The new SanAquam Private Residents' Club was launched recently on a majestic 723 hectare site in the Drakensberg. A first for South Africa, the development includes a previously untried concept of combining leisure, property, wellness and nature experience and embraces the Ayrurvedic way. The plan is to offer a product that incorporates a national footprint of Urban Sanctuaries, five star Ayurvedic Retreats in the mountains as well as in Gauteng's Muldersdrift and a premium property investment portfolio purposefully developed to answer societal leanings towards a 'Life Balanced.'
"The SanAquam Ayurvedic Retreat is being developed on unspoilt land in the uKhahlamba – Drakensburg Park," says SanAquam CEO Anil Govind. "It is a stunning site with mountain and valley vistas and superb streams, waterfalls and caves. The area also has an amazing spiritual energy, which aligns perfectly with the esoteric nature of our unique offering."
The Cathkin Park property in the Drakensberg provides a unique blend of historical and natural vistas and with its prime location close to established vacation destinations of the Drakensburg Sun and the Champagne Sports Resort, the acquisition of the Bell Farm property marks a pivotal point in the roll out of the spa development plans of the AQ Group for the next five years.
The Drakensberg-based destination retreat will be developed in four phases, with the initial roll-out of a 25 key lodge, 10 Private Residents' Club suites, Ayurvedic treatment centre, and a functions centre. Phase two, due to come on stream in 2008, will comprise of 18 luxurious, 220 square metre Private Residents Club villas with a private spa treatment room. This will be followed by the main lodge and spa which will incorporate a 45 key lodge, 20 suite private residents club, expansive Ayurvedic Spa Retreat, an executive conference facility, a children's centre and outdoor sports activities. A gallery and museum will be located in the fully restored, original farm house, Driefontein Cottage. Sensitively positioned meditation and yoga platforms are located throughout the site. The resort will be characterised by low density development and will have a strong environmental focus.
"Lifestyle options that encourage time out, time to breathe and just to be is the way of the future," comments Dr Geraldine Mitton, founder of Vino therapy and international wellness specialist and consultant to the AQ Group.
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