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On the water

FIVE-STAR BREAK What Hilton Windhoek Where Cnr Michael Scott St & Sam Nujoma Ave, Windhoek, +264-61-296-2929, hilton.com Why we love it As Namibia’s first five-star hotel, the Hilton Windhoek lives up to the luxury hotel chain’s hallmark hospitality. Whether it’s the presidential suite or the standard rooms, every space is treated with keen attention to detail and caters to a guest’s every need – complete with three telephones (yes, even in the WC!). The X-Factor The rooftop Skybar next to the sundeck and heated lap pool offers guests the ideal spot for cocktails and light snacks while enjoying the spectacular views. THAT’S LIFE... What C’est La Vie self-catering cottages Where 21 Hemelhoog St, Kersbosstrand, Dwarskerbos, West Coast, 021-975-7503cestlavieza.com Why we love it An ideal secret escape, C’est La Vie is situated only 140km north of Cape Town on the West Coast crayfish route – fantastic in season! The top-floor balcony, with its breathtaking views of the beach and horizon, is perfect for soaking up some sun and enjoying the fresh sea air. Tortoises wander in the garden downstairs and early-morning risers are likely to see dolphins playing in the breakers. The X-Factor A natural reef forms a barrier in the ocean here, creating absolute tranquillity – a restful respite from city living and a great place for a family holiday. NATURE RETREAT What Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa Where Richmond, Kwa-Zulu Natal, 033-212-9418/9, dumamanzi.co.za Why we love it Situated on the banks of the Mkomazi River in a peaceful valley an hour from Durban, the 5 000ha reserve is home to leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a host of other animals, as well as over 300 species of birds – spot them on game drives or use the time to languish in your own private pool. The X-Factor A visit to the spa, with its menu of treatments. Request the therapy suite, which opens out over the river and overlooks the sandstone cliffs. SPA OF THE MONTH The doyenne of Durban spas, Jennifer Eales, is expanding into intimate satellite spas and the newest at Canelands Beach Club in Salt Rock has opened just in time for summer. Four treatment rooms lead off a sheltered courtyard beside the sleek 10-bedroom hotel set above the beach. Enjoy a sensational deep relaxation massage beside the waves in a gazebo, or indulge in treatments such as classic Dermalogica cleansing facials and enzymatic sea-mud wraps. Tailored packages can include meals or teas. The hotel’s 25m lap pool with its cocktail seat is perfectly placed for dolphin-watching… Canelands Beach Club & Spa, 2 Shrimp Ln, Salt Rock, 032-525-4835 This article was originally published in the October 2011 issue of House and Leisure.