As the seasons change, we all tend to feel a little flat. Which means now is the perfect time to start thinking about day spas. Benn van der Westhuizen takes a look some of the most sublime day spas in Cape Town. So treat yourself or a friend to some much-needed TLC and find balance with mind, body and soul.
MAI THAI WELLNESS SPA
This new boutique spa has been ranked as the Best Wellness Day Spa in South Africa on TripAdvisor, in addition to its two nominations at the recent World Luxury Spa Awards. A contemporary day spa with an oriental twist, Mai Thai Wellness Spa offers guests a complete mental and physical getaway in Cape Town’s historical De Waterkant area.
Asian culture and aesthetics define the experience at Mai Thai Wellness Spa, which takes its name from the Thai for ‘essence’, referring to their ethos of Thai-Inspired Wellness in Africa. The Spa’s highly trained therapists are from both South Africa and Thailand and, in consultation with their guests, tailor an array of exceptional East-meets-West options according to individual requirements.
Amongst the menu of restorative massage sessions designed to alleviate stress, burnout, exhaustion or jet lag, the Mai Thai signature massages (90 minutes) are highly popular, as are their 2 hour signature ‘Journey Treatments’. Other offerings range from the corrective and therapeutic Sports Massage to the pampering Pre-Natal Massage and even the ‘Tropical Coconut Massage’ which is reminiscent of an exotic holiday in an island paradise. For those wanting a traditional Thai Massage performed on a low mat without oil, the ‘Mai Thai Siam Massage’ delivers an authentic Thai stretching experience. A full-day treat with all the trimmings, the ‘True Indulgence’ spa package is five hours of aromatherapeutic bliss. Highlights include a full-body scrub, massage, facial, mani and pedi, all rounded off with a delicious light lunch.
Mai Thai Wellness has also become known for its superb boutique selection of products, from organic luxury oils, to Thai Elephant trousers, eye pillows and neck pillows as well as its organic tea selection from a famous tea room in Northern Thailand, and its rare VUUDH range of exclusive home fragrances which capture the minimalist Zen-like essence of Thailand and Japan.
Special Offer: A five massage voucher offering 10% off. Redeemable by family or friends.
Address: 18 Dixon St, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Hours: Mon to Fri 8am – 7pm | Sat 8am – 5pm | Public Holidays 9am – 3pm
Cost: Starts at R390 for a 30 minute back, neck and shoulders massage Full Spa menu here.
GINGKO EXPRESS AT WINCHESTER MANSIONS
Ginkgo Express Spa at The Winchester Mansions Hotel is an inner-city escape offering a scenic view over the Sea Point promenade from the pool deck. Ginkgo’s philosophy is to create a spa experience that is truly intimate, yet never overpowering or intimidating. Guests escape from their daily routine, slip on a robe and slippers, and sip on cup of herbal tea before their treatment.
This boutique spa provides a wealth of nurturing treatments, such as Ginkgo’s ‘Ataraxia’ © massage treatment (a gentle three-stage rhythmic massage), specially formulated Mama Mio Maternity treats for expectant mothers, ‘Lucky Legs Lighten Up’ (a mineral-rich exfoliating foot soak and massage to help with poor circulation and water retention), and for those pressed for time, any of the ‘Express’ back and neck treatments or cleansing facials, manis or pedis.
A highlight of Ginkgo Express is the signature Ginkgo ‘Elixir’ © Full Body Massage – the group’s tailored massage technique to address the individual needs using Ginkgo’s own 100% natural Shea Butter.
THE MAJESTIC SPA
The Majestic Spa, in the heart of the Majestic Village, is a tranquil environment in which holistic intensive treatments restore and maintain health and balance.
Breathing a modern edge into the spa scene, The Majestic Spa offers state-of-the-art technology and carefully curated products. Majestic facials provide different levels of peeling and deep-cleansing as well as aromatherapy and Hot Stone therapy. All treatments are created to suit individual requirements, while expert therapists use state-of-the-art technology and spa science to combine the more traditional and ancient techniques to relieve everyday stresses, leaving guests revitalised and refreshed.
The flagship favourite includes an self-exfoliating scrub, followed by a back and neck massage, an express facial and a spa mani and pedi to finish off. Another highlight is Lamelle’s microdermabrasion – a deep cleansing facial which approves texture and appearance of the skin.
The Majestic Spa offers express, half day and full day spa packages, as well as offering personally tailored packages to suit each individual’s needs.
Address: The Majestic Village, Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Hours: Mon 8.30am – 1pm | Tue to Fri 8.30am – 5pm | Sat 8.30am – 4pm | Closed on Sundays
Cost: from R290 for 30 minutes of Body Exfoliation. Full pricelist here.
THE HYDRO AT STELLENBOSCH (DESTINATION SPA)
Less than an hour from Cape Town, overlooking the picturesque Idas Valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, The Hydro is a unique Spa that commands breathtaking vistas in every direction. The magnificent Simonsberg mountains are close at hand to the East, while to the West, stately trees and manicured lawns merge into gently sloping orchards and vineyards.
This is the foreground for a view that sweeps towards Table Mountain – a familiar, far-off profile that is regularly silhouetted by spectacular sunsets. Surrounded by such splendour, a quiet awe fills visitors to The Hydro, encouraging levels of relaxation and tranquility that herald ultimate rejuvenation.
Beyond the many massages, wraps and cleansing treatments on offer, The Hydro specialises in stress-eliminating therapies that boost both physical and mental wellbeing. From the tension-releasing ‘Liquid Body’ technique, to the ultra-slow, soothing movements of Aquarelax (a warm water treatment designed to give a profound sense of peace and relaxation) The Hydro offers a unique range of facilities and treatments for every requirement, whether related to health, rejuvenation or the simple need to escape.
During a stay, guests can expect to acquire fresh knowledge as well as healthier habits that enable them to sustain their newly acquired vitality and peace long after they have returned home.
Special Offer: Day Packages from R1250, incl. treatments, lunch, yoga, access to indoor and outdoor pools, and more
Address: Leslie St, Idas Valley, Stellenbosch
Hours: By appointment
Cost: from R1250 for a full day package. See www.thehydro.co.za for full pricelist.
GINGKO PETITE SPA AT THE ANDROS
Ginkgo Petite Spa, in the grounds of the 5-Star Andros Deluxe Boutique Hotel, specialises in anti-stress massage treatments such as the Ginkgo ‘Elixir’ © and the Ginkgo ‘Ataraxia’ ©. Consisting of three treatment rooms, the staff at this Spa are well-trained professionals who help clients escape from the day-to-day stress of modern living.
Clients can treat themselves to any one of the signature Ginkgo Wellness Packages, from a 1hr 20min Ginkgo ‘De-Stress-Express’ to the 6hr 50min Ginkgo ‘Tranquility’ treatment. The Ginkgo approach is individually focused, and packages can be adapted to meet the client’s individual needs.
The Spa also features a gym which offers Biokinetics services and endorses Life Through Movement – a scientific-based exercise programme designed to help its clients to achieve their required outcome. Medical Aesthetic services are provided by an experienced medical doctor who specialises in many anti-aging treatments, including Botox, Dermal Fillers and Skin-Boosters.
Ginkgo Petite Spa was a finalist in the 2017 Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Competition for Spas in a Boutique Hotel.
Address: The Andros Deluxe Boutique Hotel, cnr Newlands & Paradise View Rd, Claremont, Cape Town
Hours: By appointment
Cost: 90 min ‘Ataraxia’ © massage R890 See full price list
LIBRISA SPA AT THE BELMOND MT NELSON
Librisa Spa, situated in Cape Town’s iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, is a luxury day spa offering a full bouquet of treatments for all ages.
Signature treatments include the Indoceane Mindful Ritual, which combines ancient beauty, wellbeing and purification practices from diverse cultures; Librisa Time, where guests book a duration of time, rather than a specific treatment, and consult with a therapist to create a customised therapy addressing their individual needs; and the Thalgo Prodige des Océans Face & Body Signature Ritual, a revitalising body massage, followed by a facial treatment using Rose Quartz wands, known for their ability to eliminate toxins and impurities.
The Spa’s facilities include eight spacious treatment rooms (including two couple’s rooms), a steam bath and Finnish sauna, plunge pool, and a conservatory with herbal tea selections. Safe, complimentary parking is available for guests, as well as free WiFi, a supervised kids club for children to play in while parents are in the Spa, and access to the main hotel swimming pool (T&C’s apply). The Spa’s conservatory sells a variety of healthy snacks and light meals.
Librisa Spa also provides a Yoga & Wellbeing programme to help guests stay strong, fit and flexible. The range of classes often moves beyond the tranquil studio, out into the lush gardens, or even to the top of Table Mountain.
Special Offer: During April bring a friend and get any two 60 minute massages for R990. OR book ‘Soul Time’: any two 60 minute treatments for R950.
Address: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town
Hours: Open daily 9am – 7pm
Cost: From R770 for a 40 min aromatherapy back and neck massage Spa menu here.
GINGKO LUXURY SPA ARNISTON
The Ginkgo Luxury Spa is situated at the Arniston Spa Hotel, famous for its panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Arniston beach. Ginkgo’s philosophy represents the three important areas of balance – mind, body and soul – all within the concept of holism. The service is uniquely personal and the treatments offered are based on the traditional touch therapy principles.
The Spa’s facilities include a Rasoul or Turkish steam room. The Rasoul thermal mud treatment is a traditional Arabian-inspired cleansing treatment that combines the health enhancing properties of heat and steam for a relaxing and skin conditioning treatment in a private environment. Facilities also include two saunas, three multi-purpose treatment rooms, a twin treatment room (suitable for couples), a tranquility lounge, and a Hydrotherapy tub for a rejuvenating, aromatic detoxification bath.
Winner of the 2017 Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards for Best Hotel Spa South Africa, the Ginkgo Luxury Spa’s comprehensive menu offers spa treatments ranging from single treatments of 30 minutes to spa packages of a few hours.
Address: Arniston Spa Hotel, Main Rd, Arniston
Hours: By appointment
Cost: Spa packages start at R770 | Individual treatments start at R350 See full price list