In South Africa, country spas are extremely popular. They offer up the perfect opportunity to head away from the busy urban centres into the countryside where tranquility rules the day and home-grown comforts (and pampering spa treatments) are yours for the taking.

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Karkloof Spa was voted the 'Best Luxury Safari Spa' at The World Luxury Spa Awards in 2012.

In South Africa, country spas offer welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of our cosmpolitan city centres. As one heads out of the urban structures, you can feel the stresses of modern life begin to peel off, layer by layer and there's lots more ‘de-cluttering' of the anxiety levels as you enter a delightful country spa.

Country spas in South Africa have certainly come of age over the past 10 years. While now, there is certainly more quantity (the country spa concept is a popular one) there is also a great deal of quality as part of the package.

There are the stalwarts like Cybele Forest Lodge, in Mpumalanga, who led the way in launching a localised version of the country spa, to tried and trusted places like Mount Grace Country House & Spa (Magaliesberg) who continue to reinvent the African country spa concept.

Then there are the fabulous new kids on the block: Places like Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa (situated along the Sabie River in Mpumalanga) and Karkloof Spa in the Natal Midlands that are fast making waves in the international spa arena.

Each one of our country spas has something special, for instance, the Body Bliss Spa at Kiara Lodge (Clarens, Free State) has a homely feel, Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa in Somerset West is known for its incredible touch therapy therapies and the Garden Spa at Leeuwenhof Country Lodge in the Waterberg combines a country spa experience with game viewing and hiking in the African bushveld.

South African country spas have one thing in common - they are all situated in exquisite locations, and a nature-based experience of sorts is part of the deal. Enjoy a range of treatments and then head out into the gardens, the hills, the bushveld and imbibe on Mother Nature's gifts of wide open spaces and big African skies.

Whilst many of these country spas offer day packages, it's a good idea to book yourself in for a night or two because once you arrive, we promise you won't be in a hurry to leave.

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Who to contact

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
Tel: +27(0)21 847 1160

Cybele Forest Lodge & Spa
Tel: +27(0)13 764 9599

Karkloof Spa
Tel: +27 (0)33 569 1321