The Best Wellness Retreats in South Africa

By Joburg Post

Showcasing spas in the Cape, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Johannesburg, this selection is designed with relaxation in mind, and offers resorts perfect for connecting with nature, clearing your mind and escaping city life.



The Garden Spa at Babylonstoren in Western Cape is set within a bamboo forest and offers an assortment of treatments, from facials and massages, to ancient cleansing rituals. Some treatment rooms are housed within a pavilion made of bamboo, which features a hammam, chill room and a gym.

Brookdale Health Hydro

Brookdale Health Hydro in KwaZulu-Natal combines all the soothing elements of nature to ensure a relaxing time. They have different relaxation lounges and outdoor areas, and the retreat options include everything from accommodation in the scenic countryside, to daily yoga and Pilates classes.

Karkloof Safari Spa

Karkloof Safari Spa in KwaZulu-Natal is world renowned and features 17 treatment rooms, all with wonderful views of the bush and surrounding gardens. Facilities include a manicure and pedicure lounge, a flotation pool, therapy pools, an open-air jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms and more.

Kievits Kroon

Kievits Kroon is a country estate just 10 minutes from Pretoria and 45 minutes from Johannesburg. Its Cape Dutch-style architecture gives rise to the nickname ‘the Winelands in Gauteng’, and the estate offers pampering and luxury for those looking for a romantic weekend or mid-week getaway.

Lakeside Lodge & Spa

This five-star lodge is situated in the beautiful Wilderness National Park, on Swartvlei Lake, making it the ideal spot to clear your thoughts and take a breather. The spa has nine suites and is accompanied by the Benguela Brasserie Bistro and a private jetty, ensuring ultimate relaxation.

St Francis Health Centre

The St Francis Health Centre in Eastern Cape specialises in stress relief, weight control and natural healing and offers a world-renowned detox programme. For those who want to focus solely on relaxation, the spa includes a range of different hydrotherapies, including steam baths, jet baths and swimming pools.

The Oyster Box Hotel Spa

The Spa at The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban is set in private, tropical gardens complete with monkeys, exotic birds and colourful flowers. It offers a unique range of body care products and treatments, prepared by blending native African plant extracts, the natural goodness of the sea and eco-friendly production technologies.

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