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Top day spas in the Eastern Cape

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Day spas have increased in popularity worldwide in the last few years. There are few hotels, resorts, cruise ships or game reserves that do not have their own day spa.

The Eastern Cape, in the past few years, has seen a steady increase in these luxurious establishments and, as always, competition is great for the consumer as it manages cost, improves quality and drives innovation.  

In this article, we only focus on day spas, which are all about relaxation, stress relief, luxury and comfort. They usually provide massages, skin care in the form of facials, manicures and pedicures and hydrotherapy and have facilities that include a sauna, pool, steam room and massage rooms.

Beauty salons, with their focus on cosmetic beauty and hair, and health spas with their focus on fitness and dietary routines, are not included.

A good day spa is not just about having a relaxing vibe and a skilled therapist, although these are essential. A really good spa, as those on our list are, makes you feel special from the minute you walk through the door. 

The service, the sound, the quiet, the temperature, the colours, the aromas and the use of space must all come together in a manner that makes you breathe deeply and relax.  Knowingly or not, a great day spa incorporates most of what the Chinese would call Feng Shui.

Our team of judges included four women and one metrosexual male and between us, we have come up with our own, very subjective, assessment of which day spas are really fantastic. Your views may differ from ours, but here, with our reasoning, are the spas we most like to visit.

  1. Aqua Spa & Skin @ 95 on Main

The best spa in the Eastern Cape is not found in the metropolis of Port Elizabeth, but in the farming town of Humansdorp. The contrast between the very busy and noisy Main Street, in which the Spa is found, and the quiet, secluded serenity of this spa are, perhaps, one of the factors that make a visit to this spa truly wonderful.

Nicolette Gerber, the Branch Manager at Aqua Spa & Skin @ 95 on Main says; “Our spa offers Five Star facilities such as a Rasul, a flotation pool, sauna and ozone pod to match our world class body therapies and medical skin treatments.”

Amber says “This is quite simply my favourite spa in the region. It is absolutely amazing. In terms of facilities, treatments, variety and whole packages, this spa takes the cake with a cherry on top.”

Skin care products include Lemelle, Dermologica, Sh’Zen, Spalicious and Heliocare amongst others.

Aqua Spa has branches in St Francis Bay and in Jeffreys Bay, both of which are fantastic, but it is the Humansdorp branch that really stands out.

Tel: 042 291 1278 Email: aquaspa@telkomsa.net   Website: www.aquaspa.co.za.

  1. Africology Spa

There are two characteristics that make this spa a very close second. Firstly, it is large and spacious and beautifully designed and secondly, it is the fresh, clean and invigorating smell of the Africology products that not only permeate the spa itself, but also the long passage from the entrance of the hotel.

Amber Blumson, Design & PR at Africology Spa, situated inside of the Boardwalk Hotel in Beach Road Summerstrand, says; “We are the only eco-friendly spa in Port Elizabeth and our Africology products are kind to the earth and your biology.” 

“Every time I enter the Boardwalk Hotel, I catch a draught of the Africology fragrance. It invokes not only good memories, but relaxes me on the spot,” says Graeme.

Amber adds, “The mani room is bliss and the water facilities are spectacular.”

Africology is named for their range of luxury, natural and eco-friendly skincare products that are fragranced with pure essential oils.

Facilities include a sauna, steam room, hydro-bath and an adjacent indoor pool.

Tel: 041 507 9419 Email: boardwalk@africology-sa.com  Website: www.suninternational.com

  1. The Citrus Spa (Woodall)

Set amongst the beautiful and aromatic orchards of the Sundays River Valley, this spa is all about citrus.

Robyn Jantjies, the Spa Manager at The Citrus Spa situated at Woodall Country House in Addo, says; “Our spa offers a range of unique citrus treatments. The décor, aromas and therapies are all inspired by the surrounding lemon, orange and grapefruit orchards in the beautiful Sundays River Valley.”

Liande says, “I love that some of their treatments are uniquely African such as the African Wood Massage and the African Head Massage and others that include the citrus that has made this region world famous such as the Citrus Fusion Massage and the Citrus Burst Candle Massage.”

Skin care products are from the Theranaka range and facilities include hydrotherapy bath, sauna, steam shower, heated Vichy shower, chromatherapy shower and a gymnasium.

Tel: 042 233 0128 Email: info@woodall-addo.co.za Website: www.woodall-addo.co.za.

  1. Casa Mia Health Spa

Also based in the Sundays River Valley, Casa Mia, as the name suggests, has  a Mexican theme, and includes a pool, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy bath and indoor/outdoor showers.

Casa Mia Health Spa is privately owned and here, guests will find genuine hospitality. Enjoy our trademark of personal attention, friendly service and consistency to deliver high standards of service to ensure total relaxation,” says Suzette Meyer, the owner.

Anica says, “This spa is so very peaceful and in a very attractive setting.”

Skin products include Nimue and Gatinue.

Tel: 042 233 0075 Email: casamiaspa@algoanet.com   Website:   www.casamiaspa.co.za

  1. Beautiful You

Beautiful You is the oldest of the spas on our list and also offers a variety of beauty treatments too.

Gina Daniels, who co-owns Beautiful You with her mom, Win Tassan, says; “My mom started a salon 26 years ago at Walmer Park called Slenderline. We moved the business to 141 Heugh Road, Walmer, in 1994 where we have been for the last 23 years.

“We have prided ourselves in keeping all our equipment up to date and our qualified therapists continually trained and at the top of their game. We specialise in all beauty treatments especially skin care and aesthetic medicine. We offer a variety of products and services and these can be found on our website or Facebook page.”

Beautiful You make us of a wide range of skin care products including Aroma Soothz, Derm-a-Gel, Anesi and Bio Sculpture Gel to name a few.

Tel: 041 581 4404/13 Email: info@beautifulyou.co.za Website: www.beautifulyou.co.za

  1. Isango Gate Spa

Robyn Dougans, the Sales & Marketing Manager at Isango Gate Boutique Hotel & Spa, says; “In this haven of well-being, you can surrender yourself to relaxation in the deluxe Jacuzzi or soothe your muscles and rid your body toxins in the Rasul. This is one fantastic way to relax and a decadent breakaway for couples.”

“Our speciality is our Couple’s Bliss Treatment which is a Rasul ceremony followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage and a Jacuzzi session with champagne.”

Amber says, “This is a very good spa and they offer some of the best value for money.”

Tel: 041 811 2225 Email: spa@isangogate.co.za Website www.isangogate.co.za