa building. Enjoy the legendary Hydrotherapy Spa Garden with hot and cold pools surrounded by exquisite tranquil gardens. Waterfalls add to the therapeutic healing effect of the sound of water together with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art liquid sound flotation pool. Walk barefoot on the cobblestoned reflexology path to stimulate the pressure points and embrace the meditation points in the garden to help you re-engage with your inner self.

The winner of the Resort/Hotel Spa Category was Soulstice Day Spa at the Siverstar Casino, Mongale City. Soulstice Day Spa, is built into the side of the Krugersdorp hills, this modern, architecturally profound spa, is inspired and named after the ancient Sun Goddess of Wellness, and adhering to the philosophy preached by Sulis: “Take time to restore yourself.” The spa overlooks the awesome ‘Fountain Spectacular,’ the largest water feature in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world.  The 15 beautifully contemporary decorated treatment rooms can be customised according to the client’s desires. Each room has a plasma screen on which a soothing video clip of tropical fish, butterflies or a fireplace can be played. The overhead lighting colour can be selected according to the client’s desire. Complemented by extensive hydrotherapy facilities, allowing clients to relax in the warmth of the African sun and enjoy a dip in the cool water pools or heated rock pool or invigorate your senses in the sensation shower. Indoors clients can soothe their body with the heated jet spa or indulge in our sauna, steam room, rasul or floatation pool.  Soulstice Day Spa is a proud member of the prestigious Spas of Distinction group.

Les Nouvelles Esthetiques would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners as they continue to excel in providing the South African community with the keys to relaxation and wellness. The Spa Awards programme is more than pure recognition of achievement, it sets a benchmark for spas in South Africa, and all the finalists and winners are worthy of this acknowledgment.
Spa Recognition Awards 2012

“We focus a large amount on the actual spas, however there are a number of individuals, as seen by the impressive list of nominees, who go above the call of duty and through their work the entire industry benefits.  The Spa Recognition Awards, are a true reflection of the Spa Industry’s opinion, as individuals are nominated and voted for by the spa industry in their individual categories”, said Dr Nadine de Freitas. These Spa Recognition Awards include four categories, The Spa Ambassador Award, The Humanitarian Award, The Spa Visionary Award and the newly introduced Spa Management Excellence Award.

The Spa Ambassador Award goes to a person who has made the industry proud and whose presence in the industry is noted internationally. The Spa Ambassador Award 2011 was awarded to Elsa Kruger from Shape Magazine. Elsa Kruger has constantly held the flag high for the spa industry and supported the SA Spa Association on all occassions, including ensuring the continued success of the Spa Index.  Elsa has been fair in her assessment of spas and spa products, ensuring the Shape reader is informed and enthusiastic about their next spa visit. The Spa Humanitarian Award is awarded to a person who by definition is actively concerned in promoting human welfare. The 2012 humanitarian award was awarded to Donald Perry from Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa. Donald is an innovator and a man to be acknowledged for the ecologically sensitive manner in which he has developed Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa. This eco development uses only eco friendly products, consumes only clean green energy, uses local supplies and building materials, support the local community, and is certainly one Kwa-Zulu Natal’s flagship establishments, from marketing to eco-operations. Recently Donald has also been nominated as Chairman of Richmond Tourism to drive the industry in this area. Creating new areas for tourism and developing sustainable employment in this poverty stricken rural area. The Spa Visionary Award is awarded to a pioneer within the Spa Industry. A industry leader who has made truly outstanding contributions to the development of the Spa Industry over the past year and whose ideas have lead to a change or noted improvement in the spa industry. The Spa Visionary Award for 2012 was awarded to Renchia Droganis from Africology. Renchia started her career as a life coach and holistic healer. After she trained as a Reiki master and aromatherapist, she incorporated homemade, bespoke skincare products that contain essential oils in her therapies, which were a huge hit with her clients. When a spa approached her to make a body wrap, she took on the challenge and launched Africology, which has grown steadily since its beginnings in 2001. The Africology range is completely chemical-free and can be found in some of the most luxurious spas around the world. Renchia’s four children are also involved in the business, which makes Africology a true family business.

The newly introduced Spa Management Excellence Award is acknowledges the dynamic spa manager who best keeps the balance between a motivated team, good working environment, superb guest experience, profitability, and efficient spa operations, with appreciation of the role of the spa manager is one of the most challenging in this industry.  The runner –up was Beverley Reid – Camelot Spa Royal Swazi Spa, Beverley is described by her team as ‘understanding, unselfish and friendly’. She has brought continuous success and increased revenue to the spa, always exceeding expectations; while her proactive and responsible nature ensures the property is run at the highest standards.. And the winner of the Spa Management Excellence Award 2012 was Ilze Bowen, Spa de la Veille. Committed to professionalism and spa excellence. Ilze leads her team with professionalism, encouragement and support.  She is committed to training, and encourages each staff member, to achieve their fullest potential, in addition to attending all trainings and further spa education courses herself. The spas are run with precision and attention to detail, allowing each client to relax and enjoy their experience without a concern.
We look forward to hosting the Spa Awards in 2013 and Spa Recognition Awards 2013, as South African Spas and individuals continue to flourish in an internationally growing market place.

Obadia & Refiloe Wedding ~ Irene SAX Arena by van der bijl photography

18th June 2012 at 10:51 pm

Congratulations to the happy couple, you both looked amazing! From all at African Pride Irene Country Lodge


Obadia & Refiloe Wedding ~ Irene SAX Arena

A wedding is the ultimate celebration and in this case, everyone was invited. Refiloe and Obadia were surrounded by hundreds of guests to share in their wedding day. Refiloe made her preparations at her parents’ home, which was overflowing with excited family members getting ready in every available corner of the house. Needless to say when Refiloe walked down the stairs in her wedding gown the whole bottom story of the house erupted in cries of celebration. We met up with Obadia and his best man at Irene Country Lodge.

The gentlemen were in good spirits and did a great job of striking a pose on the balcony. Refiloe arrived at the church in style in a classic Bentley, which also chauffeured them to Irene Country Lodge where we photographed the couple and their family. The setting was beautiful – autumn colours in the trees and a beautiful sunset over the lake.

So where do you find a reception venue to handle over 500 guests? The SAX Arena in Irene was the perfect solution, and the team at Papilio Designs created the perfect ambiance with cream and white florals and candlelight. Guests were entertained by an amazingly talented all-lady jazz band, the blues with a feminine touch – we loved it. Further entertainment was provided by the best man’s speech who had the couple in stitches of laughter. The couple’s first dance got the party started and everyone who visited the photobooth brought their sense of fun with them. When it was time to throw the bouquet the “single ladies” literally took over the dance floor and enthusiastically expressed that they were ready to “put a ring on it”.

We weren’t surprised to hear that the party carried on into the small hours of the morning. A romantic honeymoon in Europe for Refiloe and Obadia will serve as a well deserved rest after the festivities, we hope you have an amazing trip.

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