Aaah…the silence of the bush, the feel of the warm sun on your skin and the beautiful aromas of Afro-inspired ingredients – a spa treatment in Addo is a gift for your senses. Using local plants such as endemic fynbos and spekboom, beauty and wellness are an elemental part of the rejuvenation to be found in the wilderness of the Addo area. The following top spas and beauty spots are waiting to welcome you…
Nearest town: Paterson
The spa at Shamwari offers a host of treatments to revitalise and rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Their signature treatment combines a selection of rituals that would please Mother Nature herself: a pampering from head to toe which includes a full body exfoliation, wrap and massage, tailored to your mood, giving you a radiant glow and breathing life into your complexion with a nurturing customised facial.
Nearest town: Addo
Restore your balance at Addo African Home with a selection of wellness treatments including body massages, yoga, meditation and pilates classes with a certified yoga teacher. Sunrise and sunset classes are complemented by the fragrance of the citrus orchards and the nearby natural swimming pool to fully immerse you in the great outdoors and reopen mind and body.
Nearest town: Addo
Find a true sense of calm and tranquility at Casa Mia, nestled among the citrus orchards on the banks of the Sundays River. Take a moment to immerse yourself in nature and to assess what your body needs before taking advantage of the specialised treatments, sparkling pool, jacuzzi and fully equipped gym. It’s time to spoil yourself with treatments such as an outdoor Swedish massage or Indian head massage, a mineral mud wrap, Dead Sea salt scrub, or aromatic hydrotherapy bath. Casa Mia is well-known for encouraging respect for the environment and nature.
Nearest town: Colchester
The newly opened Settle Inn Beauty and Massages Salon provides a nurturing respite for weary travellers and those seeking a bit of pampering. In addition to Swedish and aromatherapy massages, and a jacuzzi, Settle Inn offers beauty services such as waxing, facials, manicures, and pedicures. While at Settle Inn, visitors can enjoy the peaceful ambience of Colchester by birding, paddling, or relaxing with a good book on the jetty or poolside. This is riverside relaxation at its best.
Nearest town: Kirkwood
Kuzuko Lodge offers the very essence of a revitalising bush getaway at their wellness centre. It’s an ideal location for a pamper party – be it a group of teenagers, a mom-and-daughter weekend or a bachelorette party – Kuzuko’s trained therapists are ready to pamper and treat to your heart’s delight. Coupled with exquisite views of the Zuurberg Mountains, wild surroundings and fresh air, treatments use a range of aloe-infused products and include deep tissue massage, salt glow exfoliation, couples’ massages, teen and kids treatments, and secluded in-room treatments.
Nearest town: Kirkwood
Travellers will find health and wellness at Kronenhoff in the form of a swimming pool and well-equipped gymnasium. For those who find relaxation in their exercise regime, Kronenhoff will make you feel right at home. When the workout is over, you’re invited to cool off in the lovely large swimming pool and relax under the thatched-roof pool lounge to finish unwinding.
Located inside Addo Elephant National Park Main Camp
It’s possible that we saved the best for last…
Could there be anything more intoxicating than enjoying a spa treatment surrounded by one of South Africa’s most beloved national parks – the Addo Elephant National Park. It’s a place of diverse beauty and home to the Big Five (the Big Seven, actually)! In true Addo style, Addo Ndlovu (which means elephant in our local isiXhosa) uses only natural ingredients and make their own foot scrub using indigenous spekboom, which is exceptionally healing and hydrating. Overnight guests of the park can enjoy massages, manicures and pedicures (including kids’ treatments) in the comfort of their rooms or the private outdoor massage in the gazebo near the reception of the Main Camp. Day visitors to the park are also invited to book an indulgent treatment with Addo Ndlovu.
So, with these exceptionally nurturing, authentic Addo spa and wellness options, where will you choose to next find your bliss?