Amani Spa at Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi, South Africa

With incredible wildlife viewing seen on each and every one of the morning and evening safaris at Sabi Sabi’s luxurious Earth Lodge, it makes sense to relax as much as possible in between. The Amani Spa at Earth Lodge offers a broad range of skin and beauty rituals, treatments and massages. Inside, the spa has a Zen meditation area, a couples’ treatment suite and a hydrotherapy pool.

I booked in for the ‘Jewel of Africa’ massage, which promised 90 minutes of pampering that would balance energies, release emotional stress and leave me with a feeling of complete relaxation. After stamping off the dust accrued on the morning safari, I settle in on the very comfortable massage bed. Too comfortable as it turned out, as it was a real struggle to stay awake with the hypnotic rhythm of the therapist’s firm hands – sometimes using warm crystals and sometimes just her hands, smoothly stroking warm oil into skin dried from the dust and sun.

Did it deliver that feeling of relaxation? You betcha.

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