Thursday, June 20, 2024

South Africa’s finest wellness getaways you by no means knew existed

With self-preservation and wholesome residing on the high of most individuals’s minds going into 2024, what higher approach to plan your holidays this yr than round what makes you cheerful – and we’re speaking physique, thoughts, and soul. Whether or not that revolves round beginning your day within the gymnasium, climbing because the solar rises, paddling down a pristine river, being pampered in a spa, or just sitting poolside with freshly squeezed juice, we all know simply the place to go this yr.

Primarily based alone experiences, right here’s my roundup of the most effective South African wellness getaways for 2024, lots of which I guess you’ve by no means heard of. 

Starry Starry Night time

Starry Starry Night time, a distant mountain retreat situated between Barrydale and Montagu, might not tick the normal containers of a wellness retreat in that it options no spa and no gymnasium, however actually, each are utterly pointless right here. That’s as a result of with simply three lodging choices on the property, accommodating a most of 8 company, the mountain is yours, and yours alone to discover.

Get match on three marked climbing trails, earlier than having fun with probably the most refreshing of dips in a pure mountain rockpool, with out one other soul in sight. And when weary muscle tissues name on the finish of the day, the wood-fired sizzling tub with spectacular views of the valley is the best place to calm down. There’s additionally a yoga mat in your room for these early morning solar salutations and a recent herb and vegetable backyard is yours for the selecting in an effort to nourish your physique in addition to your soul.  

The Palace of the Misplaced Metropolis

Whereas it could appear to be one thing out of a theme park or fairytale, Solar Metropolis’s most lavish resort is the best place for a wellness retreat. Faraway from the intense lights of the on line casino and the bustling seashores of the Valley of Waves, The Palace sits like a sanctuary in South Africa’s sprawling resort complicated and the brand new Royal Spa is the place to be.

Nestled inside a non-public backyard space, with a backdrop of lush, tropical bushes and a trickling stream, full with a relaxing waterfall, this can be a place not simply to take pleasure in a remedy however the place you may spend a whole day simply getting away from all of it. Whereas the remedy menu options massages, physique wraps, and facials a a lot, a novel spa cafe menu guarantees to revitalise from the within out with uncooked juices, ceviches, poke bowls, salads, and extra. Spend the evening right here and you can too take the time to calm down at not one however two, deliciously quiet swimming pools, stroll by the forested gardens, or take pleasure in a excessive tea at The Tusk Bar and Lounge. 

St James of Knysna

Nestled alongside the tranquil Knysna lagoon, the St James of Knysna, a member of the Cape Nation Routes, will make you’re feeling like a complete new particular person as quickly as you stroll by the door. Go away your worries behind the minute you flip off the N2 freeway and onto the personal peninsula that’s dwelling to this boutique resort.

Days listed below are finest spent having fun with that ebook you’ve been that means to get to however can by no means appear to search out the time to choose up, alongside a koi pond, or whereas watching the native fisherman potter across the lagoon. Barge cruises across the nonetheless waters are additionally included within the price whereas quite a lot of spa therapies will be booked to be loved within the consolation of your room. And when the necessity to get lively calls you may take pleasure in a recreation of boule open air, or take to the water on a complimentary canoe.

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Positioned in what’s arguably top-of-the-line areas within the Drakensberg, the Cavern affords a novel mix of pure magnificence, tranquility, and holistic well-being. Right here the therapeutic results of nature will be loved with each day hikes (with choices for the match or the household traveller) in addition to horse rides to benefit from the beautiful mountains, lush valleys, and pristine streams and rock swimming pools.

Nestled inside the resort’s wild gardens you’ll additionally discover a world-class spa, offering a variety of rejuvenating therapies. Right here, the significance of nourishing the physique with healthful and nutritious meals can also be recognised and three meals a day, in addition to snacks, are included within the charges, and whereas it could be laborious to tear your self away from the dessert desk, the scrumptious salad spreads are simply as tempting. Reconnecting as a household can also be top-of-the-line methods to nourish your soul and with varied actions for all ages together with garden video games, film and recreation nights, and a complimentary youngsters membership, there’s no higher place to take action. 

Evergreen Manor and Spa

Within the coronary heart of Stellenbosch, Evergreen Manor and Spa, one other Cape Nation Routes member, is sort of a haven of tranquility. When you step contained in the verdant courtyards with their glowing swimming swimming pools, you’ll shortly overlook that you’re in truth inside strolling distance of all the preferred eating places, retailers, and artwork galleries this stylish city has to supply.

It affords the right mix of old-world allure and fashionable consolation that makes you’re feeling such as you’ve come dwelling to some bygone period. The classic aesthetics supply opulence and refinement whereas a non-public on-site spa that isn’t open to most of the people permits you a spot to take pleasure in a quiet second away from all of it. 


Fancourt is legendary for having a few of the finest golf programs within the nation, however what it’s possible you’ll not know is that the resort is effectively value a go to in its personal proper as a wellness vacation spot. Set in opposition to the backdrop of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, with the rooms surrounded by tropical vegetation, you’ll instantly really feel the impact the serene environment have in your soul. The Fancourt Spa can also be top-of-the-line within the nation.

Apart from providing all the standard therapies you’d count on, enterprise to the decrease degree and uncover a non-public, adult-only roman bathtub and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and tepidarium. In fact, past golf, there’s additionally an array of leisure actions to take pleasure in resembling yoga classes, climbing trails, tennis, basketball, and netball courts in addition to entry to top-notch gymnasium amenities. You possibly can even attempt your hand at fishing in one of many lakes on the property or meander across the golf programs and thru the homes on a bicycle. The choices are countless.

Wildehondekloof Personal Sport Reserve

A keep on the remotely situated Cape Nation Routes’Wildehondekloof Personal Sport Reserve outdoors of Oudtshoorn is all about reconnecting with the world round you in a sustainable approach. Right here a very solar-powered property sits on a 4000-hectare reserve, dwelling to all kinds of recreation that has been reintroduced to the realm.

The Swartberg Mountains present the backdrop to difficult hikes over the tough terrain in addition to extra relaxed nature drives, whereas spa therapies can be found within the privateness of your room, and nights are finest spent gazing heavenwards on the sky. With a home-cooked breakfast and hearty three-course meal included within the charges, you may actually calm down understanding that your each want is taken care of.

Janine Avery

Janine Avery is a journey author from Cape City, South Africa. She is a lover of all issues nature and likes to discover new locations, having fun with any type of journey from fundamental tenting to lazing in luxurious lodges.

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