CAPE Town’s relationship with the natural world means that you’re never far away from a scenic ocean view or a challenging hike. However, just like in any city, the concrete jungle can become overwhelming at times.
Consider one of these South Africa wellness retreats next time you’re in Cape Town to escape the hustle and bustle of city life:
O on Kloof is an elegant five-star hotel overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean. Whilst ticking all the boxes for a luxury hotel, it also has the Sapphire Spa to really cater for those looking for wellness at the core of their trip.
Guests can treat themselves to an O Spa signature African shea aroma-therapeutic massage, which features a selection of Africology aromatherapy-infused massage balms. The hotel’s specially designed outdoor relaxation area is also a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Address: 92 Kloof Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Price: From $99 (£75) per night
Meaning a sacred and peaceful place, Temenos is the perfect spot to find stillness and nurture your soul. This idyllic wellness centre has been running since 1997 and can be reached via a two-hour drive from Cape Town.
Temenos’ retreat menu consists of Yoga retreats, Mindfulness to Nia, Inner Growth, Temenos silent retreats, and one called the Garden of the Beloved retreat. Tailor-made menus provide guests with a wealth of vegetarian and vegan options.
Address: Corner of Bree and Voortrekker Streets, 6708 McGregor, near Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa
Price: From $46 (£35) per night
This peaceful haven nestled at the foot of Witkransberg mountain is roughly a two-hour drive from Cape Town.
Bodhi Khaya’s expansive estate puts regeneration and nature conservation at the forefront of its ethos and allows guests to select a catered retreat full of daily meditation classes, hikes, swims and gardening, but it also offers unstructured personal retreats for solo travellers that just want a bit of peace and quiet. A two-night stay is the minimum required when booking.
Address: Grootbos Road, Stanford, South Africa
Price: From $15 (£10) per night for camping
Even just a short stay at this urban oasis will do wonders for the soul, as One&Only pull out all the stops when looking after their guests. Spa treatments take place on a private island in Cape Town’s Waterfront and are connected to the hotel by bridges.
One&Only has successfully created a feeling of blissful isolation in the heart of one of the continent’s busiest cities – if you’re feeling jetlagged, why not book a Sleep Ritual, which includes a soothing facial followed by a head massage using rose quartz crystal.
Address: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Price: From $420 (£317) per night
Around an hour outside of Cape Town, the Hydro is considered one of South Africa’s premier wellness centres and can be found in Stellenbosch. Everywhere you look there are incredible views of mountains, orchards, and vineyards – stillness and tranquilly are guaranteed.
Whatever you want from your wellness retreat – rejuvenation, mindfulness, yoga, some pampering at the spa – the Hydro will oblige.
Address: Lelie St, Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
Price: From $133 (£100) per night