Inspired by the best of Balinese and other South East Asian spa traditions, this spa at the luxurious Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Morningside, Sandton is set in a bamboo grove replete with the calming sounds of bird calls and running water. Cascades of water tumble into the gorgeous heated outdoor pool that offers you a view of the Balinese style garden and the Spa is designed to offer you privacy with treatment rooms nestled into the bamboo grove linked by narrow pathways and others overlooking the gardens and pool.
Features include a traditional Japanese sentō bath and private Thai sala (open pavilions), plus signature natural clays and oils used for the wide range of treatments. The spa also offers a range of grooming and revitalising facial treatments and can create gift hampers filled with beauty products used in the spa. Note that the spa is incredibly popular and often has a long waiting list so book well in advance.
The Fairlawns Spa is located at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Morningside, Sandton. Find out more and book your visit here.
The Mowana Spa at the Indaba Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre in the Sandton suburb of Fourways is a relaxing retreat from the bustle of city life. As you enter the hotel’s vast grounds you’ll be struck by a sense of calm. Designed to activate your senses, we love the attention to detail right down to the hotel’s signature scent designed to conjure an African bush lodge and bushveld gardens. The hotel is part of a chain that owns and operates lodges in Botswana so an authentic African feel is part of their DNA.
The Mowana Spa is named after the Baobab tree and the spa has its own range of products that make use of the natural moisturising properties of the Baobab Kernel, used for centuries to protect the skin. The Spa focuses on providing a wellness journey, utterly enabled by the surroundings. Signature treatments have been designed to encourage lingering and to ensure you make the most of your time out and include the Mowana Full Day Rejuvenation Pamper – a decadent spa experience including breakfast, lunch, complimentary beverages and six revitalising treatments.
The Mowana Spa is located at Indaba Hotel in Fourways. Find out more and book your visit here.
Camelot Spa at Seven Villa Hotel & Spa in Sandton Central is a delight. Wrapped into a hotel that excels at delivering experiences for all the senses this spa is a sanctuary tucked into the lush garden, surrounded by sculptural work by Anton Smit and opening out onto a secluded poolside. The treatment rooms look onto the garden and include small seating decks where you can take in the rich birdsong. A real retreat from the city beyond the door.
Camelot is an award-winning spa brand and this destination excels in uniqueness with its cool stone walls, garden water features and artworks. The treatment menu includes a range of massages and we love the option to upgrade with extras and add things like an additional 30-minute upgrade, a back scrub or hot stones. There's a range of skincare therapies to lift and hydrate as well as medi-spa treatments. Packages include a couples journey for re-energising and a personalised journey which can be tailored according to time available and your budget with three options.
Camelot Spa at Seven Villa Hotel & Spa is located in Strathavon, Sandton (just off Grayston Drive). Find out more and book your visit here.
The search for serenity should lead here. The Four Seasons Spa Westcliff epitomises refined luxury. Book a single treatment or a package (from two to five hours) and make use of the spa facilities that include his and her’s steam rooms and saunas. A wraparound outdoor lap pool with stunning views and a jacuzzi that hugs the post-treatment relaxation room are reasons to linger, as are the small selection of snacks and signature spa teas created by African luxury tea brand Yswara.
Your treatment time will start with a relaxing foot ritual that includes a gentle soaking and exfoliation, and you will even have the option of choosing what genre of music you would like to hear during your treatment – Spa Classical, Jazz or a mix for tranquility. On sunny days head to the Après-Spa outdoor lounge for a light meal post-treatment. Gift cards are available and the spa also stocks a small but carefully curated selection of gift items.
Four Seasons Spa Westcliff is located in the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff in the suburb of Westcliff (just of Jan Smuts Avenue). Find and more and book your visit here.
The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
The last thing you would expect to find in a Randburg suburb (11km from Sandton) is this golf and spa resort hotel. From the pool, to the spa and the glorious sun deck looking out over the vast green expanses of the Randpark Golf Course, it's easy to forget you are still in Joburg.
The Fairway's spa has enough treatments on offer to keep you busy all day including hydrotherapy, massages or enjoy some pampering in the beauty salon with facials, manicures and pedicures all on the menu. It's recommended to make a day of it and take advantage of The Fairway's ample facilities and to be in time to enjoy a sundowner with one of the best sunset views on this side of the city.