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LIFESTYLE: Travel: Green is the new black

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Found along kilometers of unspoilt beach is an intimate luxury hotel and spa where nature keeps guests enchanted

It’s what people are talking about, shopping for and, of course, growing – organic produce is the way to go and although it’s trendy, it’s by no means a fad; it’s a lifestyle. As health and wellbeing are the essence at Prana Lodge private beach estate and spa, this five-star Wild Coast haven has recently added to its wellness offering by introducing a flourishing herb garden on its premises.

With a background in health and a fascination with alternative and natural healing, owner Gail Davidson decided to put her passion for gardening and beautiful plants into practice at Prana Lodge. She believes that the secret to the success of their herb garden lies in the preparation of the beds and soil. She follows the organic philosophy and the companion planting method. Furthermore, the lodge grows and makes their own composts and fertilisers so as to eliminate harmful sprays, dangerous poisons and chemical fertilisers.

The garden is rich in lavender, pelargonium and lemongrass that are grown and used throughout the lodge and wellness spa. Carrying the nutritious benefits of fresh ingredients through to the kitchen, virtually all of the herbs and vegetables grown are used in the dishes prepared by the Prana Lodge chefs. These ingredients include a wide selection of herbs and green vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, rocket, basil, mustard, coriander, beetroots, bay leaf, and rosemary, as well as several varieties of herbs. Aloe vera, garlic and ginger are also grown, together with roses, calendulas and nasturtiums and violets.

The Prana Lodge chefs love taking walks through the garden several times during the day to pick fresh ingredients for their incredible dishes which are defined by a generous inclusion of raw ingredients that exude Asian flavours balanced with French flair.

Expanding on it wellbeing component, Prana Lodge plans to extend the herb garden and to build a Zen garden, as well as a labyrinth and a walking and exercise pathway, through their gardens and forest to offer guests the all-round benefits of nature itself.

The five-star small luxury hotel and spa is located on a 21-kilometre stretch of unspoilt beach. It has seven luxury executive suites, each with a private garden and plunge pool.

For more information, contact

Prana Lodge on +27 43 704 5100 or info@pranalodge.co.za. Alternatively, visit www.pranalodge.co.za