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

With self-preservation and wholesome dwelling on the high 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.

Based mostly alone experiences, right here’s my roundup of the very best South African wellness getaways for 2024, lots 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, might not tick the standard containers of a wellness retreat in that it options no spa and no gymnasium, however truthfully, 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 company, the mountain is yours, and yours alone to discover.

Get match on three marked mountain climbing trails, earlier than having fun with essentially the most refreshing of dips in a pure mountain rockpool, with out one other soul in sight. And when weary muscular tissues name on the finish of the day, the wood-fired sizzling tub with spectacular views of the valley is the perfect place to chill out. There’s additionally a yoga mat in your room for these early morning solar salutations and a recent herb and vegetable backyard is yours for the choosing so 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 complicated and the brand new Royal Spa is the place to be.

Nestled inside a non-public backyard space, with a backdrop of lush, tropical bushes and a trickling stream, full with a relaxing waterfall, this can be a place not simply to get pleasure from a therapy however the place you possibly can spend a whole day simply getting away from all of it. Whereas the therapy menu options massages, physique wraps, and facials a a lot, a novel 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 can even take the time to chill out at not one however two, deliciously quiet swimming pools, stroll by the forested gardens, or bask 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 are feeling like an entire new particular person as quickly as you stroll by the door. Go away your worries behind the minute you flip off the N2 freeway and onto the non-public peninsula that’s residence to this boutique resort.

Days listed below are greatest spent having fun with that e-book you’ve been which means to get to however can by no means appear to search 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 price whereas quite a lot of spa remedies might be booked to be loved within the consolation of your room. And when the necessity to get energetic calls you possibly can get pleasure from a sport of boule outside, or take to the water on a complimentary canoe.

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Situated in what’s arguably top-of-the-line places within the Drakensberg, the Cavern provides a novel mix of pure magnificence, tranquility, and holistic well-being. Right here the therapeutic results of nature might be loved with day by 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 inside the resort’s wild gardens you’ll additionally discover a world-class spa, offering a spread of rejuvenating remedies. Right here, the significance of nourishing the physique with healthful and nutritious meals can 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 be top-of-the-line methods to nourish your soul and with varied actions for all ages together with garden video games, film and sport nights, and a complimentary youngsters 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 actually inside strolling distance of all the preferred eating places, outlets, and artwork galleries this stylish city has to supply.

It provides the right mix of old-world appeal and trendy consolation that makes you are feeling such as you’ve come residence to some bygone period. The classic aesthetics provide opulence and refinement whereas a non-public on-site spa that isn’t open to most people permits you a spot to get pleasure from a quiet second away from all of it. 


Fancourt is legendary for having among the greatest golf programs within the nation, however what chances are you’ll not know is that the resort is effectively value 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 be top-of-the-line within the nation.

Except for providing all the standard remedies you’ll anticipate, enterprise to the decrease stage and uncover a non-public, adult-only roman tub and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and tepidarium. In fact, past golf, there’s additionally an array of leisure actions to get pleasure from akin to yoga periods, mountain climbing trails, tennis, basketball, and netball courts in addition to entry to top-notch gymnasium amenities. You possibly can even strive 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 Recreation Reserve

A keep on the remotely situated Cape Nation Routes’Wildehondekloof Non-public Recreation Reserve exterior of Oudtshoorn is all about reconnecting with the world round you in a sustainable method. Right here a very solar-powered property sits on a 4000-hectare reserve, residence to all kinds of sport that has been reintroduced to the world.

The Swartberg Mountains present the backdrop to difficult hikes over the tough terrain in addition to extra relaxed nature drives, whereas spa remedies can be found within the privateness of your room, and nights are greatest spent gazing heavenwards on the sky. With a home-cooked breakfast and hearty three-course meal included within the charges, you possibly can actually chill out figuring out 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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