Release pent-up stress with a pamper break: Four of SA's best day spas

A change is as good as a holiday. So too is a day spent at one of these spas just a short drive from Joburg or Cape Town

29 November 2020 - 00:01
Don’t expect the usual hands-on approach at the spa during the pandemic. It is only for facials and some massages where therapists can go gloves-free.
Don’t expect the usual hands-on approach at the spa during the pandemic. It is only for facials and some massages where therapists can go gloves-free.
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WOODLANDS HEALING SPA, GAUTENG

Take a sho't left to Muldersdrift and spend the day at the super-relaxing Woodlands Spa that boasts the mantra "let go, relax, heal".

Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, let your worries drift downstream as you enjoy one of the spa's holistic wellness day packages, complete with a healthy lunch at the Riverside Cafe.

Visit woodlandsspa.co.za

CRADLE HEALTH SPA, HARTBEESPOORT 

Venture to Hartbeespoort and renew mind, body and spirit at Cradle Health Spa.

Kick the corona blues (yes, they have a spa package to cater specifically for this) with a half-day package. Choose from a summer splurge package to a "besties" package for you and a friend.

The spa has a strict policy in accordance with Covid-19 protocols, so there is no swimming or sitting in the Jacuzzi. However, you can enjoy the sauna and steam room (R200 for a 30-minute session to cover cleaning and sanitisation costs).

Visit cradlehealthspa.co.za

SPIER SPA, STELLENBOSCH

Spier Spa is the perfect place to relax and linger longer. With its mantra of "Smooth out the creases, knead out the knots", you can be sure you'll leave feeling a whole lot better.

The spa has launched a new treatment: Hibiscus and Blackcurrant consisting of a body scrub, body butter and body mask - all preservative free.

Or try the Spier Uplifting Spring Treatment or the Ancient Sun Experience before enjoying a picnic on the lush lawns or purchasing some new additions to add to your wine collection.

Visit spier.co.za

CAYENNE SPA AT THE PEPPERCLUB HOTEL, CAPE TOWN

You don't have to drive out of Cape Town to take a break from your routine; book yourself into Cayenne Spa at The Pepperclub Hotel. While it's more of a cityscape, the views of Cape Town from the spa balcony make it worthwhile.

None of the treatments are off limits, but therapists are required to wear gloves and personal protection equipment throughout. The spa has taken all the necessary health and safety measures to make sure your treatments are safe and within Covid-19 regulations, including being clean-touch certified.

Visit pepperclub.co.za/cayenne-spa