The new year is just over a week old and you are already fatigued. The high-cal, high-fat festive foods have left you a kilo heavier. Adding to the post-holiday blues, very soon you are expected to deliver a turnaround strategy for 2018 to the management team. You are not feeling well, your body groans. Your friends tout Hoogland Hydro, an hour away from Johannesburg in the Schurveberg Mountains. "It will change your life," they enthuse. So you book a week. Hoogland Health Hydro is on the largest private game park in Gauteng, 480ha of game, rare plants and protected flora and fauna. Less than an hour away is the Magaliesberg Biosphere, the nature reserve and Unesco heritage site. There is plenty of water and it is high in calcium and magnesium, thanks to the dolomite vein running underground. The surrounding Schurveberg mountains funnel rain water down to the spa, while the nearby Hennops River saturates the ground so it doesn’t leach from the berg. This is no ordinary tourist spa d...

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