The Top 9 Health & Wellness Escapes in South Africa

According to SafariNow

I received a mail a few months ago from SafariNow with the best health & wellness places to visit and then I saw the mail again and thought I would share it for those of you that would like to come to visit us here in South Africa and are looking for a place to stay that will feed your soul. Or, for those South Africans that have no idea where to go on holiday or for a weekend away. Do you have an anniversary coming up? Why not spoil yourself with one of these beautiful places? These range from low to high in price range.

I have used SafariNow a few times to book my places to stay and they are easy to use and trustworthy.

African Vineyard Guesthouse & Wellness Spa

From R1,400 per night

African Vineyard Guest House & Wellness Spa holds a 4 Star grading, along with an AA superior grading and is nestled in a lush landscape of vineyards at Kanoneiland, Northern Cape. A mere 30-minute drive to Upington, two and a half hours to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and one hour to Augrabies Falls National Park. African Vineyard Guest House mixes its magical ingredients to create a unique and unforgettable countryside fairytale. The ambiance created by the owners offers you rest and tranquillity in luxury romantic accommodation. Six unique, comfortable and elegant rooms overlook the beautiful garden. Explore our vineyards, stroll along the Orange River or just relax in the swimming pool. Various species of birds will keep you company while you revitalize your soul and mind in the exquisite garden. We understand that one of the key ingredients of a magical stay is a good night’s sleep, African Vineyard Guest House offers this in their spacious rooms with cotton percale linen. Accommodation ranges from standard rooms to luxury suites. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals with hearty breakfasts indoors or next to the swimming pool. We offer dinner and snacks on request so please advise in advance. Experience country hospitality and friendly, personal service that will make your stay a memorable experience. Escape to the island of slow-living at a working raisin farm. Remember to book a treatment at our Wellness Spa.

They have many different types of rooms but to see all the photos you can go to their site. Here are a few to whet your appetite.

The River Wellness & Spa at Zwakala River Retreat

From R1,450 per night

Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a private farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof / Haenertsburg Mountains on the banks of the Broederstroom River the source of the great Letaba.

The two-sleeper cabin, king-size bed or two single beds, cosy lounge with wood burner fireplace. En-suite with large shower leading to outside galvanised steel and wood bathtub. Fully equipped kitchenette. Private deck & fire pit.

The Four sleeper cabins, king-size beds or four single beds, cosy lounge with a wood burner fireplace. En-suite bathrooms with large shower, leading outside to individual / private galvanised steel and wood bathtub. Private deck & fire pit, full kitchenette.

Fantastic walks and clearly marked cycling routes through forests and private farms in the area. Also, trout fishing on the river and in the surrounding area visits to other establishments such as Wegraakbosch Cheese Farm and the famous Cheerio Gardens just up the road.

Zwakala River Retreat is located on a family farm that is high up in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains.

Lagoon Beach Hotel

From R2,170 per night

Lagoon Beach Hotel is the ultimate business and leisure destination in Cape Town, comprising 229 sophisticated en-suite bedrooms, 50 holiday apartments, 14 conference venues, and three world-class restaurants. With magnificent views of Table Mountain, Lagoon Beach is the ultimate setting, whatever your need.

Situated on Lagoon Beach, it is the only hotel in Cape Town with direct beach access. With Cape Town’s central business district only minutes away, not only do you have the beach on your doorstep, but also the eclectic vibe of city life. Call it the best of both worlds, if you like – we simply call it Lagoon Beach.

This 4 Star hotel is located only 8 km from the Cape Town central business district and offers shuttle services and accommodation to suit the needs of both business and leisure guests, making every effort to create a simplistic atmosphere to rest, relax and revitalize.

Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro

From R1,900 per night

The tranquil setting belies the challenging nature of the Annika Sorenstam-signature Euphoria 18-hole Championship Golf Course. Designed with a serious commitment to the preservation of the indigenous fauna and flora, it is the combination of golf and the unsurpassed beauty of the Waterberg landscape that makes Euphoria such a unique golfing experience. Wide golf corridors will ensure privacy to golfers and homeowners alike. 

The Clubhouse facilities are in keeping with the overall world-class experience and include function rooms, a terrace and an elegant restaurant, serving a mixture of local cuisine and traditional dishes. A Golf Academy and training centre will offer a comprehensive range of golf lessons and clinics to suit all ages and golfing standards. Full-time teaching professionals will be on hand to offer expert advice and tuition to groups or individuals. Euphoria Bush Villas are nestled in the bushveld close to the magnificent clubhouse. The Villas follow the theme of contemporary African chic, built with the signature sandstone rock from the surrounding Waterberg mountain. The Villas comprise units with eight rooms, made up of two levels of four villas per level. Each villa has a room, bathroom en suite and a balcony. Certain Villa rooms are joined by a separate lounge area with a fireplace, perfect for fourballs. There are currently 48 Bush Villas, with a further 16 opening up early next year and 96 by the end of 2009. 

Euphoria has 2 large function rooms in the clubhouses which can be used separately or combined into 1 large venue. Both rooms have fold-away doors, opening out onto covered patios. The function rooms have a wooden dance floor too should this be needed. A spit braai is also available on the balcony for any group requiring this facility. Used either separately or combined, these function rooms are ideally situated for corporate golf prize giving’s, conferences, seminars, etc. A 12-seater fully equipped state-of-the-art boardroom is also available, situated on the upper executive office level of the three-story clubhouse building. A large covered balcony leads off the boardroom with unsurpassed views of the golf course, the estate and the disappearing landscape.

A Golf Academy and training centre offers a comprehensive range of golf lessons and clinics to suit all ages and golfing standards. Full-time teaching professionals are on hand to offer expert advice and tuition to groups or individuals.

Kievits Kroon Country Estate

From R2,020 per night

Synonymous with style and elegance, Kievits Kroon, the award-winning country retreat, is the ideal hideaway for a romantic weekend away or for corporate groups who prefers a business experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Kievits Kroon offers 142 elegant rooms, all in either the classic or a more modern Cape Dutch-style. Our Executive Rooms display impressive contemporary artwork from our community project, Ithuta. The talented children from Leeuwfontein Primary, a no-fee school with a need for skills development, are being trained by artist Zelda Susan, and all funds generated through this project go towards the upliftment of the school.

Located just outside of Pretoria and a mere 45 minutes from Sandton, guests can enjoy the lush grounds and tranquil atmosphere, paired with the estate’s unsurpassed hospitality and luxury facilities. After our third consecutive win of the 2010 AA Travel Awards in the category “Country Style Retreat – Large” in 2011, we are proud of our newly acquired ‘Hall of Fame’ status. This award bears special significance as it reflects our guests’ opinions.

In line with the hotel’s wellness theme, Kievits Kroon’s conference experience not only touches the senses but leaves delegates more productive and energized. Our conference rooms are airy, while the conference centre is subtly enhanced by a signature combination of aromatherapy oils that are at once calming and uplifting, naturally encouraging positivity and creative thought. Our 17 conference rooms are suitable for almost any type of meeting, conference, or function and sit between 100 and 200 delegates.

Kievits Kroon’s superb gourmet offering can satisfy even the most discerning guests. Our 50-seater signature restaurant, Granita, offers guests a choice of a number of gourmet experiences. Visit us for a six-course food and wine pairing with accommodation by booking the True Romance Gourmet package, visit us for a five-course Sunday lunch, or simply enjoy a dinner with family and friends in the 10-seater Granita cellar.

Known as the winelands in Gauteng, Kievits Kroon now boasts its own wines, the Kievits Kroon Sauvignon Blanc and Grand Rouge. The hotel’s wine list was also selected as a Diamond Award winner in the Diners Club International Wine List of the Year Awards in 2009 and 2010.

As the seasons change, there’s no better time for a day of pampering at Kievits Kroon’s Wellness Spa. Tailor-made treatments ensure guests leave feeling relaxed and revitalized. Designed to meet the best European standards, the spa boasts one of Gauteng’s most sophisticated thermal treatment facilities with steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi’s, Swiss showers and plunge pools. We offer a haven of calm that epitomizes the holistic wellness associated with a stay at Kievits Kroon.

Enjoy being outside; play lawn croquet and giant chess in our landscaped gardens. Sip one of our signature Martini’s next to our sparkling pool and take in the view of the lush gardens or curl up with a book and glass of wine on one of our comfortable couches in Library Bar 41.

You have various options to stay in but here are a few photos of some of them. You can view the rest on their site.

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Woodall Country House & Spa

From R5,496 per night

A mere 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, and neighbour to the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, this award-winning boutique hotel is a tranquil haven from which to explore the true African experience.
Nestled peacefully on a fully functioning citrus farm, the structure was developed from the original farmhouse built in the early 1900s. The charming ambiance and character of yesteryear still permeate the atmosphere at Woodall. Old-world attention to detail blends seamlessly with contemporary African luxury and style as reflected in the raw, earthy magnificence of the architecture.

Opening on to the fresh sight and scent of a rose or indigenous gardens, the rooms at Woodall are as seeped in luxury as they are in comfort. Each room is spacious, private, and equipped with every convenience from climate control to internet access. Other features include private verandas, en-suite bathrooms, invigorating outdoor showers, mini-bars, sumptuous furnishings, crisp percale linen, bathrobes, telephones, electronic safes and CD players. Each room is individually designed, making use of natural materials, raw silks, and fascinating décor items collected by the South African owners, on their world travels. Some rooms reflect a bygone era of indulgent romance, some echo authentic colonial style, while the more modern suites boast an Afro-chic feel that blends traditional colours and styles with sophisticated contemporary flair. There are 6 luxury rooms and 5 ultra-luxury suites available at Woodall. The latter include separate living and dressing areas, and extra-length beds.

Dining at Woodall is a culinary delight of local flavours and textures, superbly orchestrated for absolute pleasure. Karoo venison, freshly caught East Coast fish, homemade stocks, newly-baked bread, and local cheeses all form part of the irresistible menu on offer. The chef’s creative genius is inspired by the unique flavours of freshly picked produce from Woodall’s own herb and vegetable gardens.
The Woodall wine list has earned the Platinum Diners Club Wine List of the Year Award for the past two consecutive years. Stocked with the finest South African wines personally selected by James Miller (the owner), the private underground cellar brings forth the ideal complement to any gourmet meal.
Cocktails, moonlit dinners, and after-dinner drinks and cigars are savoured in the thatched waterside dining area. Packed breakfasts, picnics, lunches, healthy spa cuisine and specific meal requests are keenly accommodated by the Woodall kitchen.

The Woodall spa, fringed with palms and water features, is an oasis of utter indulgence and relaxation. Here, guests are pampered by local therapists with world-class skills in massage and a comprehensive range of health and beauty treatments. Facilities include a vitality studio, single or couple therapy suites, a sauna and steam room, a hydrotherapy bath, and a saltwater pool area in which guests are invited to relax after their treatments. The spacious gym houses cutting-edge cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Spa: Sauna, hydrotherapy bath, steam room, Rasool chamber, couples therapy, African Wood massages, and gym facilities available.

You have various options for rooms here too. Check the site out to see them all but here are just a few.

Oxford Healthcare Retreat

From R3,500 per night

Oxford Healthcare Retreat features accommodation in Sandton, Johannesburg near Bidvest Wanderers Stadium and Melrose Arch Mall. Our healthcare retreats have been developed by a team of accredited medical professionals to provide meaningful and effective strategies to enhance your overall sense of well-being.

All guest rooms at the guest house are fitted with a seating area. Every room has a private bathroom with a bath, while some rooms will provide you with a balcony and others also boast pool views. The rooms have a desk.

Among the various facilities of this property are an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a garden. Free Wi-Fi is available and Sandton City Mall is 3 km away. Melrose is a great choice for travellers interested in restaurants, food and history.

Oliver’s Restaurant, Lodge & Wellness Centre

From R3,800 per night

Nestled in a country setting just outside White River in Mpumalanga, Oliver’s which was founded in 2001, is an owner-managed boutique hotel located on the secure White River Country Estate. Overlooking the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course, our signature ‘home away from home’ environment allows guests to experience the marriage between Austrian flair and subtle African influences.

Our bespoke hotel accommodation in upmarket rooms includes family options, as well as an in-house restaurant offering mouth-watering a-la-carte continental dishes, with our wine cellar providing the perfect venue to enjoy our raclette and fondue. Oliver’s Wellness & Beauty Centre offers massages, face and body treatments, manicures & pedicures and waxing services.

They also have a few different options of rooms available which you can see on the site.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

From R16,750 per night

Escape to this wilderness reserve and inhale the peace, quiet and tranquillity of a place where time is your own. A proud member of Relais and Châteaux and voted Best Hotel in the World 2009 by Travel and Leisure, Bushmans Kloof is a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty amidst wide open plains, majestic rock formations and crystal-clear waterfalls. Here in the heart of Rooibos country, the malaria- and predator-free reserve is situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains only 270 km from Cape Town.

Walk with wildlife, touch the flowers and fynbos, and enrich your mind with tales of the ancient Bushman. This natural heritage site is home to many exceptional San rock art sites and offers invigorating outdoor activities including nature drives, walking and hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming in clear rock pools.

Deeply rooted in nature, the intimate spa and riverside spa gazebo are inspired by the unique holistic healing qualities so special to this area, including treatments rich in pampering ancient remedies, complemented by indigenous rooibos, flowers and plants.

The family-run lodge is splendidly luxurious, renowned for passionate service and generous hospitality. Delicious organic cuisine created from the freshest produce is served in breathtaking dining locations.

Disclaimer: I haven’t been to any of these places, so I can’t give you a review on them but if you go onto each one’s page on SafariNow, you will see that people that have been able to go, have reviewed it. The photos are all taken from the SafariNow site.

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