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South African health spas also include several mineral spas located near natural hot springs.
Health and spa accommodation in South Africa is typically divided into three categories: stay spas, resort spas and dedicated health hydros. Stay spas are easily the most abundant of the South African health spas, as they’re usually day spas contained within hospitality establishments that also offer the option of overnight accommodation.
The locale of these spas varies greatly, from hotels in the major cities to bush lodges, quaint country houses, intimate boutique hotels, river lodges and wine estates. City and suburban spas are usually contained with the establishment, while spas in more exotic locations tend to have separate – and even open-air, outdoor – treatment spaces. Try the Amani African Spa at the Radisson Blu in Sandton, Gauteng; Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, Western Cape; The Spa at the Oyster Box in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal; and the Amani African Spa at Thornybush Game Lodge in Limpopo.
Resort spas offer more than just spa facilities and accommodation. As the name suggests, they’re located in leisure resorts that generally offer a range of facilities and outdoor activities that can be combined with the wellness therapies on offer. So days are structured around treatments and steam, sauna, hot tub and swimming sessions, interspersed with nature walks, horse rides and hikes.
These spas are typically found on golf estates, in game reserves and in the mountain resorts. Try Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in the Garden Route, Western Cape; The Cavern Resort and Spa in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal; Avalon Springs Hotel and Spa in Montagu, Western Cape; and Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa on the Wild Coast.
Health hydros differ slightly again in that they’re generally full-service spas but with the added benefit of expert-run programmes designed to assist with specific lifestyle-related issues, such as weight loss, detoxification, stress and overall wellbeing. Top hydros include Hoogland Health Hydro in Gauteng; The Hydro in Stellenbsoch, Western Cape; and Fordoun Hotel and Spa in KwaZulu-Natal.
Health spa accommodation in South Africa ranges from simple rustic retreats to five-star luxury rooms and suites with private splash pools and open fireplaces.
Similarly, the list of treatments available at these spas is endless, from conventional massages and facials to new therapies incorporating cutting-edge technology. If you’re looking for a real taste of Africa, try those health spas offering African treatments. These include traditional African massages and therapies that use products produced from local ingredients.