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Keeping fit, eating healthy and dedicating time for wellness and self-care, have solidified themselves as three lifestyle trends that are key motivators behind today’s travel choices.

More and more travellers are venturing into the African continent to find spas and retreats that combine a sense of adventure and have wellness and detox programs. Wellness Tourism is dominating the travel landscape.

We have compiled a list of our 6 best wellness retreats and spas in South Africa where specials entice and the ultimate goal is a travel experience that rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit.

1. Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa | Cape Town

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is dedicated to the mindful life. It has an award-winning spa that offers a cocoon of wellness, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Table Mountain National park, all with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is where guests will discover the serenity of calm and restorative indoor space, with seven elegant treatment rooms and two additional Mountainside Spa Gazebos, a unique opportunity for a true wellness journey.

A highlight of the Spa is the extensive hydrotherapy facilities, including warm and cold plunge pools, a saltwater flotation tank and Rasul chamber and the spa pools are complimentary to in-house guests. The Spa also features a Health Bar buffet.

2. The Cellars Hohenort | Cape Town

The Cellar’s Hohenort hotel is five-star luxury surrounding by nine acres of perfectly manicured and award-winning gardens, in Constantia, a suburb known as “Cape Town’s Vineyard”. This is where guests will find a wellness haven, the Fresh Wellness Spa.

The Spa features a Five Senses Signature Massage, using Avo-shea body butter, volcanic stones, tropical bamboo sticks and unique massage techniques that create a bespoke treatment. The Spa is dedicated to using authentic spa techniques, natural elements and indigenous ingredients.

3. Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat | Cederberg

Bushmanskloof is one of the most well-known wellness destinations in South Africa. It is a heavenly retreat tucked amidst the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. It is one of the National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World.’

Guests can enjoy indulgent treatments at the award-winning spa, complete with a riverside gazebo, crystal steam room and tranquility lounge. A complimentary health bar is available and when guests aren’t being pampered luxuriously, they can lose themselves in sensational surroundings by hiking or canoeing along the Olifants River.

4. Trogon House and Forest Spa | Garden Route

Trogon House & Forest Spa offers an exquisite location and experience. It is suspended in the treetops of a private forest reserve that stretches untamed along the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The Forest Spa is at the far end of Trogon House, offering a retreat from the world engulfed by nature.

It is one of the most intimate and elite spas in Africa and is available for exclusive use. Guests can enjoy the crackling of a wood fire, enjoy the jacuzzi or take a steam in the sauna. The emphasis is on escaping the modern hustle and bustle.

The Plettenberg Bay area also has much to offer in the way of nature-based adventure activities. Guests can ride some waves along the sparkling coastline, enjoy the sights and sounds of the area on horseback, or get their adrenaline flowing with a Tsitsikamma canopy tour.

5. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve | Gansbaai

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco-reserve close to the Southern tip of Africa tucked between mountains, forest and ocean. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is the perfect blend of adventure activities and a wellness-focused destination.

After a day of activities from botanical tours, marine safaris and shark cage diving, guests can enjoy treatments in luxurious treatment rooms or in the privacy of their own suite. There are two fully-equipped Bloom beauty centers, one near one of the lodges and the other set deep in a Milkwood Forest.

6. Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa | Mpumalanga

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa is a luxury five-star retreat on the Sabie River in Hazyview, the gateway to the Kruger National Park. It features eleven secluded and glamorous tents and is the ideal South African wellness retreat. A place to escape into the bush.

The award-winning spa offers views of crocodiles and hippos and the facilities include a steam room, a jacuzzi, swimming pool, Vichy shower and a hydro walk along the banks of the river giving meaning to the philosophy “Sanare per Aquam” which means “health through water.”

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