News / 19 March 2024

How to Spa Like a Pro on Holiday

Robe up & relax!

What makes the perfect holiday? For some, it’s ambling through the bush or tumbling in the waves. For others, it’s spending time at the spa. 

New to the wonderful world of primping and pampering? Here are a few good reasons to robe up on your next holiday:


Soothe those aches and pains

Spa treatments are perfect for aches and pains that may arise during travelling – be it from sitting on a plane or in a car a little longer than you might like to. Massages targeting specific areas can bring relief to old injuries that might flare up, particularly after a full day of bumping around on a game drive or roughhousing with the kids in the pool. 

Spa travel tip: Ask the massage therapists to recommend specific treatments for your specific aches and pains. Menus can be customised to your needs. 

Where to go? Opt for spa days and endless sunshine at The Blue Marlin in Scottburgh or Zimbali Lodge near Ballito.  

 Improved sleep 

Although we pride ourselves on offering ultra-comfortable beds and plenty of pillow options, bedding down in a new environment does take some adjusting. Time at the spa can encourage deeper relaxation for improved sleep as your mind and senses work overtime in processing new holiday sounds, smells, and sights. 

Spa travel tip: Let your massage therapist know if you’re sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients. If the temperature is too hot, or the pressure is too much, speak up. They’re always willing to adjust your spa experience so that you’re comfortable. 

Where to go? Try a secluded bush break with spa time at Nibela Lake Lodge near St Lucia

Spend time with loved ones

The best part about spa time on holiday is that you don’t have to enjoy it alone if you don’t want to. We offer a range of shared treatments, not just for doting couples, but friends, and family members. It’s a chance to connect and savour quality time together in a relaxed space.   

Spa travel tip: If you do have a group with you, try as much as possible to book in advance so that the on-site spa can best cater to your whims and wishes. 

Where to go? Pamper yourself at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort near Citrusdal or Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa in Franschhoek. 

A chance to slow down

A spa experience reminds us that we don’t have to be on the go every waking minute to make the most of our holiday. It teaches us to slow down and feel more present in each moment to fully enjoy it. Even a simple facial or mini-manicure can prove beneficial if you’ve got a jam-packed itinerary. 

Spa travel tip: If you’re new to the spa, opt for the basics before trying lengthier and more unique treatments (think wraps and scrubs!). You also won’t know if you like or dislike something until you give it a go. That’s what travelling is all about, after all – trying new things.

Where to go? Slow it down at the ultra-serene Little Switzerland Resort in the Northern Drakensberg.


Ready to prioritise spa time as part of your holiday itinerary? Connect with our team here to book your next break at one of our lodges, hotels, and resorts dotted across the country.