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A sauna for total relaxation Today, with our busy lives, it is easy to get stuck into a daily routine while forgetting ourselves or each other. For an ideal escape, why not sit back and relax in a sauna? One outstanding complex in Belgium has everything needed to completely unwind; the LeegHof in Boekhoute. The LeegHof, in the north west of Belgium, is situated in the middle of the green fields of its surrounding polders. The private sauna and B&B especially caters for couples who want to spend some quality time together. Katrien Van Waes, who owns and runs it, says: “I can see guests looking visibly refreshed at the end of their visit.” Inside, the LeegHof has a steam room, infrared sauna, foot bath and relaxation corner with loungers, as well as a covered whirlpool, heated swimming pool, bucket shower and Kelo sauna outside. “The Kelo, a traditional woodfired Finnish sauna, is the pride of the complex. And because we are a private sauna, you have everything to yourself,” she says. By fusing a contemporary style with rustic elements, the complex has an inviting, spa-
TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: LEEGHOF
cious interior. Neutral tones and natural materials create a warm environment where guests feel instantly at home. It was designed and built by Van Waes herself, with help from her husband. “We wanted to create a sense of space, to help guests forget about the confinement of the daily grind. And, of course, we are surrounded by beautiful and tranquil fields.” A private, three-hour session includes the use of bath robes and towels, soaps, a footbath tablet and a cup of coffee or tea afterwards in the tea room. For complete relaxation, a sauna visit can be combined with a night’s stay in one of the LeegHof’s two spacious guest suites with views of the green surroundings.
Ultimate relaxation in a historical atmosphere TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTOS: SODAMASSAGE
At Sodamassage in Ghent, guests from all over the world are welcome to enjoy a blissful 90-minute full body massage in a charming historical atmosphere. Her customers call her the girl with the golden touch. But Sophie Darras sees herself more as a woman who turned her expertise in massage into a successful business. Having spent part of her youth in Bali, her childhood memories have become her life’s work. Launched in 2014, Sodamassage is situated in a beautiful historical house in the heart of
delightful Ghent, and promises to be the perfect pitstop for relaxation. A moment of pure indulgence for the senses and adaptable to the personal wishes of each client, the standard full body massages take about 90 minutes. “With a special eye for the customer and most of all a keep-it-simple mentality, I start each massage with a short chat with my client,” Sophie explains. “Paying attention to a customer’s wishes and needs forms the essence of reaching the vital goal of ultimate relaxation.” A standard massage combines both western and oriental massaging techniques, which can be adapted to the client’s needs. Couples massages are offered too. An appointment at the massage centre, which is open seven days a week, can be easily booked via the website. Sodamassage offers unique gift vouchers in the form of a pebble. “The story behind the stone is that once it is given to you, you will return to the place the stone comes from.”
Do you have what it takes to become a masseuse? Sodamassage welcomes open applications.
Situated in the same building as Sodamassage, guests can find the unique concept of the BoekBar: a bar where books can be discussed whilst enjoying a good Belgian beer.
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