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“A great place for renewal, relaxation and rejuvenation” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hands On Retreat
Ranked #12 of 290 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“A great place for renewal, relaxation and rejuvenation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Hands on Retreat is my perfect place to relax my mind, soothe the soul, and lift my spirit.
In a world increasingly cluttered with noise and stress, I visit Hands on Retreat repeatedly as it provides my ideal escape to relax and unwind! Karen and her friendly team, clean pretty rooms and great food....the perfect antidote!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Deseray
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We really do appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. From all of us here at Hands on Retreat we would like to thank you once again and wish you all the very best.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Our over all impression was very good. The staff are extremely friendly and warm, the food excellent, the accommodation comfortable and clean, very stylishly furnished. The setting feels like you're miles out of the city, when in fact you're in the middle of it.....it's just lovely

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DebbieOrchard
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We really do appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. From all of us here at Hands on Retreat we would like to thank you once again and wish you all the very best.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

What a delightful find in the very middle of Johannesburg's concrete and tar. Cannot believe that this lush green oasis of calm is just off a major road - you feel like you're far away from the mad bustle of the city. Tinkling windchimes, bubbling stream running through the property, bobbing ducks, plenty of nooks in the shady garden to tuck yourself away with a book - just heavenly. Lovely staff and really comfy accommodation, and the foot pamper blissed me out completely. Thank you, Hands On, for a wonderful treat.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HaleyAbrahams
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We really do appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
From all of us here at Hands on Retreat we would like to thank you once again and wish you all the very best.
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

no words can express the great time we spent at Hands on. the staff, service, garden area, food, in fact everything is perfect. its affordable, rooms are spacious and the new restaurant, great set with great food Thank you Hands on Team, i will definately see you later this year

Room Tip: Ask for a premium suite on your next visit, that is if one one avialable :)
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Juliette P
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We really do appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
From all of us here at Hands on Retreat we would like to thank you once again and wish you all the very best.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

Hands on Retreat is perfect for those seeking some alone time or for couples wanting to spend quality time together. The garden is dotted with sitting areas, perfect for reading a magazine and enjoying something to drink, or just listening to the trickle of the creek. The rooms are cosy, with all the amenities one would need. Although the food was lovely, it was a little disappointing that the head chef had not yet started, therefore leaving the menu quite restricted. The spa treatments that I had were fantastic, and I would definitely go back to enjoy them again.
Alesha M

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alesha M
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We really do appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the positive criticism, it is always good to know that we can improve in certain areas.
From all of us here at Hands on Retreat we would like to thank you once again and wish you all the very best.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

Like the name says... Hands on... that is the type of service you will receive from Hands on Retreat We had such a lovely stay at this beautiful venue! We are from Johannesburg and wanted to break away for 1 night without driving far and decided on Hands On Retreat! It's in the city, but as soon as you enter it feels like you are far from town with it's beautiful gardens. The staff were so quality accommodation and we just had the best experience ever! Will definitely recommend anyone to go and relax at Hands on....

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Dbreed2014
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We really do appreciate it and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We trust you had an enjoyable trip back home and look forward to welcoming you back someday in the near future.
From all of us here at Hands on Retreat we would like to thank you once again and wish you all the very best.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

From being almost decently welcomed things went down from there,as a couples retreat with a prior set schedule on our arrival none of that was layed out for us half of our stay there we were lost and had to ask every second staff member who also could not answer us. The manager was no were in sight to raise such queries and we waited the whole day just for one question to be answered. From there we literally got kicked out from the dinner room to find ourself our own food after having made a reservation the staff member threw her hands at us which made me feel very undermined. Still awaiting two of my treatments but I really just want to leave. We are a young couple but we shouldnt be treated like our money is not as good as the older married couples.spent our weekend hid away in our room because of the uncomfortable state we experienced.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Phumelele M
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HandsOn_10, Manager at Hands On Retreat, responded to this review, 16 January 2014
As the Guest house manager I was distraught to read your review on my return from holiday. I do apologize profusely for your unpleasant stay with us, as we strive to make each and every guest stay as memorable as possible.
It is a pity that you reverted to using a public platform to air your views; you have not afforded us the opportunity to make it up to you.
I suggest in future that you first lodge a complaint via email so that management can review and follow up.
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Additional Information about Hands On Retreat

Property: Hands On Retreat
Address: 4 Argyle Avenue, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 290 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hands On Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GREAT LOCATION and BEST VALUE for money! We are centrally situated in the upmarket "Parks" area of Northern Johannesburg and give easy access to our surrounding suburbs of Sandton, Rosebank, Hyde Park and Randburg whether by car or public transport. 10 Minutes drives from the Sandton and Rosebank Gautrain station and the use of UBer taxi services are advised (use code martinal if first time user to get R90 off your 1st ride).Transport can be arranged from OR Tambo, however quickest way is to use the GAUTRAIN. 6 Double on- suite rooms with private garden access, with small kitchenette ideal for LONG STAYS for the deserning business or leasure traveller. SECURE OFF STREET PARKING with own remote control. All rooms have a seperate bath and shower. 1 WHEEL CHAIR friendly room and all beds are queen size. FREE High speed internet and our ON-SITE COFFEE SHOP makes our venue ideal for breakfast and lunch meetings. WALKING distance to Hacklebrook Conference and 10 minutes drive to SANDTON Convention Center. DINNER trays by arrangements On- Site HAIRDRESSER and SPA. 5 Minutes walk to VALLEY SHOPPING Centre: Woolworths, Clicks, Bottle Store, Vodacom, Butcher, Coffee shops and Laundromat 5 mintues walk from Pick , Pay and Planett Fitness 5 minutes to KFC and Mc Dondalds take aways Delicious breakfasts are served from 7h00 to 10h00 to order on our patio which opens out onto a garden abundant of trees and bird life. You also have enough space in front of your room to enjoy our wonderful Johannesburg afternoons sipping sundowners ordered from our coffee shop Cold days are warmed by a roaring log fire in our dining room. RATES DROP FOR WEEKLY AND MONTHLY STAYS ... more   less 
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