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Cleaning service
Parking on Premises
Airport Transfers
Bar fridge
No smoking
Wheelchair Friendly
Bath towels
Health Spa
Breakfast included
Serviced Daily
Dining Area
Internet access
Spa facilities
Full Kitchen
Tea and coffee facilities
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry facilities
Our most popular package is the Couples Sleepover with a hot stone massage for couples,combined with a romantic picnic. Or you could check in for a Full Day Couples Spa treatment and spend the night!
We are close to the Sandton and Rosebank Gautrain station, a hop away from the Hyde Park Shopping Center. The setting is a park-like garden with tall trees, its own brook flowing through it and abundant bird life.
The accommodation is ideal for business or leisure travelers, with numerous treatment packages for individuals or couples.
All of the units have their own garden entrances with a dedicated patio area, seating and table.
Enjoy the fresh air while working on a smartphone or laptop with complimentary Wi-Fi, or relax with a book or a newspaper.
Guests can enjoy treatments on the deck overlooking the Craighall brook, meditate or just relax and enjoy nature at one of the many rest spots dotted around the garden. Light breakfast, lunches, High Teas and conversation picnic baskets can be enjoyed at the Fresh Coffee Shop.
Transport from the Gautrain station can be arranged for both overnight and day spa guests.
The spa pampers include a Couple Hot Stone Massage and picnic, the 3-hour Couple Spa Pamper or the Couple Full Day Spa Pamper.
Guests recharge and recover in the tranquil garden surroundings, yet most modern amenities including Wi-Fi access in all the rooms, the patios and onto the garden.
Property Facilities:

The park-like 4000 m² private garden that surrounds the facilities of the Hands On Retreat Stay Spa and Guest House has many tranquil spots for meditation and rest. Enjoy the tall trees all around you, the views of the river and the rolling lawn area.
Secure parking with your own remote control for independent access.

Spa Treatments

The treatment rooms are set in the garden and blend with the natural surroundings. Here our guests are treated to our signature massage and healing treatments, consultations and coaching in private. Our professional Psychologists, Biokineticists, Dieticians, Life Coaches are part of the different packages on offer and may also be consulted on an individual basis. Our inspired treatments rejuvenate the tired body and mind and are tailor made to suit the individual and couple.

Group Treatments

Corporate groups use our facilities for retreats - the focus is on wellness and guests are encouraged to use the garden setting for breakouts. Corporate day spa packages, including breakfast and lunch, can be tailor made for groups.

Couple Weekend Retreat

This is our flagship treatment and includes accomodation; Dinner Bed and Breakfast; lunch on Saterday; three treatments spread over the weekend, and a romance goody bag. From Friday afternoon to Sunday 12h00.

Area Information:

Take a walk or take a bike - nature right here in the city! Within walking distance are Delta Park and Braamfonteinspruit with Zoo Lake and the Botanical Gardens a short drive away.

Emarentia Dam & Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Zoo Lake

Delta Park & Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary

Braamfontein Spruit


Planet Fitness
A world class gym for fitness fans.

Old Parktonians
A sports club known for its road races and olde worlde charm.


Sandton City
Shopping capital of Africa: all the upmarket faire!

Hyde Park Corner
Elite shopping in Johannesburg.

China Mall
Bargains, bargains, bargains!

Michael Mount Organic Village Market
Organic food, natural materials and loads of Creativity.


Within in a block of the Hands On Retreat you'll find the top grocers in the country.
Woolworths Foods
Pick n Pay

Restaurants ++

The best restaurants in the world are on the doorstep - try the Eggs Benedict at Staphanies; have sundowners on the deck at Mojo Zoo Lake or simply a pizza around the corner at Fratelli.

In Room Facilities:
We have six Apart-hotel units available, each with its own private garden entrance; en-suite bathroom with bath and shower; and kitchenette with granite top, refrigerator and microwave oven. All our rooms have extra length and depth queen sized beds with Wi-Fi access in all rooms and patios, underfloor heating and flat screen TV with 14 satellite channels. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in each unit. Continental breakfast will be served to your room. Dinner and lunch by request.
The Premium Units feature double sized Jacuzzi baths and double shower - ideal for that special anniversary, wedding and honeymoon.
We encourage our guests to make use if the lounge, verandah and patio areas.
We are a non-smoking establishment, but guests are welcome to smoke in the garden.
One room is also wheel chair friendly

SA Interest:

Constitution Hill
One of the focal points of the New South Africa and seat of the Constitutional Court.

Visit the farm where Nelson Mandela and others were arrested and learn about the Rivonia trial that followed.

City within a city. Here's where the uprising of 1976 changed South Africa forever. See the Hector Peterson Memorial and the Regina Mundi church.

Apartheid Museum
A stark reminder of the apartheid era

Discover the world of the original lords of gold - a facinating glimpse of Johannesburg at the turn of the century.

A modern Petrie dish of the cultures that make up Johannesburg. See the Market Theatre, Museum Africa, Mary FitzGerald Square and the World of Beer.

Cradle of Humankind

See the origins of homo sapiens, the Stekfontein caves and mrs. Ples - the oldest traces of humankind on the planet.

The Crocodile Ramble
A must for the artisticly inclined - plan your trip to include a visit to these artists and crafters during the monthly open day or make an appointment!

Day Trips

A game reserve where you'd be able to see the big five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo.

Sun City
A family resort with fun for the whole family: waterworld, two golf courses, an international grade conference centre and the Superbowl where the top artists in the performs.


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Extra Info
Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Guest House, Self Catering
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
Can Be Used For Still Shoots, Wedding
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Amanda Braun
04 April 2019
Was awesome thank you.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Thabang Tlali
08 January 2019
The hospitality was just amazing. I enjoyed my stay and recommend the place for a couple getaway where they will find peace and quiet.
Karin thanks so much for the warm welcome and making us feel at home.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Vanessa Coetzee
06 July 2018
All was very nice thanks.
Superb. 5 out of 5

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