Did you know?
You can organise pony-trekking tours in the Maluti Mountains, close to the town of Clarens.
The Body Bliss Day Spa is situated at Kiara Lodge, a quaint resort in the Maluti Mountains, near the arty village of Clarens.
City life has an uncanny ability to deplete your vitality and leave you feeling quite drained and lack-lustre. By contrast, Kiara Lodge is known as the ‘gateway to tranquillity', and is surrounded by the Malutis, which form the famous Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The many artists and writers who live in Clarens describe it as ‘a road to the present from antiquity, a gateway to heaven and tranquillity'. And the Body Bliss Day Spa can take your escape one step further.
The Body Bliss Day Spa is managed by internationally trained therapist Janine Fourie. Luxurious treatments include mineral body wraps, aromatherapy and Swedish massage, Indian head massage, Back, neck & shoulder massage, and steam room sessions. This Clarens country spa really does offer the opportunity to exhale and unwind in a pampering and tranquil atmosphere. Luxury treatment packages are a highlight and a range of treatment products are also available on sale to the public.
And when you're done, enjoy home-made dishes at The Trout & Mallard Restaurant and Pub at Kiara.
Apart from the spa, facilities at Kiara Lodge include an art gallery, tennis court, volleyball court, outdoor chess, swimming pool, pool table, table tennis, bass fishing and curio shop. You can also go on hikes in the mountains or take an outride in the area. There is also lots on offer for the kids such as putt-putt and a jungle gym.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Body Bliss Day Spa
Tel: +27 (0) 58 256 1062
How to get here
Popular with weekend visitors, Clarens is only a three-hour drive from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein. Take the N3 from Joburg to Durban, turn off the N3 and follow the R26 to Frankfort.
Best time to visit
The spa is open from Monday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm. Bookings are essential.
Around the area
Lots of activity in the area. Go fossil-hunting, hiking in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, head out on a horse safari at Bokpoort Farm or enjoy the wonderful restaurants and galleries in the village of Clarens.
Self-drive is best in this part of the world, so if you can hire a vehicle it will give you the freedom to see a number of sites.
What will it cost
Compared to city spas, the Body Bliss Day Spa offers treatments that are relatively inexpensive. For updated costs please contact the spa directly as these change from season to season.
Length of stay
Clarens is a great weekend getaway destination.
What to pack
Sunscreen for warm sunny days, a warm jacket for cooler evenings.
Where to stay
Kiara Lodge has five luxury rooms, or you can book out one of the chalets that sleeps five to eight people.
What to eat
There are loads of restaurants available in Clarens, and great coffee shops too.
Local art and craft in Clarens. Great art galleries showcase local artists and craft markets give you the opportunity to buy local crafts.