Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa: A World-Class Hideaway in Paarl

Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa: A World-Class Hideaway in Paarl

This luxurious sanctuary in the country offers unparalleled facilities, and a setting to match.

Situated on the breathtaking La Bella Vita Wine Estate – off a quiet dust road between Paarl and Franschhoek – Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa is a one-of-a-kind haven for those seeking a tranquil escape focused on inner (and outer) wellbeing.

A member of Healing Hotels of The World (getaways for guests who want to revitalise and relax in luxury), the retreat is owned by Graham and Ingrid Hindle who have created a world-class home-from-home – where everything from the bed linen in the suites, to the products used in the spa, has been carefully considered to reflect a holistic ethos. Their combined passion for design, décor and health and wellness has trickled down to the wonderful staff, whose love for the cause is imminent in all they do to ensure your experience at the retreat is nothing short of perfect.

In addition to the Day Spa, which is home to over 40 treatments in 17 different treatment zones, the retreat also boasts a one-of-a-kind Health Optimizing Clinic, a gym featuring a yoga and Pilates studio, an indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, calming labyrinth, 30 luxurious overnight suites, an on-site restaurant, and a kitted-out conference centre – all spread across the majestic eight-hectare estate.

Renowned relaxation

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Unlike other spas where the emphasis is solely on outer beauty, pampering and indulgence, Santé places a special focus on inner wellness, where the feeling of rejuvenation lasts far longer than an eyebrow tint (which, of course, is also available!)

Sitting at two stories high, with views of the tranquil grounds, the Day Spa boasts an indoor pool, individual saunas and steam rooms (to accommodate self-conscious guests), and a sun-kissed dining area for lovely, light lunches that can be enjoyed in your spa gown and slippers, should you so desire…

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Here, guests can select any number of treatments – from facials using custom locally made Comfort Zone products to body wraps, hydrotherapy, massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing and tinting – all conducted by highly experienced and passionate therapists. There are also full- or half-day packages for those who wish to immerse themselves in the tranquility, and experience the wide range of what’s on offer in one go. At the fitness centre, guests can partake in daily yoga and Pilates classes overlooking the valley.

Top-class treatments

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Owning the Vinotherapy trademark, Santé is the only spa to have coined the incredible treatment that assists in fighting skin-cell damage, repairing and hydrating it at the same time, using a soothing liquid made from grapes. All that’s required from you is to lie in a bath of wine!

Another experience exclusive to Santé is the Pro-Sleep massage, perfect for relieving stress and calming the mind.

And, in addition to all this, the sanctuary also boasts an impressive Health Optimizing Retreat – the first of its kind in the world! – where guests are able to receive their own custom-made treatments scientifically designed to suit their body’s needs. How’s that for attention to detail?

Home suite home

No retreat would be complete without a luxurious pillow to rest your head, and Santé prides itself on giving its guests a cosseted home experience. Each one of the 30 suites is individually decorated to ensure guests feel as though they’re staying in a space truly unique to them.

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Housed in the main retreat building, the 10 retreat suites overlook the magical spa gardens, and each features custom-made furniture and carefully selected artworks.

The spa suites are just a short walk from the retreat hub, and are situated within townhouse-style lodgings. Each have their own private balcony, offering outdoor seating and a front-row view of the breathtaking landscape.

The deluxe retreat suite is an ultra-luxurious spot, with a double walk-in shower, crystal chandelier and an additional velvet wingback chair.

All the suites feature tailor-made linen and gowns, and come with a mini fridge, TV, safe, complimentary wi-fi, and a coffee station, featuring healthy snacks, tea, and Terbodore filter coffee (with your choice of regular or almond milk) to be enjoyed from your bed overlooking the sunrise.

The sense of comfort also expands beyond the confines of your room. Spread throughout the estate are cosy nooks and crannies, kitted with blankets and pillows, for guests to curl up and relax wherever (and whenever) they please.

Nourish the senses

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Flying the health and wellness flag high, Nourish restaurant offers diners wonderful food that tastes just as good as it looks. Headed by executive chef Terrence Ford (former head chef of African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel) with consulting chef Margot Janse, each dish is free of sugar, dairy, gluten, preservatives, colourants and additives – yet you’d never believe it.

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Presented beautifully, and made with seasonal organic produce and innovative healthy alternatives, Nourish puts to bed the misconception that food that’s good for you has to be dull and tasteless.

Nourish is also open to the public for dinner seven days a week, offering visitors a Chef’s Table experience featuring a choice of three or five courses.

A fabulous forum

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Accommodating up to 120 guests, the fully equipped business forum offers an exceptional spot to host a conference or work event. Complete with indoor and outdoor seating, a private restaurant, bar, individual meeting rooms varying in sizes, delectable food from Nourish, and the option to enjoy the spa and fitness classes, this facility is the answer to all your work-trip dreams.

Above and beyond

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The concept of wellness and natural living flows throughout the retreat, with careful consideration going into each and every aspect of the experience. From the organic in-room toiletries, to the entire estate community (including all the staff) enjoying the same nutritional food and conscious practices, Santé is the ultimate sanctuary for an immersive and holistic rejuvenation experience.

Contact 021 879 1500,
Where to find it La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road, Paarl


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 06 September 2018

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16 Responses to “Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa: A World-Class Hideaway in Paarl”

  1. Nazileen Isaacs

    I have never been to Sante Wellnes Retreat &Spa and in fact I have not been for awhile to any retreat due to my illness therefore I would love to be invited to your opening and experience the site of this magical,breathtaking place ,looking at the pictures alone puts one in a good spirit.

  2. Greta

    We spent a fabulous weekend at Sante Wellness Retreat & Spa some years ago in one of the luxury Villa’s – it would be a treat to relive the memories and leave rejuvenated !

  3. Adele Wise

    I would love to see the new Sante, I stopped supporting Sante after several issues so will be good to return and support the revitalised sante!

  4. Jeanine Gerbi

    Was a regular client… would love to attend the opening night.

  5. soraya

    wow!!!!! looks amazing. Please have us for your opening night.

  6. Greta

    We enjoyed a lovely weekend some years ago with clients in one of the Villas at Santé – we cooked a
    sumptious leg of lamb in the modern kitchen of the Villa and enjoyed a stunning sunset on the private “stoep” overlooking the beautiful vineyards – us girls were pampered in the Spa the next morning having massages and facials – just so tranquil ! We would love to re-live the memories at the opening !

  7. olivia manduca

    Do you have any packages for stays in January? many thanks Olivia

    • Ingrid Hindle

      Hi Olivia,
      Yes – Santé do have packages for stays in January. Please could you contact Santé directly so that we can make sure we understand your requirements and needs and recommend the best package for you.

  8. Suzanne Cope-Morgan

    Myself and my husband are coming to Cape Town in January for 3 months. We are swallows and return every year

    • Ingrid Hindle

      Dear Suzanne,
      We would love to welcome you to Santé to discover extraordinary so please do come visit when you are in Cape Town next year!

  9. Nicky Jones

    I would like to get your news letter and special. Santé was our favorite spa. Also best outing for ladies celebrating a special day.

  10. Maureen Cox

    Used to be a member both my husband and I are Swallows and will be out In January for 3 months would love to join again

    • Ingrid Hindle

      Dear Maureen,
      We don’t do memberships anymore, but would love to welcome you back to the new Santé – we think you will be most impressed with the changes that have been made!

  11. Pascale Manton

    Was a regular customer at the Santé spa and hotel would love to be invited to your opening night

  12. Madniah Hendricks

    I was there five years ago for a weekend retreat .it was so relaxed atmosphere and Spa Treatments Amazing. I would love to see the new Makeover. Plz invited me for a free Spa and overnight ♥️ treat