Article by African Sands
South Africa is extremely blessed to have stunning scenery, an incredible coastline, a wild untamed Africa with its magnificent Game parks, internationally cosmopolitan cities and wonderful Spa and wellness centres that allow complete relaxation and rejuvenation!
I have composed a list of my favourite Spas and Wellness Centres that I know offer a complete sensual and relaxation extravaganza in amazing settings. They are my personal top spas, so I hope you enjoy them too!
Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
This beautifully located hotel & Spa is positioned between Bantry Bay and Llandundno flanked by the mountains and the sea – offering guests the best of both worlds. It was awarded 6th place in the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine 2006 Reader’s Awards for Best Overseas Hotel Spas and ever since it has continued in its fashion of excellence. The Sanctuary Spa combines earth, air and water to replenish body, mind and soul. Treatment packages make use of the Moya range (a locally-created fynbos essential oil product range). You are able to relax and unwind at the rock pools, or enjoy treatments in the 2 secluded mountain gazebos. The gazebos are cleverly designed – ensuring maximum privacy and maximum views.Definitely try the Signature Treatment, the Moya Crystal Massage – the home-grown version of hot-stone therapy using crystals sourced from Africa.
Bushmanskloof Wilderness and Retreat
This is another Western Cape marvel! Bushmanskloof offers a brilliant getaway for the more spiritually minded. Meditation and yoga retreats are on offer 2-3 times a year – and these are extremely popular with international visitors. These wonderful retreats are a combination of rock art walks, nature drives, and yoga as well as special meditation sessions throughout the weekend. They leave you feeling relaxed and at peace. The environment is restful with wide open spaces at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains. There is also incredible rock art in the caves and mountain cliffs that gets one instantly in touch with the ancestors of this land. Singita Lebombo
The Mpumalanga region is celebrated for a number of exquisite, luxury African bush spas. Places like Singita Lebombo (Kruger National Park) boast an amazing combination of wild African bush and soothing treatments adapted locally for the ultimate wellness experience. Not only is this an exclusive game lodge with excellent Big Five game viewing, but it has won international awards for the excellence at the Spa.
Camelot Earth Nature Spa at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is famous as being a truly contemporary and ultra luxurious private game lodge, but it is equally renowned for its outstanding spa – the Camelot Earth Nature Spa. Relaxing in the African bush, connecting with nature, rejuvenating mind, body and soul, this is what awaits you at the Camelot International Earth Nature Spa at Sabi Sabi’s Earth Lodge. Enjoy four fully equipped and tranquil spa treatment rooms – including a double room ideal for couples – that look out onto uninterrupted views of the African bush, where animals, birds and plants exist as they have done for centuries. Adjoining the spa – and perfect for holistic revitalization – is a tranquil Zen meditation garden that blends into Earth Lodge’s structure, offering a retreat for quiet moments.
Cybele Forest Lodge and Health Spa
The Forest Health Spa at Cybele provides a natural wellspring of health and peace, offering a wide range of treatments to rejuvenate the body and restore the soul. Experience a haven of serenity, the heart of which is created around a tranquil Zen garden. With a plethora of treatments available, Cybele offers two Hydrotherapy baths – one hewn from natural granite and situated in its own private courtyard. The other is located indoors for year-round use.Guests can choose between sharing their Spa experience in a tastefully appointed double treatment room, or luxuriate on their own in one of our two separate therapy rooms. Guests also have the option of enjoying their treatments in their own suite. Support your wellness regime with walks in the nearby woods and enjoy health meals created by the skilled Cybele chefs.
The KwaZulu-Natal province is rapidly gaining kudos for its wellness retreats. The Falaza Spa is definitely a sure bet. Located in the Hluhluwe wildlife region, you can go on a game drive and spot the Big Five, followed by a stress-defying massage under the trees – with the local birdlife serenading a musical tune a complimentary addition to your treatment. Combining up-to-date facilities with impeccable service, the spa is nestled among the indigenous foliage of the magnificent bush, a peaceful, natural haven to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.The Spa at Falaza offers relaxation, revitalization and pure pampering for men and women alike.An added excitement is that accommodation at Falaza is in luxury tents – go on experience a bygone area! The age of Safari and Adventure!
Fordoun Spa boasts a team of expert specialists that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians. It is an incredible all round experience. The spa features internationally celebrated treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline Floatation pool, heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath. Part of the holistic relevance of everything at Fordoun has led to the development of the Fordoun signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethnobotanist, who is a traditional African Healer and Inyanga, and a director of Fordoun Spa. Fordoun also make use of Elemis an exclusive up market international beauty treatment range which works well with the Ndlovu range and compliments the natural, South African range, Africology. This is pure peace at its best.
I hope you have as much fun exploring these spas as I did! Relax and Rejuvenate! The world will seem like a much better place when you are pampered and spoiled. Enjoy!
About the Author
Although I currently live in England, my home country, South Africa, will always have my love and passion. It is a beautiful land with so much to offer everyone. I want to share my pride with everyone. I think everyone should be able to have incredible, magical memories that last them a lifetime! http://www.africansands.com