THE ULTIMATE HEALTH RETREAT AT BROOKDALE HYDRO
Tucked away in the beautiful Kwazulu-Natal Midlands you will find Brookdale Health Hydro, your ultimate health and wellness retreat! This blissful haven is far more than your typical health spa, think of it as your home away from home, a peaceful little sanctuary where you are able to get away from the every day hustle and bustle of life and find some stillness so that your mind, body and soul can get some rest and rejuvenate!
The first time I became acquainted with Brookdale was a little over a year ago when I was lucky enough to review their life-changing cookbook Heavenly and Healthy Flavours – see the blog post here. Ever since, my bestie Domi (from Tree Natural Concept) and I have been daydreaming about a little girly health escape at Brookdale together – often promising each other that one day we will go!
This has been such a big year for Domi – not only is she planning her dream wedding but she is also expecting a beautiful bundle of joy in a few months time AND they are opening up their second Tree Natural cafe in Ballito early next year. Plus, this year has been massive for Healthy Girl – we are growing by the minute leaving very little time for me to just stop and slow down for a second… SO! I thought this would be the PERFECT time to plan our ultimate healthy escape daydream at Brookdale!
Imagine waking up in the morning to a gentle knock on your door accompanied by a happy face greeting you with a pot of tea and a little note with all of your relaxing activities set out for the day?! HEAVEN, right? This is what you can expect every day while staying at Brookdale. The ONLY decisions that you have to make is upon arrival when you sit down with a consultant to discuss which feel good activities you want to do during your stay! It is SO devine!
Activities at Brookdale
1. A wide range of relaxing & rejuvenating treatments
What better way to give yourself some much needed tender love and care that with some gorgeous body-loving treatments? The treatment options at Brookdale are endless plus the staff and facilities are incredible! Dom and I both opted for a Swedish Full Body massages paired with a Guinot body exfoliation and Guinot body bronzing application. This was the PERFECT combination to help get us feeling super relaxed and pampered for the rest of her bachelorette weekend ahead!
2. Exercise Activities
Brookdale has everything from Pilates, a gym, yoga, aquacise and scenic daily walks!
We got to do a beautiful morning walk as well as try out an acquacise class (there is a first time for everything) which was surprisingly fun and left our legs feeling the burn after! We also decided to make use of the Juice Bar and enjoyed a delicious berry smoothie as post workout fuel.
3. Relaxation Opportunities
There is opportunity for relaxation everywhere you look! Think guided meditations, cuddling up by the fireplace, drinking some herbal tea, reading a book, lounging by the pools and getting lost in the luscious green gardens!
4. Talks, education & demos
Brookdale offers you everything from cooking & make up demos to interesting talks about your health and wellness. We got to sit in on a super interesting talk lead by Wendy (owner of Brookdale) all about micronutrients and supplementation which we thoroughly enjoyed!
The Food at Brookdale
It LITERALLY felt like we had died and gone to healthy foodie heaven! You never have to worry about what you’re going to eat because it is all taken care of for you – breakfast, lunch, dinner and all your light & refreshing snacks between!
I remember being so excited for every meal to see what deliciously healthy dish they had put together for us! Some of my favorites were the veggie sir fry, nectarine and pine nut salad AND the Cocoa and Coconut Mouse was AMAZING. All the meals served at the hydro can be found in their awesome cookbooks – making it very easy for you to incorporate healthy meals into your everyday living.
A note on beverages at Brookdale:
There is NO coffee or alcohol served at Brookdale. Instead you get to enjoy sipping on homemade ice tea, infused water and herbal teas… YUMMY!
Upon leaving the hydro, Brookdale’s hope is that all their guests leave them feeling informed, happier, and a little wiser, along with a changed mind-set with regards to creating a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Mission accomplished! Both of us felt totally rested, happier, lighter and rejuvenated from a magical stay at Brookdale.
Thank you to the wonderful Brookdale team for a life changing experience – it was everything we hoped that it would be and more! P.S. I really miss being able to walk around in a gown and slippers all day!
To any of you gorgeous girls reading this who are in need of a health and wellness escape – this spot has your name written all over it!