Hoogland health hydro is a treat!

Jun 22, 2016 by

Needing a little time away, three  friends and I set off to Hoogland Health hydro in the Skurweberg mountains in Erasmia, Pretoria for the long weekend. Not having been for a few years, I could not remember exactly how long it took to get there, but what a delight to find that  that the journey was short and sweet. The roads are good except for a  short 7 km  stretch on sand to get to the Hydro. Family owned and run, Hoogland  feels like a home away from home. Super friendly staff and  family members greet and serve you throughout the Hydro, effortlessly going the extra mile to take care of you in ways big and small.

Upon arrival and a quick recce of our rooms, we hit the outside Jacuzzi with herbal teas and mineral waters in tow to unwind and celebrate our arrival in hydro heaven. Not being the bravest of souls we found the water a little chilly and soon moved indoors to the heated jet pool. Good move. The hot jet pool is mineral rich and gives you a great massage as you move your body in different angles over the jets. Pool noodles are on hand should you wish to just float around in whichever directions the water wants to take you (and take you it does!). Close to the jets you need to hold on to the bar on the side of the pool as you move your body around to jet-massage targeted body parts. The therapeutic cycle recommends alternating hot and cold, so we tackled the cold indoor pool next. Wow it was cold… but invigorating! Next was the steam room for some heat and  laughter, followed by a cold shower for some of us and a quick dip in the inside cold pool or outside freezing pool for others. Then back into the heat – the sauna this time – and then some rest.

Naturalwise Hoogland HydroGuided walks take place daily at 4.30pm and 7 am (in winter). This was my favourite activity.  Hoogland is set in private land in the Skurveberg mountains, and the guided walks are undertaken mostly by members of the Kruger family, who know the land and the nature therein very well.  The first walk was by Wilhelm who took us up an intimidating mountain with breathtaking views. The best part was the vote of confidence from him on completing the walk/hike that if you could complete this walk , you could complete the others.  Feeling out of shape and lacking confidence in my ability, this was a very welcomed vote of confidence. The next morning’s walk was with Annette to a set of caves, where we saw fossils and crystals. Fabulous. And then the highlight for me was the  evening and tough early morning walk  (walk to Dr Andre, run to the rest of us) !

057Many people reboot their health whilst at Hoogland with a water fast under the supervision of Dr Kruger.  Not me though – I love that someone else is cooking and prepping for me, and take great joy in the prepared food on offer. And on offer it is! Simple, relaxed and fresh. Breakfast is served buffet style from 7 am until 12pm. Lunch from 12pm to 5pm and dinner from 5pm until 8pm, with a non stop 24 hour fresh fruit buffet. Hoogland is all about relaxation and the endless buffet style meals give you the freedom to eat according to your own body clock.

The rooms are a  little dated but very comfortable.  Returning to our rooms at night we found electric blankets, heaters and bedside lamps had been turned on for us, creating a warm and welcome feeling to our rooms, each of us enjoying a restful night in our own private room with bathroom (and good size bath) en suite. The lack of city lights creates a definite darkness and the stars were far more evident  than in Jozi. Often the game on the property can be seen mulling around at the front of the Hydro in the evenings and early mornings but they didn’t visit so close this time. We did see game on most of the walks.

After the first day we each fell into our own routine. There is a lot to do at the Hydro, and you can do as much or as little as you feel like each day. Besides the daily walks, there are also lots of group classes such as breathing, meditation, yoga, aqua aerobics  and bio-danza, as well as health and nutrition talks and demo’s which are all free of charge.

There are two Jacuzzi’s (one hot indoor and one cold outdoor), a hot indoor jet pool, a cold indoor pool and a very cold outdoor pool, sitz baths, two steam rooms and two sauna’s which you use freely whenever you want. Hoogland bottles their own water which is the purest water I have tasted in a long time, and provides their bottled water free of charge to guests. Fridges are stacked with still and sparkling water throughout the hydro, as is herb tea. Coffee and regular tea can be ordered from the dining room.

For that extra pampering there is a full spa on site with a good range of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures which are chargeable extra’s.

Dr Andre Kruger is well renowned for his medical skills and many people come from all over the world to be treated by him. With his own lab and monitoring equipment on site, one is well supported to address ones health and well being.  The lifestyle consultant is freely available to chat to and can  check your weight, blood pressure, oxygen levels etc.  If you need any trauma support or just a helping hand through life’s challenges then the lovely resident clinical psychologist, Monica Kruger is on hand. There are also other professionals like chiropractors and physiotherapists on site. All in all,  Hoogland  health hydro is a fabulous place to visit and I cant wait to go back! It gets a definite thumbs up from me.

For more information on Hoogland health hydro as well as rates and booking info click http://hoogland.co.za

Note that this is an independent review by Cheryl Koorn, founder of www.naturalwise.co.za,  SA’s leading green and healthy online store.

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