‘Best Safari Spa’ award-winner Royal Malewane tops our list for best spas in South Africa.
There’s no better way to relax and unwind than at the spa. Paired with the peaceful setting of the bush and cosmopolitan amenities of the city, South Africa offers some of the best spa experiences. Here are our top choices.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spa in the wilderness than at Royal Malewane, winner of the ‘Best Safari Spa’ in the 2016 Safari Awards, and world-renowned for its beautiful setting and luxurious treatments. It’s an oasis to restore mind, body, and spirit in the serenity of the Kruger area. The treatment rooms and private relaxation casitas are centered around a sparkling heated lap pool in a central courtyard. A full range of health and skincare treatments are available from internationally-qualified in-house therapists. Facilities include a steam room, jacuzzi, hot and cold African baths, and a fully-equipped gym.
The Karkloof Safari Spa offers a unique hybrid spa-safari experience that mixes quintessential game drives and unlimited spa treatments. 17 generous treatment rooms look out into the native bush and specialized treatments from Thai therapists are designed to uplift, revitalize, and recharge the body and soul. Spa facilities include Kniepp pools, flotation pools, sauna and steam rooms, indoor roman baths, and open air Jacuzzis. There are also first-class yoga instructors that can lead you in a time of stretching and meditation.
Located in the Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, the spa at Bushmans Kloof has one of the most picturesque settings in Africa with a dual Spa Gazebo that looks out onto the staggering rock formations and the majestic beauty of the reserve. The whole spa experience at Bushmans Kloof is deeply rooted in the area’s unrivaled natural beauty and inspired by the healing essence of Africa, with signature spa treatments using a range of B|Africa products that combine indigenous African plant extracts with the natural goodness of the sea.
The Bush Spa at Singita Ebony and Boulders Lodges, Kruger Area
The Bush Spas at Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders Lodges offer a holistic and healing approach to their treatments and are designed to complement the beauty and tranquility of the bush. The sister properties in the Kruger area each have two treatment rooms — one at each can be used as a couple’s treatment room, and you can also enjoy treatments in the privacy of your guest suite or out on your private deck.
The One & Only Cape Town is located on two islands at the center of the V&A Waterfront. On one, you’ll find the guest rooms and several suites, and on the other, the resort’s exclusive spa retreat. The spa at the One & Only is the largest in the city, with 12 private treatment villas, a relaxation room, sauna and steam facilities, couples treatment rooms, two vitality pools, and a full-service salon. Highly trained professionals can perform a variety of ancient and modern treatments for a customized spa experience in the city pre- or post-safari.
The Saxon is tucked away in a tranquil and quiet suburb of Sandhurst. Its state-of-the-art Spa and Studio is a holistic retreat founded on ancient rejuvenating spa techniques. For a can’t miss experience, try the signature Sound Therapy treatment – it involves Tibetan gongs, bells, and bowls, and is performed on a heated waterbed.