1. Librisa Spa
It’s not surprising that the first hotel in Cape Town to offer hot and cold running water — the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel — also boasts one of the city’s best spas. In keeping with the style of this grand hotel, the Librisa Spa, which occupies three late-Victorian buildings, embraces understated opulence with its muted velvets and sparkling chandeliers. Because the spa focuses on natural ingredients, it uses the Kalahari and Africology skincare ranges.
In addition to a Finnish sauna, steam bath and plunge pool, the spa also features a tranquil conservatory where you can sip on herbal teas after your treatment. An unexpected perk for parents is the fully supervised children’s club, where kids are kept entertained while their parents are pampered.
2. One&Only Spa
Taking the notion of getting-away-from-it-all to the next level, the One&Only has positioned its spa on a lush island in the middle of the hotel’s palm-lined grounds. The spa island comes with 12 treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, a fitness centre, sauna and steam facilities, an ice fountain, and two vitality pools. Treatments, which incorporate African influences, are grouped around three themes: unwind, restore and elevate. The relaxation suite, which comes stocked with nutritious snacks, dried fruit, smoothies and herbal teas, makes it easy to buy into the island fantasy.
3. The Heavenly Spa
Set on the 19th floor of The Westin hotel in Cape Town, the Heavenly Spa offers panoramic views of the city and ocean. In addition to 13 treatment rooms, the spa also boasts a Sea of Dreams sleep room, which has four heated cocoon-style waterbeds. If travelling has you feeling sluggish, the Jet Lag body treatment will get you back on track. For something a little more local, opt for the African Breeze spa package, which incorporates traditional massage techniques and wooden massage sticks, as well as marula oil blended with African shea butter.