Unusual facials offered at numerous spas and salons in South Africa include such delights as chocolate facials, grape-inspired facials, African raindrop treatments, shea butter hydration treatments and a host of other unique options to rejuvenate skin-tone and appearance.

Did you know?

Vygenhoek Spa in Dullstroom is South Africa's first 'organic' spa.

Unusual facials can be found at a number of South Africa's spas and beauty salons. Natural fruits, herbs and vegetables have inspired some of these facials, whilst others are sheer decadence itself.

The facial treatments vary greatly depending which spa or salon you visit. Serenite Wellness Centre at Century City in Cape Town is known for its Pinotage facials, including the Pinotage Balancing facial, Pinotage Nourishing facial and Pinotage Hydrating facial. The pinotage grape (a home-grown South African varietal) is used in a grape-seed mask that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

The Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town offers The Boutique facial, which incorporates a blend of botanical extracts and herbs. It starts with a carnation flower milk cleanse, followed by a pomegranate and rosehip exfoliation with the piece de resistance being the quince and organic honey mask to restore radiance. You can also choose the African Goddess Facial, a restorative facial treatment using a blend of jasmine and marula oils.

If you're out in the bush at Ulusaba Private Game Lodge, you'll be pleased to know that you can enjoy the Africology Balancing Rose Facial that will balance out fine lines. At Kievits Kroon, near Pretoria, a favourite treatment is the anti-pollution chocolate facial to revitalise the circulation and leave you glowing. And at Soul Khaya Spa near Lanseria, outside Johannesburg, enjoy the Shihrodhara, an ayurvedic treatment where herbal oil is poured gently across the 'third eye' to create all over wellness and increase circulation.

Skin treatments in South Africa have certainly come of age so if you're looking to take off the years in a creative way, you've come to the perfect place.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 483 1000
www.mountnelson.co.za

Serenite Wellness Centre at Century City:

Tel: +27 (0) 82 658 6111
www.serenite.co.za

Ulusaba Spa at Ulusaba Private Game Lodge:

Tel: 0800 056 343 (toll-free from within South Africa) or +27 (0) 11 325 4405
www.ulusaba.virgin.com

Kievits Kroon:

Tel: +27 (0) 12 808 0150
www.kievitskroon.co.za

How to get here

Detailed directions and maps are available on the individual spa websites.

Best time to visit

It’s always a great time to visit a South African spa or salon.

What will it cost

Costs vary from spa to spa. See the websites for details.

Length of stay

A few hours for a truly indulgent experience.

Where to stay

Varied accommodation is available at South Africa’s spas.

Best buys

Beauty products of course. Look out for the Theravine and Africology ranges.

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