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If your ideal holiday includes plenty of pampering and spa relaxation, then Cape Town is perfect for you. From rustic retreats and holistic healing to luxurious spa's in a variety of settings, treatments from massage to aromatherapy, wraps, scrubs and hydro-therapy are all on offer.
Most of the luxury hotels in Cape Town offer their own in-house spa's and many other hotels offer beauty salons on their premises. Whatever your pampering requirements - you're sure to find what you are looking for.
Try some of the following spa's for ultimate pampering
Arabella Spa at the Westin Grand Hotel has panoramic views from its prime location on the 19th floor and offers a variety of skincare and body treatments.
Stillness Manor & Spa, Tokai. The Stillness Manor & Spa is positioned on the slopes of the Steenberg Mountains - offering panoramic views of the vineyards below. The Spa offers a variety of treatments from Touch Therapy and Spa Body Therapy to Hot Spa Baths and Ginkgo Treatments. A selection of day packages are on offer and for ultimate time-out, guests may choose to stay for a day or two in the luxurious manor. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and beautiful gardens.
At the landmark Mount Nelson Hotel in the city bowl, the Librisa Spa is set in the tranquil and peacful surroundings of the hotel gardens in a renovated Victorian building. Signature treatments include a blissful jet-lag treatment designed to refresh and rejuvinate weary travellers.
Elixir Spa in Mouille Point is easily accessible and has a chic, clean and contemporary look and feel. One of their specialities are 'Sparties' - a great idea for ladies birthday parties or special occassions.
At the Radisson Hotel in Granger Bay, the OneWellness Spa offers a special sleep room for extending your blissfully relaxed state and claims to offer one of the best hot stone massages around.
S.k.i.n.spa at the Waterfront offer a range of treatments including stone therapy and indian head massage as well as all conventional beauty and body treatments.
The Sanctuary Spa at the 12 Apostles Hotel is a top favourite and includes hot and cold plunge pools and hydrotherapy and a boasts a signature indigenous treatment oil.
The Camelot Spa at the Table Bay Hotel has a spectacular view of Robben Island and offers a range of fragrant aromatherapy massages and holistic treatments as well as a Vichy Shower and Aromatherapy tub.
Chelsea Aesthetic Spa in Wynberg offers a comprehensive range of beauty and body treatments and makes use of a wide selection of international beauty products.
The Angsana Spa at the Vineyard Hotel in Claremont is set within the beautiful gardens of the hotel and aims to refresh and rejunvenate physically and spiritually. Exotic oils and flowers are signature of the spa with a range of massage, body polishes and scrubs and other exotic treatments on offer.
> There are many smaller beauty salons in and around Cape Town from those in shopping malls to home salons. If you're staying at a guesthouse or B&B, ask them to refer you to a salon in the area.