The Cradle of Humankind has a number of qualities that make it a natural environment for health and wellness facilities – all within close proximity to Gauteng’s big cities, Tshwane and Johannesburg. Some of these offer luxury accommodation in Gauteng.
Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa
The spa at Kloofzicht Lodge brings the four elements of nature – earth, wind, fire and water – into its decor, philosophy and menu of treatments. You can, for example, combine an earth massage with a wind massage and a range of other treatments on one-and two-night packages, which include meals and accommodation.
Chicama Country Spa
Chicama Country Spa at Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift has chosen the romance of the vineyard as its theme, and utilises a range of vine-derived cosmetics in its treatments. It is a perfect venue for romantic getaways in Gauteng.
TheraVine spa products are composed of extracts from the pinotage grape infused with botanicals. Overnight accommodation is provided at the 100-bedroom lodge.
Woodlands Centre for Conscious Living
The Woodlands Centre for Conscious Living sits on the banks of the Crocodile River and offers retreats which combine the discipline of yoga and breath work with detoxification and body pampering.
Accommodation is provided at a facility across the road from the spa.
Ingwenya Country Escape
Also on the banks of the Crocodile River is Ingwenya Country Escape. The wellness centre bases many of its therapies on traditional African lore. The treatments are exotically named: Kumeso is a facial revitalisation, Muri is a full-body massage, the Ashanti Ritual is a foot massage and the Shingo is a head massage.
Kai Thai Spa
The East and Africa fuse at Kai Thai Rothbury Lodge, a Thai-style bed & breakfast country guest house with a wellness spa that follows Thai concepts.
Overnight packages here commence with a traditional Thai dinner with treatments lined up the next day. A Jacuzzi, steam rooms and swimming pool are at guests’ disposal.
La Cigale Spa and Suite
At the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, allied to the Cradle’s official visitor centre, Maropeng, a mobile spa service is offered by La Cigale Spa and Suite. There is a treatment room on-site, however the hotel’s wooden deck is often preferred, making the most of the surrounding mountainous vistas.