Posted by: The Taj Cape Town | Posted in Spa and Recreation | on: November 30, 2009

The Jiva Grande Spa has, in the last month, really filled out. The changing rooms, saunas and vitality pools and have been completed. The beautiful indented wood panelling is up and we’re just waiting for the six modern and very spacious treatment rooms to be fitted with their very treatment-specific equipment.

In fact in a little over a month you’ll be able to select a Taj Cape Town Jiva Grande Spa signature treatment, or holistic therapy, from our range. Every Taj Cape Town Jiva Grande Spa treatment draws directly on ancient Indian healing wisdom and Ayurveda; and make use of products produced solely for Jiva Spa’s worldwide.

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Posted by: The Historian | Posted in Accommodation,Hotel | on: November 27, 2009

Thanks to our unique city centre location we’ve been able to delve into all the fascinating pieces of Cape Town history that are situated within walking distance of the Taj Cape Town.

Take for example the Iziko Slave Lodge. It is located just opposite our main entrance and it is one of the oldest remaining original slave premises in South Africa.

Built in 1679 the Iziko Slave Lodge could, at any one time, house up to 1000 Dutch East Indian Company slaves. These slaves were all used by the Company to set up Cape Town as a halfway station. A place where ships could be refueled with fresh produce, water and other necessities for the remainder of their voyage. Without these slaves Cape Town would, in all likelihood, be a far cry from the beautiful and world-renowned city it is today.

To highlight the role the slaves played in the development of Cape Town the Iziko Slave Lodge uses beautiful voice overs, poems, images, models and other devices that effectively capture the sentiment of that bygone era.

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