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, alongside luxurious accommodation and enchanting locations.
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.
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….
- 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!
Exactly what we wanted"The services Cedarberg provided was excellent. We had a few hiccups and needed to change the itinerary a couple of times but Cedarberg was very quick to respond to our needs and helped us out very quickly. All the accommodations were excellent and suited us perfectly for what we wanted and doing at that time. " Mrs Kim Swain
It was a fabulous holiday"I have booked through Cedarberg before and this is why I came back, as I was highly satisfied. This time it was a bit more complicated as Peter had less experience with Uganda himself and he had to communicate with Wildlife Frontiers a lot, which took time and some backwards and forwards. In the end it was so worth it, as it was a fabulous holiday. Peter also recommended the group experience and that was the right thing for a single traveller, we had a fantastic group of five and had all meals together. Otherwise I would have been on my own for the whole trip. " Mrs Monika Maintz
Glad we booked with Cedarberg"They were very informative and helpful. Milandi in particular helped us with car hire and when I lost my wallet on arrival in Cape Town. Milandi was always available to discuss and change anything required. Emails were replied to promptly. " Mr Chris Jones, UK
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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.