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Amidst idyllic South African settings including private islands, orange orchards and ancient mountain ranges, these indulgent couple’s spa experiences are the perfect way to reconnect and unwind.

One&Only Spa

A quiet place

What better place to spoil your one and only than at the exclusive One&Only Spa at the luxurious One&Only Cape Town resort? A retreat in every sense of the word, the spa is set on its own island – talk about getting away from it all!

Offering secluded and holistic experiences ranging from pure relaxation to signature wellness journeys tailored for you, this place is all about enhancing your overall wellbeing.

Among the spa’s 12 treatment rooms, are private spa suites with wet areas which can be reserved for two people. Apart from side-by-side treatments, couples can enjoy a soaking bath for two and a steam shower. The Spa Island also has its own yoga pavilion for personal training sessions, meditation or a private lunch during a couple’s spa day.

Signature treatments: A range of “Only Here” signature treatments include the African Journey Experience, which offers a total body treatment that uses sweet orange and baobab oil scents to uplift the senses, as skin is scrubbed with a blend including Rooibos and rock salt before an African Rungu stick massage, ending with a Rooibos tea ceremony.

Pricing: From R2790 to R5895 for couple’s treatment packages.

Website: https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town

The Spa at The Oyster BoxOyster Box Spa

If luxury and colonial charm in a breath-taking seaside setting is what you crave, The Oyster Box hotel in Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal is the answer. With treatments expressly designed to celebrate each individual guest, The Spa at The Oyster Box set within tropical gardens offers exceptional levels of personal care by expert therapists. It’s all attention to detail offering TNT’s (Tiny Noticeable Touches) to enhance your experience.

Couple’s experiences can be personalised to you and your partner in one of six treatment rooms with hydrotherapy bath and rain showers and equipped for dual or single treatments. Alternatively, heat things up with couple’s packages including The Oyster Box Togetherness Experience which includes a private Hammam* steam session, full body exfoliation and clay wrap, massage and facial as well as a delicious spa lunch.

Signature treatments: These include a range of traditional treatment experiences in the spa’s authentic eastern Hammam. Hammams are sensual bathing retreats which are designed to promote cleansing and healing through raising your body temperature, allowing for a deep release and cleansing warmth.

Pricing: Couples packages from R3375 per person to R4265 per person.

Kloofzicht SpaKloofzicht Spa

Set in the Cradle of Humankind, Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa offers an oasis just 40 minutes away from the frenetic pace of Johannesburg and Pretoria. You’ll feel relaxed the minute you enter Kloofzicht Spa which boasts cutting-edge facilities as well as spectacular views over the Kloofzicht dam and the distant Zwartkops mountains.

If you’re seeking a romantic escape, try the Treat-for-Two. Reap the rewards of ancient Arabic bathing ritual, the Rasul, followed by an earth massage – a medium to deep pressure Swedish massage for tough tension spots – and delicious lunch.

Looking to really get away from it all? Consider the Serenity Over Night Spa Package with dinner, bed, breakfast, and lunch as well as a host of massage treatments.

Signature treatments: Body treatments include a Body Polish – a full-body wet and dry exfoliation treatment – and the Rasul Chamber, an Arabic-type self-exfoliating and cleansing ritual.

Pricing: Treat-for-Two: R2700, Serenity Over Night Spa Package: R3600 per person sharing.

Website: https://guvonhotels.co.za/kloofzicht-lodge/

Woodall Country House and SpaWoodall Country House and Spa

Nestled on a peaceful working citrus farm just 65km away from Port Elizabeth and alongside the famous Addo National Elephant Park, Woodall Country House and Spa is home to The Citrus Spa.

With a unique range of treatments, inspired by the surrounding lemon, orange, and grapefruit orchards, The Citrus Spa marries old and new techniques and remedies including milk bath ceremonies, body exfoliation, and wrap indulgences to create a memorable and distinctly African spa experience.

Take your partner along for some rejuvenation with the African Revival Package which includes a full-body marula and sandalwood scrub and cleansing ritual and full-body massage, a mineral-infused clay mud wrap, and a customised skincare treatment.

Signature treatments: These include the Citrus Fusion Full Body Massage which infuses the African ritual of the circular form with small blocks of citrus-infused shea butter massaged into various areas of the body to aid circulation.

Pricing: Treatments range from R330 to R1200 per person.

Website: https://www.woodall-addo.co.za

The Spa at Bushman’s Kloof

Bushmans Kloof Spa
Cederberg House outside view

The embodiment of an unspoiled oasis, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is set between the majestic Cederberg Mountains – about three hours outside Cape Town. The natural healing energy that surrounds The Spa at Bushman’s Kloof is what sets it apart, but it’s the soothing environment and connection to mother nature that the skilled therapists and unique spa foster where the real magic lies.

Among numerous couple’s packages is the Cederberg Soul’ution, an experience including a relaxing massage utilising hot stones to prepare the muscles, a rooibos milk bath foot treatment as well as a face and scalp massage.

Signature offering: The crystal steam room where heat is used as a therapeutic agent to ease stress, relieve muscle tension, stiff joints, and much more. Designed around a block of pure rock quartz crystal, renowned as a ‘master healer’ and deep soul cleanser, the room absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy levels promoting holistic balance.

Pricing: From R1850 to R4200 per person for couple’s packages.

Website: https://bushmanskloof.co.za

Saxon Spa

The Saxon
The hydro area

Putting the “treat” in treatment, the Saxon Spa is an expertly designed oasis of wellness infusing the healing properties of Himalayan Salt, which are even incorporated into stunning, recycled glass chandeliers. Taking guests on a holistic journey incorporating the senses and blending modern and ancient relaxation techniques, the Saxon Spa proves that you don’t need to leave Joburg to get away from it all.

The Heaven on Earth Couples Package offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the tranquil glass-encased couple’s treatment room, set within The Saxon’s lush gardens. Choose from a host of indulgent experiences including treatments under the stars.

Signature treatments: A wide range of signature treatments include the spa’s unique Signature Sound Therapy performed on a heated waterbed and used to balance and restore the body’s natural energy centres.

Pricing: Couples Packages: R3890 to R8390.

Website: https://www.saxon.co.za/saxon-spa/

AM Spa – Kruger

Let all your worries go AM Kruger Spa
Let all your worries go

Nothing says unique spa experience quite like being pampered in the bush at the heart of the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. A refuge to realign mind, body, and soul with nature, the award-winning AM Spa – Kruger offers a refuge for weary guests.

Sip on sparkling wine after indulging in one of the available couple’s packages which include Couple’s Royal Romance, offering tip-to-toe relaxation complete with a foot ritual followed by a full-body massage and head massage.

Signature treatments: The AM Special Yoga Massage, a full-body massage that includes yoga stretches tailored to each guest’s abilities.

Pricing: The couple’s packages range from R1500 to R3500.

Website: https://www.amluxury.co.za/am-spa/


Words | Gillian Klawansky @GillianKlawansky
Editor | Nikki Temkin @NikkiTemkin
Images | Courtesy of the venues