Set amongst the vineyards of Leeu Estates, a breathtakingly beautiful wine estate featuring luxuriously appointed spacious rooms and suites in the Franschhoek region of South Africa, you’ll find The Spa at Leeu Estates.
This gorgeous wellness sanctuary is a little slice of heaven in the Cape Winelands, a must for frazzled people looking to restore their vitality or ease their strains and stresses. Whatever your need in the department of wellness and pampering, you’re certain to find it here. The spa focuses on hand-picked treatments inspired by centuries-old Asian traditions.
The only ila spa in the region, they offer a wide range of products from this ‘beyond organic’ luxury skincare and spa brand. Using wild-harvested organic ingredients from remote, untainted regions such as the Amazon rain forest and the Himalayas, the hand-blended ila product range, which is utilised in the treatments, harnesses natural healing energy.
The facilities at The Spa at Leeu Estates
There is a wealth of facilities here for guests to enjoy including:
- Three treatment rooms (including one couple’s suite for those wanting a romantic treat)
- A hair and nail salon
- A hydrotherapy area with his and hers changing and steam rooms
- A plunge pool overlooking a tranquil lily pond
- A 15-metre infinity swimming pool
- A gym (with the option of personal training available for R750 for one-to-one training or R500 for a group session)
Spa treatments on offer include facials (for men and women), a variety of massages, reflexology, body wraps and scrubs, chakra treatments and a variety of beauty treatments including eyelash/eyebrow tints, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and hairdressing. There are also a variety of male grooming treatments for the dapper chap. Depending on which treatments you select, prices range from R150 and go up to R1000.
Our experience at The Spa at Leeu Estates
I started my spa day with a back and neck message. At the start of the treatment, the therapist gave me a ritual foot cleansing treatment and I then hopped on to the bed for a 60-minute massage. The treatment rooms all boast fabulous views, making the experience even more magical.
Afterwards, I felt incredibly relaxed and I made my way to the tranquil plunge pool, which had views of lily pads and the mountains in the distance, giving the impression that I’d stepped into one of Monet’s water lilies paintings.
After a while on my own, I decided to re-join my husband, who had been taking advantage of the glorious sunny day stretched out on a sun lounger next to the infinity pool overlooking the vines. The setting really was idyllic and we felt truly spoilt as we basked in the rays. Everything is thought through here, including the selection of complimentary sunblock in a basket near the pool (trust us, you’ll need it). As we laid by the pool, the only sound we heard was the gentle lapping of water falling over the side of the pool and a breeze whispering through the vines.
The décor here is contemporary chic, with lots of stylish stone walls, chic white sofas which are perfect for lounging on and thick stuffed arm chairs screaming out for you to settle in with a magazine and enjoy an herbal tea or a chilled glass of water with lemon.
Both indoors and out, you’ll also see a variety of bronze sculptures, such as a reclining woman and a meditating hare, which add an artistic flourish.
If you leave here feeling stressed or grumpy there’s no hope, as this is one of the best spa experiences we’ve had in a long time. The only disappoint we had was when we had to leave begrudgingly, knowing full well it would be difficult to find somewhere this special again.
If you’re guest, a day here is the final icing on the cake. If you’re not a guest, treat yourself for an indulgent day – you won’t regret it.
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