If you’re in need of some pampering and a little time out of town to refresh and revive yourself, why not consider a short spa-cation?

Hoogland Health Hydro, Gauteng

Family run and loved for over 40 years, Hoogland is less than an hour’s drive from Jo’burg or Pretoria, but its idyllic valley location in the Schurveberg Mountains makes the outside world seem very far away. This is so much more than a spa, and the dedicated team includes medical and complementary therapy practitioners who work with guests to boost their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. And it’s the real deal, with diabetes, weight and stress management programmes available, as well as weight loss and detox packages.

Forget strict routines, everything at this unpretentious spa is geared towards being mindful of the body’s natural rhythms. There are no fixed set meal times, and a nourishing buffet of fresh fruit and nutritious meals are available 24/7. The activity programme changes daily and includes activities like yoga, biodanza, drumming, meditation and nature walks. Nothing is compulsory and you set your own perfect pace. The hydrotherapy cycle is particularly healing and there are three variously heated pools as well as saunas, Turkish and Sitz baths, steam rooms and Jacuzzis to ease you back to wellness. Adults only. Visit: 

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa, Eastern Cape

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a family escape that allows for some pampering for you. There’s loads for everyone to do, including mountain biking, swimming, fishing, hiking and birding. And when you want some grown-up downtime (who doesn’t?), Umngazi’s dedicated team of childminders will entertain the kids while you hit the spa.

Set up on a hill, the exquisite views over the resort and ocean, the secluded, award-winning Spa at Umngazi River offers a range of luxurious packages that are guaranteed to leave you feeling entirely rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

A full range of massage and beauty treatments are available and every treatment room has its own private spa bath offering spectacular views of the sea. The Wild Coast never looked so good! Visit:

Fresh Wellness Spa, Western Cape          

Beach escape or mountain retreat? With branches in two very different parts of the Western Cape – at the Hohenbort Hotel in the Constantia Valley, Cape Town and at the Plettenberg Hotel, in Plettenberg Bay, Fresh Wellness Spas are ideal for a weekend away with the girls. On the menu are the usual manis, pedis and body-wraps and massages, as well as hydrotherapy, touch therapies, detox and medi-cosmetic treatments to soothe your body, mind and soul. Medical, anti-ageing aesthetic treatments, such as Botox, collagen fillers and Restylane Skinbooster are administered at the Constantia Spa, and an image consultant is available at the Plett spa. The vibe is up-market, calm and relaxing and you can enjoy the hotels’ fantastic cuisine before or after your treatments. Sublime treatments and food – it’s the perfect combination to soothe the senses. Visit:

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