Did you know?
The village of Dullstroom was originally called 'Dull's-stroom' (Dull's stream), when it was originally proclaimed a town by Paul Kruger in 1892.
The Vygenhoek Organic Spa is situated in Dullstroom, a village known more for its fly-fishing dams, quaint shops and country restaurants than for its health and beauty offerings.
Vygenhoek sets itself apart from the competition as the owners have really taken the concept of being fully 'organic' to heart. The spa was conceptualised around 'holistic wellness' and provides a range of treatments that steer away from the synthetic and embrace the natural.
This Dullstroom spa, is known for its very simple, yet focused philosophy, and while the words 'organic' are bandied about with wild abandon these days, at Vygenhoek you can be guaranteed that only the best natural products are used in treatments. Therapies include hydrotherapies that utilise the healing power of water.
The balneotherapy is a popular treatment in which mineralised thermal waters help to restore and rejuvenate. There are a number of seaweed and algae wraps available as well as herbal rubs and body polishing treatments using sugar and organic Arabica coffee beans.
At this Dullstroom spa you'll also find a variety of massages including shiatsu, Swedish, and a unique bamboo massage which uses various bamboo sticks to assist in drainage and relaxation.
In terms of beauty treatments there are several good skin treatments available including the Vygenhoek warm honey express facial. On the more spiritual side of things reiki and reflexology are also on the menu and there's a meditation garden with beautiful views, if you need further inspiration. A fun aspect to this spa is that there are also treatments available for children between the ages of three and 12.
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Who to contact
Vygenhoek Organic Spa
Tel: (0)13 254 0769
How to get here
Vygenhoek Organic Spa is situated just outside of Dullstroom on the Kruisfontein Road, some three hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria by car.
Best time to visit
Mid-week is a good time to visit as it’s not too busy. Over the weekends, the spa tends to be very popular. Dullstroom is scenic all year round.
Around the area
Superb fly fishing as well as welcoming restaurants, shops and pubs. There is loads to do for the kids and the nearby Bird of Prey Centre is well worth a visit.
Length of stay
Spend a week or weekend in Dullstroom and book a day or two of spa treatments at Vygenhoek Organic Spa.
Where to stay
You can’t stay over at Vygenhoek as it is a day facility only, but there are numerous B&Bs and guesthouses in the area. Walkerson's, Critchley Hackle and Millstream are three very popular places.
Trout to take home (available at numerous shops down the main street in Dullstroom).
Dullstroom is also known for its many quaint shops, where you can browse for arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and antiques.