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June 09, 2014

Top 5 Spas in Cape Town: Your Perfect Me Time Spots in the Mother City

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Spa treatment. Photo courtesy whl.travel

Editor’s Note: This article was first published on 2 December, 2010 and has since been updated.

Sometimes we need to break away from the hustle and bustle that is our daily lives. For some, me time ( you know, that rare section of time that belongs exclusively to you) involves watching a movie, curling up with a good book and a cup of tea or taking a stroll along any of our gorgeous beaches.

My me time means one thing and one thing only... a day at the spa. Now, you could say I’ve become a bit of an addict to this recreational activity. I’ve had  toe-curling worthy rubs in the City Centre, Swedish massages in Newlands, back massages at the Waterfront, manicures in Vredehoek and a to-die-for Thai massage in Gardens.

A quiet room, someone attending to my aching body and total bliss... what’s not to love?

For those of you, 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?

Camelot Spa

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.

Nirvana awaits at +27 21 488 5100 or visit www.camelotspa.co.za and www.tsogosunhotels.com


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.

After all of the hard work needed to write this article, I think I deserve some me time... see you at the spa!

More of an outdoor fanatic that a spa bunny? Why not try our top hiking trails or enjoy the fresh Mother City air with these great walks?

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