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Valley Lodge & Spa

Valley Lodge & Spa is an enchanting place set in a nature reserve with a river (Magalies) running through it and indigenous vegetation all around.

It will be celebrating its 45th anniversary under one family ownership this year. When the Magaliesberg was still largely untamed territory, a visionary businessman, Italo Mazzoni, and a few associates, pooled their resources, and acquired a portion of the farm Steenekoppie in 1971. On the farm was the Happy Valley Hotel and it was run mainly as a Sunday picnic retreat. Its owners paid little attention to its upkeep and it was in disrepair when Mazzoni and his colleagues began the process of re-building and upgrading the hotel which was renamed Valley Lodge. In 1987 Mazzoni and his family assumed full ownership of the property and he set about transforming this little slice of heaven into an almost mystic wonderland in which the Lodge, with its thatched rooms and stone features, blends seamlessly with the environment.

Valley Lodge

 

This retreat means different things to different people. Corporates often gather their forces during the week for business conferences and team building exercises and there are no fewer than five conference rooms (with all the necessary technical facilities) to accommodate them. Two impressive Boma’s, one with an amazing view of the surrounding area, are also well utilised. The Zeederberg Restaurant is the main source of food with delicious buffets on offer to tempt the most jaded palate. But the three attractions which give this establishment its edge are its nature reserve with four game trails and footpaths, small game park, which boasts zebra, impala, African wild cats and some of the smaller species like hedgehog, rock dassie and tortoises, and Spa built in 2010 when Portugal were based at the resort during the 2010 FIFA World Cup (see separate release). Enjoy a sun-downer near the pool, and observe the engaging bird life all around. For true birders this is a veritable paradise boasting some 100 feathered species.
“Enjoy a sun-downer near the pool”
A popular rendezvous is the atmospheric Maloney’s Bar, where on Saturday night a pianist entertains, and one can watch sport on TV. An important aspect of this establishment is that it is deeply concerned about protecting the environment and it went green’ seven years ago. Many businesses in South Africa are still weighing up the pros and cons of going green,” but Valley Lodge & Spa had no hesitation in taking up the challenge to go green’ and is today reaping the benefits. It has made a massive difference in the way it has impacted on the environment and was praised for its sterling efforts. They began the task of greening their business by converting the entire establishment from chemicals to green cleaning, thus making it the first lodge in South Africa to adopt a 100 percent green cleaning policy. Many other changes were made, including using LED lighting throughout the property, solar panels in select areas, and all water heaters have been replaced by heat exchange pumps. General Manager of Valley Lodge & Spa is Graham Mooney who has been in the hospitality industry for many years and understands the needs of the guests.
“One of the highlights of a visit to Valley Lodge & Spa”

 

The Spa

One of the highlights of a visit to Valley Lodge & Spa is the Spa, built to international standards in 2010 for the Portugal team which used the retreat as its base during the FIFA Soccer World Cup. The Spa oozes a positive spiritual quality with its a appealing layout, easy-on-the-eye colours and ambient sounds wafting into one’s space. There are a number of treatments on offer. As a destination, the Spa prides itself on top-to-toe treatments that leaves one feeling nourished, rejuvenated and relaxed. It offers world class facials that combine great active ingredients, skill and technology for visible lasting results. Treatments range from Hair Therapy to the Golden Goddess Tan Finish which is geared to make guests look as great as they feel when leaving the Spa.

The aim is not only to relax the body but to rejuvenate the mind. The Spa offers personal service and there is great attention to detail. This is combined with an energised healing environment which offers a unique balance for rest and relaxation. The Spa has a well-trained staff who work on what they call the “A Game”. This is Attitude, Attendance and Attention to detail. The staff have a passion for people which ensures that everyone smiles and has job satisfaction. The positive factors to having the various treatments is to ensure that one has enough rest and relaxation, which in turn helps create a balance between Mind, Body and Soul. This balance ensures that one has the resilience to meet the stresses of daily life. The Spa also practices Aromatherapy on a daily basis and its products are sourced both locally and overseas. It is a popular destination and it’s advisable to book a session on one’s arrival.

For more information go to the website www.valleylodge.co.za or contact res@valleylodge.co.za. Tel: 014-5771301/5

Valley Lodge & Spa

 

 

About the author

Geniene Preston

I have travelled the world – almost 82 countries and has been in publishing since 2003. Before that I was an IT Project manager for over 20 years and woke up one day to the realisation that actually all I wanted to do was write. So I started my first magazine Style in IT which was, in essence, a newsletter. But I loved it and I started my own mouthpiece SA Commuter. I re-invented myself once Smart phones became popular and learnt Social Media so that I could be a pro at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Now I could have fun instantly! My world has grown and includes reviews and with over 49000 followers on Trip Advisor I am in the top 1% of reviewers in South Africa. I am a true South African and a love of Johannesburg has kept me here since 1981. My stories are real and I love people and history! Now I publish Anytime Magazine in print and online as well as my blog, sacommuter.com

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