It is always such a treat to be able to get away from the fast pace of life and even more so when you can get away during the week. My husband and I were blessed to have such a moment when we went for a midweek break in the beautiful Midlands at Indigo Fields.
We took the Midweek Special – Afternoon Spa which consists of lunch on arrival, a 90 minutes spa treatment (head & shoulder massage and facial or full body massage), dinner, overnight accommodation and a country breakfast on the morning of departure.
It was a lovely warm sunny morning when we took a slow drive from Kloof to Nottingham Road in the Midlands of KZN. We needed to arrive at Indigo Fields by 12pm for our lunch. Fortunately there were no traffic issues and the drive was pleasant.
We drove down a beautiful tree shaded drive and chose a parking close to the reception building. There was quite a bit of mess and building materials outside the reception and it was a squeeze to get inside. We only found out on the morning of our departure that they we making a living wall in the entrance of the reception (a living wall is a structure attached to a wall and filled with plants). We will have to go back sometime so I can see the completed wall.
There were quite a few people in the reception area, sipping orange juice and filling out forms. We were warmly welcomed and shown out onto the deck so that we could fill out our forms. Neil and I both chose the head & shoulder massage and facial for our spa treatment. After finishing filling out the forms, we were shown down to the main Indigo Fields building and onto a small plant filled terrace for our intimate lunch for two.
We were served warm Rosemary bread which we slathered with butter – so, so, so divine! Just writing about it makes me crave it. From the menu (the only menu we were shown while we were there) I chose the Beef Wrap & Salad and Neil chose the Blue Cheese & Onion Quiche. Both meals were served with a small salad. We were offered wine or champagne with our meal but we decided to just enjoy the water and juice on the table. It was a glorious Midlands day and we relaxed and enjoyed our meal while appreciating the scenery.
After lunch we were taken to our Deluxe Suite – a double loft suite with a canopied bed on the lower and upper level. There was also a small sitting area, a tea & coffee station under the stairs (with a bar fridge) and a full bathroom en suite. Our Deluxe Suite was called Lavender and was decorated in the romantic French style. Neil fetched our luggage and then we had to undress and put on the spa treatment gowns (underwear left on of course). We walked to the lounge in the main building and waited to be taken for our spa treatments.
Now you are probably thinking that we were going to have our treatments in a spa room with softly piped harp music or the sound of the ocean………….. Nope! We got into a safari style vehicle, driven down a dirt road and were dropped off on the side of the road. We made our way down a stepped hill and before us was a stilted tented structure which contained two spa beds and even a wood heater for cold days. The spa treatments were total bliss and it was so relaxing to hear the wind blow and the birds tweet and warble. Indigo Fields uses the Victorian Garden skincare range. It was so, so hard to walk up the hill to the vehicle after the treatments.
Back at the main building we sat down in the lounge and Pat (Mom of Paul who is the owner of Indigo Fields) served us Amarula and chocolate truffles. She then took our down our choices for supper that night. There were 5 starters, 5 mains and 5 desserts to choose from and she knew them all by heart. I chose Beef Carpaccio as a starter, Fillet with vegetables and mustard sauce for mains and Chocolate tart with honeycomb and grapefruit sorbet for dessert. Neil chose Butternut & Blue Cheese samoosas for a starter, Pork Belly with vegetables for mains and Lemon tart and meringues for dessert.
Back in our room we enjoyed a lovely shower (using the amazing smelling products that Indigo Fields makes) and then Neil had a nap while I watched TV and caught up on social media. We were fetched at 6:30pm and taken to a lounge very near the kitchen for our private dining. Yes we were in our gowns!
The table was beautifully set with candlelight and a bottle of champagne and soft music was playing in the background. Our starters were divine and perfectly plated. We had a lovely lady serving us and we laughed when our mains were delivered under stainless steel domes and she asked us if we were ready and lifted them off with a “ta daa.” My fillet was melt in the mouth and we oohed and aahed our way through our mains and also our desserts. I could easily have had another Chocolate Tart. We finished off our meal with cappuccinos.
Feeling fully content, we shuffled back to our deluxe suite and I decided to have another shower since the first one was so blissful. Watched a bit of TV and then it was time for a good sleep after our wonderful day.
In the morning we made coffee in our room (they have Terbodore) and then we got dressed for breakfast. No gowns this time since we were not going for any more spa treatments. We were greeted by Pat and asked to choose between smoked salmon or bacon to have with our scrambled egg served on a profiterole. I chose the bacon and Neil chose the smoked salmon. Before our profiteroles arrived I had a bowl of muesli, yoghurt and fruit salad and Neil went straight for the scones.
After our leisurely breakfast it was time to pack up our things and check out. Before we left we made sure to buy some of the products from the shop inside the reception building. I chose shampoo, conditioner, hand & body wash, Lavender honey and the Lemon Verbena room spray.
We left feeling relaxed and revived.
Indigo Fields African Day Spa
D2477 Nottingham Road