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The Best Wellness Retreats in and around Cape Town

Picture of Andrew Thompson
Updated: 9 June 2017
In a city as serene and beautiful as Cape Town, you’d think there would hardly be a need for a wellness retreat. But those of you looking for ultimate relaxation will be pleased to know that not only does Cape Town have some of the best spas and wellness centres in the world, but many also integrate some of the Mother City’s natural beauty into their venues.
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One&Only Spa

The One&Only Hotel consistently features as the home base for the Cape’s most elite visitors. As such, you can expect impressive attention to detail throughout your visit. Spa treatments at the One&Only Spa take place on a private island set in the Waterfront’s quiet canals. This means that even though you’re just a stone’s throw from the heaving V&A Waterfront, you’ll feel a million miles away.

One&Only Spa, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 214315888

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Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel

The Vineyard Hotel in the lush suburb of Newlands is the ideal suburban wellness retreat. The in-house Angsana Spa offers a variety of treatments that draw heavily on Asian influences to provide the ultimate in rest and relaxation. The idyllic gardens, with views of Table Mountain, offer the perfect setting to compliment a day, or a weekend, at the spa.

Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 216745005

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In recent years Babylonstoren has become one of the country’s most-loved wine estates. Many visitors head to this historic farm to wine, dine and walk the serene gardens. But if you’re looking for more, check in to the Garden Spa. Like most elements of the farm, the spa has a clear link to the surrounding gardens and external elements. The spa is open to both hotel guests and day visitors, though given its popularity, booking is essential.

Babylonstoren Spa, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, South Africa, +27 218633852

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Heavenly Spa at the Westin

The Westin Hotel may have a reputation for having a business-centric approach, thanks to its location on the city’s foreshore opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre, but it still offers one of the city’s best wellness centres. The appropriately named Heavenly Spa is located on the 19th floor of the building, and offers several signature treatments for the whole body.

Heavenly Spa, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 214129999

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Majeka House Spa

Majeka House is a five-star boutique hotel in the tranquil suburb of Stellenbosch. They also offer one of the most luxurious spa and wellness centres in the winelands, complete with hydrotherapy pool facilities. Guests can order lunch from the hotel in order to round off a day of luxurious pampering.

Majeka House Spa, 26 Houtkapper St, Anesta, Stellenbosch, South Africa, +27 218801549

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The celebrated Twelve Apostles Hotel, located on a serene strip of land close to the cool Atlantic Ocean, also operates one of the city’s most impressive spas. The setting alone is enough to rejuvenate and invigorate even the most stressed visitors, and it serves as the ultimate companion to one of their tailored treatments.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 214379000

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Temenos Retreat & Wellness Centre

If you’re looking for a true wellness retreat outside the city, then head out to the quaint town of McGregor. The Temenos Retreat & Wellness Centre offers an idyllic property where you can relax and unwind fully. They offer a range of treatments, as well as extended retreats that include garden walks, daily yoga and meditation classes. They also offer structured wellness retreats throughout the year that include mindfulness, yoga, inner growth and silent retreats.

Temenos Retreat & Wellness Centre, Bree St, McGregor, South Africa, +27 236251871

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