Groupon may have left the country, but I have definitely become a voucher kind of girl.

While Groupon made friends with bargain-seeking clients (who mostly stuck around for the one promotion) and made enemies of suppliers who were hung out to dry after massive discounts, there is another voucher scheme going. The old-school honest kind where you pay a specified amount and receive a great experience in return. Simple always win.



  • DONT, I repeat DO NOT, buy roses. Any florist out there will tell you (or maybe they won’t) that roses are heavily marked up for Valentine’s day, because of demand and supply issues.
  • Instead of buying cut flowers, why not invest in a  flower or other plant – plant it together, say a blessing and watch it grow as you shower it with water and love throughout the year. Married couples, we know you are in for the long run, so invest in a beautiful fruit tree. If married life gets tough you will always have lemons to go with the Tequila.  Click here for 24 Glorious Ways To Drink More Tequila.
  • Home-cooked breakfast in bed is always a good idea. Same goes for lunch or dinner.
  • Buy each other vouchers – it may seem less romantic but hey, what if she really needs a pair of Woollies knickers more than a box of imported chocolates?
  • Gents, I have three words for you: Massage, massage, massage. If food is the way to a man’s heart, so do the words massage and Spa light the flicker of love in any girls eye. Stress not if this is not your area of expertise because once again the lovely voucher comes to mind. For great Valentines Spa ideas, click here, and yes,  vouchers are available. Always.

Happy Valentine’s to all, and let the secretive planning be part of the fun.

Want to feel the love with us @guvonhotels? See our Pinterest board for inspiration:

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Chanel for Mother’s Day?

Ivanka Trump wanted a Versace pillow and Chanel handbag from her kids on Mother’s Day. David and Victoria Beckham once gave their moms $46,000 Audi Q3s for Mother’s Day.  Leonardo di Caprio dedicated  a grove of trees in Southern California to honour his mother and grandmother last Mother’s Day.Chanel bag - trend-kid.com

Back to life, back to reality and our last-Salticrax-of-the-month bank balances, and we are all frantically looking for something new and novel to thank our moms for basically putting up with us all the years. (And not hanging us up on the washing line by our ears in the naughty and later inebriated years.)

If you are past the flowers and fluffy presents for Mother’s Day and unfortunately can’t afford Chanel, rather give an experience than another dust-gathering memento for the mantelpiece:

MOTHER’S DAY SPA SPECIALS (gift vouchers are available)Guvon Spas Mother's Day special

Askari Spa: Mother’s day Special: 1 x Botanical Hair and Scalp treatment | 1 x Spa Pedicure including a paraffin dip | R 500 per person

Chicama Spa: 60min Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage | 30min Steam Session | 60min Hand & Foot Experience | Spa Lunch | R750 per person or R1390 per couple for 3.5 hours

Kloofzicht Spa: 30min Back Massage | 60min Esse Skin Treatment | 60min Classic Manicure or Pedicure | Spa Café Lunch | Thank you gift | Enjoy our facilities at leisure | R1050 per person

The Fairway Spa: Timeless Facial ritual with Hand Treatment | Express Manicure or Express Pedicure | A Spa gift to take home | R580 per person


All Mother’s Day Spa specials are valid for May month. T&C’s apply                       Bookings: http://www.guvonspas.co.za


Information Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/05/mothers-day-gift-ideas_n_5249390.html | The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Thien Huynh