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Don’t be boring this Father’s Day – we have 5 gift ideas for you!

Why do we always go for the traditional gifts for dad for Fathers Day? The socks, gadgets and DIY, ring a bell? Our first instinct is to grab the all familiar, sometimes impulsive or last minute item off the shelf. Well not all of us, we know some of you go that extra mile to spoil your dad, planning in advance and choosing just the right item to show how much you love him.

For those that need a little more guidance on picking something a little different this year we have put a list together for you:

1- A day at the spa for him – most of our fathers work hard each day and have plenty stress weighing them down. They would not think twice about booking themselves some indulgence at the spa. So why not make the decision for them and help them take the leap. They get to really relax, let that stress melt away and enjoy the day. This might even be his first time having a spa treatment, so maybe choose something you know your dad will be comfortable with.

2- Weekend away, if your budget allows, nothing beats some quality time together and creating more family memories. Weather this is for your dad or your husband, or both, bringing everyone together in a beautiful setting with activities and shared experiences is one of the books and something awesome to post to Facebook.

3- Are your kids still small? Why not do some arts and crafts? Not all gifts need to cost an arm and a leg, they may cost you some soap and extra cleaning up as you try to remedy the paint that has found its way onto everything. Pinterest has hundreds of Fathers Day craft ideas to use for inspiration and it’s something fun to keep the children entertained too. They will run through Sunday morning with more pep in their step, knowing they did it themselves.

4 – We as women would like to give those DIY tools and projects to our hubbies, with a giant hint, hint for them to do all those items we have had on the “to do list” – but maybe dad wants to be celebrated for being a dad. Raising his kids and having something that reflects his contribution? Why not some lovely framed photos of your kids? A set to put in his office or you could arrange a fun family shoot.

5 – Plan a fun activity, has dad wanted to always do something and never taken the leap? Think… shark cage diving, getting that tattoo he always wanted, learning to cook with professional lessons or taking up a new hobby?

3 Beauty Time Saving Tips

 

We are all trying to save time every day to make room for things that are more important, like catching up with your best friend over a glass of wine, playing with your kids or cooking your partner that fabulous dinner you saw on Masterchef the other night.

Did you know that going to a spa can save you time during the week… yes it really can! It might seem a little indulgent of time, but that 15-40 minutes can end up being a big time saver when you really need it. Plus you get to look fabulous while doing it!

1 – Eyebrow and Eyelash tint:

If you are fair of colour and pencil in your brows, why not consider having your eyebrows tined by a professional, save yourself a few minutes in the morning applying the colour.

2 – Gel nails:

Who hates it when your nails chip? I know I do! Not having to reapply or start over really helps that save you 15-20 minutes a day.

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3 – Waxing:

Did you know that when you wax your legs and other parts… it takes longer for the hair to grow back? What a time saver not having to shave your legs every second day?

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La Vita Spas offer all three, plus some other amazing time saving treatments.

Spa Getaway: The Palace All Suites

Having a long day? It’s 2017 and you might already feel the strain of the New Year or never even went on leave?  If you are a ‘Durbanite’ and looking for one of the best kept secrets on the golden mile, a place where you can really relax and escape

Lean in close and read….

Set within the Palace All Suites – La Vita Spa has one of the best views along Durban’s Golden Mile, this gem of a wellness spa is such a delight to the senses. The moment you step off the elevator and towards the doors, your body already starts to feel all the good vibrations. The calming atmosphere, soothing aromas and calming music truly delight.

I tried to think how I could put into words, how truly beautiful the spa really is, from the tall ceilings with crown mouldings, elegant chandelier and mosaic. What really took my breath away was the view, wow…  just wow,  imagine having a luxurious treatment and having a panoramic view of the Indian ocean? Can’t imagine it? Then you have to visit for yourself.

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So what does it have to offer?

Spa & Hydro Facilities: Couples treatment room, single treatment room, steam room, relaxation area, Jacuzzi.

Operational Hours: 8am – 10pm, 7 day spa service.

Other Facilities on site: Swimming pool, conference centre, restaurant, entertainment / relaxation area, all inclusive spa packages including Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and spa treatments, sauna, Jacuzzi

Find out more here.

Memories vs Things TOP 5 Gift Ideas

I am sure that I can’t be the only one that sometimes battles with choosing the right Christmas present for those special people in your life? What do you get someone that has enough; they don’t really need another gadget, another handbag or ornament for the house. I have always found that the best gifts have been those that involve an experience.

From bungee jumping, spa days, samba classes or shark cage diving, nothing beats creating a memory that lasts a lifetime, those special moments you talk about for days afterwards.

When chatting to friends lately, the topic that keeps on coming up – is that of stress, no time and the need to really unwind. I could not think of anything better than a day at the spa!

Did you know that La Vita Spas are located in some of the most beautiful and sort out locations throughout South Africa and the UK? They are really destination spas and are an experience to themselves. When wracking my mind on what to get some of my best friends and family, my thoughts kept on going back to spa vouchers.

Giving them a gift of not only a treatment – but a gift of time, a gift of self indulgence, and something that was truly just for them.

Here is my TOP 5 ideas for your loved ones:

For your BFF

De-stress back and foot massage:

You know she has been working hard all year, from working all day to looking after the home. She really needs to put her feet up.

 

The Husband, Your Significant other

Heavenly For Him

This package includes a de-stress back and foot massage, plus a back exfoliation. He has been working so hard for his family and you, time for him to unwind and just chill.

 

The Teenager

Spa Paraffin Manicure

It’s the holidays and she wants to look glam, having a fab set of nails is a great confidence booster and the La Vita Spas are the perfect spot for that selfie.

Your Mom

Sunset Package

I don’t think I need to explain why you need to treat your mom? The Sunset package includes 3 treatments – Hotstone Full Body Massage, Super Extraction and a Venetian hands and feet massage.

 

For YOU!!

Ultimate Indulgence

Yes YOU, you need to treat yourself too! Who knows better how hard you have worked this year? The Ultimate Indulgence package includes 6 different amazing treatments. Facial, hot stone and Indian Head massage, manicure and pedicure, plus a wonderful foot massage

Spa Getaway: Club Mykonos Langebaan

If you could dream about a holiday destination that gives you everything on your wish list – the picture that should form in your mind is one of white washed buildings, exotic location, endless beautiful horizons, delicious gourmet food, great wine, tons of actives and watching the sun set over the Atlantic ocean.

Club Mykonos in Langebaan is all of those things and more, it is truly a one of kind resort on the west coast.

The resort caters for your every need, it is one of those holiday destinations that would work for the whole family. Part of their experience is the amazing La Vita Spa, in the Health and Leisure centre. One of La Vita’s flagship spas, this is a not to be missed treat when staying at the resort.

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What you can expect:

  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Single treatment rooms
  • Steam room
  • Outdoor treatments
  • Gymnasium
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Relaxation lounge
  • Manicure area
  • 2 Jacuzzis
  • Wet room
  • Steam room
  • 2 Saunas
  • 2 Plunge pools
  • The Leisure cafe

The Italian inspired spa, radiates luxury and serenity, the warmth you feel when you enter this spa is amazing, the therapists are so welcoming. When planning on visiting Club Mykonos and the La Vita Spa, make sure you book your spa treatments in advance, take a look at the treatment menu to plan your day.

To find out more, click here 

Fathers day is always a difficult period for me as my dad passed on 8 years ago. I miss him everyday and even more on all the special occasions. I also get a bit envious when I see all the families spending time with their dad’s. My dad and I were very close. Girls are always special for their dads.

 

My dad was a bit old fashioned when it came to going to a spa and having beauty treatments. Dad came from the “old school” and felt spa treatments were not manly. About 12 years ago the resort group I worked for started adding La Vita Spas to their properties and hotels to enhance customer experiences and I kept bragging about all the wonderful treatments I was experiencing and how wonderful and relaxed I feel after each spa treatment.

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Gradually dad became inquisitive and wanted to know more about the spas and what they offer and what type of people go to a spa. I eventually convinced dad to join me and mum for a day in the spa, we went to the La Vita Spa at The Palace All Suites. I had dad look at the vast array of treatments offered in the spa menu and made him choose what he felt comfortable with. His first treatment was a spa paraffin pedicure and that was a hit, he tried the spa paraffin manicure next and after that he had a full body hot stone massage, dad was in his element. He next had to try the hydro facilities. He loved both the sauna and the Jacuzzi.

 

The spa bug had now bitten dad and I had to book him a treatment once a month. The spa paraffin pedicure was his favorite monthly treat combined with a Full Body Aromatherapy Massage.

 

Miss you dad, hope you enjoying some spa treatments with the angels.

Shamila,

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Traveling with Mum – Mothers Day Inspiration  

As a daughter, Mothers Day gives me the ideal opportunity to tell my mum how much I love, respect, appreciate and admire her. It also reminds me to aspire and make my mum proud of who I am today all because of her sacrifices.

My mum is my best friend and we spend lots of time together doing lots of different things. Travel is one of our passions that mum and I share. We recently spent a few weeks in India exploring the sights, sounds and colour of this beautiful country. Visiting the Taj Mahal one of the 10 wonders of the world was one of the highlights of our trip and not forgetting elephant riding around the Amber fort. Mum is more adventurous than I am and will give anything extreme a try. This year mum and I plan to explore Hong Kong and Thailand together for her 70th birthday.
With Mothers Day around the corner, both adults and children start searching for new ways to make the most important person in their lives feel extra special.

Taking the time to research mum’s hobbies show you care, and can result in a fantastic new gift that she would not normally purchase for herself.

I have come up with a few suggestions to help you celebrate Mothers Day and spoil the woman in your life.

➢ Visit La Vita Spa online store http://www.lavitaspas.com for gift ideas

➢ Book the Mother & Daughter Spa Package as a treat for you and mum to bond http://www.lavitaspas.com.

➢ Book a weekend away at an Optima Holidays Resort with spa packages included http://www.optimabreaks.com

➢ Buy her some costume jewellery http://www.cazabella.co.za

➢ Take her on a picnic

➢ Buy her perfume http://www.lavitaspas.com

➢ Buy her a book from her favorite author

➢ Buy her some imported chocolates

➢ Buy her some flowers

➢ Treat her to High Tea at your favorite hotel

➢ Treat her to a special lunch or dinner

Love you mum, happy Mothers Day

Chat soon

Shamila

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