Life Retreat’s Weekly Round-Up


Friday is upon us once again, so it’s time for the weekly round-up of articles, competitions, product reviews, videos and more. This week has been one of new directions at Life Retreat as we look to cover more of the topics that are important to our readers, while at the same time rewarding you for your loyalty with amazing competitions featuring products that we think you will love.

If you, like us, are into spas and spa treatments, Monday’s article “Awaken Your Senses With Heavenly Spa – Westin” is for you. The Heavenly Spa at the Westin Hotel, Cape Town, has just undergone a complete refurbishment and is the perfect place if you’re in need of rest and relaxation:

“Some of the signature well-being items on the spa menu include natural aromatherapy massages, customised oils based on how you want to feel, bespoke facials, organic rooibos and lavender body wraps and therapeutic reflexology treatments for rebalance and renewal.

Beauty essentials include a full range of idyllic nail and foot care treatments from the standard manicure and pedicure to the lavish gelish application.”

Heavenly Spa

With the customisable and creative spa treatments on offer there, Heavenly Spa should be your first stop for ‘heavenly’ relaxation.


Speaking of creativity and relaxation, one of the hottest trends in the art therapy world right now is the Adult Colouring Book. If you’re looking to purchase probably the best creative colouring books on the market right now, look no further.

As well as stocking them, however, we are giving away free mandalas for you to print off and colour.

This week it was the Elephant Mandala:

“Elephants can teach us that gentleness, commitment, and communication in relationships is very powerful and necessary to keep relationships alive, trusting and loving, whether it be friends, family or partner. Deeply committed to all creatures with whom they have relationships, elephants are tough when protecting others and gentle when nurturing them.

The matriarch (the oldest, most experienced female leader of a herd) leads in a way that is both gentle and inclusive. Elephants are able to communicate telepathically. This can teach us how to truly listen to others.”

We’ve got many more free creative colouring mandalas in the coming weeks so keep an eye out!


Kick-start your skincare routine this new year with our latest competition to win a Juliette Armand Skincare Starter Pack.


The following items make up this stunning starter pack:

Hydra Action Cream

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

SunFilm Face Gel SPF 30

Dermabrasion Gel

Clarifying Mask

To enter the competition, just click here.


Organic Chocolate Scrub. Heard of that before? If not then you need to read Samantha’s latest article, “Organic Chocolate Scrub, For Your Body Not Your Mouth”.

“Believe it or not, chocolate is good for cellulite. Not if you eat it of course, but if you use it externally on your problem areas. As, chocolate contains caffeine, which increases our circulation, lymphatic system and blood flow.

I have found since using it a couple of times a week for the past month, that my skin is looking firmer, more moisturized, and younger.

Another treatment that this can be used successfully for is varicose veins. With the combination of all of the above, and the massage, it provides huge relief.”

For Your Body!

This is one of our favourite products of 2016 so far, and if you want to learn more you should read the full article and review by Samantha.


These past few weeks we’ve been shining a light on sleep disorders and people who struggle with insomnia. Did you know that number is over 50%?

That makes it a huge problem, but one that we believe can be solved. And not by taking sleeping pills. In our article “Zzz…12 Simple Steps To A Perfect Night’s Sleep” we look at some of the more natural ways to help you sleep:

“A few years ago, I carried out a large-scale survey examining the lifestyles of people who sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed. The results revealed that the secret of a great night’s sleep is surprisingly simple, and comes down to the following 12 techniques.”

Cure Yourself The Natural Way



We hope you enjoyed just some of our articles, reviews and competitions in this week’s round up. Remember to Tweet us your thoughts below, and see you next week!

The Life Retreat Team

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