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"Since we were intent on disconnecting from our hectic lifestyle, we embraced all this Karoo town had to offer. We meditated in mountain pools; had aromatherapy massages and Reiki with the wonderfully kind Valentine Reinecke at the Biljia Cana Wellness Retreat; pitted our artistic talents against one another with our pottery, painting and creativity workshop with Brent Phillips-White; and ate ourselves into a stupor!

"Karoo hospitality is food related: we bought incredible fresh yoghurt and an assortment of cheeses from Gay's Dairy; ate mountains of Karoo lamb and boerekos (hearty farmer meals) at the Karoo Kombuis, and submitted to the most heavenly breakfasts

"The days seem endless and the hours long in Prince Albert. The locals have their own rhythm and it's not hard to succumb to the pace and charm of the town. The sun is warm, the water cold, the sunsets glorious and the night sky inspiring."

Cape Review magazine, May 2001

"The next time you're en route to your annual holiday destination in the Cape, you might well consider a overnight stop at Bijlia Cana, a charming, turn-of-the-century, Karoo-style home. The only danger would be that you might find yourself staying another night, maybe two or three, although danger is hardly the correct word when you consider the recharge you'll be giving your batteries.

"'People can stay for as long as they wish,' says Valentine, 'and very often they do. We've had people arrive for a night and, two weeks later, they're still here.'

"Using aromatherapy, shiatsu, polarity therapy, reflexology and Reiki, Valentine offers detox, stress release and healing massage. If that isn't enough to make you feel on top of the world, then have a facial, or visit the meditation room and, if it sounds like an overnight stop will revitalise you, then imagine what a holiday here will do for the tired old batteries. Let alone attending one of their workshops."

South African Country Life magazine, July 1998