Extra Virgin - August


One of the perks of being among the top tourist destinations on the planet is that we have some of the world’s best hotels and spas. Here, we select our top five chocolate-on-the-pillow spas.

Fordoun Fordoun
KZN Midlands
The lush KwaZulu-Natal Midlands are home to Fordoun, a 5-star spa with exquisite facilities. For discomforts that can't be healed by hot stone, yoga or heavy duty avocado masks, Fordoun is home to a Zulu centre complete with a consulting sangoma.
Sanctuary Sanctuary
Cape Town
Sanctuary is cut into the mountainside at the Twelve Apostles Hotel between Camps Bay and Llandudno. It has hot and cold plunge pools, Cape Town's only Rasul chamber – which is basically just a very posh mud bath – and treatments based on the surrounding indigenous fynbos flora.
Pezula Pezula
Pezula Spa at the popular Knysna resort has recently introduced the intriguing "four hands massage"; an hour-long session "administered by two therapists using hands, fingers, elbows and forearms to relieve stress & tension, increase lymph function and provide an overall feeling of well being." Enough said, really. http://www.pezula.com/
Mangwa Mangwanani
Mangwanani is conveniently planted halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is constantly winning awards as South Africa’s best spa, combining traditional techniques with African inspiration. You won’t be treated by Swedish brutes named Bertha but by local women; Mangwanani has enabled previously disadvantaged women from local communities to use traditional methods.




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