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Review: iNsingizi Lodge & Spa

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/