Silver Forest Boutique Lodge & Spa
Best-selling Danish author Martin Lindstrom, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, urges that we set aside a ‘deliberate rendezvous with our unhurried minds’ but that it demands an effort on our part. How easy it is to slip into being busy for busy’s sake frittering away precious time on the humdrum routine of the day.
How best then to disentangle ourselves and live ‘in the moment’?
On a meander through one of Cape Town’s most visually arresting and rewarding routes through the Winelands, commit yourself to a stay at Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa in Somerset West. Here against a backdrop of the Helderberg Mountains, the lodge spa is a seduction of the senses.
Treatments from warm spa baths, a sauna, an Arabian-inspired Rasul heat, steam and mud chamber and cooler hydrotherapy pool, create the ultimate luxury ‘omni’ spa – a surround-body experience for men and women that begins with their unique melange of fragrances. Smell is one of our most powerful senses and is inextricably linked to emotion. Unforgettable and effective treatments begin with a carefully curated range of indigenous fragrances: African Ginger for body sculpting, Kalahari Melon for hydration, Mongongo Nut to detoxify and a balm of Marula and Neroli – and an utterly decadent, Life Saving Back Treatment, a chocolate-inspired massage that is other-worldly.
The spa’s menu of treatments will boost your circulation, nourish your skin and revive your body. Facing a skylight that creates a window to nature in the therapy suites, you are bathed in diffuse natural light while expert therapists gently but firmly massage, hydrate, and reverse any neglect of your body. It is the ‘rendezvous’ that Lindstrom urges we take, not simply for pampering the body, but that gives us the mind-space we need to survive our fast-paced lives. Think too of this luxury lodge as the base for a wonderful exploration of the area. It lies within a few kilometres of three of South Africa’s top 10 restaurants, two of South Africa’s oldest wineries and, should all this rejuvenation translate to a burst of energy, Erinvale Golf Course and De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate offers a day on pristine greens.
What is also special about Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa is its attention to fine detail: a butler service to ensure your every need is a gesture away; that your nights in fine cotton promise a restful sleep and healthy, tasty menus. And if you care deeply for the land and its most precious resources, this hotel draws on borehole water for the spa and drinking water, water of such high quality that there are plans to bottle it for consumption. Reverse time and reward yourself with days well spent here. Explore, return, indulge and play your life forwards.