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December 02, 2010

Cape Town spas: Indulge in a little more “me time”

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Spa treatment. Photo courtesy whl.travel

Sometimes we need to break away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. My “me time” means one thing – a day at the spa.

You could say I’ve become a bit of an addict. I’ve had Swedish massages in Newlands, back massages at the V&A Waterfront, manicures in Vredehoek and most recently, a Thai massage to die for in Gardens.
A quiet room, someone attending to my aching body and total bliss ... What’s not to love?

For those who would like to join me in the pleasurable worship of spa treatments, why not book a few sessions for yourself at these indulgent spas?


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.

For more information, a price list and to book your treatment, call +27(0)21 461 5650 or visit www.enmasse.co.za

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.

Spoil yourself by booking a treatment at +27 (0)21 431 5810 or visit www.capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com/spa for more information.

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. Call +27 (0)21 462 5942 or visit www.sorbet.co.za to find out more.

Urban Sanctuary

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 www.thesanctuarygroup.co.za.

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