Business trips, like science projects, can render positive results or make you feel like a bunch of mint sweets and coke just blew up in your face. Guarantee at least one positive on your trip with today’s Groupon: a corporate bed and breakfast for one person at R770 or two people at R920, with seated neck and shoulder massage, transfers and WiFi included at Hands on Retreat.
Dead set in the heart of Mother Nature, Hands on Retreat guesthouse and spa is a charming temporary abode for the discerning traveller. Perfectly set on the banks of a free-flowing river and shrouded by an abundance of lush plant life, the striking setting evokes a tranquil mood egged on by the pacifying sounds of nature. A unique rest stop for those seeking sanctuary, transport can also be arranged for travellers journeying to and from the Sandton Gautrain Station provided your arrival and departure times fall within business hours. Once your foot pushes down on the grassy green landscape, soothing sensations instantly overcome you, urging your business tensions to melt away.
Comfort and relaxation comes in the form of an overnight stay in the lodge’s comfortable apartment units complete with kitchenette, en-suite and WiFi internet. With a patio in the fresh garden air, guests can relax with a book, gawk at Mother Nature’s wondrous abilities or catch up on a bit of business before getting back to the concrete jungle. Alternatively, indulge in a stress-relieving activity as the dexterous hands of the spa’s therapeutic princesses provide you with a seated neck and shoulder massage. Form revitalised by a satisfying body-kneading, work your way to your comfy quarters for a sound sleep. You’ll awake to a delicious breakfast providing you with the much needed energy to take on the day; though also scrumptious enough to make your stomach wish it had three more.
Getaway Fact: A puppy on the deck of a burning ship was reportedly the saviour of at least 13 people. The trip was Jock’s first trip away from home and he saved the passengers from an explosive hot tub after the deck of the ship had already caught fire. The captain still holds a photo of him in his quarters.