Unique spa experiences in Cape Town

If you seek some ‘me time’ somewhere tranquil, a trip to one of Cape Town’s luxurious spas is a must on your Mother City bucket list. 

Here are some spas in and around the city you must visit: 

Tranquila Spa, Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa 

Tranquila Spa is an award-winning spa located at Aquila Private Game Reserve, around two hours from Cape Town City Centre. Guests here will enjoy indulging treatments that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs and are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colourants and preservatives. In addition to its 10 treatment rooms, the spa also boasts a striking heated indoor pool, refreshing cold indoor pool, steam room, sauna, nail bar and an outdoor pool. Popular spa treatments include the African Wood Massage and Tranquila Body Ritual. Access to the spa is free to guests booked into the Premier Cottages and for stays longer than two nights. 

Where: R46, Touws River

Opening times: Daily from 9.30am to 7pm

Contact: Call +27 21 430 7260 or visit aquilasafari.com/facilities/tranquila-spa 

One&Only Spa

Escape to an exclusive spa island at the One&Only Cape Town. The spa, surrounded by water and lush vegetation, offers tailored holistic experiences that encourage guests to “discover inner joy” and “relax, unplug and recharge”. The extensive spa menu offers something for everyone, whether you want to unwind, need an energy boost or an intimate couple’s experience. Kids, mothers-to-be and new mothers’ treatments are also available. Try the One&Only Table Mountain Tonic spa package that alleviates muscle tension and melts away stress.

Where: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 8pm Contact: +27 21 431 5810 or visit oneandonlyresorts.com

Angsana Spa, Vineyard Hotel

Angsana Spa at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands makes the perfect sanctuary for travellers who want some pamper time in a gorgeous, tranquil setting. Featuring 10 lavish spa rooms and a specially equipped Rainmist room, the space is designed to ensure that guests feel refreshed and revitalised.

Angsana Spa offers a selection of Asian-inspired therapies developed using natural ingredients like fruits and flowers and aromatherapy. Try the Angsana signature Floral Chic treatment, a 180-minute treatment that includes an Angsana massage, nourish body wrap, minute floral pouch scrub and a choice of facial.

Where: Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town

Opening times: Daily 9am to 7pm.

Contact: +27 21 657 4500 or visit angsanaspa.com

Babylonstoren Garden Spa

Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms set at the foot of Simonsberg in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. The Garden Spa, housed in a pavilion constructed of bamboo, is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Guests here can enjoy a relaxing massage, chill by the pool with a book or enjoy one of their facilities, including a hammam, chill room, hot spa and gym. 

Their Herbal poultice massage is a relaxing and soothing treatment that works effectively on a tired mind and tense muscles. Before you leave, head to the Scented Room at the Farm Shop to make your own scrub and mask. 

Where: Klapmuts – Simondium Rd, Simondium

Opening times: Daily from 9am to 5pm.

Contact: +27 21 300 3929 or visit babylonstoren.com/

Ubuntu Wellness Centre at Medi-Spa

This holistic treatment centre is home to a range of wellness treatments, including massages, Reiki, sound therapy and reflexology. The centre is one of the few places in South Africa to offer floatation hydrotherapy, a unique relaxation environment that assists with alleviating anxiety, fears, habits and addictions. Big on giving back to the community, Ubuntu trains women from disadvantaged communities to learn and develop their skills within the wellness space. Popular treatments include the CBD full body massage and the Reiki healing treatment. 

Where: 99 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town

Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm and Saturday: 9am to 3pm. 

Contact: +27 21 426 1156 or visit ubuntuwellness.com

Sapphire Spa, O on Kloof Boutique Hotel & Spa

Sapphire Spa, located at O on Kloof Boutique Hotel & Spa, aims to ensure travellers “make beauty and health a lifestyle”. 

They achieve this through a series of relaxing and soothing treatments in a glorious setting. The spa offers everything from massages, waxing, manis and pedis and even a bespoke experiences for couples. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, pedicure stations and couples’ rooms. Packages are available if you want a full day of pampering. 

Where: 92 Kloof Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town

Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm, Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sunday: 9am to 3pm, public holidays: 9am to 2pm. 

Contact: +27 21 434 0650 or visit oonkloof.co.za 

Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel

The spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel offers a cocoon of wellness and rejuvenation, with some of the most striking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hailed as one of Cape Town’s best luxury spas, guests can indulge in massages like hot stone and Thai or one of their signature experiences like The Mountain Serenade and The Apostles Touch. 

Facilities include seven treatment rooms, Mountainside Spa Gazebos with panoramic views of Table Mountain National Park, hydrotherapy pools, a rasul chamber and rain shower, a tranquility lounge and a salon.

Where: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 6pm, including public holidays. 

Contact: +27 21 437 9060, email thespa@12apostles.co.za or visit 


Spa at Cape Grace

The award-winning Cape Grace spa provides an “oasis of tranquility” to revilitalise the body and soul. The spa features a range of treatments, from massages to facials and anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation.

Facilities include 5 treatment rooms, including a couple’s treatment room, a hair salon and nail bar. The spa menu boasts a range of unique treatments, including QMS Medicosmetic skincare and A Little More Tranquility massage with modified cupping therapy.

Where: W Quay Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 8pm. 

Contact: +27 21 410 7100 or visit www.capegrace.com/wellness-spa

Librisa Spa, Mount Nelson

Librisa provides guests with an African spa experience using state-of-the-art spa techniques to invigorate, nourish and heal. Visitors can choose from a wide range of face and body treatments in one of eight spacious rooms housed in three late-Victorian buildings.

Other facilities include a Steam bath and Finnish sauna, plunge pool and conservatory with herbal tea selection.

Opt for one of their massages, body rituals, facial therapies or hand and foot treatments- all providing a luxurious experience with calming views.

The Journey of Discovery experience includes a day of pampering and a choice of 4 treatments. 

 Where: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town

Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 7pm.

Contact: +27 21 483 1550 or visit belmond.com

Amani Spa, Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Hotel at the Waterfront provides an idyllic setting for the Amani Spa.

Meaning ‘peace’ in Swahili and ‘hope’ and ‘aspire’ in Arabic, Amani celebrates physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

In between treatments, guests can enjoy the heated pool, sauna and relaxation area. The Salt Room is also a unique feature at the spa, which promotes various health benefits, including reducing viruses, bacteria and allergens, detoxifies the respiratory system (asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis), and aids in healing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. 

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Beach Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Cape Town

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 8pm.

Contact: +27 21 441 3332 or visit amanispas.co.za/

Heavenly Spa by Westin

Located on the 19th floor of the Westin, Heavenly Spa offers massages and signature treatments on its menu, including body wraps and exfoliations. With 15 treatment rooms, a Rooftop Infinity lap pool and a rooftop sauna, there’s nothing more heavenly.

Try their Heavenly Spa Gentle Signature Massage and Artic Ocean Hot and Cold Journey.

Where: Convention Square, Lower Long St, Cape Town

Opening times: Daily from 9am to 7pm.

Contact: +27 21 412 8200 or visit heavenlyspa.co.za

Jiva Spa, Taj Hotel

The philosophy of this spa is rooted in India’s approach to wellness and inspired by Indian healing wisdom. The award-winning spa ensures that all natural materials like organic cotton, sun-bleached fabric, oven-baked pottery and soy cotton are used to enhance the experience.

Various signature treatments are on offer, including the Ventoz Indian cupping, Cape Fynbos and Pehlwan Malish. The facilities include a steam room and jacuzzi, sauna and indoor heated lap pool.

Address: Wale St and St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 8pm.

Contact: +27 21 819 2000 or visit http://bit.ly/3X2x7DL

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