Thinking about the perfect spot for a romantic escape? Take a journey to the four corners of the earth with The Body Shop’s Spa of the World Collection and discover exotic holiday and honeymoon destinations perfect for beachside relaxation, cultural escapes or some serious adventure, not to mention incredible products using locally sourced ingredients to make your trip a perfectly pampered one.
Honeymoon Highlight Take a trip to Provence and walk among the magnificent fields of lavender, in bloom between June and August, after which it is harvested. Pay a visit to one of the distilleries to see how this purple gem is processed to produce lavender oils and extracts, which are used to make soaps, fragrance cosmetics and of course as precious scents in perfumery. Lavender is even part of the local cuisine, and delicacies such as Lavender Honey and Lavender Sorbet offer a real treat for the palate.
Pamper pick The Body Shop Spa of The World French Lavender Massage Oil (R175)
Honeymoon Highlight Get behind the wheel of a 4×4 and navigate your way through some of the most beautiful safari spots on the continent. Wildlife meccas such as Etosha National Park offer a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget – from luxury lodges to rough and ready camp sites. Spend your days tracking down wildlife in search of that perfect photo opportunity, and enjoy relaxing evenings around a lapa at sunset, sampling local fare and recalling the day’s highlights.
Pamper pick The Body Shop Spa of the World African Ximenia Scrub (R275)
Honeymoon Highlight If you’re feeling adventurous, grab your backpack and hit the trails of the Ourika Valley. It’s one of the country’s most popular areas for activities such as hiking, and swimming in the waterfalls. It’s also close to Marrakesh, making it the ideal place to visit for a few days away from the heat of the city. And if you’re after an adrenaline rush, you’ll find some of the best skiing Morocco has to offer in the nearby village of Tacheddirt, and Oukaïmeden – the highest ski resort in Africa.
Pamper pick The Body Shop Spa of the World Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay (R195)
The Dead Sea, Mediterranean
Honeymoon Highlight Pack a cossie, coat yourself from top to toe in the mineral-rich black mud, lie back and relax, and let the healing powers of this ancient oasis get to work while you chill out. The Dead Sea has attracted visitors for thousands of years and has become a popular destination for tourists wishing to experience the ultimate in floatation. It’s the lowest point on earth at over 400m below sea level and has the highest concentration of salt in the world, which is what provides its buoyant nature.
Pamper pick The Body Shop Spa of the World Dead Sea Salt Scrub (R275)
Honeymoon Highlight Grab your partner, don a floral lei and sway to the beat as you learn the island’s most famous dance, the Hula. There are various forms of this popular dance, traditionally taught by a hula teacher or kumu hula or at a school called a hula halau. Once you’re finished working up a sweat, take a dip in the ocean before enjoying local entertainment with a traditional luau. Feast on local favourites like kalua pig and coconut pudding while you listen to live music and enjoy true Island-life.
Pamper pick The Body Shop Spa of the World Hawaiian Kukui Cream (R320)
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Honeymoon Highlight Set sail on the ultimate romantic experience with a trip on a luxury yacht or catamaran in the pristine waters of Rangiroa Lagoon. Whether just for the afternoon or for a whole week of total bliss, this is one honeymoon destination you’ll never forget. Enjoy ocean activities like swimming, snorkeling, diving and kayaking, or simply sit back and sip slowly on an exotic cocktail or two while taking it all in on deck. A sensual, romantic body massage is the perfect way to unwind and end the day.
Pamper pick The Body Shop Spa of the World Tahitian Orchid Massage Oil (R175)
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