It’s the peak of summer in the Cape Winelands. It’s open, bright, sunny and in full bloom. It is the best of times to escape the city and recharge before we slowly get into the busy winter months.

Although known for their glorious wine estates and lush combinations of vineyard accommodation, there are a few dedicated for the art of pure soul treatment.


Cascade Country Manor is a century old manor house in Paarl, surrounded by olive groves and a waterfall. Set in the picturesque heart of the Paarl Winelands to the backdrop of majestic Drakenstein Mountains.

The boutique hotel’s namesake is the cascading waterfall just 300 meters from the Manor house whose soothing sounds permeate throughout the grounds all year round. This charming, proudly fair-trade tourism hotel and spa, is located on pristine grounds in the former homestead of royalty and comprises only fifteen rooms, ensuring an intimate and peaceful stay in the Olive Valley of the Winelands.

The hotel is out of cellular network cover. A rare find these days. Allowing one to totally disconnect in order to naturally recharge.

Pay attention to their curated retreat offers: a series of weekends that are designed with extra enrichment and activities by theme.


On the other side of Paarl Valley, there is no fan of the Cape Winelands that hasn’t visited or at least heard of Babylonstoren, its magnificent gardens and the unique approach of farming and natural co- existing.

Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. Think of it as a living spa, set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad lei water channels to set the tone. Housed in a pavilion constructed of bamboo, it comprises a hammam, chill room, hot spa and gym.

The spa is open for both estate accommodation guests and day visitors. Pre-booking is required.


Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa, also in the same area, is home to some of the world’s most prestigious holistic health and wellness technology and treatments. The wellness sanctuary offers a deluxe and personalised experience to all clients and is the perfect destination for those looking to re-energise during unprecedented times.

Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa recently won two prestigious awards, one for the second year in a row for Africa’s Best Wellness Retreat, and South Africa’s Best Wellness Retreat. The spa was also awarded Best Boutique and Best Country Spa by the Haute Grandeur Spa Awards back in 2019 – ultimately demonstrating how the wellness retreat continues to play a vital role in the alternative healing sector.

It is a luxury wellness retreat destination that offers a rare fusion of high-tech medicinal and therapeutic methods, combined with the power of touch-based therapies and traditional healing practices to help recover balance and promote the body’s natural healing processes.

By actively focusing on optimizing health, guests can reconnect with their inner bliss and rejuvenate their bodies, minds and spirits while attaining lifelong well-being.


On the foot hills of the Constantia wine region, licking the edge of the Tokai forest, Stillness Manor & Spa is located.

Built by the Noakes family in 1952 as a family home, the Manor features a classic Cape Dutch gable. Transformed into a boutique hotel in 1995, the spa wellness centre was added in 1996. Known as the Zwaanswyk area, this part of the Constantia Valley has become a haven for lovers of nature and stillness.

The buildings are surrounded by beautiful, English style gardens and the view is open to False Bay.

The Spa itself is a two storey elegant complex with an indoor and outdoor pool. They offer an extensive selection of touch therapeutic treatments, beauty and body movement session and are very accommodating to tailor any combination that suits you for a rejuvenating visit.

Stillness Manor & Spa was renovated in late 2019 and early 2020. They set themselves on a mission to bring wellness and tranquility to guests and are excited to share this new chapter of their story.


The Hydro at Stellenbosch has long been regarded as one of South Africa’s premier Health Spas. This is partly due to an extraordinary physical location. They are situated in one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes comprising magnificent mountainous surroundings and exquisite views.

Though being close to Stellenbosch, you won’t hear any traffic. Quietude is guaranteed.

Nutritional wellbeing is a main priority.  The vegetarian menu is delicious and healthy, bountiful and full of colour. You can lose weight or gain it, depending on your purpose.

Dissolve the effects of life’s stresses with a wide array of beautifying, detoxifying and energy restoring treatments. Peruse the extensive cultivated gardens at your leisure or take longer guided walks around the estate. Relax in plush, comfortable accommodation and recline beside the splendid greenery of the freshwater swimming pool.

The purpose is that in a few days you’ll feel replenished…when your vitality returns, you may enjoy working out in a well-equipped gym or take one of the regular movement classes.

All establishments in this article offer pre designed programmes that stretch over a few days to help with different purposes and targets in your quest to better you and your inner self.