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The Hermanus Magnetic Observatory is part of a global research network that monitors the Earth’s magnetic field.
The Arabella Spa is located in the grounds of the renowned Arabella Country Estate between the towns of Kleinmond and Hermanus, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The estate overlooks one of South Africa’s largest and most beautiful natural lagoons.
The Arabella Spa, part of the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, fuses traditional and modern therapies and Eastern and Western treatments. But here, in an African location, a signature treatment brings African sensory stimuli into play.
The African Rainforest Experience offers 130 minutes of pampering comprising therapeutic showers, scrubs, steam treatments and local fragrances, ending with a tea ceremony in which local rooibos is mixed with relaxing chamomile or cleansing peppermint.
The spa specialises in a range of massages including Thai, sports and Indian head massage. Being one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations, specially tailored packages include the Golfer's Tonic for those who require soothing after a day on the greens.
You can also take a eucalyptus steam treatment at this spa; rest on mosaic slabs under a heated towel doused in healing aromatherapy oils; sauna in dry heat or with an essential oil infusion; relax in a room lit by candles; be softly cooled by a sprinkling of mist; or enjoy a reflexology footbath with pebbles.
A number of spa facilities are complementary to all resort guests, such as the sauna, the steam room and an indoor heated hydro pool. This pool has jets that massage the body, hydro seats so that the guest may enjoy the hydrotherapy experience in a seated position, and 4 bubble beds that provide a gentle underwater massage in a prone position. Also complementary is a fully equipped fitness centre.
The spa creates individual packages for special occasions such as bridal showers, birthdays or mother-and-daughter days.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa
Tel: +27 (28)284 0036
Fax: +27(28) 284 0003
How to get here
Take the N2 from Cape Town towards Somerset West and continue until Sir Lowry's Pass. Continue over this pass and turn left onto the R43 (to Hermanus). After approx. 20km you will reach the R44 (Kleinmond sign), where you turn right. Follow the road for about 3km until the Arabella Country Estate sign on your left.
Best time to visit
Each year the Cape puts on its best in terms of weather and appearance in summer, between November and March. The yen for body pampering can strike at any time of the year though!
Around the area
Farm stalls, wineries, Blue flag beaches and nature reserves are all on offer along this beautiful stretch of coastline.
Tours to do
The resort is situated in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by a rich plant kingdom of fynbos that begs exploration. It is only 15 minutes away from whale-watching sites in Hermanus and some of the Cape’s best wine farms are in the vicinity.
Hire a car, scooter or bicycle and spend some time exploring the beautiful Cape Whale Coast.
What will it cost
Prices range depending on treatments. It's always best to enquire beforehand regarding costs. There are special packages available.
What to eat
Enjoy the award-winning cuisine available at this top hotel. Healthy palates are always catered for.
The annual Whale Festival takes place in Hermanus during September each year.