Beauty and spas in Cape Town

beauty in cape town
Beauty in Cape Town is a serious business, and with plenty of golden beaches and upmarket bars and clubs to frequent, looking good is an art that locals work hard at perfecting. Furthermore, Capetonians are firm believers in being kind to the body, thus plenty of holistic options compliment the more frivolous salons and spas.

Expats in the mood to enjoy a sensual massage, revitalising salt float or even just a run-of-the-mill pedi and mani will find no short supply to choose from.

Luxury hotels boast certified beauty palaces that offer everything from full-day packages to individual treatments, however this carries a hefty price tag.

For more affordable options, boutique skin and health clinics can be found across the city, and while the décor may be a step back from the fluff found in many of the five-star establishments, the services are often just as good.

Recommended spas in Cape Town


Wellness Warehouse (City Bowl and Claremont)

Offers walk-in treatments and excellent massages. Probably the best value for money treatments one will find in Cape Town.

Arabella Spa (Foreshore)

Sits atop the Westin Grand Hotel and offers the best views in town in accord with its range of beauty and skincare treatments. Offers sublime rest and renewal for the weary expat.

Librisa Spa (City Bowl)

Recently given its own facelift, this spa is tucked away in the Mount Nelson Hotel and has become a favourite of well-heeled locals. Their jet-lag treatment is a fantastic way to start settling in to life in the city. Next door is Cape Town Medi-Spa, where expats can find holistic treatments aimed more at preserving health than manifesting beauty.

Sorbet (Multiple Locations)

A face, body and haircare chain with consistent services at reasonable prices. Perfect for a quick escape from the daily grind, or a much-needed pick-me-up to pamper one's inner self.

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