Emily Hardman relays her humoristic story of pulling a wedding together in five, yes five days, in the New York Times below.

She summarizes the experience and decision-making process: “… I asked myself: Will it help strengthen my marriage and the promises we made to each other? If the answer was no, I didn’t waste any more time. I now appreciate applying this to other areas of life. Is where we go to dinner eternally significant? If not, it’s not worth arguing over. Do party favors for the barbecue you’re giving matter? Probably not. Enjoy the path of least resistance. If it truly represents the most important elements of your life and relationship, put time, energy and creativity into it. If not, do yourself a favor and skip the stress.”

At Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa,  brides can save up to 25% on their venue hire with last minute bookings. Super spontaneous brides who book one month in advance earn 25% discount on venue hire, while those who feel more comfortable with 4 months notice earn 10% in venue hire discount.

Knowing the planning that goes into a wedding, it is my modest opinion that brides who can put a wedding together in one week should not pay any venue hire at all – just for being so brave. Having said that, more miraculous things have happened and with our list of trusted bridal suppliers you may well be able to put it all together in one week!

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Thinking about it? Click here for some very practical ideas how to make it all come together in 30 days.


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With so many wedding venues around, its quite difficult to make a final decision. Fairway Hotel on the Randpark Golf Course has just made it easy for you: To assist you in making the perfect choice in venue for your wedding, The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort has the pleasure of inviting you for a Sunday Lunch for up to six people to experience our wonderful ambiance, the excellent service and the fabulous food.Fairway_Almost Mr & Mrs_Signature_2016_1

The accommodation at Fairway Hotel ranges from hotel suites to double storey golf villas and presidential Suites.  – something for every taste and budget. We would be delighted to welcome the bridal couple for an overnight stay, including breakfast on us! Discounted rates are available for wedding guests who choose to stay over on your wedding night.

To view some real life wedding which took place at The Fairway, visit our Pinterest Board with some super ideas and beautiful bridal photos.

Please contact Stefanie from our wedding department who would love to show you around on Tel 011 478 8000 |




On a cold and dreary day like today with temperatures carelessly hovering around the six degree mark, a Spa seems to be a really nice place to work. Surrounded by soft music, beautiful fragrances and people talking in low whispers as to not to disturb the peace, beats any other office environment hands down.

Guvon Academy now offers Spa training for existing Spa staff who want to add to their skills, as well as anyone who wants to train as a therapist.

The huge interest in the hotel industry for staff wanting to upskill as Spa therapists is evident in the first student intake of 40 students, ranging from Mount Grace, Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Askari Game Lodge & Spa, Rosewell Spa and Valley Lodge.

Training is provided by the bubbly and energetic Donna Lira who is passionate about the Spa and training industries and places great emphasis on the need for therapists to be multi-skilled.

In a tight economy with job creation at its lowest in all times, it is comforting to know that all learners have the opportunity for practical experience within the Spa workplace at Guvon Spas.  Should a position be available to be employed by Huvon Spas on successful completion of the training, there is the added opportunity to grow within the group.

Training takes place at the Guvon Academy, based in Muldersdrift at Glenburn Spa or alternatively at Donnalira Academy based in Weltevreden Park.  Learners may attend the location which is most convenient.

The Spa courses can be completed on a full time or part time basis: Full Time is available for learners that can attend on a daily basis and prefer structured classes.  Part Time & Modular Training programs allows the learners to continue at their own pace while still providing a learning pathway to the full qualification.

The training is perfect for learners who want to enter the Beauty Industry, or therapists that are in full-time employment and wish to expand their skills. With both the Full Time & The Flexible Learning programs the training consists of contact tuition with a practical and theory component as well as self-study & self-assessment.

HOW TO ENROLL: Contact Sonia at Guvon Academy for further information:, or (011)668-1621/8 -079 772 6886


Mother’s day Sunday 8 May.

Do you want to take your mom or granny for a special treat this Mother’s day? Take her for a trip down memory lane at Askari Game Lodge & Spa which is decorated with South African décor pieces dating back to the 1800’s. Slipper baths, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the four-star surrounding, to emphasize the captivating history of the Magaliesberg area. Ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900 are dotted around the property and inside the museum and make for a wonderful outing.

Mother’s day lunch Askari Game Lodge Mother’s Day includes sparkling wine and chocolates for mom for R250pp. Children under 5, which are likely to be the grandchildren, eat for free, while kids between 6 and 12 years only pay half price.


Mother’s day lunch at Glenburn Lodge is always a feast. Aside from an expansive buffet menu at R230pp, Glenburn Lodge with its gardens and rivers  is ideal for a Sunday  lunch stroll. Birdwatchers will love the river deck and bird lookout points. Glenburn Spa has a special Mother’s day treat in store for moms for the whole of May.

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Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa offers beautiful views over the fly fishing dams and distant mountains along with its five star lunch at R280pp. Treat yourself to a Sunday night stay at a special “last minute” rate and stretch this lovely day for as long as you possibly can.


The modern upmarket Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort offers Mother’s day lunch at R360 per person and caters for a sophisticated market who enjoy golfing and the finer things in life. Enjoy beautiful golf course views before your Mother’s day lunch and perhaps a spa treatment after lunch. Options to spoil mom at this golf resort is endless.

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Central reservations: Tel 08611 488661



Askari Lodge just outside of Magaliesberg and an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment. A range of wildlife-based teambuilding experiences makes this venue stand out from the rest, and is within easy reach of both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The game lodge caters for meetings, conferences, teambuilding initiatives and training courses in both the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Spa relaxation is available to conference delegates after or during a day of meetings, or as a spa voucher reward for later use

“While frequenting Askari and hosting a national conference we could not have asked for much more, ”  Michelev892 from Midrand describes her conference experience on Tripadvisor. “From the reception, functions, meals, menus, added extras such as the slushy, popcorn and ice creams, every staff member encountered, we couldn’t have asked for more. The staff were exemplary. Can’t wait to come again”.

Askari Game Lodge offers a variety of packages to go with your Wildlife Conference Experience including:

IN-HOUSE : Spa Treatments | Teambuilding | Game Drives | Elephant Experiences | Guided Nature Walks | Potjiekos competition | Bush survival Course

OUTSOURCED TEAMBUILDING: Teambuilding activities are provided by Teambuilding Adventures and trusted suppliers.


2 return flight tickets (excludes airport tax) 7 nights stay for 2 at a four star hotel
on a lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast rate and R5000.00 spending money

1) Book any conference or group at Askari Lodge
from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.
2) The prize will go to the person that brings in the most
revenue to Askari Lodge during the 12 month period.
3) Any conferences who have booked and paid in full that take place
after the 30 June 2016 up until and including the 31 of August 2016 will
be included provided it has been paid in full before 30 June 2016.
4) The top 5 agents and their total booking values will be posted and updated
on the Askari Lodge Facebook page on 1st and the 16th of each month.
5) The winner will be announced on the Askari Lodge’s
Facebook page on 1st July 2016.

1) Must have a valid passport
2) Open to all travel agents, PCO’s and in-house conference organisers
3) Prize must be taken in July 2016
4) Cannot be exchanged for cash
5) Excludes any drinks or activities
6) Judges decision is final

Pat Naude: 014 577 2658/9 |
Central Reservations: 08611 48866 |

Terms & Conditions apply


SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD. SO SHE DID. Women’s month celebrations with Marlette Hegyi (Seven Summits), Spa  treats and luxury overnight stays at a selection of the Guvon Hotels & Spas.

For some of us, being a woman entails getting a house in order and the kids out of the front door at a decent time. For Marlette Hegyi life is about the Seven Summits – conquering the highest mountain of each of the seven continents.

Featuring Marlette Hegyi as guest speaker, The Sunflower Foundation is celebrating women during breakfast at The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort on Sunday 16 Aug. Marlette climbed Mount Everest 117 days ago and will be sharing her experiences with you.  Her romance with the Seven Summits of the World (Kilimanjaro, Carstenz Pyramid, Elbrus, Vinson, Aconcagua, Denali and Mount Everest) with leave you breathless and in awe of what a human being can achieve. Dermalogica will be doing face mapping at the breakfast. An auction and loads of prizes will add to the excitement of this breakfast.To book for this event, contact Takalani on 011 781 4200 |

Sometimes a bit of indulgence is in order. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa comes to the rescue with a Sunday lunch, dinner, overnight stay, breakfast and a R250 Spa voucher.Womans day Kloofzicht Lodge package

All the Spas in the Guvon Group (Askari Spa, Chicama Spa, Kloofzicht Spa and Fairway Spa) have fabulous treats in store for the ladies. For package details, please visit the Specials page of

Guvon Spas Womans month packages

Finally,Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift are the proud hosts of Copperstone Promotions’ 9th annual Woman’s day celebration. Taking place on Sat 8 Aug, the dress code is ”Glamorous red” and promises a day of bubbly, lunch and an auction with celebs all around. Amongst the beneficiaries for the event are CANSA, Jacaranda Childrens Home and Foodbank South Africa.  Bookings can be made via

We look forward to your support during Woman’s month for all the worthy causes Guvon Hotels & Spas are involved in. Any questions? Please email Brenda Dooge on

4 degrees outside? 4 great Spas to warm up in.

With temperatures dipping dangerously every day now in Johannesburg, we are all in need for a bit of Spa warming up and pampering. Guvon Spas offer some wonderful options:

For a country Spa retreat we recommend Chicama Spa based at Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift or Kloofzicht Spa, at Kloofzicht Lodge, also in the Cradle of Humankind:

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Want to stay within the city surrounds for your Winter Spa pampering? Fairway Spa is in the treelined suburb of Randpark, right on the golf course and has the following lined up for the month from June to August: At  R615 per person, spoil yourself with a Cappuccino or hot chocolate, Hydrating facial as well as a Hot stone foot and leg treatment.

Just an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Askari Spa based at the Big 5 game reserve,  invites Spa guests for a Hot drink with pastries on arrival, Hot stone rich body butter 90 min full body massage and aPedicure with paraffin dip at R850pp.

All bookings can be made directly with the Spa in question. Refer for info, images and contact detail.

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 -

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:


Information Source: | The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Thien Huynh


Waking up this morning with the dripping sound of light rain makes you want to stay in bed. The whole day. Thinking of pulling a sickie today?  Or  a ‘duvet day’ as the Americans call it?  Well, it may be worth your while to sneak off to Chicama Spa where a Midweek Couple’s Spa package has just been announced.

Chicama Spa couples Spa package

The midweek couples spa package not only includes a range of wonderful treatments, but Glenburn Lodge has thrown in an overnight stay with breakfast and a picnic lunch the following day. All this for R2300 per couple!

Spa treatments include:

Muffin, coffee, tea or juice on arrival

Couples Steam Room Session 30 minutes

Full Body Aromatherapy Massage 60 minutes

Moisturizing Facial 60 minutes

Foot Experience 30 minutes

Ploughman’s Platter for 2


Terms and Conditions apply

Tuesdays & Wednesday only in June & July 2015

Valid for Couples only for 1 nights stay

Subject to availability

Not valid for group bookings



Tel: 011668 1615

Redeem your FNB eBucks at any of the Guvon Spas.

Guvon Hotels & Spas are proud to  renew their partnership with FNB eBucks in 2015, for Spa packages at its four Guvon Spas.

FNB clients will now be able to redeem their eBbucks for Spa packages and treatments available at Askari Spa, Chicama Spa, Kloofzicht Spa or Fairway Spa.ebucks logo

eBucks Rewards is FNB’s rewards programme that enables one to earn eBucks for doing everyday activities like shopping, filling up with fuel and loading airtime. One can spend the eBucks earned, on travel, books, CDs, flowers, fashion and now also Spa treatments.

“Our selection of Spas offer FNB eBucks clients the opportunity of relaxing in a Spa situated in the countryside, on a golf course or on a Big 5 Game reserve,” says Christa Badenhorst, Group Marketing Manager for Guvon Hotels & Spas. “Aside from regular spa menu items, each Spa also put together a few packages, reserved exclusively for FNB eBucks clients”.

Spas are not a luxury any longer. This was the conclusion reached at a recent panel discussion at the Les Nouvelles Spa Conference.  According to guest speaker Marisa  Farinha Lloyd, Chief Energy Officer at Deloitte, work-life integration has become a struggle. Employees are overwhelmed, have high cortisol levels and sleepless nights due to stress, all building up to burn out.  Spas provide a space of recovery and mindfulness, and should be incorporated in a regular wellness routine.

“At Guvon we are acutely aware of the stress employees have to deal with in the corporate world,” Badenhorst concluded.  “We applaud FNB for taking a step towards wellness by including Spas in their eBuck rewards programme.”


Words by Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR: Guvon Hotels & Spas

For images or further info: Brenda Dooge on

(Throwback Thursday release: original release published on 31.7.2014)