When you book a spa getaway, ideally you want a complete change of scenery, exotic-but-healthy foods, and spa treatments you can’t find anywhere else. These South African resort spas offer just that. Here are 10 of the best.
The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg is in the gorgeously green suburb of Rosebank, so you experience some seclusion from the busy city, but can access it easily. The onsite spa is called the Phumula Spa (meaning “rest” in Zulu) and it integrates many of South Africa’s traditional healing techniques into its treatments. Treatments include the Cambala Restful Pinotage Salt Glow incorporating a unique South African wine grape. Other treatments: Khucula Cleansing Black Pepper Scrub and the Tea Tree Clay Wrap.
Part of the Cape Town skyline, African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa offers views of the stunning Table Mountain and proximity to the Century City urban hub. Rooms feature mood-enhancing lighting and gorgeous local art. The property’s full-service Life Day Spa Cape Town features unique treatments like the Bootcamp Body Treatment and Slimming Wrap, plus massages and beauty services. Guests also enjoy access to the outdoor terrace where they’ll find the hotel’s suspended swimming pool.
Grande Roche is a truly unique spa experience. The property sits on a working farm in the Cape Winelands, with guests sleeping in a historic manor house. The award-winning chefs focus on light and healthy dishes that highlight the best local ingredients. Nearly every imaginable activity is available from sailing, mountain biking and hiking for more active guests to relaxed horseback riding, winery tours and golfing for those looking for a laid-back stay. And of course the property features spa treatments using some of the best local products.
The Cellars-Hohenort is a stunning property made up of 18th century restored wine cellars and a stately manor house. Guests stay in one of 53 luxury rooms, all with views of nine acres of manicured gardens and a vineyard. On warm days, guests cool down in the solar-heated swimming pools, and for some relaxation they visit the Paris Spa where specialists use indigenous ingredients like natural oils, volcanic stones, tropical bamboo sticks and woven linen clothes in their massages and treatments.
Located in the famous Kruger National Park, Ngala Game Reserve offers views of animals like lions, elephants and giraffe roaming freely. Visitors can either stay in the Ngala Safari Lodge, in thatched cottages under tamboti trees looking over a watering hole, or in Ngala Tented Camp — luxurious canvas tents with expansive terraces looking over the reserve. Most meals are served outdoors and under the stars at night. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea on their patios, or dip in the swimming pool to cool off.
The Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa overlooks the beautiful coastline of the Western Cape and offers exceptional personalized service. At the Pezula Spa & Gym, guests enjoy the heated indoor pool, the rainforest shower, the sauna and steam rooms, and personalized spa packages. Dining choices are deliciously dynamic, from the Boma, where you can enjoy barbecue and other local dishes outdoors, to Noah’s Champagne & Cocktail Bar to the Café Z Bistro, serving produce from the on-property gardens.
Designed to blend in with its coastal location, Views features incredible tall atriums looking right over the water. All dining establishments face the wilderness beach, from the rooftop cocktail deck to the fine dining Flagship Restaurant. In the afternoon, guests often relax in the library lounge with tea and a book, or indulge in the Moroccan Rasul Steam Room, the hydrotherapy lounge and the vitality pool in the spa.
Straight out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel, The Oyster Box Hotel property combines colonial décor with impressive tropical gardens and five-star service. One of the most welcoming staff you’ll ever find greet you with signature Oyster Box iced tea upon your arrival, and the hotel happily welcomes pets and children. The spa menu is expansive, with signature experiences like the hot lava shell massage and Himalayan salt crystals massage. Other spa facilities include the hamman and sensation shower, the rain showers and the Tranquility Lounge.
This property’s name means “Valley of Flowers” in Zulu, and for a reason: guests of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge stay in the midst of untouched nature, and look over the KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast. Guests are treated to on-call butler service, nine dining venues, and the Willow Stream Spa featuring treatments like the marula milk bath (using the South African marula fruit), the stress-relieving intonga stick massage and the hydrating rooibos mask.
This recently became the Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff and offers all the promised luxury of any Four Seasons hotel, with a brand new spa, two new restaurants featuring local ingredients, South African wines, and an elegant bar. The hotel has a wonderful day spa that’s already establishing a reputation as one of the most modern and tranquil in Johannesburg, along with a fitness center with stunning views, a heated outdoor pool and even limousine service.
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