Top 5 South Africa spas

South Africa is home to a plethora of stunning landscapes, enchanting landmarks and unforgettable sights. It is the perfect destination for thrill seekers and adventurers, where natural wonders are waiting to be explored and mountains scaled. However, it is also a place of relaxation, with a host of spas on hand to detangle every tense muscle in your body. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 South Africa Spas, so you won’t have to waste a moment when you begin your South African getaway.

The Ginkgo Spa at Steenberg, Cape Town

Steenberg is renowned for its charm and beautiful surroundings, as it is nestled on the Cape’s oldest farm. Although seeped in a rich history, Steenberg also enjoys modern facilities, including its Ginkgo Spa.


You will be able to enjoy a plethora of spa treatments amidst the vineyards and championship golf course which encompasses the area, delivered to you by a team of spa professionals. No matter what aches or ails you may have, there will be a treatment at the spa which can resolve it. Aching muscles? Try a massage. Does your skin feel dry? Look no further than a revitalising body scrub.

The spa at the Oyster Box Hotel, Durban

The Oyster Box Hotel is a haven of relaxation and charm, with its spa offering guests a chance to fully unwind and be pampered.

oyster box

Equipped with six treatment rooms, including couples rooms, you can enjoy a variety of spa treatments, from massages to facials. The spa is also equipped with South Africa’s only Hammam, a bathing retreat which was once hailed as a place of cleansing for the mind and body. Take a dip in its soothing waters, and see how replenished you feel afterwards.

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Winelands

The verdant Winelands are ideal for a relaxing getaway, with hotels such as Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa at the forefront of indulgent living.

Le Franschhoek

The hotel’s spa is a sensory and sensual experience, with its mild décor pleasing to the eyes and its treatments second to none. Construct your dream spa menu from the list of treatments available to really get the most out of your spa experience. Combine a head and neck massage with something more exhilarating, like the Thalgo Hydra-Moisture Source Facial. You’ll leave feeling like a new person!

Cybele Forest Lodge & Spa, KZN

Every facet of this lodge is unique, from its intimate accommodation to the rural surroundings it enjoys. However, although relatively small, the Cybele Forest Lodge’s spa packs one hell of a punch.


Enjoy a range of treatments designed to offer you the highest levels of relaxation and decadence, such as the comprehensive body massages and uplifting facials. The spa also boasts a wealth of facilities including a sauna, as well as a steam room.

The spa at One&Only Cape Town, Cape Town

Top of the range facilities and a team of spa professionals make up this modern and impressive spa. Situated within the luxurious One&Only hotel, you can expect the ultimate in terms of relaxation and opulence.

one and only

Using exquisite aromatherapy oils, indulge in a full body massage or buff your body with a rejuvenating body scrub.

Matthew Coe is Online Marketing Manager for Wanderforth.

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Comments (3)

  1. Tenaya says:

    This article is right on time! I’m heading to South Africa in two weeks and will definitely use this list for my much needed spa day. I’ve always enjoyed the spa experience at the One & Only and may find myself here! Thanks again.

  2. Mike says:

    Good list but missing an absolute gem that deserves to be on this list – Karkloof Safari Spa near Pietermaritzburg.

  3. Beth says:

    Our flights are booked and we will be heading to South Africa for virtually all of January 2020. Next stop is the accommodation. I’d like to include some top-class spas in our itinerary. After all travelling is tiring and a girl needs to recover and be looked after. And my boyfriend quite enjoys a spa too. Has there been much change in the Top 5 in recent years? Anyone got any other suggestions?

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