It’s coming up for Valentine’s Day! And one (very sexy and deeply romantic) way of connecting with your beloved is to go to a spa as a couple. You can spend time in beautiful surroundings being pampered and indulged. Enjoy a sensual massage with delicious smelling aromatherapy oils (for example) and then think how relaxed and how beautiful you will feel. And how you might reap the benefits when you get home…
Some things you should know before you start though:
The first thing you need to do is check that the spa actually offers couple’s treatments. Essentially a couple’s treatment is the same as any other one, but the room will have two massage beds side-by-side, and you will be massaged at the same time, for example. If you are having a couple’s pedicure, you will each have your own pedicurist, but you will be sitting in chairs, side-by-side. But not all spas have the facilities to provide the space for couple’s treatments so do check.
On the other hand, you may prefer to do your own thing when it comes to treatments (I remember my own beloved being traumatised when he had to wear tiny little paper broeks when we had a couple’s body scrub. Although, come to think of it, perhaps the LADY who was doing his treatment was more traumatised by his tiny paper broeks, if you get my drift). This way, you can each do what interests you (and avoid being traumatised or bored). You can meet up in the steam room or Rasul chamber, for instance, for some bonding time.
Book in advance if you possibly can. That way you can get the time and day that you want and the treatments you would prefer (and the great, money-saving packages that many spas offer).
There are some great deals out there; you just need to spend a bit of time with our friend Google. But to save you the effort, here are a few that might be what you’re after:
• Wedgeview Country House and Spa in Stellenbosch is a recipient of a Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2012, and is offering a great couple’s package which includes a night’s stay with breakfast as well as several treatments for R1595 per person sharing. Contact them on 021 881 3525.
• Librisa Spa at the Mount Nellie is offering a one-hour Bliss for Two package, followed by afternoon tea in the hotel lounge, for R1550. 021 483 1000.
• The Soulstice Day Spa in Pretoria is offering an Earth and Moon package for the two of you – where all the treatments take place in your own Luxury Executive Couple’s suite, so you can get plenty of alone time! You will also have your own hydro bath, sparkling wine and a lunch platter. R3500 for five hours. 012 809 0444.
If paying for spa treatments is not in your financial plan or you know there is no way your man will get on board with the spa idea (see aforementioned paper broeks anecdote), why not try some romantic spa treatments in the comfort of your own home?
You could try:
• A warm bath together. Warm water relaxes muscle tension and if you add some bath oil, you can enjoy not only the wonderful smell (always great for the soul) but that slippery, sensual feeling as you touch each other. You might want to add a couple of glasses of sparkling wine to the mix…
• Once you’re done, wrap each other in warm, toasty, enormous towels (which you have cleverly prepared in advance by throwing into the dryer and then rolling tightly into one large towel to keep the heat in).
• Now, smooth each other with moisturiser (make sure the scent isn’t too girly, though). Or you might want to go with massage oils.
• Light a few candles and add a sizzling back rub and you’re set for the rest of the evening! You’re welcome!