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Three Hand-Picked Spas To Escape, Relax And Revitalise The Body And Mind

Western Cape

Santè Wellness Retreat and Spa

It’s been a long lockdown, and some TLC is definitely what the doctor has ordered. Feel like some pampering and a luxurious stay at a magnificent spa? We’ve highlighted three stunning spas – one in Jozi, one in Durbs and another in the Cape – that we think will remedy many isolation blues.

From exclusive use offerings and structured wellness programmes to overnight stay packages, you will be taken aback during your stay at Santè Wellness Retreat and Spa surrounded by magnificent Drakenstein mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape.

With a promise to indulge guests in true wellbeing, this luxurious venue includes a world-class day spa, a health-optimising clinic and conference centre, as well as stunning accommodation options.

A serene haven with uncomplicated luxury, Santé has been the recipient of numerous awards and has recently also been awarded the winner of World Spa Awards 2020 – Best Wellness Retreat in South Africa and Best Wellness Retreat in Africa.

The food offering at Santé – exquisite, honestly healthy cuisine – allows you to enjoy your perfect healthy break. Santé caters for all needs – you can join a wellness program, customise your own stay or simply enjoy a totally unstructured break!

Award-winning day spa

Santé’s world-class day spa has won multiple awards, and offers extensive hydrotherapy facilities, an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre with a yoga and pilates studio, a sauna, a feature herb and vegetable garden and even a labyrinth.

Extending far beyond the confines of a day spa, the Spa at Santé offers an elevated, integrated wellness experience designed to create a true sense of wholeness and wellbeing. 

The creative, extensive menu includes unique natural treatments, day packages and signature journeys, each expertly created with a specific outcome in mind.

Protect and treasure your health

There has never been a time where your health is so important. The Health Optimizing Clinic at Santé can help you optimise your health and create a true sense of wholeness and wellbeing through the use of cutting-edge technologies combined with highly skilled medical practitioners.

The retreat’s extensive indoor and outdoor facilities allow all guests to be able to maintain safe social distancing throughout their stay. Extremely strict health and safety protocols have been implemented throughout in order to protect the health and safety of all staff and guests.

Reward yourself and visit Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa – a perfect way to counteract the impact of this most stressful time!

What the Afropolitan loves most

We love that the gardens at Santé have been planted with plants that are either indigenous, sensory, edible or have healing properties, and only natural products are used that ensure the spa takes care of you, and the environment. 


Fordoun Spa

Located in the rolling hills of Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and dating back to the 1860s, Fordoun was created with the vision that every guest should leave feeling uplifted, positive and relieved of stress, and armed with a commitment to well-being. This is easy to do at Fordoun where the air is crystal-clear, the scene stunning and the atmosphere peaceful where one can leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind them during their stay.

Fordoun was imaginatively converted from a dairy farm to an award-winning boutique hotel and spa and homestead and each bedroom and suite is individually styled with an intent focus on luxury and comfort.

Guests staying at Fordoun are encouraged to nurture the importance of outdoor exercise, health and reconnecting with nature and oneself. Meanwhile, appetites are satisfied by fine health cuisine prepared with seasonal farm produce and the freshest local ingredients in the fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro.

Fordoun’s renowned wellness spa boasts a team of experts on hand include skilled masseuses, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African healer and highly trained aestheticians. The spa’s treatments include the rasul, which is a Turkish steam and clay treatment room, a saline Floatation pool, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy, and two couples treatment suites. One of the couple suites offers a hydrotherapy bath.

One of the most popular and sought-after packages is the 4-night Essence of Africa experience, which includes Rasul Zulu clay and steam experience, a royal Zulu bath with Dr Elliot Ndlovu’s herbal compound of rooibos, lavender and African potato which is soothing for the skin and relaxing for the body.

Also included is a nourishing Swedish massage, an inkomfe herbal wrap with Vichy shower and a marula oil application, a hot stone therapy massage using heated granite rocks, reflexology, Nduku Nduku massage with Dr Elliott Ndlovu’s oils, Terre’s D’Afrique hydrating facial and a spa pedicure. For absolute peace and quiet, a single package rate is R12,000, and a double package is R21,000.

For a romantic, one-night escape, couples can enjoy tranquil surroundings, rose petal turndown in your room and a romantic 3-course meal at Skye Bistro. Inclusive in this package are a Rasul clay and steam treatment and a nourishing Swedish massage for two.

If you feel like getting active during your stay, guests can enjoy a number of other activities at Fordoun and include walks and trail running, fly fishing, birding, mountain biking, gyming, and clay pigeon shooting. In the surrounding areas guests can visit the herb garden of Dr Ndlovu, or go golfing at the magnificent Bosch Hoek or Gowrie Farm courses which are both just a few minutes away.

What the Afropolitan loves most

We love that guests can revel in the many treatments that combine international ranges and uniquely African products made from Zulu traditional healing plants grown in the indigenous garden. 


Saxon Spa

Step into the Saxon Spa, an oasis of calm within Johannesburg’s bustling richest square mile. Hydro facilities, water features, outdoor stones and gardens welcome guests to immerse themselves in tranquillity and privacy. Here you can enjoy some tranquil time for yourself or as a couple in the romantic Heaven on Earth couple’s suit. Corporate experiences have also been specially developed for business professionals.

With its cascading water features, a signature fireplace and healing influences of copper and Himalayan salts, the Saxon Spa provides the ideal setting for physical and mental rejuvenation, promising to engage all of your senses and restore balance to your mind, body and spirit.

From the healing cleansing of the Hammam, to therapeutic vibrations of sound therapy, to the stress-relieving Rasul spa ritual, the Saxon Spa’s signature therapies are a unique collection of ultimate rejuvenating journeys and will engage all of your senses.

The spa’s signature therapies include the intensely restorative 90-minute molton brown signature journey, which is set in the tranquil setting of a candle-lit Hammam suite. Here, the first step is a Marine loofah exfoliation, followed by an exfoliation with the antioxidant-packed Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot Body Scrub, and then a wash with the refreshing Bath and Shower Gel.

A Vichy shower rinses off the gel, followed by a purifying hair and scalp treatment. Detox in a private steam room before enjoying a pressure massage with Orange and Bergamot Body Oil, enriched with Sevillian neroli oil. Crystal therapy is integrated into the massage, using energising carnelian crystals and balancing brown jasper crystals. The journey comes to a close with an application of Orange and Bergamot Body Lotion.

Another treatment which is a must is the 90-minute Saxon Himalayan journey which begins with a welcoming milk foot ritual followed by a full-body Himalayan salt scrub. Once the scrub is showered off, your body is treated to a full-body hot granite massage using heat-retaining stones. A cold rose quartz crystal is then used to relieve and heal muscular inflammation.

To “turn off the noise”, guests can embark on a spiritual journey with the Saxon Spa’s unique sound therapy, which uses the therapeutic sound vibrations of gongs, cymbals, Tibetan singing bowls and bells to balance and restore the body’s natural energy centres, all performed on the comfort of a heated water bed.

For a day (or a couple of ours) of pampering, guests can also pop in for a facial, a hair treatment at the hair spa, or for some pampering at the manicure bar or pedicure lounge.

What the Afropolitan loves most

Every treatment room is ionised by a locally hand-crafted Himalayan salt chandelier which purifies the surrounding air, and Saxon Spa´s signature scent – a blend of therapeutic notes of rosemary, eucalyptus, rose and jasmine petals, pomegranate blossoms, musks, cedarwood and sandalwood – will surround you throughout your spa journey. At the Saxon Spa, attention has been paid to every detail.

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