Modern life can be fast-paced and draining, and it’s easy to feel burnt out by the grind of daily existence. Sometimes, we just need to take a step back from it all to come back to ourselves, and a luxury retreat can be the perfect way to do this.
If you’re looking for a holistic getaway, then you’ll be happy to know that South Africa boasts several world-class health retreats that provide the ideal opportunity to be pampered in a stylish setting. Inspired by this article published by The South African, here are five elegant wellness centres that could help you on the path to inner peace and self-discovery.
1. Temenos Retreat & Wellness Centre
About two hours from Cape Town, in the charming town of McGregor, lies a beloved retreat “where the gentle spirit of acceptance pervades.” This sacred space invites you to dedicate a little time and a lot of love to yourself during workshops and retreats, and can also organise yoga, tai chi and qi gong sessions; nature reserve walks; and relaxing body therapies. Retreats that are happening in the near future include ‘Feast on the Seasons’ cooking retreats, an Alexander Technique retreat, and an inner wellness retreat.
2. The Hydro
“An oasis of calm in a world full of noise,” The Hydro caters for individual needs, and champions itself as a world leader in the holistic approach to wellness. Nestled in a valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch - the country’s wine capital - this is the perfect place to recharge your batteries on a retreat that suits your needs. Packages range in focus from ‘mindful eating’ to a ‘couple’s escape’, so whether you have specific health issues you wish to address or just want a break, this is a peaceful place to balance body and mind in expert hands.
3. Namaste Retreats
To walk on the “path to optimal health and vitality”, head to Nottingham Road in the Midlands and enjoy the high-standard facilities - including a salt water flotation tank, a full spa and a heated indoor pool - offered by Namaste Detox Retreats. The four-day, seven-day or 10-day detox programmes are all goal-oriented - whether you’re looking to lose weight, break addictions or just gently revitalise your spirit. Coffee and spirulina enemas, as well as hydrotherapy, yoga and juice fasting are all on offer here, so you’ll be sure to leave the five-star accommodation feeling healthy and re-energised.
4. Rosendal Winery and Wellness Centre
A leading winery and wellness retreat combines the best of both worlds - Merlot and massages. Located near Robertson, this country guesthouse and spa offers traditional treatments, using products that “draw on extracts of the vine’s powerful anti-oxidants”. And current specials in this pristine mountain setting include a golf package, the ultimate de-stress break, and a romantic treat.
5. The Blue Butterfly Retreat Centre
The Blue Butterfly lies in the heart of the Welbedacht Game and Nature Reserve in the tranquil Tulbagh Valley. A restored thatched barn makes for a lovely venue for a group or private retreat, and this beautiful setting comes complete with mountain views and game species. While you’re on a retreat, don’t miss the opportunity to also walk the nature trails, explore the labyrinth, or swim in the dam.
If you’re looking to escape from it all, or if you simply wish to finish an indulgent vacation on a healthy note, then contact Elite Travel Concept to organise a holistic retreat in South Africa that will restore balance to your being