From aromatherapy massages and mineral scrubs to facials and detox treatments, there’s a spa treatment with your name on it.
As the world emerges from hibernation, visiting a spa almost feels like a necessity rather than a luxury! Fortunately, the Cape is dotted with a slew of sanctuaries – from vineyard retreats to luxurious urban oases, and even a slick sky-scraping city spa – where we can escape into a parallel universe for an hour or two.
Whether you’re after a destressing deep-tissue massage, an indulgent pamper or simply want to clear your mind of the chaos, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in our list of the best spas in the Cape. Cucumber water, anyone?
Which are your favourite? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Note Some facilities at spas, in particular steam rooms and saunas, may be closed or have limited access due to Covid-19 regulations. Please check with the spa before booking if this is something you particularly want.
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Librisa Spa at the Belmond Mount Nelson
A veritable oasis at the foot of Table Mountain, this historic hotel is a vision. Drive through the grand gate towards the iconic dusty-pink building and, hidden beyond the palm trees, you’ll find the Librisa Spa – three Victorian houses converted into a luxury haven where the outside world becomes irrelevant. On arrival, tea and snacks are offered in the tranquil conservatory filled with plants and striking orchids.
Lie of the land There are eight spacious and beautifully decorated treatment rooms, including two for couples, a steam bath, Finnish sauna and plunge pool. Manicures and pedicures take place upstairs on oversized, extra-comfy chairs.
There’s more Parents of tots (4 – 12 years) can drop them off at the kids’ club (no extra charge) while languishing in the lap of luxury next door. Afterwards, continue the pampering with a poolside picnic or the famous high tea at this legendary hotel.
Recommended treatment The Restorative Body and Face Ritual uses African oils and botanicals for an exfoliation, body wrap and facial that leaves you glowing and radiant.
Cost R1 980 for two hours
Opening times Daily, 9am – 7pm
Contact 021 483 1553, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
On the edge of the marina at the buzzing V&A Waterfront, this glamorous resort raises the bar with its designer dining, luxury accommodation and one-of-a-kind facilities. The spa is on a private island, creating one of the most atmospheric, exclusive wellness experiences in town. Every tiny detail has been considered – from the plush robes and slippers to the hair-straighteners. All spa guests can help themselves to healthy snacks and indulgent sweet treats, as well as juices, teas and bubbly.
Lie of the land The spa has 12 spacious treatment rooms, his-and-hers thermal suites (aroma-steam rooms, saunas and bubble-jet vitality pools), ice fountains and luxurious “experience” showers, three Studio-O beauty-salon rooms and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas – all cocooned within an ultra-stylish space surrounded by lush vegetation and water.
There’s more Unique to O&O is Nature’s Resonance therapy by ESPA, combining sound, vibrations and massage for revitalising mind, body and soul. There is also a menu of treatments for spa-savvy teens.
Recommended treatment A full-body, acupressure-style Deep Muscle Massage, with your therapist focusing on specific problem areas at your request, followed by a Bespoke Facial that involves face-mapping and a custom-product cocktail to suit your skin.
Cost Massage: R1 495 for 60 minutes
Facial: R1 495 for 60 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 8pm
Contact 021 431 5810, email@example.com
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
The Twelve Apostles Spa
Known for its spectacular ocean views and mountain-slope setting, this chic five-star hotel on the Atlantic Seaboard is the ideal destination for overall stress-releasing. Designed to suggest a white-crystal grotto, the spa gives the feeling of being underwater, with dimmed lighting and calming blue hues floating up from the downstairs pools, offering an immediate sense of escapism.
Lie of the land Spread over two floors are seven treatment rooms (two for couples), a rasul chamber and rainshower, two plunge pools (warm and cold) and a saltwater flotation pool, plus a nail bar, health bar and the Tranquility Lounge where guests can help themselves to tea.
There’s more Two magical thatched gazebos offer outdoor treatments with an incredible view – including the Mountain Serenade his-and-hers hot stone massage. The hotel also has a fantastic outdoor rock pool hidden in the garden and exquisite dining options (including a vegan high tea and sushi bar).
Recommended treatment The Apostles Touch combines essential oils, fynbos, heated stones and sea shells for a deeply relaxing experience, combining a body scrub, full-body massage, head and foot massage.
Cost R 2 290 for 105 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 6pm
Contact 021 437 9060, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Victoria Road, Oudekraal, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Mai Thai Wellness Spa
This award-winning little spa has moved to a historic villa in the City Bowl, where East meets West in Victorian pressed ceilings, vintage chandeliers, rich fabrics and Thai antiques. With just 10 treatment beds, it has none of the bells and whistles of the bigger destination or hotel spas, but nevertheless is utterly charming and offers five-star-quality treatments.
Lie of the land Apart from the treatment rooms (with shower facilities), there is an elegant lounge and reception area leading out to an enclosed garden courtyard tea house, where you can wait for your treatment while enjoying botanical-infused water or organic Thichaa teas from Thailand.
There’s more The authentic Southeast Asian atmosphere, use of all-natural products and imported Thai oils, and a focus on holistic practice and spirituality make it unique. For the full effect of being transported to a paradise Thai beach, try the Tropical Coconut massage, or the centuries-old traditional Siam massage where the therapist uses hands, elbows, knees and feet. The spa also offers hi-tech QMS facials.
Recommended treatment The Mai Thai Signature Massage combines Thai stretching and palming techniques with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massage to energise, refresh and rejuvenate. Our tester said it was one of the best massages he’d ever had and he felt like a brand-new person.
Cost R990 for 90 minutes
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 7pm; Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 418 0713, email@example.com
Where to find it 7 Breda Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Located in the Constantia Winelands on historic Steenberg Estate, this spa offers a blissful retreat surrounded by vineyards and mountain views that add to the omnipresent sense of calm. All products used feel and smell heavenly.
Lie of the land The intimate spa has four treatment rooms, as well as outdoor treatment areas beside the pool which are popular for deluxe manis and pedis. The Quiet Zone just off reception has couches, beds and a tea station for guests (with a log fire and blankets in winter).
There’s more The Scented Garden treatment area under towering trees and beside flower beds brings in the sounds, smells and sights of nature (ideal for a couples’ massage that ends with a glass of Cap Classique beside the pool). There’s also a special tweens’ and teens’ menu, and hi-tech QMS and Elemis Biotec facials.
Recommended treatment Soulful Decadence is a wonderfully luxurious combination of a classic bespoke facial and a herbal oil massage using Africology blends for relaxing, detoxing or energising.
Cost R1 600 for two hours
Opening times Daily, 8am – 6pm
Contact 021 712 7481, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Steenberg Road (M42), Tokai, Cape Town
The Alphen Spa
This beloved boutique hotel in the Constantia Valley, set in 11 hectares of lush gardens and urban forest greenbelt, has recently added a small spa to its bounty of attractive offerings – a serene, neutral-toned and classy space that focuses on facials, massage therapies and grooming.
Lie of the land There are just two treatment rooms, with a heated pool and garden area where outdoor massages can be done.
Recommended treatment The Elemental Herbology range, inspired by nature’s five elements, is used in a variety of offerings, with some including lunch. The Earth Vitality facial is a brightening treatment (others include a Fire Purity facial for deep-cleansing and a Metal Longevity facial for anti-ageing). The In-Your-Element aromatherapy massage is a bespoke treatment with your preferred mixture of oils and fragrances. Tip: Ask for Leila – she has warm, strong, gentle hands.
Cost Facial: R900 for 60 minutes
Massage: R850 for 60 minutes, R1 050 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 795 6300, email@example.com
Where to find it Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Set at the top of The Westin Hotel on theForeshore, Heavenly Spa lives up to its name in terms of its sky-high location and delightful offerings, which range from de-stressing to beauty and grooming. Being atop a skyscraper, you feel elevated and removed from the mad city rush. Make sure to have a sauna at sunset, when you can see the harbour and Waterfront in full golden-hued spectrum through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Lie of the land The entire 19th floor is dedicated to the spa, so there’s no shortage of space. The exit from the elevator takes you into reception, where welcoming staff show you around the facilities: 15 treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, heated infinity pool and jacuzzi – all with that heavenly view! Once in your cosy robe, head to the waiting area for a pre-treatment snack.
There’s more An on-site physiotherapy service attends to chronic problems, such as back pain, computer strain, headaches, as well as sports injuries and post-operative rehab.
Recommended treatment The Heavenly Massage is a three-stone ritual using Swedish-style massage that releases muscular tension and aids relaxation, and the pure essence of marula and herb-infused oil.
Cost R820 for 60 minutes
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Contact 021 412 8200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Fresh Wellness Spa at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
We don’t actually need another reason to visit our favourite Constantia hotel, but if we did, this would be it. A footpath around the side of the main building, past the rose garden, takes you to the gorgeous spa – a cocoon of wonderful sensorial therapies. Only the best and most authentic products and elements are used, such as pure vine oil from Stellenbosch and proper volcanic stones.
Lie of the land Once comfortably ensconced in one of the six spacious treatment rooms, it’s time to slip into a luxurious gown and soft slippers, and await what’s guaranteed to be a sensational treatment.
There’s more The Gathering package offers a fabulous spa experience for a group of four or more people. Hi-tech QMS facials, microneedling and dermaplaning are also available.
Recommended treatment The Five Senses Massage is phenomenal, using unique pressure-point massage techniques, hot stones, cold bamboo and a host of other elements to awaken all five senses. This can be booked as a couple’s session, including a rasul treatment, bubbly and chocolates.
Cost R1 250 for 90 minutes
Couples Delight R3 200 for 2.5 hours
Opening times Summer: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 7pm; Sunday until 5pm
Winter: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday until 2pm
Contact 021 794 2785, email@example.com
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Jiva Spa at Taj Cape Town
The Taj hotel is a city-centre landmark, a heritage building given new, stylish life. Tucked away on the first floor is this warm and graceful spa with its Eastern-infused interiors and gentle, holistic, Ayurvedic philosophy – Jiva means “inner life”. The therapists truly personify Jiva’s adage, atithi devo bhava, meaning “the guest is god”, with their splendid all-round treatment drawing on ancient Indian culture and healing wisdom.
Lie of the land Jiva has four generously sized single massage suites, a double suite with a bath tub and private hammam, and another spacious couple’s suite). There is also a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and hammam.
There’s more Integral to the experience is a footbath at the start and a Tulsi mala beads garland farewell gift. Ayurvedic health consultations are also available.
Recommended treatment The Vishrama Signature Ritual is a deep-muscle massage combined with a hot compress of herbs that smoothes out kinks, pains and fatigue. Other rituals might include an Indian head massage or a scrub, wrap and milk bath (the specially created Cape Fynbos Ritual uses local botanicals).
Cost R1 800 for 120 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 8pm
Contact 021 819 2028, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 1 Wale Street, corner of St Georges Mall, Cape Town
The Marly Spa
This designer spa in Camps Bay, at the hotel of the same name, has a refreshingly different aesthetic – reminiscent of a luxury French boutique – but is just as tranquility-inducing as any other on this list. Combine that with the easy-breezy, glam vibe of its location on the seafront, and you’ve got something special.
Lie of the land Leading from the plush, gilded, marbled reception area are four stylish en-suite treatment rooms and separate areas with luxe, white-leather armchairs for instant-lift facial and hand-and-foot treatments.
There’s more Outside is the hotel’s Baptiste Rooftop pool bar and lounge, a fabulous place to linger a little longer.The beauty brands are equally glam and cosmopolitan, from Knesko’s gemstone-infused masks and aromatic Zents bodycare to the gold and collagen facial by Carol Joy of London.
Recommended treatment The super-relaxing Himalayan Salt Stone Massage features smooth, heated, pink salt-crystal stones packed with over 80 trace minerals to nourish and detox your body.
Cost R950 for 60 minutes, R1 100 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 437 1279, email@example.com
Where to find it The Promenade, 201 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Angsana Spa at The Vineyard Hotel
Set in a two-hectare landscaped garden on the banks of the Liesbeeck River, with spectacular views of Table Mountain’s eastern slopes, Angsana Spa’s unparalleled setting is matched by its wonderfully professional therapists, who are trained according to the standards of the Banyan Tree Academy in Phuket, Thailand.
Lie of the land The calming hush that greets you in the spa’s reception is instantly relaxing, and extends to the 10 treatment rooms with their decidedly Asian aesthetic – two deluxe rooms with steam and shower facilities, three doubles with shower, and five single rooms.
There’s more The Rainmist Experience room with twin beds is a first of its kind in South Africa. All products used are made from natural ingredients (avo, honey, yoghurt, olive oil, ginger, lemongrass etc) freshly concocted for your treatment. It also offers special family spa experiences for mom, dad, girls and boys.
Recommended treatment The Vitality Starter is a combination of 30 minutes of muscle stretching, a 30-minute warm herbal salt compress and an hour-long massage of your choice (signature Angsana, Thai, Javanese or Fusion Thai-Swedish). The treatment releases tension and boosts flexibility in the most delightful way.
Cost R1 500 for 2 hours
Opening times Daily, 9am – 7pm
Contact 021 674 5005, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Sanctuary Spa at the Waterfront
Nestled in between the Queen Victoria Hotel and Dock House, on the Portswood ridge overlooking the bustling harbour precinct, this little hidden spa lives up to its name. It offers a variety of bespoke treatments drawn from around the world to melt away everyday stresses.
Lie of the land Housed in a building that was once part of the harbour master’s private residence, there are three elegant treatment rooms (candle-lit for couples’ sessions) and a terrace and garden area under swaying palms beside a sparkling pool.
There’s more The Tylarium Mud Bath is based on a traditional Arabic self-cleansing ritual that uses mineral-rich mud, steam and heat, done by a therapist in the treatment room.
Recommended treatment The Africa’s Healing Touch Experience includes a massage using steamed hot poultices filled with unique herbs and spices to encourage good circulation and complete relaxation, plus a hot oil facial and scalp massage and foot rub.
Cost R1 290 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 8pm
Contact 021 425 2080, email@example.com
Where to find it Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Spa at Cape Grace
You’ll find nirvana at the end of the fourth-floor corridor of the Cape Grace Hotel, where gleaming mirrors reflect crystal chandeliers, and the carpet is so plush that even your clickiest heels won’t make a sound. Everything about the experience is transporting; you couldn’t be happier if you were a piece of dough being kneaded into a brioche by the goddess Nigella herself!
Lie of the land There are five treatment rooms with heated massage beds and glorious views of Table Mountain or the V&A marina, as well as sauna and steam room facilities, a nail bar, hair salon and relaxation area with top-floor views and complimentary snacks.
There’s more Facials can be boosted with the Oxygen Energy Applicator. Teens and tweens are welcome and there’s a hair salon with a full menu of treatments.
Recommended treatment The anti-ageing and skin regeneration treatment.
Cost From R1 350 for 60 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 6pm
Contact 021 410 7140, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it W Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Nestled between sweeping vineyards and the towering Jonkershoek mountains, the spa at this historic estate offers some of the best vistas (and facilities) in the business – all from the comfort of the light and airy relaxation area and terrace. The attention to detail – from the exquisite design and location to the service and offerings – will leave you feeling cosseted and utterly content.
Lie of the land There are eight treatment rooms, two mist rooms, two rasul chambers and an experience shower. Spa patrons also have full use of the indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Lanzerac is known for its food, and the spa’s Vitality Corner serves gourmet but wholesome breakfasts, wraps, light meals, smoothies and juices.
There’s more The state-of-the-art NeoQi Mediq Cocoon is used for hydrotherapy-based TheraVine treatments, which include aroma sauna, vibromassage and aromatic baths. The African-inspired TheraNaka rituals use wooden implements and botanicals.
Recommended treatment The AromaVine Pinotage Massage (apt given the estate’s winemaking heritage as the first to bottle pinotage) is a de-stressing, muscle-relaxing therapy that uses a blend of grapeseed oil and botanicals.
Cost R995 for 60 minutes, R1 295 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 6pm
Contact 021 887 1132, email@example.com
Where to find it 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch
Delaire Graff Spa
Perched at the top of Stellenbosch’s Helshoogte Pass, the Delaire Graff Spa is the apex of indulgence. From the estate gates, the driveway gently guides you to an even-higher plane, while the fragrant gardens soothe the mind into a calmer out-of-city state. The spa itself is discreetly positioned to ensure privacy and sweeping vistas. It is limited to six guests who book a half- or full-day spa journey.
Lie of the land Facilities include a sauna and steam room, a private relaxation room overlooking a koi pond and statues, a sunny terrace with 22-metre infinity pool and jacuzzi, plus four treatment suites with private courtyards – the couple’s room has an outside double shower under a majestic oak tree.
There’s more The spa has its own homegrown Jardin de Delaire range of products in addition to top skincare brands such as LING, Dr Barbara Sturm and Carol Joy. All treatments include a refreshing drink from Indochine restaurant, while a post-treatment glass of wine or Cap Classique by the pool or among the Dylan Lewis sculptures elevates the memorable experience.
Recommended treatment The Jardin de Delaire Bath Ritual uses a custom blend of dried botanicals sourced from the estate to buff and soften skin, followed by a muscle-relaxing bath and gold collagen face mask, and ending with a warm oil massage for back, neck and shoulders.
Cost R2 400 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 885 8160, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch
Majeka House Spa
In a quiet corner on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is the impressive Majeka House, a luxe small hotel with a boutique spa. Apart from all the basic treatments – facials, massages, manicures and pedicures – guests can also book wraps, scrubs and spa packages, some of which include lunch at the Majeka Kitchen. Your relaxation journey begins in the changing rooms, where lush white robes await…
Lie of the land There are just three couples’ treatment rooms, one therapy room, plus a large indoor heated pool and adjoining jacuzzi overlooking a beautiful, manicured garden, and leading to a sauna and steam room. Guests are free to make use of all these wonderful facilities for two hours before or after their treatments.
There’s more The spa menu includes QMS medical cosmetic facials and Bellabaci cupping and CBD-oil-infused massages.
Recommended treatment The African Goddess Facial is 90 minutes of pure bliss, rejuvenating the skin using pure botanical oils. It includes a 20-minute back massage and back scrub and a scalp, neck and foot massage during the facial.
Cost R730 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 880 1549, email@example.com
Where to find it 26 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch
The Hydro at Stellenbosch
On a picturesque, 40-hectare mountainside farm in Stellenbosch’s Idas Valley, this is a “proper” spa in the classic European tradition, where guests check in for a number of days to be expertly guided to holistic health and wellness. From ozone therapy and inbody analysis to shiatsu and cellulite-busting endermologie, there is a dizzying range of options and programmes.
Lie of the land Apart from myriad treatment rooms and hydrotherapy areas, there is an indoor heated pool, outdoor eco-pool and a mindfulness-boosting labyrinth. It also has its own onsite permaculture vegetable garden to ensure prime nutrition.
There’s more Check in for anything from a three-day de-stress to a 10-day detox, with a choice of full-board accommodation (from budget rooms to luxury suites). For a little taste of Hydro life, you can also book a day visit.
Recommended treatment The Day Programme includes your choice of a detox body wrap or Swedish massage, a QMS Sensitive Repair Facial and hydrotherapy (jacuzzi, steam, sauna and kneipp therapy), with a wholesome lunch, teas and juices included.
Cost From R2 300 (day programme)
Opening times Day programme: 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 809 3800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Lelie Road, Idas Valley, Stellenbosch
The SPA at Spier
Occupying an elevated position overlooking the Eerste River, the spa at the Spier Hotel is an attractive oasis where visitors can unwind and rejuvenate while drinking in the serene setting on this Stellenbosch wine estate.
Lie of the land There are two single treatment rooms and three couple’s rooms. The expansive deck, with its scenic vistas, is also used for some treatments. It’s dotted with loungers for post-treatment chilling, prolonging that feeling of exclusive escape.
There’s more You’re welcome to make a day of it, relaxing beside the hotel pool and ordering snacks and drinks from the adjacent restaurant. In addition to a range of body treatments, the spa also offers medical aesthetic anti-ageing facials using collagen induction therapy.
Recommended treatment The two-hour Vine Therapy treatment will leave you feeling meltingly good – a full-body treat combining a back-and-neck exfoliation, detoxing back wrap, pressure-point scalp massage, muscle-release foot and leg rub and a back, neck and shoulder massage. It’s probably best not to schedule anything taxing afterwards, as you’ll find it difficult to do more than recline on a lounger!
Cost R970 for 2 hours
Opening times Daily, 8am – 7pm
Contact 021 809 1931, email@example.com
Where to find it Baden Powell Drive (R310), Stellenbosch
Leeu Spa by Healing Earth
Enjoying pride of place at the picture-perfect Leeu Estates in Franschhoek is a world-class sanctuary offering treatments and products imbued with the healing and holistic wisdom of African rituals. From the minute you set foot in the beautiful, modern building, the spoiling and cocooning begins.
Lie of the land The spa has four expansive treatment rooms, three of which look out onto the breathtaking valley. There’s also a hair and nail salon, his-and-hers steam rooms, a plunge pool overlooking a tranquil lily pond, and a 15-metre infinity pool. The lavish relaxation area is the perfect place to linger – no matter the season – with a sparkling swimming pool for summertime dips, and a fireplace and blankets on massive couches in winter. (Use of the pool area, normally reserved for hotel guests, requires a minimum spa spend of R2 000 per person.)
There’s more A fresh fruit-juice infusion, heated floors and next-level spa attire set the tone – nothing stock-standard about these robes and slippers. And then there’s the treatment bed: big enough to stretch out in all directions, with the perfect temperature and – again – made with the plushest of fabrics. It’s light years ahead of normal spa fare. There is also a children’s spa menu (6 – 12 years).
Recommended treatment The Soul of the Earth full-body massage uses specially blended body butters to target specific concerns. It’s an hour of bliss that can be extended to a 90-minute option, or include add-ons such as a body polish or hydrating facial.
Cost R1 250 for 60 minutes; R1 595 for 90 minutes
Opening times Daily, 10am – 7pm
Contact 021 492 2223, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
Babylonstoren Garden Spa
Babylonstoren needs no introduction, with its awe-inspiring gardens, chic restaurant and super-stylish lodgings making it the perfect outing for all. Add a luxurious spa inspired by those magnificent gardens and, trust us, you’ll want to move in. Being on a working farm, where natural beauty seems infinite, is what sets this spa apart. That, and stylish interiors, superb service and some exclusive treatments.
Lie of the land You’ll find it hidden towards the back of the farm, within a forest of bamboo. There are five treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, indoor heated vitality pool and chill room. One-of-a-kind touches include a swimming dam, tropical rain showers and a room built from blocks of Himalayan salt.
There’s more Babylonstoren offers one of the few authentic hammams (Turkish baths) in South Africa, where you’ll be thoroughly scrubbed, soaped and pampered in a warm, steamy setting.
Recommended treatment The Private Hammam Water Ritual includes a full-body exfoliation, dynamic flexing, body butter application and a head and scalp treatment. Guests are invited to relax in the chill room or bamboo garden afterwards, while enjoying a healthy and wholesome lunch and fresh juice.
Cost R2 500 for 60 minutes
Note that there is also an entrance fee to the garden (in which the spa is situated).
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 300 3929, email@example.com
Where to find it Klapmuts-Simondium Road, between Franschhoek and Paarl
Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa
Located on the breathtaking, eight-hectare La Bella Vita Wine Estate, you’ll find this one-of-a-kind haven neatly tucked between Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Leading treatments with a hydrotherapy and vinotherapy focus, organic meals and a world-class holistic ethos make it unique – and give the top Swiss escapes a run for their money.
Lie of the land The majestic, double-storey day spa boasts a menu of over 40 treatments in 17 zones, with an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, a hammam and rasul, a calming labyrinth and sun-kissed dining area for lovely, light lunches that can be enjoyed in your spa gown and slippers, should you so desire…
There’s more In addition to the extensive Day Spa, the retreat offers multi-day wellness programmes, a one-of-a-kind high-tech Health Optimizing Clinic, Bio-Energy Centre, fitness centre, yoga studio and 17 overnight suites.
Recommended treatment The Pro-Sleep massage is an exclusive treatment that’s very effective in relaxing the body and calming the mind.
Cost R1 450 for 60 minutes
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 879 1500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Simonsvlei Road, Klapmuts/Paarl
Lurra Spa at Erinvale
The spa at this upmarket golf estate in Somerset West is housed in a whitewashed, thatched building among the oak trees, set away from the Cape Dutch-style hotel. The decor is very luxurious, as are the services offered – all inspired by Africa and Mother Nature.
Lie of the land Four spacious treatment rooms (the two couple’s rooms have spa baths) and a relaxation area with indoor heated pool and steam room. There’s also a poolside patio outdoors with loungers and gorgeous garden views.
There’s more A selection of spa journeys combine treatments with lunch. Facials, using the Babor range, include a 10-minute foot, hand or scalp massage and brow shaping (there’s one for gentlemen too). The TheraNaka African Wood Massage combines stretching, wooden implements and dance-inspired rhythmical massage movements for rejuvenation. It can be combined with a body scrub and wrap.
Recommended treatment The Lurra Swedish Massage irons out tight muscles and body tension. You choose the duration, from 30 minutes to an hour-and-a-half of bliss. Tip: therapist Natasha gets deep into the tissues and her reflexology is very good.
Cost R790 for 60 minutes
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 847 1682, email@example.com
Where to find it Erinvale Estate, 1 Erinvale Avenue, Somerset West
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