I loathe winter. There’s far too much rain, wind, and gloominess for my liking, not to mention I wasn’t made for cold conditions. And, if one more person tells me that winter is great because of the fashion I’m going to hit them upside the head with my Hunter boot (just kidding, I’m not chic enough to own a pair of Hunter boots). In addition to the horrible weather, your skin also takes a toll during the winter months. Our bodies tend to take on extra strain when it’s forced to endure harsh weather conditions and the cold air causes your skin to become dry, your muscles to ache, and your mood to plummet. The only good thing about winter is that it makes a visit to the spa that much more cosy and relaxing and this month’s treatment of the month, the Winter Body Spa Indulgence special at Cayenne Spa, is aimed at helping you overcome the winter chill and give your skin and body a much-needed treat.

Tucked away on the 8th floor of the trendy Pepper Club Hotel & Spa, Cayenne Spa is a cosy little oasis in the middle of the busy city centre. The spa might be small, with just 4 treatment rooms, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in luxury and tranquillity. The spa doesn’t offer loads of extra facilities like some bigger spas (although there is a relaxation area, sauna, fitness centre, and outdoor pool available for guests to use) but, being a bit of an extrovert who loves her own space, I much prefer smaller, more intimate spas where you feel like you’re the only guest around, even if the other treatment rooms are occupied. Another big bonus for me is that they use one of my favourite homegrown spa brands, Africology in their treatments.

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The thing I love most about the winter treatment I experienced at the spa is that it’s customisable. The special offers a selection of 8 treatments, of which you can choose 4, 6, or the full 8, to make up a package to suit your body’s needs. Each treatment is 30-minutes long and is combined to make up a pamper session of either 2, 3, or 4 hours. The options for the treatment include an Africology rejuvenating express facial, an express manicure, express pedicure, back exfoliation, back cleanse, pressure foot massage, a back massage, and scalp, neck, & shoulder massage. I got the chance to experience the 2-hour package and chose the combination of an express pedicure, Africology facial, foot massage, back massage. The 4 treatment package costs just R800 is a real treat for busy working women or moms who need a little “me time”. If you’re really splashing out then you can upgrade to 6 treatments at R1200 or 8 treatments at R1500.

My treatment started off with the magical back massage and my therapist did an incredible job of releasing the muscle tension in my shoulders and upper back. For me the 30-minutes just wasn’t enough and, price be damned, I was ready to sign on for another 30-minutes of the heavenly massage there and then. The back massage was followed by an Africology facial which left my skin feeling hydrated and beautifully dewy. Last up was a much-needed foot massage to soothe my tired feet followed by an express pedicure complete with Morgan Taylor paint. I felt like a new woman after this treatment and my only regret is that the treatment package wasn’t longer.

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After my treatment, I was led back to the relaxation area to sip on a selection of drinks including lemon-infused water, fruit juice, and tea as well as fruit and baked treats. I sat on the comfortable couch, my body still in a relaxed zombie-like state, and munched on a delicious bran muffin while I tried to capture just how relaxed I felt at that exact moment so I could go back to it later in the week when the stress of work proved to be too much.

If you’re looking to spoil yourself or someone else this winter then I can’t recommend Cayenne Spa’s Winter Body Spa Indulgence special enough. The 4-treatment package would usually set you back more than R1000 so you’re getting a great deal!

The Winter Body Spa Indulgence special at Cayenne Spa is available until 31 August 2017. They are also offering a Top to Toe Pamper package at R850 which includes a 60-minute full body massage coupled with your choice of either a mini facial, mini manicure, or mini pedicure. The treatment is 90-minutes long and is also available until 31 August. Click here for more information on Cayenne Spa and to book your treatment now.