Wellbeing in Africa

Wellbeing in Africa

We think of 'wellbeing escapes' as trips which will help you relax and unwind; ones that give you the opportunity to get back in touch with nature and your inner self; journeys that are restorative, rejuvenating and deeply 'good for your soul'. Based on this description, most of the more remote places described in these pages qualify as 'wellbeing escapes'.

Head off on a walking safari: you'll concentrate on the natural world around you, gradually getting more in touch with it, and contemplating your place within it. Spend a few nights beside a camp fire, listening only to the noises of Africa: it'll put everything back into perspective. Look up at the clear, star-studded night sky in the solitude of the Namib Desert: you'll soon appreciate where your life fits into the great universe.

What's more – escaping to Africa will bring an income to some of the continent's poorer, more rural communities; so your escape adds to their wellbeing, as well as your own.

Of course, if you like the idea of conventional spa, massage and beauty treatments – then we also offer a handful of those. In the Indian Ocean, these are often Asian influenced, with highly professional Thai and Balinese masseuses in residence. On continental Africa, although more lodges are starting to offer therapies, spas tend to be simpler; we've visited some that claim to have 'spa' facilities only to find a single massage table!

Wellbeing in Botswana

Wellbeing in Botswana

There are only a handful of lodges in Botswana offering spa facilities and these are generally very professionally run and of a very high quality. The pick of these can be found at Jao Camp where single and double treatment rooms offer a diverse array of pampering treatments. All products used at Jao's Spa are eco-friendly and free from harmful chemicals. Another camp with a great spa is Nxabega Tented Camp which offers a wide selection of massages. These can also be arranged to take place in the privacy of your own tent - usually out on the veranda. An ideal setting for some real rest and relaxation.

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Wellbeing in Kenya

Wellbeing in Kenya

There is a limited selection of camps and lodges in Kenya offering a wellbeing holiday. But the ones we feature are luxurious accommodation promising a high-level of wellbeing. Here you can enjoy lovely spa areas and large treatment rooms providing a wide range of indulgent opportunities to relax. Some of them include heated pools, Jacuzzis and steam rooms. Whether you’re looking for a few relaxing hours after a bumpy game drive or a couple of days to unwind after an adventurous safari - there's nothing quite like a rejuvenating swim, or a massage using local herbal preparations.

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Wellbeing in Mozambique

Wellbeing in Mozambique

Mozambique's stunning beaches are the perfect setting for some pampering and a number of the lodges have spa facilities or can offer in-room treatments. Two that stand out in particular are the newly opened Azura Lodge Spa that offers high quality pampering in a comfortable and modern treatment room overlooking the sea. A professional therapist will indulge you with body rubs, various massages or aromatherapy baths. Ibo Island Lodge also employs a professional massage therapist who offers treatments in a special treatment room, in your own room or even tucked away in the garden while unwinding in a light breeze.

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Wellbeing in Namibia

Wellbeing in Namibia

Namibia hasn't quite yet caught up with the spa trend, but a handful of lodges offer spas and massage treatments, using local oils and sands. Some of them also offer a sauna, a gym, a fruit and juice bar and yoga sessions. Here you can relax on your own private deck and enjoy panoramic views from your infinity pool. Feel refreshed at the end of a hot and dusty day, or perhaps just relax after your safari with a bit of pampering – perfect ways to combine wildlife watching with the ultimate of relaxing.

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Wellbeing in Seychelles

Wellbeing in Seychelles

The Seychelles offers the ultimate in relaxation and wellbeing. Get pampered at one of the many spas where you can expect a wide rage of beauty treatments including facials, manicures and pedicures. Most of the hotels here use organic and local products in their well-known ranges. They often offer individual treatments – perfect for your personal needs. If you are looking for something a bit more active then head to yoga or the fitness centre.

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Wellbeing in South Africa

Wellbeing in South Africa

Wellbeing in South Africa comprises a variety of indulgent opportunities to relax – enjoy unlimited spa treatments, a wide-range of treatments and products, unwind in a tranquil atmosphere and pamper your body and mind. Admire the panoramic views of the sparkling ocean whilst relaxing in your private plunge pool or on one of the elegant sun loungers surrounding it.

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Wellbeing in Tanzania

Wellbeing in Tanzania

After an exciting day on a Tanzania safari, you might want to return to the lodge and pamper yourself a little. Or perhaps you're looking for a beach lodge where you can relax and indulge yourself with spa treatments. Tanzania has resorts and hotels where this is possible, some with specific spas and spa packages, others promote a sense of wellbeing just from the ethos and atmosphere of the lodge. Click below to read more; or for Zanzibar see Wellbeing in Zanzibar.

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Wellbeing in Zambia

Wellbeing in Zambia

There are only a few places in Zambia which offer a high-level of relaxation and wellbeing. But those that do, provide elegant villas with private plunge pools, quality spa treatments, relaxing massages and facials, as well as manicures and individual treatments. The spa facilities are a perfect place to unwind after your adventurous safari and make for an excellent stay. So if you’re seeking a little bit of wellbeing in a game-rich destination, you might consider Zambia.

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Wellbeing in Zanzibar

Wellbeing in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the perfect place to unwind on the beach or by the pool. There are plenty of shady spots to relax during the day and the friendly staff will cater for your every need. It's especially good for couples and honeymooners; as most lodges have health and beauty centres which offer massage and beauty treatments.

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Wellbeing in Zimbabwe

Wellbeing in Zimbabwe

Currently we’re only featuring one lodge in Zimbabwe which offers a ‘wellbeing escape’. But this lodge includes all the essentials for the ultimate escape. There is an on-site spa offering multiple treatments and an infinity pool. The Matetsi River Lodge is a perfect place to for relax and unwind after a day out at safari.

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