Moloko Spa, Johannesburg
Did you know?
The Moloko Strathavon’s sister hotel, Moloko AtholPlace, was voted 1 of the world’s hippest hotels in Condé Nast Traveler’s (US) 2009 ‘Hot List’.
The Moloko Spa, based at the Moloko Strathavon Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, has embraced ecologically sound principles in its treatments, as well as in its design and architecture.
The spa makes use of elements such as bamboo, stone and wood, and serene treatment rooms open onto Zen gardens with the soothing sound of water features.
The Moloko Spa plays a role in protecting the environment by reducing waste through recycling, controlling consumption of water and electricity, utilising natural recyclable materials, and supporting suppliers whose products complement this. Here you can expect to find oils and lotions in which plants, fruits, herbs and the ocean feature.
The spa extends the classical elements of water, air, fire and earth to include space, and together these are combined in treatments described as 'natural and organic spa journeys'.
The Kapha journey works with the elements of water and earth, and involves soaking the client in a herbal infusion of patchouli and sandalwood before enveloping the body in a mineralising clay. In the fire-and-water-themed Pitta, wave-like movements of a full body massage take you on a voyage of the senses. The space and air Vata is best done in the evening, and begins with a Rasul treatment under the light of a thousand stars.
Other unusual treatments at Moloko Spa include a deep-tissue bamboo massage done with bamboo rollers; the AquaZan sensorial water experience, which utilises heated water balls and water pillows to induce a feeling of floating; the Oxygen Replenishment Facial that makes use of both red and brown algae to de-stress the skin; and the Collagen Velvet Eye and Lip Treatment, which is an intensive treatment for expression lines.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)87 943 4711/(0)11 384 4900
Walk & Talk Tours
Tel: +27 (0)11 444 1639
How to get here
The Moloko Spa is located at 160 Helen Road in Strathavon. The easiest route is via the Grayston Bridge (M40) off the M1 North or South. Travel time from central Johannesburg, depending on traffic, would be 30 to 45 minutes.
From OR Tambo International Airport, enter the R24, continue onto the N12, and at the interchange veer left onto the N3. Take the exit towards the eastern bypass (M1). Take the ramp onto the De Villiers Graaff Motorway and turn right into Grayston Drive. After a distance of 1.4km turn right into Helen Road. The hotel is on the right-hand side.
Alternatively, you can use a combination of the Gautrain and Gautrain bus to reach the hotel.
Best time to visit
The spa is open from Monday to Sunday. It's essential to make a booking.
Around the area
Central Sandton is recognised as a prime shopping area, with malls such as Sandton City and the Nelson Mandela Square boasting swanky boutiques that sell the merchandise of international designer labels.
For those who want to get to know Sandton from a tourist point of view, the Walk & Talk self-guided tours that make use of cellphones are great fun and take in all the landmarks.
Hiring a car makes sense as Johannesburg is a vast city, and it's easier to get around if you have your own vehicle.
What will it cost
The spa treatment menu varies considerably in terms of prices, and cost largely depends on the treatment you require. Enquire about costs when making your booking.
Where to stay
Sandton revels in Johannesburg’s most concentrated supply of hotel rooms across all grades of accommodation. If you wish to stay on site, however, the Moloko Strathavon Hotel has over 50 rooms and suites that cater to 5-star tastes. All are en-suite and supplied with robes and slippers, mini-bar, Wi-Fi and safes. Hotel facilities include the Ambassador Restaurant, pool and cigar lounge.