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NOV 2014

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28 DAYSPA | NOVEMBER 2014 SPA HOPPING me to enjoy the sauna for 15 minutes. Inside, I met a lovely grandmother who was savoring a sit before fetching her brood from a nearby school. My sauna session fi nished, I took some fi ltered water, donned my robe and sandals, and followed my therapist to a treatment room. Thin, gauzy curtains let in diffused city light, and the heated bed was perfectly comfort- able—not too warm as I had feared. (In my experience, the defi nition of "cold" differs near the Equator!) Lulled by the lavender oil and Macharia's fi rm, confi - dent strokes, I could feel my trip-induced stress dimin- ish. My adventure to Nairobi had involved about 24 hours of travel. Plus, my stubborn refusal to hire a taxi and decision to haul my heavy bags instead had led to serious muscular tension in need of easing. At the end of my treatment, Macharia led me back to the locker room where I relished an overhead rain shower, all the while knowing that soon I would be traveling to places in East Africa where cold-water bucket baths are the norm. For travelers, who comprise about 30% of The Boma's visitors, services at Zoezi can serve as a sooth- ing end to a rough-and-tumble safari, or a calming ad- dition to a business trip. And as for the 70% of The Boma's guests who live nearby in Nairobi, the spa staff is charged with a deceptively simple challenge: to con- vince them to spend their hard-earned money on self- care. These residents may not know that they need moments of escape from the city's buzz, but whoever visits the area can see that if anyone needs a respite from traffi c, congestion and hassle, Nairobians do. For- tunately for them—and for the people aided by Kenya Red Cross—Zoezi Spa is there to help. Liz Granger (lizgranger.com) is a freelance writer based in Wilmington, North Carolina, by way of Omaha, Chicago and Uganda. Unique design elements featuring curved lines can be seen throughout the facility. PHOTOS COURTESY LIZ GRANGER

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