Monday, 26 September 2016

Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort

It is always a treat to be able to attend an event at the beautiful Fairmont Zimbali Resort and this time was no exception. I was invited to join the hotel for a rejuvenating Spa experience and a complimentary 60 minute Zimbali Gold treatment as they launched the Black Pearl range of skin products.

Each Willow Stream Spa is designed to reflect the beauty and ambiance of its location.   At the Fairmont Zimbali Resort, for example, the beauty of South Africa is brought inside with palettes of rich dark wood, soft gold, and energizing shades of orange. Soft aromatherapy fills the air and senses.  Not all Fairmont Hotels house a Willow Stream Spa so for the Fairmont Zimbali to have one is an important feather in their cap.

The spa offers a haven to re-energize, relax and rejuvenate and has a self-contained nail salon to provide manicures and pedicures.  For treatments, guests are directed to roomy change rooms where they can unwind, enjoy a Vichy shower or steam, and relax in a private lounge.  The men’s area is similar to a den with masculine colours and reading material, whilst the women’s lounge, sunny and serene, has cosy chairs and magazines.   Always available in the lounges are muffins or sweet breads, fresh fruit, and antioxidant “cocktails” that are full of vitamins and nutrients.  Drinks like garden mint, grated ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice, or fresh carrot juice with lime help keep guests hydrated. I had a taste of their spa drinks and they are very refreshing. The guests for the Willow Stream Spa event were a bit more indulged though with delicious cake pops and other chocolate delights.

Red velvet cake pops covered in white
chocolate and decorated in silver and gold

The nine spacious treatment rooms feature a soothing décor of sandstone, soft cream, and copper.  Crisp white linens with fluffy duvets (soft and light) wrap the beds, while essential oils soothe the senses. The beds are extremely comfortable and the therapist can raise or lower the bed and get it to “mould” to the body. Three of the treatment areas are oversized suites, completely self-contained with a marble steam shower for two, jetted bath to share, and private washroom.  Another treatment area provides a wet room for solo spa goers with a large private shower and spacious jetted soaker for mineral baths, and there is also a specialty suite where bridal or pampering parties can have their makeup, hair and manicures done together. 

After a treatment, guests can extend their spa experience and relax in the Great Room.  An airy oasis, it has a double-vaulted ceiling with sheer drapes that cascade and circle each chair to provide a dreamy cocoon of privacy. Warm breezes waft through a double set of French doors that open to a secluded terrace with chaise lounges.

Willow Stream Spa Products & Philosophy
With luxury in mind, there are many aspects which need to be considered when choosing spa products for a Fairmont hotel - even environmental sustainability is considered, reflecting social responsibility.  Relationships with the product houses are important to ensure premium spa products and training is available for every encounter with the guest.  At the Fairmont Zimbali Resort, the Willow Stream Spa uses a selection of different beauty products with the following recent additions:

·         Black Pearl
This line is innovative with a revolutionary and unique complex with ingredients sourced from the Dead Sea that helps retain the healthy function of the skin, preventing aging. A unique facial mask combines 24K Gold from Germany with black mud and is enriched with vitamins, plant oils and extracts to deeply nourish the skin.  Zimbali Gold is the spa’s signature treatment.

·         Guinot
Founded in France over 40 years ago by well-known chemist Rene Guinot, the collection of Guinot skin care products has a complete line for a wide range of beauty care.  Most important is the fact that the products are not tested on animals and contain no parabens. Added to which the ingredients in the formulas have all been chosen to respect the environment by sourcing them from renewable plants.

·         Mio and Mama Mio
Mio is the first skin care brand to target the fitness and wellness market, speaking a new language with focused body solutions for ‘fit skin’.  Mama Mio is totally focused on giving women fit skin during pregnancy as they are jam-packed with omegas 3, 6 and 9.  With a “No Nasties” policy, the formulas are free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances and colourants.

Willow Stream Spa Signature Treatments at Fairmont Zimbali Resort
The signature treatment at the spa is the Zimbali Gold Anti-Ageing Facial Experience.  The treatment is completely exclusive to Fairmont Zimbali Resort, and can therefore only be experienced at Willow Stream Spa. Black Pearl 24k Gold involves an application of a unique and exclusive 24k Cleopatra mask to the skin, giving the skin a flawless appearance. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, blemishes and rebuilds collagen. The active products promote cell rejuvenation and improve skin flexibility while nourishing it in the best way possible. This treatment is complete with a stress relieving hot-oil back massage, calming hand treatment and a heavenly signature facial massage. The treatment takes 90 minutes.

I experienced a 60 minute Zimbali Gold Anti-Ageing Facial and the hand treatment and I am sure I fell asleep at least once. The soothing music and hands of my therapist made me very relaxed and I felt disorientated when I got up at the end of the treatment. I could have easily gone and had a long sleep in one of their chaise lounges.

A hazy picture and I felt a little hazy as well

Other facials are :
·         Hydradermie Deep Cleansing Deluxe - a deep cleansing facial
·         The Gentlemen’s Rehydrating Marine Facial - a hydrating facial
·         Gorgeous Glow Pregnancy Facial - to help with hormonal breakouts

Being a resort destination, Body Treatments and Massages continue to be the most popular request at the Willow Stream Spa. Treatments such as :
·         The Energising Body Contouring Treatment - body treatment resulting in intense body tightening and toning
·         The Repairing African Potato Wrap - deluxe healing body wrap is ideal for stressed and sensitive skin
·         The Willow Stream Zimbali Signature Massage - deeply relaxing full body massage
·         Mama Mio Pregnancy Massage - relaxing full body massage which helps soothe soreness and ease discomfort during pregnancy
·         The Happy Feet with Intonga - foot treatment to relieve stress

Willow Stream Spa offers luxury treatments to soothe body and mind and their staff is dedicated, knowledgeable and very friendly.

The spa can be contacted on 032 – 5385000 or via email

Link to the spa guide here and the spa price list here

Black Pearl

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