Durban’s finest – The Opening of Mangwanani Boutique Spa Beverly Hills
Last month, on one of those perfect June days in Durban – you know, it’s a balmy 25 degrees and the sea is like glass, the day where we all totally forget that it’s mid-winter- I attended the most indulgent, spoil-icious event hosted by the spa extraordinaire group, Mangwanani and the magnificent Beverley Hills Hotel. A small, but intimate crowd of sixty to network and do some serious business over pampering.
I had never been to the Beverley Hills Hotel (being a Capetonian and all, ) and was totally blown away on arrival. Do you know they offer free wifi for 750megs per day, if you’re a guest at the hotel? That’s a major plus point for any of us doing business these days on the run. Plus, the Beverley Hills hotel concierge was the most helpful person on earth.
The top notch waiter service was waiting for us on arrival, with chilled champagne and the most delicious canapés to nibble on whilst we took in our surroundings. Mangwanani had set up exquisite spa stations all around the pool area and grassed area down to the sea.
They had literally moved their spa outside – and this is what was so incredible. The nomadic event team at Mangwanani can recreate whatever you want, wherever you want.
Anyway, back to the event. You could ease into one of 20 low comfy beanbags on the terrace next to the mosaic wall and enjoy a leisurely foot massage; or place yourself right ( yes, 1metre away) at the ocean’s edge on a directors chair , and indulge in one of their head,neck and shoulder massages.
There were even two white cotton (think Out of Africa) private gazebos at the water’s edge, ready for a full body massage. It was completely out in the open, yet completely private. Mangwanani have literally thought of everything.
Everyone was free to spend the afternoon as they wished, so some of us had a delicious lunch first and then settled into the afternoon, taking our pick of having a mani or pedi at one of the 15 tables set up, or even acupressure.
Mangwanani has recently introduced clothed massage acupressure as part of it’s offering, which is fantastic for businesses and also for events. The virtues of acupressure are worth extolling if only for their capacity to stimulate creativity and lateral thinking! Good business meets pampering – we agree!
Most of us took advantage of all the treatments on offer, as there were more than enough therapists to cater for us. We bid farewell with a fabulous goodie bag including samples of Mangwanani’s gorgeous Makoti range, which I’m looking forward to trying very soon.