As you arrive at the lodge the very first thing you will, aside from the delightful Carol, the property's manager, is the reception. However, despite its name, you will bypass this altogether and head straight for the lounge as this part of Selati is purely for check-out. The covered thatched space which looks out on to the pleasant bush beyond, has a series of smart seating areas with colonial style furniture and a few hints of decoration in the form of trinkets and local wooden items. What dominates though are the old railway station signs up on the wall, a reminder of the area's past and of the lodge's theme. Just by this salon area is the lodge's pool, a simple affair surrounded by decking and well maintained lawns with several sun loungers and parasols. Another sheltered area is located right by the pool with similar furniture, coffee tables and rugs - the perfect place to hide from the sun and read or enjoy a drink. Within the hotel's attractive grounds which boast towering trees and cute little blue lamps along the paths, is another paved terrace with tables and chairs where you can relax and look out toward the wilderness.
Although Selati doesn't have its own wellness and fitness facilities, guests here can make use of those at Earth Lodge. The Amani spa offers a range of treatments including boy rituals, massages, wraps, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures and special treatments for men. Each of the three treatment rooms is coloured differently with each shade corresponding to a principle of Shakra: orange for peace, green for healing and red for love. The rooms, which each have an iPod docking station, are used for different treatments while outside is a shower and a zen meditation garden. An additional treatment at the spa sees guests covered in mud before going into a steam room where drops of water help to clear away the mud which has slimming and hydrating properties. The friendly staff uses all natural products using ingredients found in the bush such as aloe, merula, African potato and rooibos. For couples, there is a double treatment room.
If you are looking for privacy and discretion then Selati is perfect. Not only are the rooms distant from one another, the closest other lodge, their sister property Bush Lodge, is over 10 minutes' drive away. And as if to reinforce the lodge's isolation, there is no internet anywhere at Selati (although you can pick up a mobile phone signal).