… introducing new technologies for dynamic and effective health and wellness
Since it was acquired by Ingrid and Graham Hindle and Keith Macmillan in 2017, Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa has been undergoing a complete overhaul and is now officially open. This landmark retreat and spa has been completely transformed – from the premises, the retreat and the spa to the business conferencing facilities and accommodation, the kitchen and restaurants, the grounds and what is grown within them – everything has been scrutinised, researched and transformed. The new owners have also been relentless in their commitment to bringing a new culture to bear at the retreat – a culture that embraces wellness and combines expert scientific and holistic technologies. Leading edge health optimizing technologies, a bio energy centre, natural products and food menus are all interwoven and united by a suite of packages and an offering that distinguishes Santé as the ultimate sanctuary for anyone wanting to ‘discover extraordinary’ and find a path to true wellbeing, healing and rejuvenation. Santé will delight people seeking simple rest and relaxation as well as those needing a more defined, effective and dynamic route to complete healing, health and wellness. No stone has been left unturned and no expense spared in this massive refurbishment and the new Santé is now unrecognisable from its former identity.
Santé, in the Franschhoek/Paarl winelands region, is still using the same name. “We decided to retain the name ‘Santé’, as this is the cornerstone of what we offer – health”, says Ingrid Hindle, “but this is the only thing that stays the same as everything else at Santé has been dramatically replaced or renewed.”
The only African premium member of the Healing Hotels of the World group, Santé will give its guests the chance to start a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. Below is a brief description of what is now on offer:
Day Spa – facilities include steam rooms, hydrotherapy and vinotherapy baths, saunas, an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, a magical labyrinth and a fitness centre. There is an extensive Spa menu, which includes four speciality packages: Healthy Ageing, Detox, Rejuvenate and Relax.
Food and nutrition – believing that nutritious food is the foundation of health, Santé offers nourishment through exquisite cuisine. Menus are designed by Executive Chef Terrence Ford and consulting chef, Margot Janse and feature fresh ingredients from the Santé kitchen garden, local bio-dynamic farmers and suppliers. Only real and unrefined foods are used – i.e. no sugar, dairy, gluten, preservatives, colourants or additives are used at all. This integrity spreads to the range of organic wines and spirits available at Santé.
Health Optimizing – hi-tech medical technologies (some are the first in Africa) including some within the fields of quantum and energy medicine – are directed by Health Tech Sciences in Norway. Understanding through all-encompassing medical assessments where cellular, tissue and organ imbalances and dysfunction occur, and what the underlying trigger and causative factors are. Health Optimizing non-invasive treatments are then tailored for each client at Santé in order to correct imbalances and achieve effective results.
Bio Energy – drawing upon ancient philosophies, this combines the attributes and properties of magnetic fields, colour, light and crystals with modern science. Healing takes place through the intervention of using electromagnetic waveforms to stimulate the body’s natural healing.
Accommodation – includes 10 retreat suites, 20 spa suites and a Deluxe Retreat Suite. Uncomplicated and serene luxury, generous hospitality and friendly service combine with delicious and honestly healthy cuisine.
Wellness Packages – The Santé team and experts have designed a range of packages that help with stress, detoxing, rejuvenation, longevity and reaching one’s ideal weight.
Exercise and fitness – a variety of activities are offered including daily yoga classes, personal training and both group and personal yoga (one on one), guided early morning walks and mountain biking and the chance to walk the Santé labyrinth.
Business Forum – this can accommodate up to 120 guests with four well-appointed breakaway meeting rooms of varying sizes. The Business Forum is fully equipped and also offers a private restaurant and bar, plus indoor and outdoor seating areas. As well as the delicious and healthy menu options available at Santé, business guests may participate in yoga, Pilates and stretch classes and all that’s on offer in the Day Spa.
Jobs – Santé has helped with job creation in the area, having employed and trained 70 staff. For the Spa, the staff are trained in specific treatments and the natural products they use; practitioners and therapists have been trained, from scratch, in Health Optimizing technologies and methodologies; the general staff have been trained on health and wellness principles and understanding their properties and value so that they may impart this knowledge to guests as well.
“The interesting spin-off from all this,” explains Ingrid, “is that many of our staff have now become extremely health conscious themselves and they have changed the way they eat at home and how they feed their families. We are enormously proud of this – and so are they in ‘owning’ and spreading the Santé message.”
Issued on behalf of Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa.