Terres d’Afrique crée les traitements du Gorilla’s Nest Rwanda

Gorilla’s Nest Spa (c) One and Only

C’est la rencontre de deux beaux univers dont nous vous avons déjà parlé ici : la marque spa Terres d’Afrique et l’hôtel spa Gorilla’s Nest, la seconde adresse du groupe One and Only au Rwanda, inauguré en novembre 2019. 

Un luxe intimiste.

Terres d’Afrique confirme sa collaboration avec le groupe hôtelier One and Only en concevant le menu de soins du nouvel hôtel de luxe, à couper le souffle, le Gorilla’s Nest, lové au pied de la chaîne de volcans des Virunga, au Rwanda.  L’hôtel est le point de départ idéal pour une rencontre exceptionnelle et intime avec les majestueux gorilles de montagne, en voie de disparition, que l’on ne trouve en liberté et dans son propre habitat naturel que dans cette partie du monde.  C’est aussi la découverte de la culture des populations locales et des autres richesses naturelles, comme les lacs volcaniques. 

Des soins inspirés du café et des treks en montagne.

Le One & Only Spa, en partenariat avec la marque sud-africaine Terres d’Afrique, offrira à ses clients des traitements holistiques utilisant des ingrédients africains à base de plantes. Le spa dispose de deux suites de traitement dans un bâtiment privé. Les clients auront la possibilité de choisir des traitements longs ou localisés à une zone spécifique du corps.  Des traitements exclusifs, uniquement disponibles au One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, rendront hommage au lieu, s’inspirant de la population locale et de l’environnement.

  • Forest Coffee and Coconut. Inspiré par la richesse du café rwandais, ce soin Forest Coffee et Coco commence par un scrub pour le corps à base de café et de noix de coco pour adoucir et revigorer votre peau. Le gommage est suivi d’un massage complet du corps, équilibrant et détoxifiant, associant mouvements de drainage lymphatique et acupression, qui détoxifie et active les capacités curatives naturelles du corps, tandis que l’utilisation de graines de café chauffées soulage les tensions musculaires
  • Post Trek & Travel Gorilla’s Nest. Le traitement est conçu comme un traitement de récupération pour les invités après la difficile randonnée en montagne pour voir les gorilles, traverser des paysages magiques et escalader des volcans épiques.

L’espace wellness, c’est aussi le Club One dont les installations comprennent une salle de relaxation, une piscine chauffée en plein air ainsi qu’un centre de remise en forme avec hammam et sauna. Il y a aussi un pool-bar proposant des options saines avec des jus de fruits se transformant, en soirée, en cocktails.

Infos Gorilla’s Nest One & Only: https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/gorillas-nest

Infos Terres d’Afrique: https://www.terres-dafrique.com/fr/

Discover Amani Spa Kigali and its exclusive Rasul.

rasul radisson blu kigali

Once again, a great news from Kigali for all the wellness lovers! Carlson Rezidor has opened a Radisson Blu hotel in Kigali (Rwanda) that features a spa operated by Amani. As an exclusivity: a Rasul Signature Treatment.   It seems that Central Africa acquires its pedigree in the spa world industry!

Hospitality industry and luxury spa: the winning combination.

« This new opening in Rwanda further strengthens our position in East-Africa and on the African continent,” said Andrew McLachlan, senior vice president of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Africa is our biggest growth market and Radisson Blu is Europe’s largest upper upscale brand.  The opening in Kigali solidifies the brand’s pole position and supports our long-term growth strategy in Africa. »

The adjacent Radisson Blu hotel buildings equally impress with their thoughtful and emblematic design: surrounded by multi-colored bands they hint at ancient Rwandan baskets. While the convention center and the hotel’s location in close proximity to government institutions is ideal for business, the Radisson Blu hotel Kigali is also the perfect base for leisure travellers to explore Rwanda’s incredible biodiversity, wildlife and natural beauty. After all it’s not for nothing that the country is often referred to as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’. Plus, it’s one of the few places in the world where tourists can track the famous mountain gorillas!  And after a long day out, go to the spa and relax !

Amani: the African Spa.

Radisson Blu has opted for the South African spa brand Amani.  The name Amani means ‘peace and harmony’ in Swahili, and the spa aims to create a sense of inner peace, to help people reconnect with themselves and to improve their quality of life.  Their 360° philosophy of beauty, health and wellness embraces physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Amani’s vision is to create unique African spa with the enchanting ambience and spirit of Africa reflected in the treatments and in the natural elements and textures of the décor.  Since 2006, they are specialised in luxury spas in exclusive lodges and hotels.

The spa includes one double and two single treatment rooms, as well as male and female saunas and steam rooms.   Exclusivity: you will find in the spa an exotic mosaic tiled rasul.  The hotel also includes a fitness centre equipped with high-tech cardiovascular and weight-training facilities.

Exclusive Signature Treatment: The Rasul Steam Cocoon. 

The Rasul Steam Cocoon is an Arabian-inspired treatment using therapeutic mud to cocoon the body.  This ancient Arabic cleansing ritual uses mineral-rich mud, heat and steam.  The treatment takes place in an exotic mosaic tiled rasul where the heat of the steam activates absorption of minerals.  It helps in eliminating toxins, conditions and tones the skin and relaxes the muscles.

Do not confuse Rasul and Hammam!

Hammams and Rasuls are both kinds of tiled steam room.

Rasuls are usually private chambers used for mud treatments.  You coat yourself in different kinds of mud, and then go into the Rasul to steam in it.  Slathered in mineral-rich muds, you sit in a tiled steam room for around 15 minutes. Afterwards you are either douched by a therapist or else shower yourself down in cool water.  It’s a great treatment for priming your body for a massage which will then be more effective, as the therapist can get deep into the warmed muscle more easily.

Note that spelled « rassoul, rhassoul or ghassoul”, we talk about the brown volcanic mud, not the room!

A hammam can be either one tiled herbal steam room with diffusion of essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint or pine) or a suite of steam rooms and pools for communal use, each offering different waters and benefits. Your visit may include a rigorous soap-wash and scrub, and a short massage with essential oils.


Image d’inspiration – Rasul  © Landmark Oriental Spa Hong Kong

Wellness : Kigali introduces walk-to-work days

kigali walk to work healty

Rwanda’s capital Kigali was nicknamed ‘Little Europe’ by Europeans and Asians for its ambitious plans and neatness.  And Kigali city has scored another first: the city has announced a regular car free days. According to the city mayor, particular streets will be closed off for car use to allow people walk to work.

 No cars on streets. 

Last Sunday was the second car free day in Kigali. Residents had fun using roller, skates, skating boards and bicycles to get around the city.

Rwanda is renowned for community initiative called umunsi w’omuganda. On the day, all able-bodied people between 18 and 65 are required to participate in the clean-up exercise in their communities.

The car free days are aimed at “encouraging mass sports and exercise along the affected route through introducing the much anticipated green transport and green city,” according to City Mayor Monique Mukaruliza.

Be fit, be healthy

“In a bid to promote healthy lifestyle for the residents of Kigali, the City authorities have introduced mass sports and exercises, to encourage people to walk, jog as well as ride bicycles. It is in this context that we have introduced a yearly  (and now monthly) car-free day” he says.  « We realized that there had of diseases, hypertension, diabetes, that increase in the level of statistics, those who live in Kigali. And with the practice of physical activity , we can fight against these NCDs.  »

In tents erected for the occasion, dozens of Rwandans are invited to test their blood sugar free or have their blood pressure . This car-free morning session will now renew every first Sunday of the month.


Orignial post by Watchdog Report


Estée Lauder targets Rwanda with MAC Cosmetics

(c) M.A.C.

(c) M.A.C.

With more than 20 stores across Sub Saharan Africa, US cosmetic conglomerate Estée Lauder is now eyeing the Rwandese market.

According to Euromonitor International, the combined Kenyan, Ugandan and Tanzanian cosmetic market is worth $152m and is projected to grow to $231m by 2018. With its eye on this prize, Estée Lauder is slated to target the landlocked country of Rwanda early next year. The company will target high-end malls to set up shops, such as the Kigali city tower and Rujugiro building among others.


Source: Cosmetics Business

Wellness: le Mountain Tea – Rwanda

panafrican beauty rwanda mountain tea

Vert, noir, blanc, rouge : le thé est une des boissons les plus bues au monde.  Le continent africain est aujourd’hui un acteur important dans le marché mondial du thé.  Riche en polyphénols (anti-oxydants), en vitamines (C, E, B), en minéraux (potassium, magnésium, phosphore), en oligo-éléments (cuivre, fer) et en théine, cette boisson naturelle et parfumée a des effets bénéfiques sur la santé.

Terroir :

Au cœur des « mille collines », le Rwanda possède un sol acide et volcanique ainsi que des conditions climatiques tempérées (15 à 21°c) qui favorisent la culture du thé, particulièrement dans les régions de montagne situées entre 2000 et 2500m d’altitude (plantations Rubaya, Nyabihu et le fameux Kitabi).  Même si sa production reste mineure à l’échelle mondiale, le Rwanda offre des thés de très bonne qualité.

Dégustation :

Saveur et arôme : goût riche, gras, corsé, arôme puissant, terreux.

Témpérature de l’eau : 90*C

Temps d’infusion :  5min