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Wellbeing escapes

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 good for your soul. Based on this description, most of the more remote places described in these pages qualify as 'wellbeing escapes'.

Few things reconnect you to yourself and those around you than a time spent in a remote buschamp without Wi-Fi or mobile signal. It's a chance to take a digital detox and disconnect from the noise of the modern world by focussing on what you're experiencing and sensing in that moment.

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

Of course, if you like the idea of more 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, most luxury lodges and camps offer some wellness activities, such as yoga and massages, and there a selection of places that really specialise in wellbeing practices and treatments.

Our top wellbeing holidays

Ask us about the best spots in Africa for a wellness escape.



Mombo Camp

With a lap pool, surprisingly extensive bush gym and a range of spa and massage treatments available both in your room and a treatment room, Mombo Camp is a fantastic spot for some papering on your Botswana safari.

Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains offers in room yoga mats, skipping ropes and small free weights. Coupled with an in-house masseuse and private plunge pools for each room and this is a wonderful place for some rest and relaxation on your Botswana safari.

Zarafa Camp

As you might expect from such a luxurious camp Zarafa Camp offers a range of in room massages and treatments as well an open air gym and private plunge pools in each room, perfect for some rest and relaxation on your Botswana safari.


Pole Pole

Pole Pole has good, but very low-key massages and treatments, offered in a tiny, laid-back 'spa' on the beach. This isn't the place for high-end therapies, but for a relaxing massage in a great location, it's a really good bet!

Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini is a peaceful haven that works closely with the local community. Surrounded by nature, birds and stars, it is soul food if you're looking for something that is eco-conscious.


Azura Benguerra

The spa at Azura has been finished recently and offers high-quality treatments in a cool and relaxing treatment room looking out over the sea. The lodge employs a professional therapist, who offers body rubs, body wraps, a variety of massage treatments and aromatherapy baths.


Serena Inn

There is a small spa at the Serena, which can provide the usual range of beauty treatments that you would expect from an international hotel. With a beautiful swimming pool, a stay here makes for a relaxing start to your holiday in Zanzibar.

Kilindi

Kilindi invokes a great feeling of relaxation upon arrival and is a place to truly unwind. This is helped by the fantastic onsite spa which offers a wide range of treatments including double massages - designed especially for couples.


Sala's Camp

This small, luxury tented camp is located in the far south of the Maasai Mara reserve, an area which is generally quieter for game-viewing than elsewhere. Beautiful views, spacious tents, a gym and spa contribute to the camp’s pampering atmosphere.

Solio Lodge

The 6 well-spaced, east-facing cottages provide privacy and stunning sunrise views of Mount Kenya, while the graceful design, ample natural light and glass showers overlooking personal gardens create an ambience suitable for this luxury retreat.


Matemwe Lodge

The beautiful Sea and Spice Spa at Matwemwe Lodge overlooks the ocean and has a wide range of treatments available, including pedicures, facials and massages. Each guest is also offered a complimentary massage during their stay.


Ephelia Resort

At Ephelia Resort’s ‘Spa Village’, several treatment rooms, a sauna/steam room, a Jacuzzi and a yoga pavilion hidden in lush gardens await travellers for wellbeing breaks. In a ‘Spa Villa’, you even have your own Jacuzzi, and therapists come to your private treatment room.


White Sand Villas

White Sand Villas has a beautiful spa offering a range of therapies using locally sourced products. Set by a tranquil waterfall and with its own sauna and steam room, this is a great place to relax and unwind in Zanzibar.


Matemwe Lodge

The beautiful Sea and Spice Spa at Matwemwe Lodge overlooks the ocean and has a wide range of treatments available, including pedicures, facials and massages. Each guest is also offered a complimentary massage during their stay.


Beho Beho

With the laid-back pace at Beho Beho and the private plunge pools in the rooms this is an ideal lodge for relaxation and wellbeing.

Best camps & lodges for Wellbeing in Africa


Beho Beho

Beho Beho

With the laid-back pace at Beho Beho and the private plunge pools in the rooms this is an ideal lodge for relaxation and wellbeing.


100% (170 reviews)
Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls may be the adrenalin capital of Zimbabwe, but you can take things a little slower at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Keep yourself fit with a large swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym, or try out the small spa, perfect for a little overindulgence.


94% (163 reviews)
Pole Pole

Pole Pole

Pole Pole has good, but very low-key massages and treatments, offered in a tiny, laid-back 'spa' on the beach. This isn't the place for high-end therapies, but for a relaxing massage in a great location, it's a really good bet!


94% (103 reviews)
Grootberg Lodge

Grootberg Lodge

With its stunning location and views along with an on-site spa offering a range of treatments and massages, we think that this would be a great choice for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay in the area.


92% (97 reviews)
Little Kulala

Little Kulala

The remote, unspoilt wilderness of the Namib Desert is the perfect place for self-reflections and relaxation but to really unwind why not enjoy a treatment or two from the Little Kulala Spa.


98% (73 reviews)
Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel is one of the largest and most luxurious in Swakopmund. With facilities that include a gym and a spa, it is perfect for keeping fit or for a relaxing break on your holiday to Namibia.


89% (68 reviews)
Serena Inn

Serena Inn

There is a small spa at the Serena, which can provide the usual range of beauty treatments that you would expect from an international hotel. With a beautiful swimming pool, a stay here makes for a relaxing start to your holiday in Zanzibar.


91% (63 reviews)
Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel

The Angsana Spa is part of the international Banyan Tree group (probably the best spa group in the world) and their Thai therapists have all been trained in the Far East and offer a wellbeing experience in South Africa not to be missed.


93% (58 reviews)
Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

The beautiful Sea and Spice Spa at Matwemwe Lodge overlooks the ocean and has a wide range of treatments available, including pedicures, facials and massages. Each guest is also offered a complimentary massage during their stay.


89% (45 reviews)
Namiri Plains Camp

Namiri Plains Camp

It is possible to organise in-tent relaxation massages at Namiri Plains.


98% (44 reviews)
Weinberg Hotel

Weinberg Hotel

The range of treatments and facilities at estate’s Soulstice Spa is exceptional, from flotation therapy to a rasul chamber and an outdoor pool with a jet pool. For all-round pampering on a Namibia holiday, this would be a great option.


93% (42 reviews)
Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort

Enjoy some holistic papering with treatments from Onguma the Fort's resident therapist, the perfect way to relax and unwind between safari activities on you Namibian trip.


96% (41 reviews)
GocheGanas

GocheGanas

Gocheganas Lodge & Spa offers a wide choice of spa and beauty treatments at the Gocheganas Wellness Village. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a granite cave sauna, yoga sessions, facial and beauty treatments and a fruit and juice bar.


93% (40 reviews)
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Nestled in the stunning surroundings of the NamibRand Reserve, the opulent Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is the perfect place to spoil yourself. A gym, pool and treatment room make this one of Namibia’s ultimate desert retreats.


99% (39 reviews)
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega Tented Camp

For a bit of pampering in Botswana, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp offers a range of massage options. These can be requested and paid for whilst at the camp, and are usually done in the privacy of your chalet.


95% (38 reviews)
Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge

For travellers looking to relax and unwind it doesn’t get much better than Amalinda Lodge. Luxurious rooms and an in-house spa and sauna against the unique setting of Zimbabwe’s Matobo Hills make this a fantastic place to spoil yourself.


95% (39 reviews)
Fumba Beach Lodge

Fumba Beach Lodge

At Fumba the Baobab Spa is well-stocked with beauty products. On the roof there are comfy sofas and more treatment tables. The highlight, a Jacuzzi built on a decking in the higher branches of the tree, is a lovely place to relax.


87% (39 reviews)
Breezes Beach Club

Breezes Beach Club

Breezes Beach Club has one of the finest spas on Zanzibar – the Fragipani Spa. There is an international team of trained therapists offering a wide variety of treatments such as facials, massages and hand & foot treatments.


91% (37 reviews)
Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains offers in room yoga mats, skipping ropes and small free weights. Coupled with an in-house masseuse and private plunge pools for each room and this is a wonderful place for some rest and relaxation on your Botswana safari.


96% (37 reviews)
Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge

The beach-side spa at Shooting Star Lodge offers a variety of pampering treatments, with massages from $25, to full seaweed body wraps at $60. Pedicures, manicures and waxing treatments are also on offer, resulting in a very relaxing stay.


88% (30 reviews)
Chole Mjini Lodge

Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini is a peaceful haven that works closely with the local community. Surrounded by nature, birds and stars, it is soul food if you're looking for something that is eco-conscious.


95% (30 reviews)
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Crater Lodge

With your own personal butler, crystal chandeliers, claw-foot bathtubs and roses adorning most of the rooms, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is an incredibly special lodge for relaxing in Tanzania. Massages can be done in your room.


93% (27 reviews)
Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu

If fresh air is good for the soul, you’ll feel rejuvenated after a stay here. Set atop a rocky inselberg, it’s the perfect spot to unwind, with two inviting pools with panoramic vistas. Visit the luxury spa for further pampering.


96% (25 reviews)
Kilindi

Kilindi

Kilindi invokes a great feeling of relaxation upon arrival and is a place to truly unwind. This is helped by the fantastic onsite spa which offers a wide range of treatments including double massages - designed especially for couples.


96% (22 reviews)
Sarara

Sarara

With its famous infinity pool overlooking the sweeping plains below and a dramatic mountainous backdrop on the horizon, Sarara is a memorably located and luxurious base from which to enjoy your safari in great comfort.


98% (21 reviews)
Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp

As you might expect from such a luxurious camp Zarafa Camp offers a range of in room massages and treatments as well an open air gym and private plunge pools in each room, perfect for some rest and relaxation on your Botswana safari.


100% (19 reviews)
Mfuwe Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge

Unusually for South Luangwa, Mfuwe Lodge has a spa offering a range of treatments such as massages, manicures, facials and hydrotherapy treatments, allowing you to pamper yourself while on safari.


94% (18 reviews)
Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

The spa at Azura has been finished recently and offers high-quality treatments in a cool and relaxing treatment room looking out over the sea. The lodge employs a professional therapist, who offers body rubs, body wraps, a variety of massage treatments and aromatherapy baths.


98% (16 reviews)
Baraza Resort & Spa

Baraza Resort & Spa

Baraza has an extensive spa, including an impressive Sultan’s bath where couples can enjoy a double relaxation treatment. There is a wide range of other treatments and sunrise yoga is held daily. A tennis court and fitness centre are also available.


94% (14 reviews)
Chinzombo

Chinzombo

The villas at Chinzombo all have their own private plunge pool, and a range of quality spa treatments is available in the privacy of your own room. Offering massages, manicures and facials, the spa employs local people but is run to international standards.


98% (13 reviews)
Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp

With a lap pool, surprisingly extensive bush gym and a range of spa and massage treatments available both in your room and a treatment room, Mombo Camp is a fantastic spot for some papering on your Botswana safari.


100% (12 reviews)
Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi Lodge

For a small beach lodge, Kinasi has an impressive spa, run by two professional therapists from Thailand. There are several different treatment rooms and a large, tiled Turkish Bath.


82% (11 reviews)
Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

The peace and serenity of Mnemba Island Lodge provide an idyllic setting for a very relaxing beach retreat. Try yoga on the beach, take a dip in the Indian Ocean and unwind with a massage in the privacy of your own beautiful beach villa.


96% (11 reviews)
Omaanda

Omaanda

A picturesque infinity pool and a spa offering treatments aided by aromatherapy oils make Omaanda the perfect place to relax and unwind at the beginning or end of your Namibian adventure.


94% (10 reviews)
Constance Ephelia Resort

Ephelia Resort

At Ephelia Resort’s ‘Spa Village’, several treatment rooms, a sauna/steam room, a Jacuzzi and a yoga pavilion hidden in lush gardens await travellers for wellbeing breaks. In a ‘Spa Villa’, you even have your own Jacuzzi, and therapists come to your private treatment room.


98% (8 reviews)
Ibo Island Lodge

Ibo Island Lodge

Felicity is the resident massage therapist – you can enjoy treatments in the privacy of your own room, or even tucked away in the garden, alternatively there is a treatment room in the Niassa mansion.


97% (7 reviews)
Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Divava Lodge & Spa

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa has a wellness spa with a sauna, steam room and treatment rooms, making it a good choice for a spa holiday in Namibia.


91% (7 reviews)
Jao Camp

Jao Camp

The Jao Spa has single and double treatment rooms offering a vast array of pampering experiences – massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and so on. For some serious indulgence in Botswana, add this to your list.


87% (6 reviews)
Sirikoi

Sirikoi

With more than 70 staff to look after you, and sumptuously furnished tented rooms, it’s easy to feel spoiled at Sirikoi. The décor strikes a welcome balance of comfort and intimacy, making this a high-quality retreat to truly unwind in.


100% (5 reviews)
Solio Lodge

Solio Lodge

The 6 well-spaced, east-facing cottages provide privacy and stunning sunrise views of Mount Kenya, while the graceful design, ample natural light and glass showers overlooking personal gardens create an ambience suitable for this luxury retreat.


100% (5 reviews)
Sala's Camp

Sala's Camp

This small, luxury tented camp is located in the far south of the Maasai Mara reserve, an area which is generally quieter for game-viewing than elsewhere. Beautiful views, spacious tents, a gym and spa contribute to the camp’s pampering atmosphere.


96% (5 reviews)
The Palms

The Palms

The rooms at The Palms each have their own private outdoor plunge pool as well as the Sanctuary Spa which offers a variety of massages and treatments. For a broader range of therapies head over to the enormous spa at Breezes Beach Club.


100% (5 reviews)
White Sand Villas

White Sand Villas

White Sand Villas has a beautiful spa offering a range of therapies using locally sourced products. Set by a tranquil waterfall and with its own sauna and steam room, this is a great place to relax and unwind in Zanzibar.


100% (5 reviews)
Mbalageti Lodge

Mbalageti Lodge

Mbalageti is one of the few lodges in the Serengeti which has a small spa area offering massages – which was being renovated when we last visited. This has two massage tables with a dedicated plunge pool – and a dedicated massage professional is employed.


93% (3 reviews)
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Built atop a hill with picturesque views of Lake Kariba, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge boasts an impressive infinity pool, gym and spa. It’s a great place to slow down, relax and indulge yourself on a Zimbabwe safari.


95% (4 reviews)
Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Essque Zalu has a large spa with a number of different treatment rooms as well as a steam room, a sauna and a gym. A range of traditional and modern treatments are available. Essque Zalu would be great choice for an indulgent beach retreat.


93% (3 reviews)
Le Mirage Lodge

Le Mirage Lodge

Le Mirage Resort and Spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies, from massages and wraps to hydrotherapy and beauty treatments. Facilities also include a large pool and steam room. Combine a stay here with a visit to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei


80% (2 reviews)
Sankara

Sankara

The Sankara has the first Angsana Spa in East Africa and offers the first rain-mist rooms in Kenya, therapy and treatment rooms using natural ingredients, plenty of chill-out and contemplation areas and highly trained staff. It’s open daily from 8.00am to 9.00pm.


90% (2 reviews)
Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

The extensive Spa at the Twelve Apostles near Cape Town offers a full spectrum of treatments, pools and therapies. It’s a wonderful place to pamper your body and mind.


100% (1 review)
Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi River Lodge

With a fitness centre, 25m infinity pool and on-site spa, Matetsi River Lodge is the perfect place to soak in the wilderness and treat yourself to a spot of pampering in Zimbabwe.


100% (1 review)
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Four Seasons Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has a comprehensive spa with six treatment rooms. Trained therapists offer a variety of treatments for couples and singles including massages, facials and manicures.


100% (1 review)
Tulia Zanzibar

Tulia Zanzibar

The spa at Tulia Resort is run by Mishia and Anne, and they do a very good job of gently pummelling you into shape (or a state of deep immobility) and tending to your hands, feet, nails and face. A wide range of treatments is available.


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North Island

North Island

North Island in the Seychelles has a top-notch Spa, set on a mountain with stunning views. It offers highly personalised treatments incorporating local products and the ‘Dr. Hauschka’ skincare range; many can also be enjoyed in the luxury of your own private villa.


No reviews yet
Tribe

Tribe

Having a heated pool is a plus in 1,700m-altitude Nairobi. There’s a small gym and the luxurious Kaya treatment centre which has a vast range of treatments (e.g. 90-minute custom massage at US$80)


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Swahili Beach

Swahili Beach

Swahili Beach has a very large gym and treatment centre, with six treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, steam rooms, a hair and beauty salon and a juice bar.


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Ishara

Ishara

The wellness area at Ishara is an oasis of calm and serenity. The Aya Spa offers a curated selection of therapies, including their unique red wine soak, while they also have also an excellent gym and infinity pool. The perfect place to relax and unwind after your safari.


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Wellbeing holidays in Africa

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Wellbeing in Botswana

Botswana

There are only a handful of lodges in Botswana offering spa facilities and these are generally ...

Wellbeing in Kenya

Kenya

There is a limited selection of camps and lodges in Kenya offering a wellbeing holiday. But the ...

Wellbeing in Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique's stunning beaches are the perfect setting for some pampering and a number of the lodges ...

Wellbeing in Namibia

Namibia

Namibia hasn't quite yet caught up with the spa trend, but a handful of lodges offer spas and massage ...

Wellbeing in Seychelles

Seychelles

The Seychelles offers the ultimate in relaxation and wellbeing. Get pampered at one of the many ...

Wellbeing in South Africa

South Africa

Wellbeing in South Africa comprises a variety of indulgent opportunities to relax – enjoy unlimited ...

Wellbeing in Tanzania

Tanzania

After an exciting day on a Tanzania safari, you might want to return to the lodge and pamper yourself ...

Wellbeing in Zambia

Zambia

There are only a few places in Zambia which offer a high-level of relaxation and wellbeing. But ...

Wellbeing in Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the perfect place to unwind on the beach or by the pool. There are plenty of shady ...

Wellbeing in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

While it isn't usually the primary focus of a Zimbabwean holiday there are a handful of lodges ...

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