If you’re looking for a quiet space to unwind, there are loads of options in and around the Mother City. From the award-winning spa at the Twelve Apostles to the inspirational therapies at the Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson Hotel to the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat.

Did you know?

At a number of Cape Town spas you can experience vinotherapy where grape pips and pulp are rubbed into the skin to assist in the detoxification process.

Health and wellness in Cape Town is a thriving industry and there are a number of spas and wellness retreats in and around the city.

Cape Town spas are located at most of the city's luxury hotels, and many of these establishments use ingredients derived from local clay, roots, seeds and oils in order to detox and rejuvenate. You can be massaged with Xhosa beads, exfoliated with fynbos extract (indigenous vegetation unique to the Cape), polished with shea butter and detoxified with buchu, a local herb with antiseptic properties.

Many of our Cape Town spas are constantly singled out for excellence in the international arena. The One&Only Cape Town Spa and the Twelve Apostles Hotel Spa have been singled out by Conde Nast Traveller (UK) and Travel + Leisure Magazine (US) and the Librisa Spa at The Mount Nelson Hotel also has a superb reputation with international travellers. There are also a few unique spas located in the Cape winelands area including the boutique Majeka House Spa and the spa at Klein Constantia. The foodie town of Franschhoek also has a number of notable spa and wellness options.

If a good body workout is what you need to give you a complete sense of wellbeing, most Cape hotels feature gyms equipped with the basic training equipment. Or you can apply to a local gym-chain such as Virgin Active or Planet Fitness for a visitor's membership for the duration of your stay.

Heading out of town, the Temenos Retreat Centre in McGregor a rather special retreat and a good place to switch off the noise of the world, even for a while. The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, situated close in Cederberg Mountains makes a fantastic getaway to revive body, mind and spirit.

So wherever you are in and around the Mother City, there's a health and wellness option to suit your needs.

Travel tips & Planning info

How to get here

You can fly directly to Cape Town from Johannesburg, Durban and international cities. The Mother City is also easily accessible by car.

Tours to do

If you're staying at Bushmans Kloof then a trip into the Cederberg to see the rock art is a must. If you're at the Twelve Apostles Sanctuary Spa or the Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson visit the V&A Waterfront.

What will it cost

Spas vary in terms of prices. Massages start at around R350, whilst facials and beauty treatments start in the region of R300. All day packages start in the region of R750 for a day package. Rates subject to change.

Length of stay

Spa packages vary depending on the establishment – book a half or full day city spa package or a number of nights away at a destination spa such as Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat.

Where to stay

Many city hotels have spas attached to them such as the Radisson, the Mount Nelson and the Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays. Or book your place at Temenos Retreat Centre or any of the other retreats in the Western Cape.

What to eat

Take advantage of organic spa meals on offer. Or you can order a la carte from the hotel menu.

Best buys

Vinotherapy products like the Theravine range.

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