I was recently invited to one of those wonderful getaways that make me thank my luck/contacts/providence for getting these opportunities.
I was part of the #MountGraceblog crew, invited to stay a night, have a spa treatment, relax and eat in their restaurants. I won’t tone it down – it was fantastic, and though I’ve been to Mount Grace a few times (first while I was several months’ pregnant with you), it doesn’t tire or lose flavour for me.
The five-star Mount Grace is about 70 minutes from Joburg and is as suited for short getaways, spa treatments and meals for non-staying guests, and conferences. Mount Grace just begs for indulgence, and indulge I did, starting with a one-hour Swedish massage at the spa. Caroline the therapist lulled me into such relaxation that the only “noise” and thoughts in my head were silent ones, and I fell into a light sleep. If I snored or if my tongue rolled out my mouth, Caroline was way too professional and discreet to let on.
After my treatment, I ate lunch, where I may or may not have had third helpings of sushi, salad and fruit kebabs, and then I rested, read my Kindle, played DrawSomething, missed you, drank coffee from the Nespresso machine, read some glossy mags that were supplied, missed you and sprawled over a king-sized bed.
Dinner at The Rambling Vine restaurant involved *only* eight courses, paired with beer from Dog and Fig, a brewery in Parys. It was superb and indulgent and somewhere I’d go back for just for the sweetcorn fritters and vanilla ice cream, risotto, and gravy for the beef dish.
That night, I slept like a baby, albeit one who had just eaten a little more than the average baby. And despite setting the alarm to go to the spa gym to try and work off just one course, sleep won. And so did a big (mostly healthy) breakfast. You would have loved the fruit platters, while most other kids with more conventional young tastes would have ploughed into the waffles (there’s a waffle section where waffles are freshly made, and you can choose from a range of toppings).
I left recharged, probably a kilogram heavier, relaxed and ready to give you kisses and hugs when I saw you. And if there’s one thing better than going away to a wonderful place and having a memorable time, it’s coming back to your son exclaiming “mama” when he sees you again.
PS: For more info on Mount Grace and winter specials, check out their website
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