Take A Deep Breath At These 5 Wellness Retreats In South Africa

By Kelsey Marie


Wellness retreats are the latest travel trend for millennials and with good reason — what’s better than traveling while focusing on self-care?

When you think of a wellness retreat, what location comes to mind? My guess is that most people would say Bali, but did you know South Africa is ideal for wellness-focused vacations? 

From spas to pools to healthy foods, South Africa has everything you need to make your wellness retreat complete.

In fact, here are 5 wellness retreats in South Africa you should visit ASAP. 

The Whole Truth Retreat – Western Cape

For less than $130 a night, you will receive special treatment to ensure you’re meeting your wellness needs. You’ll be partaking in daily yoga and meditation, dancing and a bioenergy workshop. You can also spend your free time writing in your journal, getting a massage or going on a walk. 

For food, you can choose from a juice cleanse, raw foods or a plant-based diet. 

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat – Western Cape

The easiest way to get here would be to fly into Cape Town then take a three-hour drive to the reserve, located near the Cederberg Mountains. Not only will you get the relaxation you deserve, but you will also learn more about African culture. 

Bushmans Kloof was voted the Best Spa in Africa & Indian Ocean at the Global Spa & Wellness Awards in 2015. Spa amenities included are a heated outdoor pool, crystal steam room, health bar, tranquility lounge, and fitness center. 

For less than $500, you can get a two-night package which includes an hour massage, facial or reflexology treatment, guided rock art tour, all meals included, evening nature drive with drinks and snacks, swimming,  hiking, and canoeing. 

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa – Johannesburg

Fairlawns Hotel is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Joburg. The hotel also has one of the most exclusive spas in the area. 

You can indulge in wine while relaxing in the hydro pool, relaxation lounges and getting spa treatments. 

Brookdale Health Hydro – KwaZulu-Natal

You can book the holistic health package for full rejuvenation when at this facility. The packages include guided walks, yoga, pilates, relaxation classes, spa treatments, and even nutrition consultations. 

Healthy meals and snacks will also be provided. 

Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa – Mpumalanga

This 5-star luxury retreat has 11 tented suites which are all secluded and luxurious. Head to the Rose Spa for magical views of the mountains and you may spot a hippo or two!

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Amenities included at the spa include a steam room, jacuzzi, and hydro walk. 

This retreat and spa are ideal for a quiet getaway with yourself. 

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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