Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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

With self-preservation and wholesome dwelling on the prime of most individuals’s minds going into 2024, what higher method to plan your holidays this 12 months 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, mountain 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 12 months.

Primarily based alone experiences, right here’s my roundup of the most effective South African wellness getaways for 2024, a lot 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, could not tick the standard 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 friends, the mountain is yours, and yours alone to discover.

Get match on three marked mountain 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 mass name on the finish of the day, the wood-fired sizzling tub with spectacular views of the valley is the perfect place to loosen up. There’s additionally a yoga mat in your room for these early morning solar salutations and a contemporary herb and vegetable backyard is yours for the selecting with the intention 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 perfect 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 advanced and the brand new Royal Spa is the place to be.

Nestled inside a personal backyard space, with a backdrop of lush, tropical timber and a trickling stream, full with a relaxing waterfall, it is a place not simply to take pleasure in a remedy however the place you may spend a complete day simply getting away from all of it. Whereas the remedy menu options massages, physique wraps, and facials a lots, a singular spa cafe menu guarantees to revitalise from the within out with uncooked juices, ceviches, poke bowls, salads, and extra. Spend the night time right here and you may also take the time to loosen up at not one however two, deliciously quiet swimming pools, stroll via 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 an entire new individual as quickly as you stroll via the door. Go away your worries behind the minute you flip off the N2 freeway and onto the non-public 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 seek out the time to select 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 charge whereas quite a lot of spa therapies could be booked to be loved within the consolation of your room. And when the necessity to get energetic calls you may take pleasure in a recreation of boule outdoor, or take to the water on a complimentary canoe.

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Situated in what’s arguably among the best areas within the Drakensberg, the Cavern presents a singular mix of pure magnificence, tranquility, and holistic well-being. Right here the therapeutic results of nature could 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 throughout the resort’s wild gardens you’ll additionally discover a world-class spa, offering a spread 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 among the best methods to nourish your soul and with numerous actions for all ages together with garden video games, film and recreation nights, and a complimentary children 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 rapidly overlook that you’re in truth inside strolling distance of all the preferred eating places, outlets, and artwork galleries this fashionable city has to supply.

It presents the right mix of old-world attraction 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 personal 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 nicely price 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 may additionally be among the best within the nation.

Apart from providing all the standard therapies you’d count on, enterprise to the decrease stage and uncover a personal, adult-only roman tub and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and tepidarium. After all, past golf, there’s additionally an array of leisure actions to take pleasure in reminiscent of yoga periods, mountain climbing trails, tennis, basketball, and netball courts in addition to entry to top-notch gymnasium services. You’ll be able to 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 infinite.

Wildehondekloof Non-public Sport Reserve

A keep on the remotely situated Cape Nation Routes’Wildehondekloof Non-public Sport Reserve exterior of Oudtshoorn is all about reconnecting with the world round you in a sustainable means. 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 loosen up realizing 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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