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Sante Winelands Voted one of the ‘16 Best Spas on Earth’

The Santé Spa & Wellness Centre at The Winelands Hotel was voted one of the ‘16 Best Spa’s on Earth’ by UK Elle magazine (May 2004). It was the only spa on the African continent to receive this prestigious accolade.The magazine highlighted Vinotherapy®, Santé‘s specialised detox and anti-ageing signature treatment, which offers grape seed therapy in the midst of the Cape vineyards. Santé Winelands is only the second spa in the world to offer the unique treatment, which was launched in 2001 by the French spa, Les Sources de Caudalie, near Bordeaux. Vinotherapy® utilises crushed grape seeds and grape seed oil, which are applied in massage, body wrap and scrubs to protect the skin against oxidative stress.

In the short time since opening at the end of 2003, the The Winelands Hotel Resort and Wellness Centre has sparked interest from all over the globe. It is South Africa’s first destination spa that sets out to redefine the wellness experience in this country. With its breathtaking position on a 190-hectare working wine estate in the picturesque Paarl Franschhoek Valley just 30 minutes from Cape Town and the international airport, it is dedicated exclusively to a health and wellness lifestyle.

The epitome of luxury and style, The Winelands Hotel Resort and Wellness Centre features a five star deluxe hotel and 150-seater conference centre, operated by Southern Sun - the leading hotel operator in the southern hemisphere - and is a perfect fit within Southern Sun’s new portfolio of upscale destinations - The Southern Sun Collection.

The wellness centre offers the world’s best in terms of treatments and modern trends. At 2 700m?, it is twice the size of its nearest South African competitor and features a state of the art indoor swimming pool and equipment imported from Germany. Treatments available at the Santé Spa & Wellness Centre include Hamam, Serail, Kneipp, Tepidarium/Laconium, a Vichy shower and waterbed therapy. The Rainbow Hydrotherapy Bath furthermore offers a unique experience of colour, sound and magnetic field therapy.

Pilates, Tai Chi and Yoga classes are available in addition to a modern gym and a range of outdoor activities, including bass fishing, horse riding, jogging, hiking and walking trails amongst the vineyards and surrounding mountains and golf is available at more than 5 top golf course in the near vicinity.


The Santé Spa & Wellness Centre offers a variety of lifestyle programmes, ranging from detoxification and rejuvenation to anti-aging, weight-loss and Golf Fitness. It also specialises in “Wellness for Business Executives”, featuring stress management, executive health programmes and corporate team building.

During the grape harvest season the Santé Wellness Centre offers a shortened version of the ‘Grape Cure’, a cleansing and detoxification mono-diet that consists of grapes and which is based on a book written in 1928 by Johanna Brandt.

The Winelands Hotel Resort and Wellness Centre offers a diverse range of world-class accommodation options and gourmet cuisine - operated by Southern Sun. Guests can choose to stay in any one of the luxuriously appointed rooms. These include ten Manor House rooms; 39 Spa Suites; as well as seven fully equipped four-bedroom en-suite Vineyard Villas.

The hotel provides every service one would expect at a luxury hotel, including a library, 24-hour room service, valet parking, concierge, same-day laundry and dry-cleaning services, DVD players in each room, chauffeur driven vehicles and guided tours.