Situated in the private Manyeleti Game Reserve, Tintswalo Safari Lodge, has unveiled a brand-new spa, solely for guests staying at the lodge. The Bush Willow Spa has been totally rebuilt and is a great spot for those in search of whole relaxation amidst the soothing sounds and refreshing scents of the African wilderness.
The Bush Willow Spa is a luxurious bushveld retreat, with large windows and doorways opening onto a wooden deck, surrounded by nature only. The spa’s philosophy centers around the traditional healing power of trees – and with more than 336 species, including some Baobabs that are estimated to be over 4,000 years old, the Kruger region presents a veritable Garden of Eden.
Many trees and shrubs have medicinal properties that have been used for hundreds of years by African communities – and are still being utilised by traditional healers today to treat a variety of disorders. Surrounded by the natural power of trees of the wilderness, spa visitors will walk away from their treatments with mind, body and spirit restored and rejuvenated.
The spa comprises two single treatment rooms – separated by a sliding door, these can also be turned into a dual treatment room for couples. A Hydrobath, located on a wooden deck out in the open bush, makes for a unique spa experience, allowing guests to become one with nature.
The two-seater bath offers a wonderfully romantic treatment for couples and is best enjoyed as a signature ‘Hydrotherapy Session’, or as an added extra for Honeymooners booked in for a spa lunch on the deck.
Based on the ancient knowledge that water has healing and cleansing benefits, the jet bath works on stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow, while also helping the body to detox. The 20-minute session is a great addition to any of the spa’s body treatments – especially used in conjunction with African bath salts and essential oils.
After their bath, couples may relax on two loungers next to the tub while sipping chilled champagne and taking in the extraordinary scenery.
The range of eco-friendly products used at the spa has been developed by Africology. The South African fair trade brand uses the healing essences of indigenous plants such as the Marula fruit, African Potato and Rooibos, all scented with the heavenly aromas of natural essential oils to calm the senses and offer a truly luxurious pampering experience.
Bush Willow’s therapists are of Shangaan descent, from the local community, who have been chosen for their skills and expertise, and receive continuous training from Africology to ensure the very best results.
The new spa offers a further range of relaxing and invigorating signature treatments including Intonga Stick Massage, Soul of Africa Massage, Rooibos & Lavender Clay Body Wrap, and African Goddess Anti-Ageing Facial.