Top day spas to visit while on business


If you are on another business trip with stiff muscles from travel or all day conferences, why not visit one of South Africa’s premier day spas during your free time. The country is increasingly developing a reputation as the home of some of the world’s most luxurious spas. South African spas often dominate the continental awards for top spas.

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

2 Apostles day spa

Enjoy luxury treatments at the 12 Apostles day spa

This is a ‘sanctuary’ spa known for luxurious and sensuous treatments. It is carved out of the rocks and makes use of oil or crystal-based therapies. If you are travelling with your partner the three hour moonlight picnic and treatment in beachfront gazebos is a must-try. There are also a number of heat therapy pools to choose from.

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Region: Camps Bay, Western Cape  


The spa has won numerous awards as South Africa’s leading spa resort at the World Travel Awards. Its design resembles the ocean and their signature treatments contain the local fynbos vegetation and age-old remedies. It is a medi-spa and has full medical supervision. You can also enjoy other facilities like the gym, indoor pool and rainforest shower. If fellow travellers are not interested in spa treatments, there is a golf course.  

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Knysna, Western Cape

The Oyster Box

Oyster box spa

The Oyster Box Spa offers more than just the traditional treatments. Imaged sourced from

The Oyster Box Hotel is a building of historical wonder and is considered one of Africa’s architectural splendours. Spa guests can appreciate the historical character while enjoying personalised treatments. They aim to offer their guests more than traditional spa package treatments and endeavour to create packages that revive both body and mind. They draw inspiration from our rich cultural diversity.                                         

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa

This spa is well known for their luxury and have also won awards for this. They were the first to introduce an African rains treatment which is a two hour water and steam treatment that makes use of African products. Treatments also have western and eastern cultural influences. They also have a top golf course for those not interested in spa treatments.

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Hermanus, Western Cape

Bayete Day Spa

Bayete day spa

You can choose between two camps at Bayete Spa. Image sourced from 

Like the others, Bayete is recipient of numerous acclaims and awards. They have a name for providing value for money treatments. There are two different camps from which to choose. The rock camp allows guests to enjoy the tranquil mountain surroundings while the tented bush camp allows you to experience the serenity of untouched nature. Pathways through the nearby rainforest allow for a true experience with nature.

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Region: Centurion, Gauteng   

One&Only Spa

Situated in the middle of the city, this spa is meant to resemble an oasis of serenity. They offer exclusive treatments which draw upon the rich cultural heritage of South Africa. This spa is also recipient of several different awards including the Reader’s Choice Award for the ‘Best Spa in Africa and the Indian Ocean’. They offer a wide range of treatments but be warned- they are known for being expensive.

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Cape Town, Western Cape

Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Choose from a variety of treatments at the Fordoun Hotel and Spa

This spa has a wide variety of treatments to offer from reiki and bio-energy to treatments from a traditional healer to flotation tanks. Their curative traditional healing centre is what defines them from others. One of their directors, Dr Elliot Ndlovu, is a medicinal and spiritual healer who developed his own signature products from his traditional healing remedies.  There is a couples’ treatment room when travelling with partners. They are also recipients of numerous awards.

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Midlands Meander, KZN  

Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

They have been voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by Travel and Leisure which is quite the accomplishment. They also use the local fynbos in their treatments as well as crystal healing. If you want to enjoy the panoramic surroundings you can have treatments in their open gazebos.

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Cederberg, Western Cape

Saxon Boutique Hotel Villas and Spa

Saxon Boutique Hotel Villas and Spa

The range of treatements at Saxon Boutique Hotel Villas and Spa intrigue senses. Image sourced from

This boutique is voted as one of the best in the world for several years running. One of these was as ‘Best Hotel/Resort Spa’ in South Africa at the Professional Beauty Awards among others. Their range of treatments can excite every one of your senses. These include underwater music and colour therapy along with the traditional therapies. They pride themselves on blending modern understanding with ancient techniques.

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Sandhurst, Gauteng

Thanda Private Game Reserve

Not only can you luxuriate in the spa treatments here but it is also a Big Five game reserve. All their treatments are African-centred and use ingredients like marula and African potato. The spa is described as one of the most exquisite bush spas in the world. At the World Travel Awards in 2008 they were voted as the Leading Luxury Lodge.

Star rating: * * * * *

Region: Durban, KZN

Next time you are on a business trip, be sure to set aside time to visit one of these spas. Their award-winning treatments and tranquil settings are sure to give you the step ahead when you return to the real world.  

Originally published in Succeed magazine  

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