PICS: Mount Grace's blissful massages but lacklustre food

2018-06-10 00:00 - Rhodé Marshall
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Unwind at Mount Grace. (Photo: Supplied)

Rhodé Marshall has been struggling to balance the various aspects of  her life – from home, work and family to spending time with friends – and taking time out hadn’t been on the top of my to-do list. So an invitation to the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa in Magaliesburg was a much-needed treat. 

Cost: R1 000 for a 90-minute, full-body massage

I've recently been struggling to balance the various aspects of my life – from home, work and family to spending time with friends – and taking time out hadn't been on the top of my to-do list. So, when I received an invitation to the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa in Magaliesburg – one of my favourite places to visit – it was a much-needed treat.

Early one Thursday morning, a friend and I drove there for a paired 90-minute, full-body massage and lunch, and to have a look at the complementary facilities at the spa.

Mount Grace Spa is a beautiful and tranquil place that made me quickly forget about my beloved Joburg. The breathtaking mountain views, as well as the friendly staff, would make anyone forget why they needed a massage in the first place.

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Unwind at Mount Grace. (Photo: Supplied)

First, my friend and I sipped on complimentary sparkling wine before a quick tour of the facilities. Aside from massage packages, Mount Grace offers a gym, floatation pool, steam room, reflexology walkway, an outdoor hot tub and a restaurant.

In the duo-room, our attentive therapists worked their magic, encouraging our shoulders – knotted tight with city stress – to relax. I could feel my stiff and sore back slowly loosen and begin to heal. As I heard my friend dozing off and I enjoyed feeling my worries rubbed away, I eased into a state of nothingness. I wanted it to last forever, but soon the seemingly short 90 minutes was over.

We then made our way outside to enjoy some sun and order lunch. While the massages were amazing, the food menu at the spa was quite uninspiring.

lady getting a massage

Unwind at Mount Grace. (Photo: Supplied)

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Considering the heavenly venue, I thought that a touch of fine dining would be perfect, but, alas, the menu included the standard options of burgers, wraps and salads – and we were lucky if what was on the menu was actually available.

It seems commonplace for spas around South Africa to neglect the importance of a good meal. The burgers weren’t flavourful enough, so I had to add some Tabasco sauce. As a result of our lacklustre meals, I recommend you plan to visit another restaurant in the area once you’ve had your spa experience at Mount Grace, and return later for an overnight to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the mountains.

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