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Lifestyle
by Hazel Booth

Girl's Night Out

Female bonding in the most fundamental form

Sankayi Lounge and Club
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I’m in a coffee shop, surreptitiously watching three women of differing ages, races and backgrounds indulging in girl time, laughing and joking over cappuccinos. It’s female bonding in the most fundamental form – and let’s face it: girl time is universal. It’s the fabric of our relationships with one another because, at the heart of it, we thrive when we have our support network holding us up. And the highlight of girl time? The sacred ritual of ladies’ night. We have compiled some of the most luxurious and indulgent ways to spend ladies’ night.

Soul sisters

For a spoil with a therapeutic twist, gather your girls and book a half day at Africology Spa at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton. They offer a Circle of Friends Half Day package so that you can pamper body and soul by spending quality time with your best friends while enjoying a soothing massage. The package includes a Hydro-bath session, Copper Hot Stone Pedicure, Copper Hot Stone Manicure and lunch.

To start, you will enjoy a 30-minute Hydro-bath – a water massage which aids in improving circulation while removing lactic acid and reducing tension. For the Copper Hot Stone treatments, you and your friends will be treated to an energy-balancing copper bath and a hot stone massage, after which an African potato masque is applied.

This spoil is R900pp and can be booked at Africology Spa: call 010 226 4688 or 011 783 3248, email themaslow@africology-sa.com or visit www.africology-spa.com

After your treatments, head down to the sophisticated Lacuna Bar at the Maslow where you can enjoy a tapas-style dinner and exotic cocktails outside on the terrace. Call 010 226 4600 to book.

Chick flick

If you’re envisioning the standard movie experience with toddlers kicking your chair while you try not to spill your popcorn, Cine Prestige Rosebank will flip that notion upside down. Think luxury, think personalized service, and think superb night out with your girls laughing at a romcom or being drawn into the intricate web of the latest thriller. Enjoy a spacious cinema and a range of gourmet platters and beverages served to you in that ridiculously comfortable, fully-reclining red leather chair.

Not only does a Cine Prestige ticket get you an incredible movie experience, but what would a girls’ night be without a delectable treat or two? You will gain access into the exclusive VIP lounge where you can choose between a range of items, from red velvet cupcakes, strawberry cheesecake and Italian tiramisu to nachos, a biltong snack tray and even platters.

Cine Prestige also has the traditional sweets and snack offerings to munch on while you enjoy the movie, including popcorn, slush puppies and chocolates.

Visit www.sterkinekor.comfor upcoming shows at Cine Prestige in Rosebank as well as Cavendish, Cradlestone Mall, Gateway, Sandton and The Grove.

Drama queens

How about absorbing a little culture with a dinner and theatre package at Montecasino? From September 3 to 13, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be wowing audiences with their dance spectacular. Book seats with your best friends to witness this show which celebrates the uniqueness of African-American culture.

Montecasino offer four packages to choose from. The Standard package includes a theatre ticket and buffet dinner at Billy G. Prices are R580pp to R700pp, dependent on show time. Included in the Grand package is a theatre ticket, plus a 2-course meal or cocktail menu, for R700 to R860pp. To make sure you and your friends get great seats, the Luxury package includes a top price theatre ticket, 3-course or luxury cocktail menu, as well as a parking voucher and are priced from R870pp to R1050pp. For VIP treatment, splash out on the Platinum package, which will not only get you a top price theatre ticket, but also a private venue, canapés and a parking voucher. From R1080pp to R1260pp.

To book, email montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.comor call 011 367 4250.

Dancing divas

One of your friends has gone through a heartbreak and needs to let her hair down and dance. It’s time to break out your sexy little LBD, get your girlfriends together and head to Sankayi Lounge on Thursday night for a sizzling night of salsa dancing. With a class to get you acquainted with your right foot rather than two left feet at 8pm, you’ll learn both the basics for salsa and kizomba for R100. From 9pm, you’ll be heating up the dance floor with your new moves during the social dance session which runs till midnight. No need for a partner, just come wearing non-restrictive clothing and shoes with good support and smooth soles.

And if the salsa bug bites, you can always sign up your girlfriend for dance classes where she can expand her repertoire of moves to learn merengue, zouks, bachata and Cuban cha cha.

Sankayi Lounge and Club is at 90 Degrees Shopping Center, corner Rivonia Road and Kelvin Drive, Morningside, Sandton. There are also classes held on Mondays from 7pm at Café Sofia in Greenside and Tuesdays at Cofi in Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria.

Visit www.salsaspirit.netor call Emmanuel for more information on 071 852 1000.

Liquid diet

Does the thought of a caramelized banana martini or a candy floss margarita appeal to you? What about the idea of a mobile bar, with beverages tailored to suit your tastes made at your own private function with your friends?

For a classy cocktail soiree, order in a few platters and hire Liquid Chefs for a customized event. Choose between: a local bar – with a combination of beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks; a full bar which includes three to four types of cocktails or a cocktail-only bar stocked with fresh ingredients. For something refreshingly different, hire a coffee bar with a selection of coffees and coffee-based drinks, or a non-alcoholic and juice bar which also offers smoothies should any friends in your group be teetotallers or pregnant.

You can enjoy your favourite drinks in the safety of your own home without having to worry about the dangers of drinking and driving, and as an added bonus you only pay for the ingredients you use.

To book, call 011 887 4535, email events@liquidchefs.co.zaor visit www.liquidchefsmobile.co.za

Moonlight Magic

For a magical evening out in the Mother City, Mangwanani Spa in Zevenwacht have the perfect girls’ night waiting for you and your specials. Catch the Mangwanani Bus at Canal Walk to Zevenwacht where you can enjoy cocktails and snacks on arrival, while being entertained by African drummers and singers.

Your group will enjoy three treatments. Izimanga, a traditional full body massage, performed with hot stones to guarantee muscle relaxation; Molala is an African head, neck and shoulder massage to dissolve knots; and you will be royally treated with an African foot massage, Neo Maoto.

To round off this evening of blissful girl-time you will enjoy not only dinner but Amarula and chocolate before being ferried back to Canal Walk on the Mangwanani Bus.

Book this package for R899pp on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or for R1099pp on Friday or Saturday.

Call 021 903 0444 or visit www.mangwanani.co.za

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