SPA TRAVEL: The Hibiscus in Full Bloom at the Oyster Box Spa, Durban South Africa

Updated: Feb 15, 2020

Surrounded by lush gardens and gently bubbling koi ponds, the Spa at the Oyster Box Hotel gives a master class in luxurious tranquility. The lull of the ocean seems to lure one into deep repose. And the kiss of Durban sunshine creates warmth for the skin and for the soul. A perfect spa getaway.


There is a large menu of therapies for the face and body which use B/Africa all-natural products. Signature spa treatments use crystal infused oils, such as amethyst, and rose and rock quartz to inspire peaceful spirit. This is a wellness delight for all the senses.

Post treatment, enjoy an invigorating hamman followed by a sensation shower. There is also a Jacuzzi and a plunge pool. If you are brave, try to plunge pool.

Shift up to the Tranquility Room for relaxation meditation.

Enjoy complimentary teas and smoothies along with a selection of healthy snack options.

For my spa treatment, I enjoyed the Journey Through African signature full-body massage.

Along with the infused oils, my therapist used a calabash and a runga stick. This long, wooden baton is to rolled over the muscles. The smaller, rounded edge of the stick is then employed to work through stubborn knots.

My friend enjoyed Reiki, a Japanese massage technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It also promotes healing. She followed this up with a Decleor Hydra Floral Facial beauty treatment. Afterward, she glowed.


Journey Through Africa: R1680 per 90 minutes

Reiki Treatment: R1080 per 60 minutes

Decleor Hydra Floral Facial: R1090 per 60 minutes

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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