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By Tamara Toti
Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Camps Bay

Camps Bay, Cape Town
The majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range is a display of nature’s powerful beauty, covered in wild fynbos and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and this beauty has within it a hidden secret – the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. With only the mountain and sea view and no buildings in sight, you’ll instantly be taken away on a dream, you walk through the spa’s separate entrance and down the glass walkway to the treatment rooms. Music from songbirds can be heard floating through passageways, with rock-like walls that hang over heated pools.

An hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, this scenic destination is surrounded by a nature reserve which is home to abundant birdlife and diverse vegetation. This country lodge sits on the banks of the Magalies River, is close to the Cradle of Humankind and offers a great escape from the city life. The Valley Lodge & Spa creates an unforgettable experience for its guests at its world-class spa and hydra therapy centre. The spa is set in a gorgeous space with sensational design and gentle light music that’ll whisk you away. Prepare to be treated to a relaxing hot stone massage or a poolside pedicure; the spa is equipped to offer you what you need to centre yourself and fully relax. Choose from a mineral heated jacuzzi, steam rooms, Swedish saunas or something from the nail care station.

Valley Lodge & Spa, Magaliesburg

National Branches
Camelot Spa is a quiet and calm sanctuary dotted across South Africa, designed to take you away on an unforgettable journey. Upon entering you’ll be taken away from the city and sent to a tranquil abyss where you’ll be treated and pampered with Camelot’s specialised treatments. Enjoy massage therapy, a skin treatment or body therapy in one of the five treatment rooms that’ll become your private haven. There’s a pedicure lounge and nail suite, a steam room and a relaxation room. Prepare to restore and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

National Branches
Whether set in the midst of sea views, lush greenery or wine farms on the Wild Coast, Elangeni, the Winelands or a Tsogo Sun resort Mangwanani African Spas offer guests the same welcoming supreme service. The Mangwanani brand offers a rare experience of true African indulgence that blesses the body, mind and soul through their specially formulated signature product range which promises restoration and relaxation. Indulge your body in one or more treatments on offer, choose from an African full body massage, a Korean scrub, revitalising facial treatment or a simple manicure or pedicure. 

Rivonia, Johannesburg
Skin Sense Day Spa offers a comprehensive range of expert beauty treatments for women and men. It’s a space where every indulgent need can be fulfilled, be it a full body massage after a long hard day or a beautiful set of nails for a special occasion. This award-winning spa has a hair salon onsite as well as a restaurant making for a perfect full-day experience should your time allow it.

Hazyview, Mpumalanga
This beautiful retreat is quietly hidden away on a macadamia and litchi farm, 10 minutes from the Kruger National Park and on the Sabie River. This luxurious spa offers visitors an unusual experience with the smell of roasted macadamia nuts wafting through the air, and spa beds are decorated with roses, treatment decks have wooden walls and roofs giving you a view across the river. You’ll also hear the soft and soothing sounds of water over rocks as you are treated to a speciality of treatments that are sure to strengthen your inner being. Summerfields award winning spa has steam rooms, a Jacuzzi, swimming pool, a Vichy shower and visitors can also enjoy a hydro walk along the river.

Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate & Spa, Chintsa

Located beside Chintsa Bay, Prana Lodge is surrounded by lush forest and dunes. Upon entering the estate, you’ll get the sense of a pure and untouched environment. The spa believes in using the natural healing power of surroundings together with holistic treatments to help withered souls back to life. Guests should prepare their minds and bodies for healing and regeneration that’ll take you straight to cloud 9, with personalised and individual treatments that have been carefully crafted from herbs that can be found in the spa’s botanical garden. Whether you opt for a facial, a massage or body wrap, you’ll leave Parana Lodge with a reborn soul.