Our 5 best wellness retreats for self-care holidays
We see you yawning over there, and we know how you feel! Lockdown has taken a toll on your mind, body and soul, and you’re craving a little break from the rollercoaster that has been 2020. But not just any break… you need a mindfulness holiday designed with relaxation in mind. We have just the medicine.
These are our top picks for a wellness retreat that promises a whole dose of me-time:
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa
Easily the most luxurious spa in Jozi, the Balinese-inspired Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is perfect for a wellness retreat if you can’t find time to escape the city entirely. Start your day with a yoga session in the peaceful gardens and bamboo forest before taking your pick of therapies and signature Asian-inspired treatments. There’s a heated plunge pool, spa bath, Chinese daybeds, pod swing chairs, as well as steam rooms and a sauna inviting you to find your bliss.
The Oyster Box Hotel
Set on the shores of Umhlanga and surrounded by secluded, tropical gardens, you’ll love your wellness retreat at The Oyster Box. Take a dip in the inviting plunge pool, invigorate your body with a hammam and sensation shower, and restore beauty and balance with one of the spa’s all-natural treatments, including full body massages using crystal-infused oil such as rose quartz, amethyst and rock quartz. Then, head to the Tranquility Lounge for a light lunch and smoothie before joining a yoga class in the sunshine, overlooking the ocean.
Top tip: try the traditional Oriental heat experience.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
With some of the best views in town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the peace of a National Park, The Twelve Apostles is the picture-perfect, bliss-promising setting for your next wellness retreat. Take a dip in the saltwater flotation pool before browsing the spa menu. Treatments include a signature range of exclusive body care products, prepared by blending native African plant extracts, the natural goodness of the sea and eco-friendly production technologies. Spend some healing time outdoors and take a stroll along the various mountain trails or stop for a picnic in the fynbos gardens.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat
Consistently voted one of the best wellness retreats in South Africa, Bushmans Kloof promises a genuinely special wellness experience. Located in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, it is a great choice for health and fitness holidays too, with plenty of activities on offer including hiking, canoeing, cycling and rock art tours. For unadulterated relaxation, spend your day at the secluded outdoor spa gazebo and take your pick of treatments from an extensive spa menu featuring health and beauty enhancing spoils. Other spa amenities include the crystal steam room, heated outdoor pool, health bar, fitness centre, and Tranquillity Lounge.
African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa
Nestled amongst the beautiful Magaliesburg Mountains and only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Mount Grace is the ideal retreat for health and wellness holidays. Sweeping valley views, manicured gardens and pristine bushveld surrounding help ease away your stress. One of our favourite features here is the Hydrotherapy Spa Garden, which includes a heated Jacuzzi pool, an invigorating waterfall and the Elixir Liquid Sound Flotation Pool. For quiet yoga wellness retreats, Eden is a tranquil, shady part of the gardens conducive to meditation and quiet reflection.
It’s time to leave your worries behind. Get in touch with one of our expert travel agents to book your wellness retreat and soothe your body, soul and mind.