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Heated Pools, Natural Hot Springs and Idyllic Spa and Roman Baths to Warm You Up this Winter
From private wood-fired hot tubs to natural springs reaching 65 degrees – these are the steamy spots you need to melt into this winter
From Caledon’s mineral-rich springs naturally steaming up a gorgeous 65 degrees, and a newly reopened Roman-style spa pool at Santé in Paarl to the staycation-perfect inner-city Turkish baths right here on Cape Town’s Long Street, the options for ideal winter escapes in the Cape are endless.
PAMPERING FOR HEALTH
The Roman-style indoor heated pool at newly refurbished Paarl spa sanctuary Santé Wellness Retreat is luxuriant. Santé is ideal for detoxing, me-time and general health restoration. There's an adjoining plush hotel, health specialists on hand and the entire experience, including the food, is geared for optimising your health.
Tip: They serve gluten-free and sugar-free meals, for lunch and for fine dining.
Distance from Cape Town: 50 minutes
Price: From R500 upwards for single treatments, R2950 for half-day packages, R4200 for full-day packages and up to R6200 for signature spa “journeys”.
La Bella Vita Estate, Simonsvlei Rd, Paarl | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 879 1500
HOT TUBS AND COSY CABINS
The Kol Kol Mountain Lodge in the Overberg countryside is rustic and romantic – an ideal getaway for a grey days and chilly winters. The cosy and private lodges and tents are buried in the lush fynbos. And right next to each cosy little “nest” is a private wood fired-hot tub.
Tip: Kol Kol lodges get booked out months in advance, so plan ahead.
Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 35 minutes
Price: Rates range from R1680 (two people) up to R5050 (10 people) per cabin for two nights, depending on the time of year and week, as well as the number of people staying for at least two nights. Kol Kol lodges get booked out months in advance, so plan ahead.
Bot River | +27 (0)76 9136014
SWIM AT ONE OF SA’S OLDEST RESORTS
Travellers frequent The Baths resort in Citrusdal for its swimming- and rock pools fed from natural hot springs. Established in 1739, this 279-year-old resort actually has to cool the water from its hot springs down to offer cold-water options to guests.
Nice to know: They have a variety of accommodation to suit every pocket: from camping and caravan sites to and chalets to Victorian and Cape Dutch-style quarters.
Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours 20 minutes
Price: Day passes are R100/p for adults and R50/p for children. For accommodation tariffs, visit www.thebaths.co.za
Citrusdal | +27 (0)22 921 8026 | www.thebaths.co.za | email@example.com
THE HEALING WATERS OF A KAROO MOUNTAIN
The water at Warmwaterberg Spa near Barrydale in the Karoo, where the mountain naturally produces water 44 degrees at the source and high in iron, is another natural spring you’ve got to dip your toes into in winter. They have two hot pools and Roman baths and their chalets are homely and warm.
Distance from Cape Town: 3 hours 20 minutes
Price: Day passes are R50/p, but a limited number of day visitors are allowed, so check in advance. For accommodation tariffs, visit www.warmwaterbergspa.co.za.
Route 62 | +27 (0)28 572 1609 | www.warmwaterbergspa.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org
MINERAL-RICH POOLS AND THE LAP OF LUXURY
One of the Cape’s most famous hot-spring resorts, The Caledon in the Overberg is home to a large number of mineral springs. High in iron, calcium, magnesium, sulphate, sodium and other minerals, the springs heat up to 65 degrees Celsius and have distinctive brown colour due to the high iron content.
Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prices: Warm mineral pool access is R65/p when booking through Computicket.
Nerina Street, Caledon | +27 (0)28 214 5100 | www.tsogosun.com | email@example.com
SPA AND ANCIENT ROCK ART
The crystal-clear water at Avalon Springs Hotel and Spa, in Montagu, reaches around 43 degrees celsius. Other ancient wonders are the Khoi paintings on some of the rock faces near the springs. Enjoy the springs without letting your wallet run dry by staying at Montagu Springs self-catering resort, and dip your toes into the Avalon Springs for a discounted rate – just for being a guest at Montagu Springs.
Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours 40 minutes
Price: Between R60–R135/p
Uitvlucht Street, Montagu | +27 (0)23 614 1150 | www.avalonsprings.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org
CAVES, HIKING TRAILS AND FISHING
The Calitzdorp Spa near Oudtshoorn has plenty to keep everyone entertained, including hiking trails, a game reserve nearby, naturally heated pools, caves (and bushman rock art), fishing and various sports facilities. The Roman baths (both indoor and outdoor) are naturally heated and hover at around 30 degrees celsius.
Distance from Cape Town: 5 hours
Price: Day visitor passes are R25/p, but there an additional charge of R40 per vehicle, too. DR1688 Road, Calitzdorp | +27 (0)44 213 3371 | www.calitzdorpspa.co.za
MINERAL SPRINGS, POOLS AND A JACUZZI
Goudini Spa is one of the Cape’s most popular self-catering, camping and caravan spots, because it offers numerous hot-water activities, from heated swimming pools and bubbling jacuzzis to indulgent mineral springs. You’ll find a beauty clinic and some wineries in the area, too.
Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes
Price: Day passes ranges from R90/p for ATKV members and R150/p for non-members. For accommodation pricing, please visit the Goudini Spa website. Wyzersdrift Road, Rawsonville | +27 (0)23 349 8100 | www.atkvgoudini.caravanparks.co.za
LUXURY, LIFESTYLE AND SPA
The Arabella Hotel and Spa is for you if you are uncompromising about luxury. There’s a small indoor heated pool to a larger outdoor heated pool. And if you’re into golf, their signature golf course is ranked in the top 10 of all of South Africa.
Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes
Price: Costs vary according to rental. Find out more about Arabella’s rates and rooms.
R44 (near Kleinmond) | Arabella Country Estate | email@example.com | +27 (0)28 284 0000
THE TURKISH BATHS IN THE CITY
The Long Street baths are popular in summer. In winter you should frequent them for their Turkish Baths, which have a sauna, heated mini pools and even massage facilities.
Distance from Cape Town: In the CBD (Corner of Orange and Long Street)
Price: Between R12–R120/p
Corner Long and Orange Street | +27 (0)21 400 3302 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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