Sensational Spa’s in South Africa

South Africa is the dream destination for many travelers, offering spectacular scenery, wildlife and a rich cultural heritage.  Now there is an added attraction, Wellness Health Spas are on the increase.  From peaceful mountain retreats to the big game reserves and from the bustling cities to quiet country towns, Wellness Health Spas have become the rule rather than the exception.

Wellbeing and Relaxation plays an important part in our lifestyles these days, and with the many diverse options and latest facilities, Spa and Wellbeing options have become a very popular activity for both relaxation and pampering as well as being incorporated into special occasions.

Here are some of our personal favorite health spas, all set in stunning locations across South Africa, where you can rest, relax and be rejuvenated.
The luxurious health spa facilities offer treatments ranging from advanced skin and body treatments, hydrotherapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, relaxing or energizing massages to a host of other traditional therapeutic body spa and skin care treatments.

Ellerman House Spa

Ellerman Spa, on the ground floor of Ellerman Villa, invites pure indulgence with infinity views and ultra-modern facilities including three treatment rooms, a color therapy steam room, large sauna and unique infinity pool.  The internationally qualified therapists place comfort exclusivity and service above all else.  At Ellerman Spa they create the ultimate well being experience for mind, body and soul.

Choose one of thirty luxurious Ellerman Spa treatments and experience true relaxation, pampering and well being.  Ellerman Spa can only be used by Resident Guests providing exclusivity and privacy.  A fully equipped gym secluded in the gardens near the swimming pool, beckons the energetic to experience Ellerman House’s fitness facilities.  With its state of the art equipment, sauna and change rooms, the gym overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

Sante Wellness Centre

It is the philosophy of Santé to encourage a fresh start to a healthier, more joyful way of living.  The tranquil, non-invasive, welcoming environment makes Santé Winelands the ideal retreat for people simply seeking privacy, peace and quiet away from the maddening crowds.  For those who merely want to be spoilt and pampered, the boutique-hotel type service is the ultimate in luxury.


The Wellness Centre has 1 Hydrobath, 1 Vichy shower room, 6 Treatment rooms with terrace, 1 couple room with Terrace, 2 Vinotherapy rooms, 1 Hamam room, 1 Massage room incl Shower and 6 Massage rooms.  In addition to the treatment rooms, male and female locker rooms equipped with showers and lockers are available.  Guests staying over at the hotel enjoy complimentary access to the Wellness centre with its state-of-the-art-spa facilities including: a unique indoor hydro-pool with liquid sound, multi-height body jets, neck massage and counter current resistance swimming; a private sundeck, fully equipped gymnasium; sauna; steam room; jacuzzi; three snail shaped multi-experience showers that offer a variety of different options: from tropical rain to mountain mist to enhance the unique experience.

Pezula Spa

At Pezula Spa the intention is to amplify Nature’s gifts while using the very latest technologies to inspire a lasting beneficial effect on your body, mind and spirit.  Spa facilities include a superbly equipped gym, 12m heated indoor pool, outside Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, rainforest shower, sunbed, juice bar, hair studio, nail bar and nine secluded treatment rooms.  The post-treatment room with heated massage waterbeds is one of a kind in Africa.  The superb facilities and hi-tech equipment are complimented by a team of highly trained professionals.

Pezula Spa Signature Treatments harness age-old remedies of nature and offer a unique fusion of therapies.  Scrubs, wraps, massages, steam baths, milk baths and hydrotherapy are orchestrated to take you through a sensory experience that creates a feeling of total relaxation and serenity.
Products used for signature treatments form part of the Maruwa collection, a uniquely African range of body treatment products incorporating ingredients and essential essences garnered from the indigenous fynbos of the Western Cape.

The Medi-Spa facility features a comprehensive menu of specialist treatments for a variety of conditions including Dermal Fillers, Botox and Sclerotherapy offered by an experienced aesthetic medicine practitioner.
Pezula Spa also offers regular Aqua Aerobics classes.

Duma Manzi Eco Spa

The Duma Manzi Spa has one of the most beautiful approaches one can imagine. It consists of slate stepping stones along the entire length of wilderness that leads one into “an intimate private sanctuary”.  By the time guests are greeted by the friendly Spa Manager, they have already begun their journey into peace and natural tranquility.  As guests go through to the change rooms and shower, they find themselves immersed in a cave surrounding.

Entering the rock plunge pool and Jacuzzi area, creates a feeling of entering another world, with the promise of a virtual metamorphosis.
Immerse yourself in tranquil surroundings whilst listening to the prolific birdlife, nature’s sounds and cascading river water whilst indulging in holistic treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for your total wellbeing, with holistic choices of Natural and Organic Eco-Spa Products and Treatments.

The Eco-Spa has chosen Dr Hauschka, a holistic skin care range organically certified and internationally recognized.  Locally sourced pure essential oils and a small range of unique natural and organic products are supplied by Instinctive by Nature.  The experienced therapists are in attendance, offering a full range of skincare treatments, spa body treatments and holistic touch therapies.

Royal Malewane Spa

Completely surrounded by the untamed African bush, The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is a veritable oasis of calm.  With internationally qualified therapists on hand to provide therapeutic massage, luxurious body treatments and hydrotherapy, this is the ultimate refuge for those seeking to refresh and restore the mind, body and spirit.  The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa prides itself on treating guests to a truly African spa experience. As such, every aspect of the spa has been designed to encapsulate this philosophy .  While the treatments utilize the very best of eastern and western thinking, they also incorporate specially selected indigenous elements that reflect the magnificence and magic of the bush.

Defining the African experience are The Waters of Royal Malewane signature treatments. Completely unique and unashamedly indulgent, these treatments make use of rare indigenous oils and traditional ingredients to provide a sensory experience with an unforgettable African touch.
Inspired by the natural beauty of bushveld, the Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa has been created to be completely at one with its breathtaking surroundings. Stretching out majestically between gnarled Jackelberry and Acacia Thorn, the Bush Spa’s clean lines and minimalist design exude an air of complete balance and tranquility.

Gentle whispers of flowing water invite guests through majestic antique Indian Teak doors into the Spa’s beautiful central courtyard. Here, with the seamless African sky as a ceiling, guests are free to relax around the palatial 25m heated pool and enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa .
Positioned around the central courtyard are the beautifully appointed treatment rooms, as well as a fully equipped gymnasium, a steam room, hot and cold African baths and bush casitas where guests can enjoy the treatment of their choice, or simply relax in private.

Saxon Spa

Nestled in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Sandton, Saxon Spa and Studio makes a world class statement of ethnic African elegance, combined with personalized attention to detail.  Saxon Spa and Studio has witnessed history within its walls as it became home to Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison.  It was during this time that South Africa’s former President used the serene setting of Saxon Spa and Studio to edit his autobiography “Long walk to Freedom”.

A major highlight of the property is the spa, this harmonious space redefines the ultimate urban spa.  From the privacy of the treatment gazebos to the various relaxation areas and treatment rooms, the Saxon Spa and Studio offers tranquility and pampering in a lush setting.  The beauty spa was designed to house a number of therapies and wellness treatments.  The downstairs area has numerous facilities including a color enhanced Steam Room and Flotation Pool as well as an interior-heated jet pool and cold plunge pool.  The outdoor wooden deck is a peaceful space for guests to relax and take a breather between treatments.

In addition, the outside Sensational Showers have been designed around the theme of fire and water.  There are a range of health, beauty and wellness treatments, with the Signature Sound Therapy treatment being a real favorite.  The treatment involves gongs, drums and bells and the vibration is said to help rejuvenate the body on a cellular level.  Another signature treatment to look out for is the African Byzantine-styled mosaic Rasul Chamber where guests can enjoy the warm mud treatment (a multi-sensory experience using clay and aromatherapy).  The mud treatment is applied from top to toe and washed off with a ‘rain forest’ shower.  Visitors can also enjoy refreshing health drinks from the juice bar and a health menu is available. A favorite spot to relax is the ‘juice pit’ with its hot stones at your toes.