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“A little piece of Heaven just around the corner from Sandton”
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Hands On Retreat
Ranked #5 of 293 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sandton, South Africa
2 reviews
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“A little piece of Heaven just around the corner from Sandton”
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
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, 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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Reviewed February 3, 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
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, 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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Reviewed November 19, 2012

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
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, November 20, 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
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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
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, 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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Reviewed November 11, 2012

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
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, November 18, 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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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
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, 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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Reviewed October 29, 2012

My husband and I and our couple friends booked for full body hot stone massages on Saturdays. The set up of the spa as you drive in is a bit shocking when you the gate opens up and you see the wendy houses which are the treatment rooms. Once inside the rooms it isnt so bad. there's a bit of ambiance. the towels looked like they've been used and didnt look fresh. the massage wasnt so great. the therapist couldnt maintain the same pressure and used far too much oil. Also she didnt spend much time on my back which I think its the vital point of a full body massage. The pics on the ad are misleading. Anyway I guess it was worth the money we paid as we bought it on groupon. However we will not be going back in a hurry.

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Property: Hands On Retreat
Address: 4 Argyle Avenue, 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 Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 293 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hands On Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GREAT LOCATION and BEST VALUE for money! We are centrally situated in the upmarket "Parks" area of Northern Johannesburg and give easy access to our surrounding suburbs of Sandton, Rosebank, Hyde Park and Randburg whether by car or public transport. 10 Minutes drives from the Sandton and Rosebank Gautrain station and the use of UBer taxi services are advised (use code martinal if first time user to get R90 off your 1st ride).Transport can be arranged from OR Tambo, however quickest way is to use the GAUTRAIN. 6 Double on- suite rooms with private garden access, with small kitchenette ideal for LONG STAYS for the deserning business or leasure traveller. SECURE OFF STREET PARKING with own remote control. All rooms have a seperate bath and shower. 1 WHEEL CHAIR friendly room and all beds are queen size. FREE High speed internet and our ON-SITE COFFEE SHOP makes our venue ideal for breakfast and lunch meetings. WALKING distance to Hacklebrook Conference and 10 minutes drive to SANDTON Convention Center. DINNER trays by arrangements On- Site HAIRDRESSER and SPA. 5 Minutes walk to VALLEY SHOPPING Centre: Woolworths, Clicks, Bottle Store, Vodacom, Butcher, Coffee shops and Laundromat 5 mintues walk from Pick , Pay and Planett Fitness 5 minutes to KFC and Mc Dondalds take aways Delicious breakfasts are served from 7h00 to 10h00 to order on our patio which opens out onto a garden abundant of trees and bird life. You also have enough space in front of your room to enjoy our wonderful Johannesburg afternoons sipping sundowners ordered from our coffee shop Cold days are warmed by a roaring log fire in our dining room. RATES DROP FOR WEEKLY AND MONTHLY STAYS ... more   less 
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