Brookdale Health Hydro

Enjoy the soothing and pampering treatments that have become our hallmark, together with the gentle, unobtrusive care of qualified staff



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Brookdale brings the soothing elements of nature together to restore the mind, body, and soul…
Here calming fragrances and soft music greet you. Don a plush robe and take a moment to unwind in one of our lounges or outdoor relaxation areas as you embark on the journey to total relaxation.
Allow us the opportunity to indulge your senses, fulfill your simplest request and heighten your sense of well-being.

We look forward to your visit.

Let us help you maximize your greatest asset – your health.
Brookdale is committed to creating memorable experiences for our guests, and focuses on providing an escape from the stresses of everyday life. We offer a quiet place where physical health and mental well-being can be restored to their balance.

Take time out at your complete health retreat.
In the quaint village of Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands… Retreat to the tranquillity of Brookdale, a haven bordered by forest and farmland with a meandering stream…Allow us to give you the gift of health. THE BROOKDALE MISSION
To promote wellness and lifestyle management through diet, exercise and stress relief to anyone who desires to improve their lifestyle through superior, highly trained and dedicated staff, in a congenial and tranquil environment.

We are not a ‘spa’ attached to a hotel or game lodge, but a REAL Hydro offering a holistic health package designed to bring balance into your life, encouraging guests to take charge and invest in their wellbeing. Our outcomes-based program provides information and simple routines to help keep you healthy all year round.
Our composite, easy-to-manage Nutrifit program devised by physiologist Rob Cowling is based on healthy eating, moderate regular exercise and stress management. While you learn about this balanced lifestyle in the tranquil environment, enjoy the soothing and pampering treatments that have become our hallmark, together with the gentle, unobtrusive care of qualified staff.

Our History

In 1989, Tony and Wendy Somers-Cox, your hosts at Brookdale, discovered the potential of this special place. The estate was intensively developed over a period of 18 months and opened in 1992 as Brookdale Health Hydro. Through the years, the facilities are constantly and unobtrusively upgraded to ensure that Brookdale remains the leader in its field of health and wellbeing. Through passion and commitment, Brookdale has grown from twelve rooms to twenty-two rooms ranging from Standard rooms to Forest Suites. The realization of this dream has come with the opening of an indoor heated pool and wet area – too beautiful to describe. This complements the existing outdoor swimming pool, facilities, and rest areas. A separate Day Spa facility opened during 2001 for day treatments.

Hydro Myths

I’ll be Hungry all the Time: One of the main attractions for Brookdale guests is the food! We offer three appetizing, balanced meals, as well as morning and afternoon snacks daily. The calorie content of food is controlled, according to our nutrition plan, but meals are delicious and well presented. Recipes are available in our cookbooks to maintain healthy eating at home. Fasting is not encouraged.

It Will be too Expensive: Our reasonable rates are often a major drawcard for new visitors. Accommodation is tastefully appointed and well equipped to ensure a warm, cozy environment. Your stay will include all meals, a selection of treatments (varying with different packages), use of all our facilities, exercise classes, informative talks, and a make-up demo.

Hydros are for the Rich and Famous: If your fellow guests are rich and famous it’s unlikely that you’ll know – as everyone enjoys the same Brookdale experience and feels fantastic after a couple of days! People come to de-stress from demanding jobs, from juggling work and family, to recover from illness or even to take a study break.

Hydros are Not a Place for Men: Men should care about managing stress – to consider their appearance and to say ‘Time out for me!’ Men now make up over 30% of Brookdale’s clientèle and it is encouraging that more are making a Hydro visit part of their annual de-stress routine. All men are welcome at our Hydro – from action sportsmen to the stressed-out business exec.

I’ll be Bored Not at Brookdale! From the time you step into your comfortable (optional) white gown, you will begin enjoying heavenly treatments, participating in forest walks, attending aquacise or relaxation classes, listening to informative talks, chatting to new friends, curling up on the couch with a good book or snoozing in front of a fire during winter. Gowrie Estate offers golf right next door, and fly fishing, cycling, birding, horse riding, and tennis are all available in the area.

It Will be Stricter than a Boarding School: Feel free to follow your own schedule although we encourage you to take full advantage of joint activities. The group dynamic that builds over your time at Brookdale helps you realize that you are not alone in establishing a healthier lifestyle. You are able to relax, be less self-critical and more likely to enjoy every minute. There is no strict regime at Brookdale but to help you relieve the build-up of toxins, alcohol, and caffeine are not served. Guests are free to smoke outdoors in allocated areas.

Our Day Spa in Nottingham Road is separate from the main Hydro and is a popular choice with guests who are pressed for time or are simply looking to escape for the day.

The Day Spa is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm (including public holidays) providing you with ample opportunity to spend the day or to enjoy an hour or two of pure bliss.
It offers a wonderful chance to catch up with a friend in these busy times.
Advance bookings are essential due to limited numbers. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of treatment.

We offer the perfect alternative to conventional gifts with Gift Vouchers available for family, friends, colleagues, or as incentives in the workplace. These vouchers can be redeemed for stays at the Hydro or treatments at the Day Spa, or they can be used for shop purchases.”

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