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Cape Town Spas

Arabella. Breathtaking 360-degree views and ambrosial aromas (courtesy of Anne Sémonin and St Barth products) greet you at this streamlined 19th-floor spa with huge glass windows and floors of pressed pebbles. On arrival, you're offered Jing tea and use of the infinity lap pool and sauna—both with fantastic city views—and steam room. The Truly Precious Face and Body Experience, which includes a body exfoliation, Phyto-aromatic massage (using warmed, detoxifying essential oils), and brightening facial is pure indulgence. Don't miss a post-treatment lie-down in the heated water beds. Power Plate classes and personal trainers are also available.

Treatments Massage: Phyto-aromatic, hot stone, black sand, reflexology. Exfoliation: aromatic salt. Wraps/baths: oil wrap, anti-cellulite therapy, spirulina, pink kaolin. Beauty: Facials, waxing, manicure, pedicure, eye lifting, eye brightening, eyelash tinting, eyebrow grooming.

Prices Body Treatments: R390–R980. Facials: R495–R950. Manicure/pedicure: R395.

Westin Grand Arabella Quays, Lower Long St., 19th fl., Cape Town Central, Cape Town, 8000. 021/412–8200. Treatments daily 9–5; sauna/gym facilities daily 6am–10 pm.

Equinox. In the Cape Royal Hotel, Equinox resembles the interior of a beautiful lacquered box, with dark parquet lit by oil lamps, a smattering of orchids, and a few pieces of Edwardian furniture. Complimentary teas, nuts, and fruit are available in the relaxation room; the changing room is redolent of Charlotte Rhys products. The chakra balance candle massage, using heated, essential-oils-scented mineral oil, leaves you in a state of balanced bliss. Treatments are great value, including the more medical skin treatments (e.g., micro-dermabrasion). You can relax at the rooftop pool deck and sky bar—well worth a visit for the views of the mountains and ocean. Tai chi and Pilates classes are held weekdays at 6 am.

Treatments Massage: chakra balance candle, Indian head, Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, lymphatic drainage, Thai, mom-to-be. Exfoliation: body polish, body scrub. Wraps: full body. Beauty: Facial, chemibrasion, glycolic, exfoliating peel, micro-needling, micro-dermabrasion, Lumi 8 LED light therapy, waxing, lash/brow tinting, manicure, pedicure, reflexology, bio-sculpture nail treatment (natural nail enhancement), sunless tanning.

Prices Body treatments: R280–R620. Facials: R290–R580. Manicure/pedicure: R200–R330.

Cape Royale Hotel, 47 Main Rd., Green Point, Cape Town, 8051. 021/430–0500. Weekdays 8–8, Sun. 9–6.

Holden Manz Spa. Just the drive to this spa through the Franschhoek Mountains makes a visit worthwhile. On the grounds of a boutique hotel and wine estate, the spa is modest in dimension and style, but equal to big-city spas in its personalized service. Matis, Environ, Africology, and Moya products are stocked, and the facials are fantastic. Themed collections—unwind, awakening, quietude—group complementary treatments together and include extras like cheese and wine or lunch.

The restaurant is excellent, and you can use the pool or do a wine tasting.

Body Treatments Massage: back, neck, and shoulder; hot stone; deep tissue; scalp; Swedish, lymphatic drainage, pressure point. Exfoliation: full body. Wraps: full body. Beauty: Facials, eye treatment, anti-aging, manicure, pedicure, lash/brow tinting, waxing, body bronzing.

Prices Body treatments: R238–R598. Facials: R258–R728. Manicure/pedicure: R198–R248.

Holden Manz Wine & Country Estate, Green Valley Rd., Franschhoek, 7690. 021/876–2738. Daily 9–6.

Librisa. An oasis of elegant calm in the Mount Nelson Hotel's bucolic English gardens, this spa has a glassed-in relaxation room with stunning views of Lion's Head. Many treatments feature local ingredients like marula (a fruit) and South African geranium. The therapeutic massage relieves travel stress and the decadent Rekindle Spa Experience combines an aromatic massage and facial followed by the hotel's legendary afternoon tea. Teen and kids' treatments are available, and you are welcome to use the hotel's family pool.

Body Treatments Massage: jet-lag, hot stone, aroma-touch, prenatal, therapeutic, reflexology. Exfoliation: grape seed, earth salt. Wraps/baths: green clay, marula, and mint wrap; ocean wrap (seaweed cellulite treatment); green tea detox; rooibos and lavender clay wrap. Beauty: Facial, manicure, pedicure, lash/brow tinting, waxing, body bronzing.

Prices Body treatments: R400–R800. Facials: R400–R800. Manicures/pedicure: R250–R300.

Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange St., Gardens, Cape Town, 8001. 021/483–1550. Daily 9–8.

Spa at Cape Grace. Impeccable service and professionalism are the hallmarks of this spa, whose paprika-and-saffron-hued spice-route motif is vibrant yet elegant. An exclusive range of locally produced teas is available. A salon next door offers hairstyling. Drawing on Khoi-San healing customs, the African Cape massage includes a full-body massage with a shea butter and snowbush flower infusion. Facial therapies and body treatments using the Africology range are excellent and use essential oils and local plant extracts like rooibos and African potato. The relaxation and hot spa area (mineral spa bath, sauna, steam room, rain showers) has spectacular views of Table Mountain.

Treatments Massage: jet-lag, hot stone, Aromasoul, Swedish, back cleanse, deep tissue, fusion therapy. Exfoliation: marula scrub. Wraps: D-Age repairing (with kamani oil), body strategist nutritional (with vegetable and rice protein), Monticelli detoxifying.Beauty: Facials, waxing, manicure, pedicure, haircuts, highlights, eye treatments, body bronzing.

Prices Body treatments: R455–R1,185. Facials: R720–R965. Hair/salon services: R210–R695. Manicure/pedicure: R300–R485.

Cape Grace hotel, West Quay, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002. 021/418–0495. Daily 8–8.

Cape Town Central/Waterfront

Camelot Spa at Mandela Rhodes Place. In the center of Cape Town's downtown business district, above the commerce of St. George's Mall, Camelot Spa sparkles with crystal light fixtures, an urban oasis in taupe and champagne, complete with wallpaper on the ceilings. A cup of tea and the subtle fragrance of frangipani, the spa's signature scent, greet you on arrival. Camelot bases its offerings around its exclusive use of the marine-based Thalgo range, and also has a number of hydro experiences. Among the most popular: the hydro bath, with additives of seaweed, essential oils, or milk; flotation therapy (a half hour in this buoyant sensory deprivation pool is said to equal four hours of sleep); and rasul treatments (Arabian mud detox). The signature massage combines five massage techniques and frangipani oil.

Treatments Massage: Swedish, aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stone, kahuna (rhythmic relaxation/circulation), ukuchina (Zambian/tension-relieving), Indian head massage. Exfoliation: sweet and savory, Memoire Oceane (algae and salt). Wraps/baths: Marine Prelude (purifying mud) wrap, Aromacéane Envelopment (mud and essential oils) wrap, cellulite body wraps, hydro bath, flotation therapy, rasul treatment, salt glow. Beauty: Facials, waxing, manicure, pedicure, lash/brow tinting, spray tan.

Prices Body treatments: R275–R595. Facials: R470–R990. Manicures/pedicures: R270–R320.

Mandela Rhodes Place, Cape Town Central, Cape Town, 8000. 021/422–2144. Daily 8–8.

One&Only Spa. This artfully designed spa exudes pampered exclusivity of the type intended for the rich and famous. On a private island and part of a swank resort, its contemporary-minimalist African- and Japanese-influenced treatment rooms look out onto Table Mountain and lush gardens. Clients are handed tea or pure pomegranate juice upon arrival, and the relaxation room is stocked with beverages, dried fruit, and nuts. The sole purveyor of ESPA products in Africa, this spa also offers manicures and pedicures by the famous Bastien Gonzalez, whose clients include Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. The highly relaxing Essence of Earth and Ocean Experience combines seaweed and ocean salt with ESPA products. Leave time to enjoy the vitality pool, steam room, sauna (with an ice fountain right outside), and relaxation time in the gardens.

Treatments Massage: ESPA soothing, ESPA detoxifying, ESPA energizing, chakra balancing, hot stone, fitness, aromatherapy, pre- and postnatal, hip and thigh. Exfoliation: ESPA relaxing, ESPA detoxifying, ESPA invigorating. Wraps/baths: lymphatic skin brushing, body exfoliation, ESPA marine algae, marine mud, ayurvedic herbal clay. Beauty: Facials, waxing, lash/brow tinting, haircuts, highlights, perms, men's shave/beard-trim, Bastien Gonzalez pedicure/manicure.

Prices Body treatments: R350–R1,630. Facials: R750–R1,125. Hair/salon services: R330–R610. Manicure/pedicure: R440–R1,045.

One&Only Cape Town, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002. 021/431–5810. Daily 8am–10pm.

ONE Wellness at the Radisson. Known for good customer care and a holistic approach to health, the ONE Wellness spa incorporates a gym (with personal trainers, group training, and Pilates classes) and custom nutrition and fitness plans. The spa's tented canopy invokes a nautical theme. A smoothie or tea is offered on arrival, and you are encouraged to make use of the indoor vitality pool. A healthful spa menu is available. The signature ONEjourney treatment typifies the spa's philosophy: a six- to nine-step treatment intended to increase circulation and rejuvenate that includes body exfoliation, sauna and steam treatments, and alternating hot and cold foot baths. Aromatherapy massage and the Essential facial (tailored to your skin type) are also good choices. Spa clients have access to an outdoor pool.

Treatments Massage: back, Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, therapeutic, sports, reflexology, Indian head, mother-to-be, Reiki. Exfoliation: Papaya-pineapple saltmousse (a gentle polishing lather), mango-passionfruit saltmousse. Wraps/baths: silky skin full-body polish, aromatic Moor wrap, green coffee cellulite warp, water lily after-sun wrap, Moroccan rasul mineralizing body wrap. Beauty: Facials, eye lifting, neck and bust treatment, lash/brow tinting, manicure, pedicure, waxing,bronzing. Other: new-mom and mom-to-be treatments.

Prices Body treatments: R300–750. Facials: R420–R650. Manicure/pedicure: R250–R300.

Radisson Hotel Waterfront, Beach Rd., Granger Bay, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002. 021/441–3331. Treatments daily 8–8, gym daily 6 am>–10 pm.

Wellspa at the Wellness Warehouse. Part of the Wellness Warehouse chain of health-minded superstores, Wellspa provides the full range of treatments for prices that won't re-stress you out. Positioned between the store's homeopathic medicine, grocery, and beauty product (Dermalogica, Comfort Zone, and Elemis, and others are used in spa treatments) departments, Wellspa is a great option if you don't require fancy relaxation rooms with gowns, slippers, and other lounging accoutrements. The heavenly, 2½-hour Wellnourishedcomplete body relaxation treatment includes a facial massage, body exfoliation, body wrap, steam, and full-body massage in the style of your choice. Wellspa is also a convenient one-stop choice for waxing or pedicures. Afterward, check out the Wellcafé with its delicious range of healthy meals, drinks, and smoothies.

Treatments Massage: Swedish; back, shoulder, and neck; aroma; hot stone; lymphatic, Indian head, reflexology. Exfoliation: full body. Wraps: exfoliating. Beauty: Facials, waxing, lash/brow tinting, manicure, pedicure, bio-sculpture nail treatment, tanning application.Other: scalp treatment.

Prices Body treatments: R150–R310. Facials: R90–R390. Manicure/pedicure: R150–R250.

Lifestyle Center, 50 Kloof St., 2nd Floor, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001. 021/487–5454. Weekdays 9–7, Sat. 8–5, Sun. 9–3.

Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard

Danté Wellness Spa. Focusing on facial treatments, this spa founded and run by two sisters offers personalized service and well-priced facial treatments in the unpretentious setting of a Sea Point shopping center. Specialties are its Dermalogica Deep Cleanse facial and micro-dermabrasion treatments, the Catio Vital Face treatment (pore detox, ionization, facial massage, and mask), and the Catio Vital & Lift treatment ("lifting" through muscular stimulation and lymphatic stimulation to clear toxins and reoxygenize the skin). A vertical tanning booth, manicures and pedicures, and a partner "skin renewal" business (with nonsurgical treatments like Botox and laser) complete the scene. Body wraps and massage are also available.

Body Treatments Massage: Swedish; aromatherapy; Indian head; calf and foot, back, neck, and shoulders; hot stone. Wraps: anti-aging balsamic body wrap, contouring rice body wrap. Beauty: Dermalogica and Catio Vital facials, threading, manicure, pedicure, lash/brow tinting, spray tanning.

Prices Body treatments: R180–R550. Facials: R220–R520. Manicure/pedicure: R90–R270.

Piazza Da Luz, Shop 12, 94 Regent Rd., Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005. 021/434–1011. Weekdays 8–7, Sat 8:30–5.

12 Apostles Spa. Thanks to its unique location as the only development past Camps Bay on the pristine fynbos-covered slopes, overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, this spa comes in at the top of many lists. Unfortunately, its largely dark indoor space doesn't profit sufficiently from its stunning situation. But you can book your massage, manicure, facial, or a romantic Moonlight Treatment for two in a temperature-controlled, glassed-in gazebo 100 meters away for some of the best views on the Cape (request a gazebo when you reserve). Many of the wraps and treatments incorporate natural, locally sourced ingredients (Cape snowbush, Cape lavender, and buchu, an indigenous medicinal herb). Indoor hydrotherapy facilities include a brine flotation pool, heated jet pool, cold plunge pool, and sauna—although it's a shame they lack views.

Body Treatments Massage: jet lag, Moya crystal (African-mined crystals meant to balance one's energy), therapeutic, Thai yoga, shiatsu, aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish, lymph drainage, Elemis aroma. Exfoliation: salt glow, lime-and-ginger salt glow. Wraps: buchu detoxify, Cape chamomile, zinziba (an essential oil from Zimbabwe), anti-aging, Cape snowbush anti-cellulite, Cape lavender immune boost, Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean, Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Detoxification.Baths: rasul chamber, exotic jasmine flower bath, warming ocean bath, hydrotherapy pool facilities. Beauty: Elemis facials, acrylic and silk nail overlays and extensions, manicure, pedicure, gel nail extensions, lash/brow tinting, waxing.Other: hair and scalp therapy.

Prices Body treatments: R320–R790. Facials: R690–R1,040. Hair and scalp treatment: R690. Manicure/pedicure: R290–R390.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Rd., Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005. 021/437–0677. Daily 8–8.

Cape Town Southern Suburbs and Peninsula

Angsana Spa. An oasis of decorous, graceful calm, this spa at the elegant Vineyard Hotel in the Southern Suburbs is part of the international Banyan group. The Eastern influences begin when you walk in the door: ginger tea is offered, and before beginning treatments, therapists rub your feet with hot towels. Many of the therapists hail from Thailand, and Thai, Balinese, Indian, and Hawaiian techniques are incorporated in the excellent massages (the Angsana pressure-point massage is highly recommended). The Eastern green-and-gold color scheme, views of the mountains from many of the rooms, and lovely outdoor spaces add to the serenity. Clients undress, bathe, and relax in private treatment rooms, and a half hour "calm time," with tea and fruit, is included in every session.

Body Treatments Massage: Angsana signature pressure-point; fusion; classic Siam; traditional Balinese/deep tissue; Hawaiian waves; ayurvedic; foot, head, and shoulders; Indian head. Exfoliation: body polish. Baths: orange milk tonic, rooibos tea ripple. Beauty: Facials, waxing, nail buff and finish.Other: hand and foot soya oatmeal masks.

Prices Body treatments: R480–R670. Facials: R440. Manicure/pedicure: R200–R280.

Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Colinton Rd., off Protea Rd., Newlands, Cape Town, 7700. 021/657–4500. Daily 10–8.

Constantia Uitsig Spa. Surrounded by the rolling hills, oak trees, and duck ponds that typify Constantia's bucolic wine estates, this spa is all elegant understatement, with red rose petals scattered over surfaces of cream and white. Changing rooms are stocked with a generous array of Clarins products for client use. The relaxation room—complete with silver tea service and complimentary tea, fruit, and muffins—looks out to a pebble-filled courtyard and fountain. The spa, which uses Clarins, Dermalogica, and Carita products, specializes in facial treatments, but also has medical-grade peels and Botox. Hydrotherapy treatments are also available, and the Arômes du Vin treatment (a full-body scrub, massage, and lunch at one of the estate's famous restaurants) makes for a lovely afternoon.

Body Treatments Massage: Theranaka body butter massage, hydrothermal water-pillow massage, reflexology, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep-tissue, Swedish. Exfoliation: full body. Wraps/baths: Theranaka mud wrap, ozone bath, Theravine pinotage (antioxidizing) bath, Hydravine rich milk (skin-nourishing) bath, Musulavine (muscle-relaxing) bath soak. Beauty: Dermalogica, Clarins, and Carita facials, Clarins facials; collagen remodeling; gentle peel; pigmentation treatment; salicylic acne treatment; acne clay treatment; Mela-Peel T (medical-grade peel); LaMelle micro-needling; Botox, manicure, pedicure; lash/brow tinting, natural self-tanner.Other: Theravine hair and scalp treatment, foot cleanse.

Prices Body treatments: R220–R580. Facials: R350–R550. Manicure/pedicure: R180–R280.

Constantia Uitsig Estate, Spaanschemat River Rd., Constantia, Cape Town, 7806. 021/794–6500. Weekdays 9–7, weekends 10–6.

Ginkgo Spa & Wellness at Steenberg Hotel. A warm welcome and cup of chai starts you off at this relatively small spa, distinguished among five Ginkgo locations for its attention to detail, great client care, and up-to-date knowledge. The atmosphere, though pleasant, is not memorable; the treatments, however, are first rate, with therapists asking questions and making suggestions based on your skin type and needs. Ginkgo uses Babor and South African–made Nimue products, and has a number of great combination treatments, such as the three-hour Debutante (five treatments designed for a first-time client), and the 4½-hour Mother-to-Be (full-body exfoliation, massage, facial, mani/pedi, and lunch). Golfer's massages serve those enjoying the on-site world-class golf course. The hotel pool and dining room are available to spa clients.

Body Treatments Massage: Back and neck, lymph drainage, Swedish, Ginkgo Elixir Massage (fusion of various techniques), hot stone, deep-tissue, aromatouch (aromatherapy), golfer's massage, foot reflexology, prenatal. Exfoliation: full-body exfoliation. Wraps/baths: ginkgo body wrap, aroma hot spa bath, antioxidant hot spa bath. Beauty: Facials, masks and ampoules (highly concentrated botanical extracts and enzymes that are massaged into the skin with steam to treat skin conditions from hyper-pigmentation to aging), lash/brow tinting, manicure, pedicure, waxing, sunless bronzing.Other: purifying back treatment, heavy leg treatment (improves circulation), hair and scalp treatment.

Prices Body treatments: R210–R690. Facials: R400–R600. Manicure/pedicure: R180–R280.

Steenberg Hotel, 10802 Steenberg Estate, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945. 021/713–2222. Daily 8–7.

Winelands: Franschhoek/Stellenbosch

Lanzerac Spa. On a more than 300-year-old wine estate amid the dramatic and jagged Jonkershoek Mountains, the large Lanzerac Spa makes for a charming retreat, with a warm, distinctly Afrikaans atmosphere. Among the innovative hydrotherapy treatments is the Dr. Fish Spa Therapy, in which the Garra rufa obtusa fish exfoliates and micro-massages the skin. On arrival you're offered a beverage and a foot soak in warm Epsom-salted water. Treatments use the popular TheraVine range of products; the grapeseed full-body exfoliation and incredibly relaxing new wave massage (employing a series of rolling motion movements) are highly recommended. From the glassed-in relaxation room you can enjoy spectacular post-treatment views of the mountains and a Jacuzzi, indoor pool, and complimentary beverages. Yoga, Pilates, and personal training sessions are also available.

Body Treatments Massage: Avocado and shea butter; deep tissue; kahuna; hair and scalp; back, neck, and shoulder; reflexology; hot stone; new wave massage. Exfoliation: grapeseed body polish. Wraps/baths: body cocoon (using a heated blanket), seaweed wrap, pinotage bath, marula body milk bath, hammam merlot experience, rasul ritual. Beauty: Facials, lash/brow tinting, waxing, manicure, pedicure, special occasion makeup, haircut, hair color.Other: Dr. Fish Spa Therapy.

Prices Body treatments: R280–R760. Facials: R425–R740. Manicure/pedicure: R245–R335.

Lanzerac Estate, Bosch-en-Dal Rd., Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, 7600. 021/883–9444. Mon.–Sat. 8–6:30, Sun. 8–1.

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