Every visit to day spas in Cape Town is different. Sometimes we want to be pampered and other times we want the knots to be pulverised out of our back. We’ve collected a myriad collection of spa experiences in Cape Town that will every need and every taste. From luxury outings to round-the-corner essentials, this is Cape Town’s essential spa guide.
Where: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Librisa Spa is filled with all of the world-beating luxury pamperings that Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel is famous for. Eight sizeable treatment rooms, including two designated couple rooms, a steam bath, plunge pool and a selection of herbal teas all situated amidst the pristine gardens immediately separate this spa experience from every other one.
Librisa Spa exclusively uses products from Theranaka and Sothys to deliver a state-of-the-art spa experience. If you’ve got little ones with you, don’t worry – you’re welcome to drop them off at the children’s club free of charge while you enjoy your spa treatment. Choose from their two packages of bliss, go for tinting or lay down for one of their unbeatable hot stone massages.
Where: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
One&Only refers to their spa as one of several experiences – note, not ‘amenities’ – you can enjoy whether you’re staying at the hotel or not. Surrounded by canals and waterways, the spa is on its own island and the hand-picked therapists are trained by UK-based company ESPA to ensure only the best spa experience.
All spa bookings come with access to luxurious dressing rooms, including freshly sealed gown and slippers, the relaxation room, with complimentary drinks and snacks, the spa gardens and accompanying plunge pool, as well as a welcome drink on arrival. At One&Only Spa, you can construct your own spa experience by combining a selection of treatments for a package that uniquely caters to you.
Where: 1 Wale Street, corner of St George’s Mall, Cape Town
Jiva Spa adheres to the Indian mantra ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ meaning ‘the guest is god’, marrying holistic treatments with traditional rituals to promote total relaxation. Opt for signature spa treatments like the Vishrama, a deep muscular massage, the Trupti, focussing on the head and back, or the indulgent Cape Fynbos, featuring body wraps and rhassoul clay.
Taj Cape Town is part of a network of Taj hotels around the world, from London to Lusaka and everywhere in between. Their high standing among luxury hotels around the world means that each hotel’s spa offerings conform to elite global standards. Authentically Indian, Jiva Spa at Taj Cape Town captures all the magic of full-body Indian relaxation in a bottle and offers it to you.
Where: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is one of Africa’s most scenic luxury hotels. The award-winning spa will have you face down enjoying a full-body massage by trained experts in one of the two Mountainside Spa Gazebos, with unrivalled panoramic ocean views, among the flora and fauna of the Cape mountains.
The spa uses Tata Harper, B | Africa, and Elemis products to ensure a premier pampering experience. Complimentary use of the treatment pools and the tranquility lounge are offered with a selection of body treatments and packages. Be sure to book a session in the Rasul Chamber, which provides a traditionally Arab cleansing ritual using mud and gentle steam.
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Beach Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Cape Town
Like cake and tea, a spa at the Waterfront is a classic combination for the ages. Amani Spa and Wellness is a network of city and safari spas across Africa, featuring city spas in Cape Town, Joburg, and Gqeberha. Their flagship Cape Town spa is located at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.
Open throughout the year, Amani Spa and Wellness is a great option for spa treatments of all kinds. The spa includes eleven multi-functional rooms, as well as two designated couples’ rooms, and a heated pool surrounded by luxurious deck chairs for a serene ambiance. Amani’s extensive treatment menu includes full-body massages and spray tans.
Where: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley, Cape Town
Steenberg Spa is a full-body experience. From the spa to award-winning wine, this estate spa has everything you need to relax and unwind. Whether you want to pamper yourself or a loved one, Steenberg Spa’s skilled therapists offer a range of rejuvenating treatments, products, and therapies to perfectly address your needs.
Steenberg Estate imbues its garden and greenery expertise into the wellness experience, as you can enjoy their scented garden and relaxation area before or after your treatment. They also have a tweens menu for 6-11 year olds and a teens menu for 12-17-year-olds, featuring manicures, pedicures, and facials.
Where: 51 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Centrally located in Woodstock, 51 on Roodebloem is a boutique spa that also houses a quaint cafe. Operating from a repurposed manor, this Woodstock spa experience provides a homely experience, offering all the classic spa treatments like massages, manicures, and pedicures – and then some.
51 on Roodebloem uses bespoke skincare products by Team Dr Joseph, an award-winning skincare brand from Italy, and also sells their products so you can bring the spa home with you. If you prefer the specialists to take charge, choose from an intense purifying face or cellular recreation face treatment and enjoy a suburban spa experience like no other.
Where: 5 Phyllis Road, Claremont, Cape Town
Ginkgo Petite Spa is nestled away in suburban Claremont and considered more of a treasured treat than a well-kept secret. Housed on the Andros Hotel estate, Ginkgo channels all the charm of the classic Dutch architecture and 5-star luxury that the hotel brings together. The spa is a three-roomed sanctuary that specialises in anti-stress massage treatments.
Signature treatments include the ‘Elixir’ and ‘Ataraxia’ massages. Being a petite spa, Ginkgo offers a slightly shortened treatment menu but everything is done to the highest standards. Their spa packages speak to the high standards and exclusive offerings like the classic 90 minute “De-stress experience” or the must-try 4 hour-long “Executive renewal”.
Where: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, Cape Town
An immersive and luxury spa in the Winelands doesn’t need to be a weekend getaway. With Fresh Wellness Spa at The Cellars Hohenort, your vineyard spa experience is only as far as Constantia. The treatment menu includes QMS medicosmetics, derma plane skin treatment, and skin micro-needling among others.
With a decade of experience, Fresh Wellness Spa team is led by Chevron Morgan. ‘My daily commitment is to run this award-winning spa and team to the best of my ability and to ultimately render the best possible spa experience,’ Morgan says. If you’re looking to pamper yourself, this is the place, as their menu also features makeup applications, UV gel sessions and party packages.
Where: Corner of Loop and Pepper Street, Cape Town
Pepperclub Hotel is a unique urban experience located on the corners of Loop and Pepper Street. Cayenne Spa at the hotel is filled with uniquely Capetonian quirks like year-round spray tanning and exclusive Africology, a local skincare brand, and other spa treatments. Take a seat in ‘s traditional wooden sauna and enjoy the outdoor pool while the weather is good.
Soundproof glazing ensures that this spa keeps the hustle and bustle of Cape Town outside and its serene and calming experience inside. If you’re looking for expertise you can book an appointment with Dr Varsha, the spa’s in-house skin doctor, to attend to your well ageing in a gentle and sophisticated way.
Where: Alphen Drive, Alphen, Cape Town
The Alphen Boutique Hotel & Spa recently opened spa is boasting minimalist decor and a cosy, exclusive atmosphere. Tucked amidst the greenery of the Constantia Winelands, the five-star spa allows you to create your own bespoke treatment from the options available to you.
Choose two from the balancing stone back, neck & shoulder massage; the pressure point foot massage; zesty sugar full body polish; and the muscle melt body wrap for your own unique hour-long spa experience. If you prefer to stay on the straight and narrow, opt for reflexology or the sleep well massage, which will have you rushing back to the spa for more.
Where: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City & The Pavilion, Ground Floor Corner of Portswood and Dock Road, Waterfront
Life Day Spa is a growing name in the spa game. With several branches across Cape Town and Joburg, they’ve packaged an offering that includes spa party packages and regular offerings that appeal to many. The two Cape Town locations, Century City and V&A Waterfront, place them centrally and speak to the city-leading standards they maintain.
Life Day Spa provides an extensive menu that includes massages, spa treatments, as well as hair and skincare packages. There are several massage offerings including CBD, pregnancy, lava shell and soy candle massages. Life Day Spa also has an online and in-store shop where you can buy hair, skin and body products, as well as vouchers and home spa packages.
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Where: The Promenade, 201 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town
At The Marly Spa, your self-care is prioritised. Thi spa in Cape Town offers five-star quality and a qualified team that skillfully works with top local and international brands. You can rest assured that this spa will leave nothing to chance. With their team and supreme products, The Marly Spa caters to every requirement and skin type.
Relax and unwind by choosing from any of the bespoke treatments. From our LING New York WOW Triple Peel to the BABOR Anti-Aging Facial, they’ve ensured an offering that caters to every skin type and requirement. If you’re looking for a prime-time pampering experience, Marly’s nail technicians will have you wondering why you haven’t come before.
Where: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Angsana Spa delivers an authentic Thai spa experience at the foot of Table Mountain. Partnered with The Vineyard Hotel, Angsana Spa is a network of spas found around the world – including countries like Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Expect spa treatments for the whole family and their boys’ hangout, girls’ hangout and family bonding spa packages are great ways to reconnect.
The treatment menu is user-friendly and features useful icons to let you know what each offering provides. The six icons are recommended, couple, light pressure, moderate pressure, and deep pressure. Some offerings may not be available at the Vineyard Angsana so it’s important to book in advance and clarify what is and isn’t on the table before you get on.
Where: 7 Breda Street, Oranjezicht, Gardens, Cape Town
Nestled in the heart of suburban Cape Town, Mai Thai Wellness Spa provides an authentic Thai spa experience. All massages range from 30 to 90 minutes including half an hour of de-stress massages priced below R1000 each. However, it’s not just quick massages at affordable prices.
Mai Thai provides a comprehensive spa offering, including signature journey treatments. These two-hour experiences are imbued with natural herbs and oils to provide a full-body experience that nourishes your mind and soul as well as your body. They also offer wellness packages to focus on multiple areas of the body, wedding specials, and monthly spa specials to keep everyone coming back.
Where: Central Business District, 91 Plein St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Urban Oasis aparthotel, eatery, and pa is a unique blend of cityscape living. Celebrated for their spaciously compact hotel rooms and apartments, Urban Oasis features a full spa that includes classic waxing and hair tinting offerings as well as extensive body treatments. With its own salt room for halotherapy, don’t let size lead you to judge this spa.
An extensive range of manicure and pedicure treatments make the spa a well-loved city gem, with treatments mostly lasting an hour. If you’ve got an hour to spare, book a gel application with file, buff, and paint on the go. Also on offer are various massage lengths at 45, 60 and 90 minutes to ensure you get to pick exactly what you want.