Spas in Cape Town

Unwind in the city's best rest and relaxation spots

Spas in Cape Town Ready and waiting for your pampering session - © Angsana
By Lisa van Aswegen

Angsana Spa

The Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road (off Protea Road), Newlands, 021 674 5005, www.vineyard.co.za. Open 10am-8pm daily.

The vibe

Step into a haven of relaxed Thai Zen at this elegant spa. Nestled in the opulent gardens of The Vineyard Hotel, the treatment rooms are adorned with rich, colourful silks and have private verandas – perfect for enjoying a restorative ginger tea after a treatment.

The treatment

Tiny Thai therapists will ease out any kink in stiff muscles. Try an Indian head massage for a relaxing experience or a floral facial to soothe the skin. Body scrubs and perfumed baths make the most of the products on offer.

Arabella Spa

The Westin Grand Cape Town, Arabella Quays, Convention Square, 1 Long Street, City Centre, 021 412 8200/1, www.westin.com/grandcapetown. Open 9am-7pm daily.

The vibe

Situated on the top floor of this swanky hotel, Arabella Spa boasts some of the best views around. See the city at your feet in the dreamy relaxation room whilst lying on a water bed. The lap pool and sauna are especially popular.

The treatment

Top-of-the-line products from St Barthe, as well as every body treatment you can dream of. Try a couple’s massage before heading to the steam room for a rejuvenating experience. Their range of facials is massive, with no pore left unpolished.

D&D Spa

Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road,, Constantia, 021 794 2785, www.cellars-hohenort.com. Open 9am-7pm daily.

The vibe

A boutique spa in the heart of the Constantia Winelands, D&D spa is all about luxurious finishes and warm touches of velvets with mirrors and the cosiest couples treatment room ever. Ideal to spend a day at the spa then head over to the hotel for an outstanding meal at The Greenhouse restaurant.

The treatment

For those who’ve experienced it all, this is the place to be. The ultimate indulgence in facials is the pure gold facial, where the precious metal is miraculously added to creams to plump up the skin. If that’s too rich for your pocket, there’s a host of treatments that will suit nicely.

Librisa Spa

The Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, 021 483 1000, www.mountnelson.co.za. Open 8am-7pm daily.

The vibe

Set in stylishly renovated Victorian houses, Librisa is all about dusty pink murals, dark grey velvet curtains and stunning mirrors and chandeliers. Enjoy the sauna, steam room and plunge pool or simply relax in the conservatory after a treatment.

The treatment

Treatments focus on gentle products with botanical extracts to soothe and revive. Relax in a copper bath with floral extracts before being pummelled into a blissful state. The jet lag massage is a must for weary travellers, or try a full body scrub or detoxifying wrap.

One&Only Spa

One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, 021 431 5810, www.oneandonlycapetown.com. Open 8am-8pm daily.

The vibe

A resort-like retreat, the spa here is set on its own island and feels a million miles removed from the world. Light and airy rooms often boast baths and are perfect for sharing a treatment. A top-quality spa indeed.

The treatment

Relax with a therapeutic treatment in the spa downstairs – there are facials, massages and body scrubs aplenty. The Bastien Gonzalez manicure and pedicure is the ultimate in luxury and will have your nails glowing for weeks; it really is unsurpassed.

OneWellness Spa

The Radisson Hotel, Beach Road, Granger Bay, 021 441 3000, www.radisson.com. Open 9am-7pm daily.

The vibe

This well-appointed spa is perfectly located at the Radisson Hotel. Enjoy a lovely dip in the heated pool or a workout before your treatment at this hotel spa.

The treatment

The OneJourney experience is a must, with body scrubs, jet showers, a steam room and back massage. The hot stone massage is one of the best around, perfect on a cold Cape day.

Sanctuary Spa

12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, 021 437 0677, www.12apostleshotel.com/sanctuary_spa_cape_town. Open 8am-8pm daily.

The vibe

A grotto-like setting built into the mountain, Sanctuary Spa provides a bespoke experience with lovely rock plunge pools inside the spa. A sister spa has also opened in Stellenbosch (021 880 1549).

The treatment

Invigorate the senses with plunge pools, Rasul chamber and hydrotherapy bath. It’s the ideal spot to spend a day in if you’re feeling indulgent. Massages and body treatments are excellent too and the Elemis facials are legendary.

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