KwaZulu-Natal is the perfect destination for health holidays. The province's spas offer world-class treatments amidst lush farmland, game reserves, tropical beaches and imposing mountains. A visit to a spa in South Africa is a welcome addition to any itinerary, and wherever you are in KwaZulu-Natal, there is a spa nearby.

Did you know?

The Karkloof Spa in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands won Most Exciting New Discovery at the 2009 Tatler Spa Awards.

Begin your health holiday to KwaZulu-Natal with a relaxing visit to one of the province's excellent spas to restore your body and soul.

Fordoun is an excellent destination to enjoy relaxing Zulu vibes and treatments that epitomise wellness in South Africa. This spa, hotel and restaurant in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands uses the wisdom of Dr Elliot Ndlovu, a spiritual healer and director of Fordoun Spa. He has created his curative centre in traditional Zulu-style architecture amidst a garden of 120 species of healing plants. Fordoun has won multiple awards, including Best Destination Spa at the 2006 Professional Beauty Magazine Show.

Another award-winning wellness centre is located on the Crowhurst Estate in Kloof, 30 minutes from Durban. This gracious century-old homestead has been converted into a distinguished boutique hotel and spa. Here you can enjoy the secluded, classical garden teeming with bird life and feel your worries melt away with a deep-tissue body massage, hot stone therapy, facial treatments or a full mineral body wrap.

If your partner likes golf, you should encourage a visit to Selborne, where Denis Barker created the first golf estate in South Africa more than 20 years ago. Apart from an exceptional 18-hole course, Selborne offers a refined boutique hotel and spa. How does a morning relaxing on an Indian Ocean beach followed by a facial, body treatment or manicure and pedicure sound?

If you prefer to combine your treatments with a safari, then Falaza is an attractive destination. As part of a privately owned game park, this spa is situated among sand dunes overlooking the marine shoreline and coral along the North Coast and offers excellent game viewing along with world-class treatments.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

The South African Health Spas Guide
Telephone: +27 (0) 86 177 1772

How to get here

The wellness spas in KwaZulu-Natal are all situated in scenic locations – often just outside towns and cities. All have detailed directions and maps on their websites.

Best time to visit

Thanks to an all-round tropical climate, KwaZulu-Natal is a pleasure to visit any time of the year.

Around the area

KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most diverse provinces in South Africa. Whether you want to see wildlife, enjoy pristine beaches or indulge in some shopping, you'll be catered for.

What will it cost

Spas in KwaZulu-Natal offer various packages, often including accommodation. Prices for quality treatments in South Africa are generally much lower than in Europe or the United States.

Length of stay

Most spas offer day or stay packages, so the choice is yours.

What to pack

Good karma...and plenty of sunscreen.

Where to stay

Spa accommodation is generally part of the overall spa experience.

What to eat

Most spas have restaurants where wholesome, healthy food will complement your treatment.

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