Did you know?
Vygenhoek Spa in Dullstroom is South Africa's first 'organic' spa.
African spas have certainly come of age over the past ten years or so, when the local health and wellness industry stopped looking to the salons and spas of Europe and America for inspiration, but instead began to look for inspiration and innovative ideas - back home, on the African continent. For centuries, the African people have used rituals and ceremonies aimed at honouring the body and mind and restoring the body's natural healing properties by using elements of nature.
Certainly, a major aspect of the African wellness centre is to utilise herbs and plants in rejuvenating and relaxing treatments. Beauty and skin products with elements of rooibos, fynbos, natural oils and African flower essences are used to stimulate circulation and enhance the treatments. Mangwanani Private African Day spas use a wealth of products enhanced by ancient African ‘recipes'; The award-winning Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa uses Maruwa Shea butter and fynbos exfoliations in the various therapies, and the spa at Royal Malewane (the Grande Dame of African safari lodges) makes use of the indigenous marula tree to restore and revive tired skin and muscles.
African wellness spas have a number of rituals on their treatment menus that you won't find at your average city spa. There are greeting rituals, hand and foot ‘gifts' and cleansing ceremonies that make the experience authentically African and very special. It must be said that while the African theme is core to the essence of these spas, treatments correspond with the most modern methods used internationally. In effect, you then get the best of both worlds - ancient African inspiration and the best of cutting edge spa technology. It's not surprising then, that our African spas continually make it onto the ‘Best of Lists' of some of the world's most-respected travel publications, and we have no doubt that these unique spas will continue to receive accolades for many years to come.