Built in 1871, Hout Bay Manor has been completely restored as a luxurious hideaway with a thoughtful balance of bygone eras and chic, contemporary African aesthetics.
Nestled within, Inzolo Spa reflects the understated elegance of the boutique hotel, and embraces the healing power, sights and scents of Africa.
Yasmina, my gentle and gracious therapist, met me at reception and led me to the light, airy treatment room. The creamy colour palette combined with earthy accents such as dark wooden bowls, proteas and glowing candles, set a scene that was at once calming and grounding and pleasantly different to most spas.
My massage began with the comforting touch of heated beanbags placed on my feet and back. What followed was a lovely 60 minute massage with wild honey essential oil from the Kalahari Collection. The sweet and subtle scent wafted in the air as Yasmina’s gentle energy and rhythmic strokes melted away stress and strain.
The doors to a private courtyard were open to reveal a view of foliage and dappled sunlight, and the feeling of crisp sheets and fresh air on my skin added to the serenity of the experience.
The soundtrack of jazzy tunes and chilled Ibiza beats was a refreshing change to the spa staple of running streams, tweeting birds and melancholic panpipes.
The Inzolo Wellness Suite is comprised of two inter-leading rooms. Both beautifully spacious, one is used for massages, bodywork and facials and the other for manicures and pedicures. Yasmina however saw how cosy and cocooned I was after my massage and deftly did a quick file and paint on my toenails, whilst I lay comfortably on the massage bed.
Inzolo Spa is small but perfectly formed, with unique touches that create a special and restful experience, which lingers long after the aroma of wild honey fades away.
Sam Reynolds is a freelance writer, photographer and spa consultant, with over 12 years international experience in the spa world. Her writing and photography can be seen at goldendreams.me, and her creative services at www.horsepowercreativemedia.com.
Inzolo Spa, Hout Bay Manor, off Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Tel: 021 790 0116 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open daily 7am to 7pm