Top Spas in Cape Town
Capetonians combine their body consciousness, love of good health and nature and their admiration for great design in a high concentration of excellent spas. Think indigenous African and fynbos treatments, combined with magnificent views, and the scene is set for any holiday or post-business relaxation. The Mother City has some top spas for you to get some much-needed TLC – take a look at some of our favourites.
As if spending a night at a Tsogo Sun hotel wasn’t enough of a luxurious experience, the giant hotel group has now added the idyllic spa chain, Camelot Spas to its City Centre property, the Cape Sun.
I’m still hearing an angel chorus of “Hallelujah” after my absolutely divine hot stone massage. Housed on the 32nd floor of the hotel, with unbeatable views and its pure spa treatment heaven, a session at the Camelot Spa is a great introduction to the world of wellness.
Many places claim to offer unique service, but Enmasse delivers: Guests are dressed in white cotton clothing for their treatments, which are all oil-free. Enmasse offers reflexology, shiatsu and Thai and pregnancy massages by talented, trained therapists.
Every one of the 49 relaxations teas with which you can unwind after your treatment are out of this world! I had a Thai massage by a woman I swear must be some kind of muscle whisperer – I’ve never been that relaxed.
Founded by a former banker of all people, Enmasse is ideally situated close to the Gardens Shopping Centre and is proving to be a hit with those needing some tender loving care after a hard day of work (they’re open until 10h00, after all) or after overloading on sightseeing.
ONE&ONLY SPA CAPE TOWN
Luxury, beauty and pleasure are the words that come to mind when thinking of the One&Only Spa at the V&A Waterfront.
With three different treatment plans designed to help you unwind, and access to a heated pool and delicious, healthy snacks (be sure to try their smoothies) after your session, you are sure to be thoroughly spoilt all day.
Full- and half-body massages, facials, chakra balancing treatments, waxing, manicures and hair styling (yes, they have Wayne Gates, one of the Mother City’s most sought-after stylists, on staff) are just some of the goodies on offer.
SORBET FACE AND BODY PROFESSIONALS
Visiting the lovely ladies of Sorbet in the Gardens Shopping Centre has become a monthly ritual for me. Besides the fact that they see to all of my waxing and makeup needs, they are good with their hands too and give amazing massages.
The bright, ice-cream coloured décor and extremely friendly and helpful staff will have you forgetting about your troubles in no time.
True to its name, this decadent skin and body day spa in Newlands is a sanctuary for tired and aching bodies. My best friend and I had Swedish body massages – Urban Sanctuary offer great couples’ deals and occasion packages – and practically floated home on a cloud of aromatic oils and relaxation.
Highly qualified therapists offer wraps, facials, beauty treatments and more using their unique fynbos range, Moya. For pure indulgence, contact the Urban Sanctuary at +27 (0)21 683 8061 or visit
TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is well known for their individual and secluded open-air treatment rooms in the mountain brush overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the treatments on offer are built around indigenous and medicinal fynbos or renowned therapy brands.
Librisa Spa is situated at the Mount Nelson – one of Cape Town’s foremost hotels. The spa uses Africology products, the ingredients of which are traditional African plants including Rooibos, the African Potato, Aloe Vera and Marula fruit.
Sanctuary Spa in Newlands incorporates an exclusive collection of Moya products into each of their spa treatments and all of their organic body treatments incorporate indigenous aromatherapy essential oils. The spa is situated on the periphery of buzzing Newlands Village, so after your treatments you can pop along to one of the coffee shops for lunch or take to a few boutiques for retail therapy.
THE MAJESTIC SPA
The Majestic Spa is part of a new but grand epoch residency in the boho suburb of Kalk Bay. With ocean on one side, mountain on the other and artsy little stops along the Main Road – this is a good one for a day beside the seaside.
INZOLO WELLNESS SUITE
The Inzolo Wellness Suite at Hout Bay Manor is a beautiful setting offering traditional African treatments. Their range is also based on a blend of indigenous African plants including Kalahari Melon and African Ginger.