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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?

A Year-End Party with a Twist

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the end of the year and all the achievements you and your team have made?

Have you considered a day at the Spa? Treating your team to some indulgence and an opportunity for them to truly relax and unwind is priceless. Some might be experiencing a spa treatment for the very first time.

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Did you know that majority of La Vita Spas are located on resorts throughout South Africa, perfect for those wanting to pair a lunch and wellness day? Here are our top 3 locations:

 

La Montagne Resort – Ballito

Located right on the beach, with the crashing waves at your doorstep, this destination is a sun lover’s delight. The resort has 2 restaurants and conferencing options, for those wanting to incorporate a larger scale event you can combine your day at the spa with a training workshop or year-end awards presentation. See More

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Magalies Park – Hartbeespoort

There is so much to do at this resort you will never want to leave. Your team can experience a day full of activities from paintball, the amazing splash zone water park to a barge cruise ending off with treatments at the La Vita Spa. See More

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Club Mykonos – Langebaan

Known as the little Greece on the West Coast of South Africa, this jewel of a resort boasts so many activates you could be there a week and never leave the resort. The flagship La Vita Spas is situated in the sports centre, with access to the undercover swimming pool. If you are looking for something different combine the day with the Club Mykonos Casino. See More

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So what are you waiting for… Book your year-end at one of these amazing venues.

Connect Again

Do you find that reconnecting with your loved one is becoming increasingly difficult in our fast pace life. We live in a world of technology, technology that is meant to bring us together and not pull us apart, instead, we spend so much screen time, chatting to people out of our homes, and we forget to focus on who is in the room with us.

You might be bringing your work home with you each night, and therefore, all your concentration goes towards reaching your deadlines and not checking in your emotional relationships.

Pencilling in time for your partner is a great idea, physically and mentally putting a date in time in your diary to make them a priority.

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This past week, I did a little eek and half jumped off my seat, when I saw the latest night out for couples or friends at the La Vita Spa at the Palace. They have put together this amazing package, like no jokes… amazing…. with huge value for money.

Their Superb Spa & Dine Experience is only offered at the Palace in Durban for now, so if you live close by, I would really take advantage of this, or if you plan to visit for a vacation, at only R1450 per couple.

What you get:

Treatments x 3 each

  • Rejuvenating Foot Exfoliation & Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Swedish Full Body Massage

Includes a 3 course dinner, red or white wine, soft drink, coffee and tea. To see the full menu, go here.

The Palace is a sophisticated venue, overlooking the glittering Durban promenade, this is certainly a space where you can truly relax and rekindle with your loved one. I highly suggest booking to stay the night or two or three, as you certainly won’t want to get in your car and drive away after this night. Wake up and have breakfast and watch the sunrise over the east coast.

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To find out more about this offer visit the La Vita website here.

 

Spa Getaway: La Côte d’Azur

 

Undoubtedly one of the best holiday destinations in South Africa, La Côte d’Azur is an award winning gem on the South Coast of KZN. Just outside the hub of Margate and overlooking the main beach. La Côte d’Azur should be on everyone’s travel list. This year La Vita Spa opened its doors at La Côte d’Azur, one of the largest wellness spa chains within South Africa, La Vita brings world class treatments and consistently good service to this beautiful resort.

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Did you know that La Côte d’Azur also offers these facilities to their guests?

  • Onsite restaurant
  • Swimming Pool (lovely area, with loungers and the perfect place to chill)
  • Tennis and squash courts
  • Internet Cafe
  • Playground
  • Jacuzzi and Sauna
  • Open air, outdoor chess
  • Fantastic Entertainment
  • Beach Access

La Côte d’Azur offers self-catering accommodation at the highest standard, with 2 and 3 bedroom sleeper options. Each has its own balcony with incredible views.

A must when staying at La Côte d’Azur is the new wellness spa, make your booking in advance so not to miss out.

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Don’t cut your beauty budget just yet!

If you are feeling the pinch of the festive season spending and thinking about what you can cut back on. WAIT… don’t cut this beauty essential from your list.

Did you know there are health benefits to getting a manicure and pedicure? Yes really...

Not only do they make your hands and feet look fabulous, but they keep you in top shape too!

Daily our hands and feet are exposed to dirt and germs, even though we do bathe and wash our hands, grime can build up, so it’s not such a bad idea to pamper and take care of them.

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Here is a list of health benefits:

Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells, and callous build ups. This process also gives the hands and feet a more attractive appearance.

A professional pedicure can also alert you to any potential fungal infections before it spreads. This is why regular treatments can keep your feet in tip top shape throughout the year.

Increased circulation is another benefit, the gentle massage during your treatment, results in increased blood flow. Those suffering with pain in their hands or ache in the soles of their feet can find relief.

It’s also not all about the physical, your mental health benefits too.  Getting to sit still, relax, unwind and have some ‘me’ time is so important. Relaxation helps with stress relief, which in turn contributes to a healthier you! It also works wonders for your self-esteem, when you have well-groomed hands and feed

La Vita Spas has a range of treatments to chose from, and look out from time to time for some amazing specials to help out your budget.

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.

We all need girlfriends

Do we ever have enough time for everyone is our lives? My weekends are divided between spending time with my daughter, husband, family and friends. Sometimes we can mix them all together in a large function. When I do, it is normally mass chaos of conversations and running after children. At the end of one of those “get-togethers” I will sit back, and reflect, “did I have any real conversations or time with my girlfriends?” Did we spend the whole time talking about kids and listening with half an ear as we have one eye on our little escape artists.

Sometimes I long for an hour of time with those treasured women that make you feel sane. Some coffee, gossip and a little bit of shopping. To actually give them my full attention, and them to hear me pour my heart out too. No one understands as much as your girlfriends do, when it comes to juggling work and mommy-hood.

I love the idea of a spa day, for you and your girlfriends, catching up over manicures. Feeling completely relaxed in fluffy robes, pampered to the max. Selborne Golf Estate Hotel & Spa in conjunction with La Vita Spas are running a wonderful competition for you and your girlfriend to completely escape for 4 hours! Absolute bliss!

To enter the competition click here

XOXOX

Teri

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