10 Unique Spa Experiences in Cape Town
On holiday in Cape Town and need some “me” time, decided to spoil a friend for their birthday – or perhaps you need a pampering before your special day? Whatever it may be, these spas offer some unique and unforgettable treatments…
The spa at The One & Only offers massage treatments that encourage you to unwind, elevate and restore. Their signature treatments include things like a Holistic Body Ritual – a fusion of treatments that begin with a full-body exfoliation, followed by a body wrap and finally a scalp and full-body massage. You can also go on a spa journey or book in for a half-day and enjoy the facilities.
ANGSANA SPA, VINEYARD HOTEL
The Angsana Spa at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands is the perfect sanctuary, set in a seven seven-acre riverside garden estate on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Several treatment rooms make the most of this setting opening up to private courtyards and plenty of natural light filtering into the rooms. On the menu is a refreshing and rejuvenating blend of treatments, which fuse techniques from East and West. End a day of pampering with a stroll through the gardens before indulging in Lady Anne’s Afternoon Tea at the hotel’s garden lounge or patio.
Cayenne Spa at the Pepper Club Hotel
Cayenne Spa offers an eclectic menu of treatments including body wraps, massages, body exfoliations and more. Their signature treatment is the Intonga Stick Massage – a full-body deep tissue massage performed with both hands and an African Bamboo wooden stick. They also have a couple’s treatment room if you want to share an experience with your partner.
O on Kloof Boutique Hotel & Spa
If you’re looking for a personalised treatment – that’s exactly what O Spa provides – luxury treatments for you personally that will revitalise your mind and body. Their signature treatment is the African Shea Aroma Therapeutic massage, which uses Africology balms to help you unwind and de-stress.
Mangwanani Boutique Spa
This Afro-chic spa believes in uplifting local women by training and employing them at Mangwanani. The individual therapies promise to indulge and revitalise you – from a traditional royal hand massage using rose water and grape seed oil, to a North African head, neck and shoulder rub with sesame seed oil, you’ll definitely experience something unique. They also have spa packages on offer like the Moonlight night out where you are greeted with cocktails and snacks, along with the sounds of African drums and then get to experience three decadent treatments followed by a delicious dinner!
Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel
With the most phenomenal Atlantic view, this spa is the ultimate escape for a restorative treatment. They offer massages like hot stone and Thai, but also have some very interesting packages. Our favourite is the Mountain Serenade, where you and your partner get to enjoy breath-taking views of the Twelve Apostles while being treated to either a hot stone or aromatherapy massage, along with oysters, strawberries dipped in chocolate and sparkling wine! It doesn’t get better than this.
Spa at Cape Grace
Having won the award for the Top Hotel Spa for Africa & the Middle East in 2015, this is one not to miss! They have a range of anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation treatments as well as Kalahari signature treatments, developed with natural ingredients based on plant oils, red sand and mineral salts. The Rolling Sands Massage allows you to feel the sensation of rolling dunes and the blue expansive skies of the Kalahari with a massage signature using dancing arm movements and a warm candle…
Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson
Librisa works with skincare companies Kalahari and Africology, renowned for their commitment to natural ingredients and each visit begins with a consultation, taking into account individual needs. Visitors can choose from a wide range of face and body treatments in one of eight spacious rooms housed in three late-Victorian buildings. Choose a signature treatment like the Kalahari Rolling Sands massage, which relieves muscle tension using botanical oils – or pick a package like their winter one, which includes a full-body scrub, Kalahari Cocoon wrap, Calabash foot massage and Aromatherapy foot massage. Treatments start at around R700
Amani Spa Radisson Blu
The Radisson Blu Hotel at the Waterfront, provides an idyllic setting for the Amani Spa, which focuses on holistic health and beauty. Enjoy a Amani Journey or choose one of their pamper packages or a signature treatment. The Jewel of Africa Massage uses crystals, warm oils and flowing movements to reduce muscle tension and balance the body’s energies.
Heavenly Spa by Westin
Heavenly Spa is aptly named, as it’s located on the 19th floor of the Westin. They have a host of massages and signature treatments on their menu, as well as specials. The Secret Lunch Hour special definitely takes the cake – choose one luxury treatment, 2 delicious courses from the menu at ON19 Restaurant and be back at your desk within 90 minutes!
Jiva Spa at Taj Hotel
The philosophy of this spa is rooted in India’s approach to wellness and inspired by Indian healing wisdom. A host of signature treatments are on offer, but if you’re looking for a truly rare experience then opt for one of their Indian treatments like Ventoz Indian cupping. This is a 90-minute ritual where heat in a glass is used to create a vacuum to ease knots and sore points, followed by a leisurely deep-tissue massage.