The 10 Best Spas in the Cape

The 10 Best Spas in the Cape De Stalle at Bosjes

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The world has become so fast and noisy that 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 and garden oases to swanky urban spas – where we can escape into a parallel universe for an hour or two.

Whether you’re after a destressing deep-tissue massage, an indulgent beauty pamper, a romantic date with a difference, 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. Best of all, they’re destination spas (with fabulous accommodation and dining options attached), so why not book an overnight escape?

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Babylonstoren Garden Spa

The Best Spas Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren needs no introduction, with its awe-inspiring gardens. Add a luxe 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. Combining the rejuvenating qualities of water, heat and herbs picked on site, you can indulge in a number of therapies performed in gorgeous spaces. You’ll find it hidden towards the back of the garden, within a forest of bamboo.
Lay of the land There are seven treatment rooms (adorned with botanical wallpaper), a rasul chamber, tropical rain showers, a sauna and steam room, plus two authentic hammams (Turkish baths), a rare find in South Africa. Beauty treatments use Esse and QMS.
There’s more The stunning indoor-outdoor pool area has two vitality pools (jacuzzis) built into the heated main pool, and even a fireplace, plus there’s a room made of pink Himalayan salt blocks. The spa food menu offers healthy, wholesome, farm-grown options and fresh juices from the Greenhouse Restaurant.
Recommended treatment The Private Hammam Water Ritual includes a full-body exfoliation, dynamic flexing, body butter application and a head-and-scalp treatment. This has a couples’ version, and the option of a honey-and-salt scrub with steam.
Cost R3 100 for 60 minutes
Note: spa guests do not have to pay the garden entrance fee
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 300 3929, spa@babylonstoren.com
Where to find it Babylonstoren Road, off the R44, between Stellenbosch and Paarl
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Librisa Spa at Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel

The Best Spas Librisa 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, herbal teas and snacks are offered in the tranquil conservatory filled with greenery and exotic orchids. The menu caters for all needs, including offerings specially for couples, teens and gentlemen, beauty treatments (Esse and Biologique Recherche) and a yoga-and-spa combo.
Lay of the land There are eight spacious and beautifully decorated treatment rooms, including two for couples; plus 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 (weekends only for no extra charge) while you’re pampered in the lap of luxury next door. Afterwards, continue the treat with the famous afternoon tea at this legendary hotel.
Recommended treatment The Mount Nelson Rose, a full-body massage inspired by the magnificent gardens, with hand-crafted herbal poultices using local pickings and the hotel’s signature rose petal and geranium massage oil, for deep relaxation, muscle recovery, lymphatic flow and nourished skin.
Cost R1 900 for 90 minutes
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 9am – 7pm
Contact 021 483 1550, librisa.mnh@belmond.com
Where to find it 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Delaire Graff Spa

The Best Spas Delaire Graff Spa

Perched at the top of Stellenbosch’s Helshoogte Pass, Delaire Graff Wine Estate is the apex of indulgence. Also known for its fragrant gardens and magnificent art collection, this is carried through to the spa (fresh from a recent refurb) – where its tranquil canals, koi ponds, wooden walkways and spaces are now adorned with works by leading SA artists. The spa is discreetly positioned to ensure privacy as well as sweeping vistas from an expansive terrace. Numbers are limited to six day guests, who book a half- or full-day spa journey.
Lay of the land There are five treatment suites (three with private courtyards – the couple’s suite has an outside double shower under a majestic oak tree). There is also a Swedish sauna and steam room, a private relaxation room, and a terrace with a 22-metre infinity pool and built-in jacuzzi (and views of distant Table Mountain).
There’s more In addition to top skincare brands Augustinus Bader, Dr Barbara Sturm, Knesko and Ila, the spa has its own homegrown Jardin de Delaire botanical range (which you can pick and blend yourself during the Signature Couples Experience). Selected spa rituals include an informal Japanese dining experience from Hōseki, served bento box-style and accompanied by a bottle of Delaire Graff wine.
Recommended treatment The ila CBD Body Balancing Ritual incorporates a blissful body scrub, sound healing, a rebalancing kundalini back massage, a radiance-restoring facial with a light chemical peel, and heated Himalayan salt poultices to assist with deep relaxation.
Cost R2 600 for 90 minutes
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 885 8160, info.spa@delaire.co.za
Where to find it Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch
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One&Only Spa

The Best Spas One And Only Spa

On the edge of the marina at the buzzing V&A Waterfront, this glamorous resort raises the bar with its designer dining, luxe 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. The menu covers all the options, including top-notch skincare (ESPA and Biologique Recherche), spa ritual experiences and teen treatments.
Lay of the land There are 12 spacious treatment rooms, including two couple’s suites, his-and-hers thermal suites (aroma-steam rooms, saunas and bubble-jet vitality pools), ice fountains and experience showers, two 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, combining sound, vibrations and massage for revitalising mind, body and soul. Or enjoy the most decadent of mani-pedi treatments at the world-famous Studio Bastien Gonzalez.
Recommended treatment The specially created African Journey is an ultra-relaxing full-body treatment that includes a rooibos-and-rock-salt scrub, and a flowing massage using rungu sticks and baobab-and-sweet-orange oil, ending with a rooibos tea ceremony.
Cost R2 300 for 90 minutes
Spa menu 
Opening times Daily, 8am – 8pm
Contact 021 431 5810, spa.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Lanzerac Spa

The Best Spas Lanzerac

Nestled between sweeping vineyards and the towering Jonkershoek mountains, the spa at this historic estate offers some of the best views in the business – all from the comfort of the light and airy relaxation area and terrace. The attention to detail, from the exquisite design to the service and array of offerings, will leave you feeling cosseted and utterly content. The spa uses Theravine, Lillian Terry, Elemis and Black Pearl beauty products.
Lay of the land There are eight treatment rooms (including three for couples and one with universal access), two mist rooms and two rasul chambers. Spa patrons also have full use of the indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge. Lanzerac is known for its food, and the spa’s chic 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 Theravine Pinotage Massage (apt given the estate’s winemaking heritage as the first to bottle pinotage) is a destressing, muscle-relaxing therapy that uses a blend of grapeseed oil and botanicals.
Cost R1 295 for 60 minutes, R1 595 for 90 minutes
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Contact 021 887 1132, spa@lanzerac.co.za
Where to find it 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch
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Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa

The Best Spas Sante Wellness

Located on the beautiful 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, exquisitely plated organic meals and a world-class holistic ethos make it unique – and give the top Swiss escapes a run for their money. The spa uses bespoke, all-natural Comfort Zone skincare products.
Lay of the land The majestic, double-storey day spa boasts a menu of over 50 treatments in 17 zones, with an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, hammam and rasul chamber, Kniepp therapy, steam rooms and saunas, 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 overnight spa packages and multi-day wellness programmes (one to three weeks), a one-of-a-kind high-tech Health Optimizing Clinic, Bio-Energy Centre (for electromagnetic healing), yoga studio and 16 overnight suites.
Recommended treatment The Rebalancing Sensory Stress Release is a top-to-toe treatment combining a grapefruit body and face polish, the signature 1.5-hour herbal poultice rejuvenating massage, a collagen boost face mask and head-and-scalp massage.
Cost R3 750 for 2.5 hours (includes lunch)
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 8.30am – 6pm
Contact 021 879 1500, spa@santeretreat.co.za
Where to find it Simonsvlei Road, off the R101 (Old Paarl Road), Klapmuts/Paarl
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Bosjes De Stalle Spa

The Best Spas Bosjes

Already known for its extraordinary, modernist “floating chapel” amid gorgeous gardens, and three fantastic restaurants, Bosjes has a secret attraction – the Stalle spa, located in what used to be the farm’s old stables. “A fluid, curvaceous, flowy space” (in the words of interior designer Liam Mooney), the interiors are elegant and calming, with the odd nod to the history of this space (polished brick flooring, big stable doors and a water feature fashioned from a feeding trough). The choice of treatments ranges from body and beauty to a couples’ experience; half- or full-day visits include a spa lunch. Theravine products are used.
Lay of the land There are six treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool (with sundeck and loungers), relaxation lounge and hot spa area with a sauna and modern rasul chamber (for a don’t-miss 45-minute ritual combining mineral clay, scrub, steam and rain shower).
There’s more The Stalle Spa Retreat package offers a two-night stay in the nearby Herehuis guest house, with breakfast, dinner at Eetkamer and treatments (massage, facial and hydrotherapy).
Recommended treatment The Ginger & Lavender Poultice Massage, using heated Himalayan salt poultices infused with lime and African potato extract, followed by a fragrant oil full-body massage to iron out stiff, tense muscles and improve circulation.
Cost R1 260 for 90 minutes
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 8am – 5pm
Contact 023 004 0496, relax@bosjes.co.za
Where to find it R43, via N1 from Paarl
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Leeu Spa by Healing Earth

The Best Spas Leeu Spa Healing Earth

Enjoying pride of place at the picture-perfect Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, set amid herb gardens, vineyards and orchards, is a world-class sanctuary offering treatments and products imbued with the healing and holistic wisdom of African rituals and the unique South African pinotage grape. From the minute you set foot in the beautiful, modern building, the spoiling and cocooning begins.
Lay of the land There are four treatment rooms, three with views of the valley. There’s also his-and-hers steam rooms, a hair and nail salon, and a plunge pool overlooking a tranquil lily pond. The relaxation area has a fireplace and blankets on massive couches for winter. Spa guests can now also book lunch or dinner in the hotel dining room.
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). The treatment beds are big enough to stretch out in all directions, at the perfect temperature and 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 Scented Salt Therapy combines a body exfoliation using Himalayan salt (peppermint, rose geranium or orange scented), a full-body massage using pinotage body butter and a hydrating mini facial.
Cost R2 495 for two hours
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 10am – 7pm
Contact 021 492 2223, leeuspafhk@leeucollection.com
Where to find it Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
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Fresh Wellness Spa at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

The Best Spas Fresh Wellness Spa

At this “grande dame” hotel deep in the Constantia Valley, nestled in award-winning gardens, a footpath around the side of the main building and past the rose garden leads to the gorgeous spa. A cocoon of wonderful sensorial therapies, decked out in chandeliers and beautiful  wallpaper, it’s a delightful pampering retreat. Only the best and most authentic products and elements are used, such as pure vine oil from Stellenbosch and proper volcanic stones.
Lay of the land There are six spacious treatment rooms and a private steam room. The hotel’s heated-pool area in the beautiful gardens is open to spa patrons to relax afterwards with a drink or light meal.
There’s more Hi-tech QMS facials, microneedling and dermaplaning are available. The Gathering package offers a fabulous spa experience for a group of four or more people, or extend your pampering by booking for the luxe high tea.
Recommended treatment The Five Senses Massage uses unique pressure-point massage techniques, hot stones, cold bamboo sticks and 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 350 per person for 90 minutes
Couples: R3 500 for 2.5 hours
Spa menu
Opening times Winter: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Summer: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 7pm; Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 794 2785, spa@freshwellness.co.za
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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J Wellness Circle at Taj Cape Town

The Best Spas J Wellness At Taj

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, age-old Ayurvedic philosophy. The therapists truly personify the adage atithi devo bhava, meaning “the guest is god”, with their splendid all-round treatments drawing on ancient Indian culture and healing wisdom, including cupping, head massage for healthy hair growth and even eye therapy.
Lay of the land There are four individual massage suites, a double suite with a bathtub 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 prayer-beads garland farewell gift. Ayurvedic health consultations are also available, and everything in the spa is 100% natural – from the products to the textiles.
Recommended treatment The uplifting Cape Fynbos Ritual starts with a clay, sea salt and rooibos scrub and body wrap, followed by a luxurious rooibos and honeybush bath, and finally a massage using signature marula and fynbos oil (with a cup of tea to match).
Cost R1 800 for 2 hours
Spa menu
Opening times Daily, 8am – 8pm
Contact 021 819 2028, jwellnesscircle.capetown@tajhotels.com
Where to find it 1 Wale Street, corner of St Georges Mall, Cape Town
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Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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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: 24 April 2024

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5 Responses to “The 10 Best Spas in the Cape”

  1. Jamie Allie

    One and Only Spa is absolutely one of the best spas in Cape Town. The therapists and treatments available are just as amazing…..

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  2. Caryn Leroy

    Lovely to have these recommendations. I’m a big fan of Steenberg Spa too- while it doesn’t have the extras, it’s a lovely venue, especially if you live in the area. Thank you.

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  3. Iris van der Poll

    Steenberg Spa beats more than half of these hands down too.

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  4. Nicola van der Merwe

    This list is missing life day spa at the waterfront. Better than at least 2 of the spas on this list

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  5. Nicola van der Merwe

    This list is missing life day spa at the waterfront. Better than at least 2 of the spas on this list

    Reply