The Mother City may not bring the same level of hustle and bustle that Joburg does, but that doesn’t mean that Capetonians don’t know how to take their relaxation seriously. Yes, a walk on the mountain or a slow trot along the promenade works wonders, but is there really anything better than putting that phone on flight mode and slipping on a plush robe before enjoying an hour-long massage? We certainly don’t think so. Escape the city and visit one of these heavenly hideaways – the best spas in the Winelands.
From the indoor heated swimming pool overlooking the lush vineyards to the luxuriously decorated therapy rooms, everything in this serene spa shouts relaxation. Ancient Rasul rituals, facials and a range of body treatments (think: Pinotage oil massages and a grape-infused sponge exfoliation) make Lanzerac the perfect spot for a day full of ultimate R&R.
Lanzerac Wine Estate, Stellenbosch | www.lanzerac.co.za
Babylonstoren Garden Spa
Set in a forest of bamboo and surrounded by perfectly-manicured gardens lies the exquisite Babylonstoren Garden Spa. Boasting a hammam, chill room, hot spa and gym, this is so much more than a spa, it’s the ultimate luxury retreat. If you’re looking for a particularly lavish experience, try their bamboo massage or private hammam water ritual to relax, rejuvenate and reset. After your treatment, wander around the gardens, take a dip in the pool or soak up some sun in the exclusive private beach area.
Babylonstoren, Simondium | www.babylonstoren.co.za
Boschendal Farm Spa
Looking for a unique spa experience? While the Boschendal Farm Spa features the classic spa treatments that everyone loves, the menu really stands out with their speciality offerings like a Bentonite (clay based) massage complete with 100% organic natural South African products. And what’s even better, you can arrange for your treatment to be done out in the private gardens surrounded by the sounds of nature – it doesn’t get more tranquil than this.
Boschendal Estate, Franschhoek | www.boschendal.com
Leeu Spa at Leeu Estates
Situated in the picturesque little town of Franschhoek with sweeping views of the vineyards lies the beautiful Leeu Spa. A wellness sanctuary, they specialise in authentic massages and holistic treatments. Using premium organic products, you’ll leave feeling and looking heavenly no matter what treatment you choose to spoil yourself with. Before heading home, grab a glass of bubbly and spend some time at the pool taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Leeu Estates, Franschhoek | www.leeucollection.com/SA/leeu-estates
Delaire Graff Spa
Known as the “Jewel of the Cape Winelands”, Delaire Graff is the epitome of luxury and definitely deserves its spot on our list of best spas in the Winelands. Stepping into this opulent estate, you know that you’re in for a royal treatment. Lounge like a queen (or king) at the pool overlooking uninterrupted mountain and vineyard views before indulging in one of their incredible spa experiences. For a truly decadent experience, try their signature Four Hands Massage – a 90-minute African foot ritual ceremony with two therapists, full body exfoliation, and a full body massage with warm, organic coconut oil and organic essential oils.
Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch | www.delaire.co.za
Majeka House Spa
It’s all about you when visiting this Stellenbosch gem. Lead by experienced therapists, all treatments are created to relax and revitalise the body and mind. Opt for a traditional hot stone massage, or try the Intonga Amasatchi – an invigorating and fast-moving massage performed with differently-sized yellow wood sticks used to stretch tight muscles. After your treatment, relax and enjoy their hydrotherapy water facilities including a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Majeka House, Stellenbosch | www.majekahouse.co.za
Whether you’re looking for the royal treatment or a classic favourite, the Winelands has it all. Put your phone away, set aside some “me” time and head out to one of the best spas in the Winelands for that much-needed break.