Ginkgo boutique spas offer holistic spa treatments in intimate surroundings. The focus at these spas is on the individual – you'll never feel part of a 'sausage factory' spa experience when visiting one of these upmarket spas in the scenic Cape.

Did you know?

Ginkgo offers Ginkgo on the Go, a mobile massage service.

Ginkgo boutique spas are located in South Africa's Western Cape province. The Ginkgo philosophy is based on holistic health and wellness principles to bring about order and a sense of balance to the psyche and body. The aim is to not only allow the client to enjoy some well-deserved time-out and pampering, but also to make use of the experience in a way that is beneficial to better health choices in the long run.

Part of the Ginkgo Spa and Wellness Group, Ginkgo spas offer an intimate spa experience, and at any one time you are guaranteed no more than four treatment rooms at any one location – which means personalised pampering.

The spas offer a range of treatments and therapies. Treatments are largely based on traditional touch therapy – the body has memory, and by using the healing power of touch, toxins and pent-up anxieties can be released in a safe and caring space. Each touch therapy session starts with a symbolic foot cleanse, which is step one in clearing one's energy of stress and toxins brought about by everyday urban life.

The Ginkgo boutique spas offer a range of signature treatments, including the Ginkgo 'Elixir' Signature Massage – designed to help you unwind and to leave you feeling rejuvenated. There is also the Ginkgo 'Ataraxia' Massage – a three-part rhythmic massage that targets tensions and emotional anxiety. And there's even one for the boys – the Ginkgo Golfer's Specialised Signature Massage.

There are also a range of skin treatments, facials, pedicures, manicures and beauty treatments available. The Ginkgo Spa and Wellness Group uses top international and local products including Nimue and Mama Mio (a skincare range for pregnant women).

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

The Arniston Ginkgo Spa
Arniston Spa Hotel
Tel: +27 (0)28 445 9000

The Ginkgo Spa at Erinvale
Erinvale Estate Hotel
Tel: +27 (0)21 847 1682

The Ginkgo Spa at Steenberg
Steenberg Hotel
Tel: +27 (0)21 713 2222

The Ginkgo Spa at The Mansions
The Winchester Mansions Hotel
Tel: +27 (0)21 430 0218

How to get here

There are various Ginkgo spas. See the listed website for details.

Best time to visit

Each spa has different open and closing times. It's best to give them a call and book an appointment beforehand.

Around the area

Take a gourmet tour of Franschhoek and visit the wine estates and restaurants (some of which are the best in South Africa).

Tours to do

Cape Town has numerous attractions. If you like designer shopping, then Cavendish Square or the V&A Waterfront are good choices. For culture and history, plan a visit to Robben Island or take a walking tour of the Bo-Kaap.

What will it cost

Treatments and therapies range in price, so visit the website beforehand to get the latest price details. Enquire about special half- and full-day packages.

Length of stay

A half or full day at the spa (with no other plans) is a great way to unwind.

Where to stay

Each of the Ginkgo spas is attached to a superb hotel, so book in for a night or two and enjoy the spa experience combined with sightseeing in the winelands or Cape Town.

What to eat

Each of the spas offers light, healthy meals on the hotel property.

Best buys

Their ranges include Babor, !QMSMedicosmetics, Mama Mio and Nimue (the latter only available at Steenberg and Sea Point Spas)