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A Magical Stay at Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel

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Endless Horizons is an award-winning 5 star boutique hotel situated on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North.

With 12 beautifully decorated bedrooms designed with a serene and luxurious feel, each of their rooms come complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, surround sound and mini bar.

The Executive rooms offer a picturesque 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean and Durban coast line. Other room features include an LCD TV with DSTV, air-con, tea and coffee.

We were recently treated to an incredible stay at Endless Horizons.

Upon arrival, we were graciously met by the staff at the door with welcome drinks. While we were checking in, our bags were carried up to our room for us, making for a smooth & stress free experience.

I already knew then and there that we would be well looked after.

Once we were handed our room keys and the receptionist had detailed everything we needed to know, we headed upstairs to our room for the night.

Our room was beautiful and had all the amenities one needed. The best part about the room was the sea view with a private balcony. There’s really nothing like waking up to the sound of the sea!

We freshened up and headed downstairs to have sundowners by the pool. There was just something so peaceful about this view:

At 6pm, we made our way towards the restaurant where we would be served dinner. Our host for the evening made us feel incredibly welcome as she took down our order for the evening.

For starters I ordered mussels while my partner had the pea & ham soup. Both were delicious and we almost thought our mains couldn’t top it!

We both ordered the steak for mains because who doesn’t love a good steak? It was cooked to perfection and I’m still dreaming about it!

For dessert we opted for the cheesecake which washed down nicely with our glass of red.
Definitely one of the best dinners I’ve had in a while.

After dinner, we headed to our room for a good full night’s sleep. The blackout curtains were a hit, giving us a much needed good quality sleep.

At 5am, I woke up, tip-toed to the curtains and stole a peek out the window. A beautiful sunrise over the sea greeted me. I quickly snapped a few images off my phone before hopping back into bed for another hour or two. Worth it? Totally!

At 7am, we headed down to the restaurant for our breakfast, and to take in that view one last time.

Endless Horizons truly is a hidden gem, and we would definitely recommend this place whether be it for your next meeting, casual sundowner or even a romantic overnight stay.

Tel: +27 (31) 564 0360
Fax: +27 (31) 563 9387
Email: info@endlesshorizons.co.za

ADDRESS
108 Umhlanga Rocks Drive,
Durban North, KwaZulu Natal,
South Africa, 4051

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Review: iNsingizi Lodge & Spa

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iNsingizi Lodge & Spa is a three-star lodge situated on a fifth generation, family-owned nature reserve and farm in Mid Illovo, just over an hours’ drive from Durban and King Shaka International Airport.

Tucked neatly away in Mid Illovo, lies iNsingizi Lodge & Spa, a hidden gem of inland KZN and a little piece of Africa. Durbanite was invited to experience the night spa package, which comprised of two massages in the late afternoon, dinner, a late night foot massage, an over-night stay and complimentary breakfast in the morning. Read on to hear what went down!

A leisurely 90 minute drive on the highway from Durban eventually lead us off the beaten track and onto a dirt path, where we followed the redbrick roads up, up, and into the lodge’s premises. Zebra, Wildebeest and rolling hills passed us by as we followed the many whimsical signposts to reception. Upon arrival, we were offered a glass of champagne and, seeing as it was fairly cold, my partner and I sat by the roaring fire while we chatted to our gracious hosts, Jen and Nadia, about what lay in store for us.

Our first massage comprised of a facial and head & shoulder massage and shortly after, we were to be treated to a full body, hot-stone massage. Engulfed in hanging fairy lights and cozily snug beneath the thatch roof, my partner and I filled out our massage forms and then went to check into our lovely rooms to change into our robes. Our room was well equipped with a King Size bed and electric blankets (which were already heated for us) coffee and tea, complimentary fudge on our pillows, mini Amarula bottles and a bottle of champagne for later in the evening.

At 5pm sharp, we were whisked away to our treatments within a cosy room out in the trees. Our masseurs, Sli and Phindile**, were absolutely heavenly to interact with and both my partner and I were pampered to the nines by them! We enjoyed 90 minutes of pure bliss while our muscles were massaged and all our knots rolled out. Afterwards, we dined in style – still in our robes! I ordered the salmon and cream cheese starter and the parmesan-crusted chicken for mains, and my partner ordered the veggie soup and the Oxtail. We indulged in red wine and pavlova for dessert, before making our way back to our rooms for our foot massage! Sli and Phindile had got our rooms ready for us while we were having dinner, even having drawn a romantic, candle-lit bubble bath! We enjoyed the feet TLC while we chatted to our masseurs and sipped on our champagne. Afterwards, the bath was calling our names and we enjoyed our Amarula on ice and ate our fudge – it was perhaps the most relaxed and at peace we had both ever felt…

After a 9 hour sleep in our cosy bed with relaxed muscles, we woke up feeling rejuvenated and revitalised, ready for the day ahead. We showered in the outdoor shower beneath the foliage, and then went to enjoy the breakfast by the pool.

We were thoroughly impressed by the service at iNsingizi, the beauty of the lodge and surroundings, and the amenities in the rooms. We just can’t stop talking about it and we recommend this mid-week treat to all.

For more information about iNsingizi Lodge and Spa, its offering and upcoming events, visit www.insingizi.co.za or contact (083) 414 1932 or info@insingizi.co.za.

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INSINGIZI LODGE AND SPA’S UPCOMING SPECIALS 2019
SPA SPECIALS

 

OCTOBER: NIGHT SPA PACKAGE – R1 700 per person

 

  • Full Body Massage with hot stones (45 minutes)
  • Foot Massage (45 minutes)
  • Head & Shoulder Massage OR Facial (45 minutes)
  • A delicious three-course dinner
  • Accommodation for the night
  • Breakfast the next day
  • https://www.insingizi.co.za/spa-specials/ 

 

NOVEMBER: GIRLS NIGHT OUT PACKAGE – R1 800 per person

 

  • Full Body Massage with hot stones (45 minutes)
  • Foot Massage (45 minutes)
  • Head & Shoulder Massage OR Facial (45 minutes)
  • A delicious two-course lunch
  • A hearty three-course dinner
  • Accommodation for the night
  • Breakfast the next day
  • https://www.insingizi.co.za/spa-specials/ 

 

DECEMBER: END-OF-DECADE SPA SPECIAL – R2 000 per person

  • Hand massage
  • Foot Massage
  • Facial massage
  • Full body exfoliation massage
  • Full body massage with hot stones
  • Head and shoulder massage
  • A delicious light lunch
  • A hearty three-course dinner
  • Accommodation for the night
  • Breakfast the next day
  • https://www.insingizi.co.za/spa-specials/

 

CYCLING SPECIAL

 

RIDE, RUB & GRUB

 

  • Experience iNsingizi Lodge & Spa’s off-road tracks (part of the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge). 
  • Enjoy relaxing foot, head or shoulder massage.
  • Choose from a delicious two-course breakfast or lunch.
  • Ride & Grub – R125 per person
  • Ride, Rub & Grub – R400 per person
  • https://www.insingizi.co.za/cycling/cycling-day-packages/

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An Enchanting Tea Forest, La Reunion

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En Champ Thé (Play on words: Enchante) 

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{Translated: In the Fields of Tea. And, enchanted.}

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Because, a wonderful play on words is always my cup of tea (*badooom chhhhh) And because finding ourselves in a tea plantation is certainly not an opportuni-TEA to pass up!

We visited France’s sole tea plantation, which is only 4 hours away from South Africa. Possibly 5 if you take into account the drive up Reunion Island’s Grand-Coude (which means big bend, or elbow.) Perched on a mountain 1,200m above sea level, framed on either side by deep gorges, this narrow mountain top is literally like a giant’s bent arm resting on a sofa. (A really tall sofa.)

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VISIT THE HIGHLANDS OF SAINT JOSEPH~ LA GRAND-COUDE

Besides discovering the landscape’s scenic views, here you will find the only tea plantation in the whole of France. Sunlight, moisture, cool nights and the volcanic soil are ideal conditions to harvest a quality tea.

How do you know when a tree does not know the answer to something?

It Shrubs.

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So does tea come from a tree or a bush? Strangely, it’s a tree. I know, I was also a-mazed.

The history of the village begins in the 1920s when the cultivation of geranium was launched. It was replaced from the late 1960s by the culture of tea which had a great success until pricing became too high. And then, so did its trees.

Impressive 12 meter tall teas remain of a tea plantation abandoned roughly 40 years ago. Johnny and his wife Emmanuelle have revived this forest  and a newly cultivated tea plantation. Where we spent our morning.

Lost in the labyrinth of tea trees.

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In En Champ Thé, planted trees reach maturity after four or five years. Unlike the maze, the farmer, Johnny, masters the size by keeping the trees breast height, in order to facilitate harvest. Harvest is carried out about 9 times a year. ” The task is tedious because we collect only the bud and two leaves. It is so-called fine picking,” explains Johnny.  In 2016, five tons of tea were picked.  After drying, a little more than 500 kg of tea is produced.

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From the tree to the pot, we discovered and tasted the differences between black, green, white and imperial tea. A feast of the senses is experienced in the scented garden where we get to feel and smell the famous Geranium.

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What is so great about the Geranium? Only the greatest perfumers travelled to Reunion Island to hunt down the best geranium essential oil in the world: Bourbon geranium. The perfumeries swore by geraniums grown on Reunion Island, which were known to be of exceptional quality. Back then Bourbon geranium, originally from South Africa, was one of the great treasures of the island.

We got to experience the various perfumes of rose, citronella, and pepper. Which is distilled to produce a valuable essential oil

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It can be used to perfume your food. In the kitchen geranium adds its extraordinary fragrance to an array of beverages and food such as rhum arrangé (rum of Reunion), syrup, salad, jelly, ice cream, pastry and stuffings and sauces too.

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During a detour on our drive to drink tea, a tree branch (not a tea one) shattered our windscreen. Charlotte, our tea tour guide and translator spent most of her morning before our guided tour on the phone with our car rental service.

Little is known of the village of Grand Bend (Grand-Coude) by the inhabitants of the island of Réunion. Never having  travelled to Grand-Coude, the car rental representatives were in awe. (Aha, so it wasn’t just us!) Ready to transfer all our belongings from the cracked-windscreen-car to a car with a windscreen we could actually see out of. “Why rush, the windscreen is still broken AND there is always time for tea.” Johnny said, as he poured each of the car rental representatives a hot cup of tea.

And so we realized, a cup of tea makes everything better.

A country of hospitality, genorisity and friendliness. Why wouldn’t you want to visit Reunion Island, drink tea and get lost in a maze?

Simplici-TEA made A-MAZE-ing.

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To Visit :
Guided tours for 2 or more people on weekdays and weekends at:

10am and 2pm by reservation only 24 hours in advance.
Self-guided tours from Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm.

18 Rue Emile Mussard | Grand Coude, Saint-Joseph 97480, Reunion Island

EMAIL: info@enchampthe.com

En Champ The Website

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