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


With self-preservation and wholesome residing on the high of most individuals’s minds going into 2024, what higher approach to plan your holidays this yr than round what makes you content – and we’re speaking physique, thoughts, and soul. Whether that revolves round beginning your day within the health club, 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 yr.

Based alone experiences, right here’s my roundup of the very best South African wellness getaways for 2024, a lot of which I wager you’ve by no means heard of. 

Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night, a distant mountain retreat positioned between Barrydale and Montagu, could not tick the standard containers of a wellness retreat in that it options no spa and no health club, 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 visitors, the mountain is yours, and yours alone to discover.

Get match on three marked 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 muscle groups name on the finish of the day, the wood-fired scorching 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 recent herb and vegetable backyard is yours for the choosing so to nourish your physique in addition to your soul.  

The Palace of the Lost City

While it could look like one thing out of a theme park or fairytale, Sun City’s most lavish resort is the perfect place for a wellness retreat. Removed 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 non-public backyard space, with a backdrop of lush, tropical bushes and a trickling stream, full with a chilled waterfall, it is a place not simply to get pleasure from a remedy however the place you possibly can spend a complete day simply getting away from all of it. While the remedy menu options massages, physique wraps, and facials a a lot, 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 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 Country Routes, will make you are feeling like an entire new individual as quickly as you stroll by the door. Leave your worries behind the minute you flip off the N2 freeway and onto the non-public peninsula that’s house to this boutique resort.

Days listed below are greatest spent having fun with that e book 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 a wide range of spa therapies may 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 open air, or take to the water on a complimentary canoe.

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

Located in what’s arguably among the best places within the Drakensberg, the Cavern provides a singular mix of pure magnificence, tranquility, and holistic well-being. Here the therapeutic results of nature may 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 inside the resort’s wild gardens you’ll additionally discover a world-class spa, offering a spread of rejuvenating therapies. 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 onerous to tear your self away from the dessert desk, the scrumptious salad spreads are simply as tempting. Reconnecting as a household can be among the best methods to nourish your soul and with numerous 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

In the guts of Stellenbosch, Evergreen Manor and Spa, one other Cape Country Routes member, is sort of a haven of tranquility. Once you step contained in the verdant courtyards with their glowing swimming swimming pools, you’ll rapidly overlook that you’re in reality inside strolling distance of all the preferred eating places, retailers, and artwork galleries this fashionable city has to supply.

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


Fancourt is known for having among the greatest golf programs within the nation, however what you might 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 can also be among the best within the nation.

Aside from providing all the standard therapies you’ll anticipate, enterprise to the decrease stage and uncover a non-public, adult-only roman tub and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and tepidarium. Of course, past golf, there’s additionally an array of leisure actions to get pleasure from equivalent to yoga periods, climbing trails, tennis, basketball, and netball courts in addition to entry to top-notch health club amenities. You may 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 Private Game Reserve

A keep on the remotely positioned Cape Country Routes’Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve exterior of Oudtshoorn is all about reconnecting with the world round you in a sustainable manner. Here a completely solar-powered property sits on a 4000-hectare reserve, house to all kinds of sport 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 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 loosen up realizing that your each want is taken care of.

Janine Avery

Janine Avery is a journey author from Cape Town, South Africa. She is a lover of all issues nature and likes to discover new locations, having fun with any type of journey from primary tenting to lazing in luxurious lodges.

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