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“A Treat Every Time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hands On Retreat Craighall

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Hands On Retreat Craighall
4 Argyle Avenue CRAIGHALL | Sandton, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #25 of 233 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Johannesburg
1 review
“A Treat Every Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hands on Retreat has become one of my favourite locations, I was also unaware that a place of this uniqueness existed in JHB. Your senses are the main parts that get treated- Beautifull surroundings, decor, spa treatments, the food. The staff are very hospitable and they are so friendly making them easy to approach. Even the team one only speaks to over the phone and never see are such customer oriented people and go out of their way.

This venue has such a romantic vibe, great for a couple's getaway!

See you soon Hands On!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
We are delighted that you discovered our haven in the city, we hope to see you again soon. Thanks for this great review.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sandton, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We just want to THANK all of you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful stay on Saturday 2 Feb 2013. We stayed around the corner for many years and never knew a place like this existed. Compliments to the Chef all the food we had was mouth watering. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. During our stay we had breakfast, lunch, 4 course dinner, 7 spa treatments, we made use of the private hot tub... and our room was lovely where we slept over. We couldnt ask for anything more. We will be back! Regards Odette and Alexander

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Thank you for this wonderful review, its our goal to offer as many outlets of relaxation as possible and we are delighted that you got to try so many. Hope to see you again soon,.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Quaint little 'rustic' place in the heart of the city. The service was 5-star and the staff bent backwards to accommodate us, especially Karin. Great massages & treatments! We had a wonderful time and would recommend to all.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We are delighted that you enjoyed you stay with us, we hope to have you back soon. Thank you for this great review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

A huge THANK YOU to Karin and her brilliant team for a special time at 'Hands on Retreat'.The hospitality,care and exceptional Spa experience added the special touch to make my stay unforgettable!
Deseray

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
It is always our pleasure, come back soon to make some more unforgettable memories. Thanks for this great review.
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Vereeniging, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

A Big thank you from us (Omri Cronje & Talita Cronje) for making our stay so memorable and absolutely amazing.

Luxury, pampering, and friendly, are all words which describe the decadent spa. It's a warm hidden sanctuary, perfect for those needing a luxurious escape. The friendly masseuses creating a homey, yet classy atmosphere. Our Romantic couple treatments were great from friday night till sunday.

I'm so glad we had an opportunity to enjoy and experience the service at Hands on Retreat, Sandton. The place is absolutely amazing, love the green trees, and Rose gardens.


A HUGE thanks to Karin and team for making us feel so safe whilst there, and also to our personal Chef- Jean Pierre, your food were DEVINE!!!!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Thank you for this fantastic review, we are so glad that we could accommodate you. Best of luck with your pregnancy, we hope to see you back here for the full experience when you need to unwind again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Planning my trip at the last minute was rather stressful but once we arrived at Hands on Retreat I immediately felt relaxed and at peace. I could not believe that a place so tranquil would be in the middle of JHB. It felt like we were in another province and a million miles away from the nearest town.

The staff were very accommodating and friendly which was great and also allowed us to ease into our room rather well.

I am also pleased to say a big Thank you to Karin for been so flexible regarding our booking and the spa treatment which we needed the next day and not on arrival. The breakfast was lovely and I am very happy they could wait until after our spa treatment and gave no fuss of this.

All and all a splendid stay at Hands on Retreat. I will definitely be back and perhaps with the same person but not as friends this time. A great place to relax and let go of all the stresses in life and just have some fun and spark some romance back into ones love life.

Thank you to Karin and her staff for a great experience.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at our oasis in the city, it is always our pleasure to accommodate you in every way we can. We can't wait to have you back again, and perhaps next time you can book a romantic picnic for two with a love a letter kit. Thanks for the great review.
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Polokwane, South Africa
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The grounds and rooms are very romantic, and totally unexpected for the middle of Sandton. The room had everything that you would need for a one night stay. I booked the room on very short notice, and was very happy they could help me, as I would not have been able to make use of the groupon voucher otherwise.

I was very pregnant, so could not experience the massage, but my husband had only good things to say about he's session. I did make use of the onsite hairdresser, who was wonderful. Breakfast was just enough, and all the staff very friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat Craighall, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Thank you for this fantastic review, we are so glad that we could accommodate you. Best of luck with your pregnancy, we hope to see you back here for the full experience when you need to unwind again.
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Address: 4 Argyle Avenue CRAIGHALL | Sandton, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 233 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Need "me" or "us" time? This 4 star RETREAT AND SLEEP SPA with a COUNTRY LIKE FEELING IN THE MIDDLE OF SANDTON is just the answer to destress ! Situated only 10 minutes from Sandton and Rosebank Gautrain Station (R80 per transfer). On-site Spa, hair and beauty salon with a coffee shop serving teas, romantic picnic baskets, breakfast, lunch and high teas. Centrally situated to Hyde Park, Randburg, Sandton,Rosebank, Illovo and Parktown. 6 en-suite bedrooms with garden entrance all with shower and bath,mini kitchenette, bar fridge,flat screen TV with built in DVD. Extra length queen sized beds with under floor heating. Outside garden Jacuzzi (weather permitting) Friendly and very helpful staff. Wheel chair friendly. Owner managed.Home away from home. Sorry strictly no children under 13 :( ... more   less 
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