The Spa’s Zen like ambiance and quiet courtyard set the stage for the many treatments available inside. Looking around it was hard to imagine we were an hour’s drive from some of the world’s best game viewing. The spa facilities, a short walk from the Lodge rooms, were ideal for de-stressing get away from it all retreats.
The Cybele Lodge where the spa was located was well situated for game viewing enthusiasts driving from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park area. I liked the Forest Health Spa at Cybele for its small and appealing facilities, quiet and soothing ambiance, attentive staff and excellent treatments.
Handicapped Access There were several steps to enter the spa.
Location At the Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa in the heart of the Mpumalanga district between Hazyview and Whiteriver. The area is about 420 kms from Johannesburg and 40 kms from the Kruger National Park Phabeni gate, about an hour’s drive from the Sabi Sand Reserve.
Number Of Staff There were three therapists
Owned Rupert and Barbara Jeffries
Size There were two single treatment rooms and a double treatment room in the 400 square meter (4,000 square feet) facility attended. There was also a hydrotherapy room with an en suite shower, a steam room for two, two outside showers in private courtyards, and an outdoor Jacuzzi made of natural materials and set in a private courtyard.
Special Training Spa staff were Comite International D’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) certified and received in house training.
Year Opened-Renovated It was established in 2003
Facilities Guests had access to sauna, Hydro Bath, outside showers, outside Roman bath, showers in single treatment rooms, and steam room. There was also a swimming pool and fitness center on the property.
Other Rather than donning my hiking boots and redressing to return to my cottage, the therapist suggested I walk back the few steps in the thick spa bathroom and cotton slippers. This was a convenient alternative except the floor was very slippery from the rain and the cloth slippers had no traction.
Date Of Review November 2006 / May 2008
Number Of Treatments Three
Reviewers Article and photographs by Elena del Valle
Treatments Experienced I had the Chocolate Balneotherapy (45 minutes), Sportsman Back Massage (30 min) and Hair and scalp treatment (30 minutes). Because the power was out during part of my visit at the spa we changed the treatments at the last minute. The combination deep tissue and Hot Stone Massage felt great. It was described as stimulating “blood circulation and improving the ability to relax” in the spa menu. I was content and noodle legged following my spa visit so it certainly felt like the treatments accomplished their promises to help me relax.
Would You Return? Yes
- Cybele Forest Lodge &
- Health Spa
- R40 Hazyview Road,
- Spitskop Turnoff
- P.O.Box 346 White River 1240
- South Africa