Indulge yourself by taking a spa break, from India to Jo’burg, with some of the most lavish spa treatments. Discover the new ultra-luxe Chanel Spa or explore the tranquil gardens of Babylonstoren to find relaxation and restoration with these top luxury spas world-wide.
Surrounded by the ritzy northern suburb of Sandhurst – the domain of business magnates and international consulates – The Saxon spa is an oasis. After having recently been given a facelift by renowned interior design Stephen Falke, the spa is inspired by a sophisticated African chic aesthetic with an earthy palette, featuring a signature fireplace, cascading water features and influences of copper and Himalayan salts that set the backdrop for a restful journey. From the healing cleansing of the Hammam, to therapeutic vibrations of the Signature Sound Therapy, to the stress-relieving Rasul Spa Ritual, the Saxon Spa’s Signature Therapies are a unique collection of the ultimate rejuvenation.
Lume Beauty Atelier
De Waterkant, Cape Town
Lume is an inviting space that celebrates embracing the ultimate expression of beauty. Under the well-travelled eye of owner Jenny Kouwenhoven, the newly opened beauty atelier offers a range of highly specialised treatments, from hair and nails to body and skin. Decorated in swathes of gold and marble, while the private rooms feature fluctuating mood lighting and tones of grey and white, the space is as opulent and luxurious as its offerings.
The Chanel Spa
Ritz Paris, France
After four years of renovation, the Ritz Paris has finally reopened its doors revealing a chic and lavish new interior that features its new Chanel-design spa. With frescoes, gilding, silk fabrics and the famous neoclassical swimming pool, the spa is an ultra-luxe space which takes inspiration from Coco Chanel’s own Rue Cambon apartment. With five treatment rooms that offer a multi-sensory experience, including massage therapy that uses exclusive new oils named after Chanel’s iconic perfumes, the spa is a utopian bubble of sophistication that feels miles away from the busy streets of Paris.
Four Seasons The Westcliff
With panoramic city views, overlooking the canopy of trees that make Johannesburg so iconic, this urban day spa provides a generous, light-filled space with multiple spa amenities and offerings. Experience organic, signature rituals that engage every sense and harness the harmony of African nature using pure, raw products paired with innovative and meticulous procedures to experience the best of modern and classic spa treatments.
Simondium, Cape Town
Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. Coined a ‘living spa’ it is set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad of leiwater channels to set the tone. Indulge in their signature treatment of Hammam – a traditional Turkish version of the sauna, complete with an extensive water ritual and a honey and salt scrub. Complement your spa experience with wholesome and fresh food from their specialised spa menu that features ingredients picked from their own garden. Outside of the city, the spa offers a calming getaway from the bustle of everyday life creating a unique all-round experience of rejuvenation and relaxation.
Porto Zante Villas & Spa
Zakynthos Island, Greece
The most exclusive resort in Greece, Porto Zanto stands on a private beach on an island just off Greece’s mainland. Famous for its turquoise waters and white, sandy beaches, the spa makes every effort to show them off. Perched right on the waterfront, the spa offers treatments from all over the world including a unique series of holistic experiences that combine Greek herbs and ancient bodywork with the replenishing effect of the sun and sea that rejuvenate body and mind.
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Set on a private and lushly landscaped ‘spa island’, the One & Only spa offers three treatments: Unwind, Restore and Relax, that all use modern techniques designed to bring the body and soul back to their full potential. With an indulgent treatment menu and an environment that embraces local influences as well as contemporary design, the spa highlights spaciousness and restfulness in the heart of the crowded city of Cape Town.
The Oyster Box
Right on the shores of Umhlanga’s beachfront, The Oyster Box spa is surrounded by the peaceful sound of waves crashing, as well as monkeys and exotic birds chattering in their secluded tropical garden. Dedicated to restoring beauty and balance, the spa offers personalised treatments that focus on holistic principles, combining ancient wisdom and modern expertise. From traditional Oriental heat experiences to manicures and pedicures overlooking the lily pond, The Oyster Box is a perfect place to be pampered.
Stellenbosch, Cape Town
Surrounded by the lush, green vineyards of Stellenbosch, an aura of peace overcomes the mind long before entering the luxurious spa of Delaire Graff. Delightful massage therapies, expert maintenance, and revolutionary skin treatments such as Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion go hand in hand with luxurious wraps and wellbeing journeys in this elegant spa. Offering all-day spa rituals, Delaire Graff puts every effort into ensuring the experience is completely fulfilling.
RAAS Devigarh, India
A world-class spa, Ila Spa is reflective of its namesake – an old Sanskrit work denoting Mother Earth and her every-flowing curative energy. With a strong focus on the spiritual, the Indian spa makes use of age-old beauty rituals, the rejuvenating power of touch and divine smells chosen to promote biological wellbeing. Renowned for their earth-to-skin ethical, environmental and sustainable practices, only wild-harvested ingredients are used, from Rajasthani damascene rose otto oil, jasmine, sandalwood and tuberose, making for a heart-cleansing experience.