Spa Retreats

Recover your energy, focus and sense of wellbeing at some of the best spa hotels & retreats in Africa

Overview

A spa retreat originally meant a place of mineral springs used for relaxing and healing the body. Recently there's been a return to this focus on healing the body.

So often our modern lives seem fragmented almost beyond repair. We manfully struggle to fulfil various roles simultaneously in competing areas: professional, social, spiritual and parental. Rarely do we have the time to focus on ourselves. A good spa retreat takes a holistic approach to calming both body and mind.

South Africa, alongside Mauritius and the Seychelles, has some of the finest Spa retreats in the southern hemisphere. They combine exquisite spa design and therapies with luxurious accommodation and enchanting locations.

Spa Retreats in Africa - Twelve Apostles

Spa Resorts in South Africa

How best to enjoy luxury spa holidays in Africa? Some people set aside some spa time for a few days. However most of our clients simply choose a hotel or lodge with superb spa facilities.

Many spa resorts have developed their own African style. Not only in spa design, but in spa treatments and products used. Many offer spa treatments incorporating local herbs and plants, alongside more internationally recognised brands. For example some spa hotels in the Cape Winelands offer vinotherapy treatments, using the essence of wine grapes to assist with detox and rejuvenation.

Spa Retreats in Africa - Twelve Apostles
What do WE mean by Spa in South Africa?

However South African hotels tend to play fairly fast and loose with the words ‘Spa’ and ‘Wellness’. Sometimes a hotel will say it has a Spa when it only has some health and beauty facilities. Here we have only listed a hotel or safari lodge below if it has a dedicated Spa facility with a range of treatment rooms and therapies.

But many, many other hotels have the facility to offer a massage or a selection of treatments. But they may not have all the various extras that we associate with full-on spas such as indoor spa pools, sauna, steam room, gym, brine pool, water treatments and so forth….

Highlights

  • All holidays are therapeutic to some extent. But by spending time at a spa, you can relax and rejuvenate even more.
  • Choose between a number of enchanting locations: the Indian Ocean, in an indigenous forest or perhaps deep in the bush.
  • Some of the best spa retreats are also top hotels. So that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury and comfort for your bodily well-being!

Excellent bespoke itineraries

"Milandi puts together excellent bespoke itineraries, is proactive and provides excellent customer service" Mrs Jessie, UK

Mr Guy Crabb - Ginny

"Ginny listened to what we wanted and delivered an itinerary that pretty much blew us away." Mr Guy Crabb

Everything was brilliant

"Ginny Russell and the Cedarberg team have arranged many trips to Africa for us over the last 25 years. Each holiday has been wonderful and we love planning them with Ginny. When we think Africa & safari we always think Cedarberg. Thanks again Ginny, we are already looking forward to our next safari. Val & Frank" Mrs Val Cummins
 
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  • DefinitionA holistic experience encompassing the elements of stress-free living: optimum health, mental wellbeing, revitalised senses, spiritual awakening and positive dietary changes.

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Amazing holiday in SA

"Thank you for the most amazing holiday in South Africa. The three lodges were all selected with great care and each had a different atmosphere. All transfers worked entirely smoothly and we were even met on arrival at Johannesburg airport to be escorted the few yards to the airport hotel! Cedarberg really came into their own when BA messed up the outgoing flight (twice) and Ginny spent her entire Bank Holiday weekend sorting it out for us." Mr Mike Ricks, UK

Everything went smoothly

"From the initial enquiry until the end of the holiday everything went smoothly. We were very happy with all aspects of the holiday. All the hotels were comfortable; well staffed; good food." Mrs Kate Mars, UK

Great to deal with

"Cedarberg were really great to deal with. The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away.  The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it.  Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards." Mr Martin Butler, UK