Forest Health Spa at Cybele

Forest Health Spa at Cybele

One of our travel teams was in South Africa recently and visited several luxury properties including the spa at the Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa near Kruger National Park. Below is an excerpt about the spa and the fun treatments they offer:

Millions and millions of chocolate bubbles swirled at my feet; foaming in a chocolate lover’s fantasy. In the dimly lit room, rose petals and candles transported me to an imaginary cloud of soothing silence; while chocolate morsels and chocolate liquor tempted my sweet tooth during the Cybele Spa 45-minute Chocolate Balneotherapy. Prior to that, I enjoyed a back and massage with hot stones and 15-minute stopover in the spa’s oriental style steam room with a garden view. My final treatment was a scalp massage right before the spa closed for the day.

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Blue is for Bonaire


Bonaire is surrounded by a protected marine park

Two of our travel team members visited Bonaire, part of the Dutch Antilles, earlier this year. Following their visit, we published articles on the island (read part of the article below);  Crown Court 44A, a waterfront luxury rental villa with high speed Internet access; Harbour Beach Village Club, the island’s premier resort; and two of the top dive operators, Great Adventures Dive & Water Sports Bonaire at Harbour Beach Village Club and Buddy Dive at the Buddy Dive Resort.


For a small island Bonaire really packs a punch. When few spoke about ecotourism in the Caribbean, Bonaire was busy establishing marine and national parks. Island authorities still oversee those areas with care, ensuring unspoiled waters for locals and visitors alike. At the same time, although for years it has been a diving Mecca attracting countless European and United States visitors, locals have not rested on their laurels. We observed pleasant, well organized, modern operations staffed by enthusiastic divers with a professional attitude.

Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands

Elephant at Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge, a family built owned and managed lodge on the banks of the Sabie River, offered first class Big Five game viewing, luxury accommodations, appetizing meals and the kind of personal service only a small property can provide. Among its many distinctions was fronting the Sabie River for which the Sabi Sand Reserve was named. It offered eco-friendly game viewing following strict policies to protect the land. The Lion Sands Reserve on which the property was located, employed a full-time ecologist to manage and oversee the care of the land. Click here to read about Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands