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.
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…
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road, Paarl