It’s all in the attention to detail: understated, plush decor; imaginative healthy food; sumptuous accommodation and personalized service. The best kept secret in the Winelands of Franschhoek. I squeezed every bit of enjoyment out of my experience.
Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa is a luxurious destination which includes a world class day spa and a health optimising clinic situated in the beautiful western Cape Winelands of South Africa. Santé Wellness is the ultimate sanctuary for anyone who wants to re-energise, rejuvenate and revitalise the body and mind. Offering a unique blend of science-based technology with a holistic approach, the retreat packages are customised to suit any health status or requirements.
Programmes at Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa
Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa is situated in beautiful surroundings of the Cape Winelands encircled by magnificent mountains only a short distance from the city of Paarl. Paarl is the third oldest settlement in South Africa and a historically significant city as the origin of the Afrikaans language. The area is renowned for its vineyards and offers some of the best wines around.
At the heart of Santé Wellness is their passion towards nutritious food tailored to the individual, with only the finest seasonal and local produce used. All meals are prepared without the use of sugar, dairy, gluten, colourants or preservatives with menus changing daily.
Nourish is situated on-site with views over dramatic dams, surrounded by the stunning Drakenstein Mountain Range and is beautifully decorated with neutral tones and textures in keeping with the local landscape. A separate lounge with a grand piano compliments the setting and the cuisine is all made from local ingredients and created by seasoned, passionate chefs.
Day Spa dining has an atrium style feel with folding glass doors with a visage of the gardens and surrounding mountains. Day Spa has indoor and outdoor seating in an elegant but fresh décor serving up Santé signature lunches. Menus change daily and are based on seasonal availability of the freshest ingredients.
Facilities & Services
- 20 Treatment rooms
There are a number of points of interest to visit in the surrounding area, such as The Afrikaans Language Monument, on Paarl Mountain. This was created to commemorate influences other languages have played in the development of Afrikaans. Another point of interest is the Drakenstein Prison, this is where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and made the ‘long walk to freedom’. Santé Wellness is also only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town where you can find some of the best beaches in South Africa.
In addition there are 3 top class golf courses only 10 to 20 minutes away as well as numerous wine farms and the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram.
All rooms are decorated with attention to detail and are situated alongside the retreat, a short walk through lush gardens. All ground floor suites have easy access to the garden and the upstairs suites all include private balconies. Room amenities have been specifically tailored for Santé and contain only natural ingredients of the highest quality.
Deluxe Retreat Suite
- Group & one on one yoga classes
- One on one personal training
- Yoga studio
- Pilates classes
- Fitness centre
- Golf Courses: Val de Vie, Pearl Valley, Boshenmeer
Diet & Nutrition
All meals served at Santé Wellness are gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, and have vegan options available.
Operating and treatment hours – from 06:00 to 21:00 – 7 days per week
- Spinning bike
- Training bike
- Free weights
- Training benches
- Smith machine
- Multi-purpose training machine
- Pilates reformer
- Foam rollers
- Mats and balls
- Separate yoga studio with all yoga props.
Operating and treatment hours – from 09:00 to 18:00 – 7 days per week
- 20 Treatment rooms
- Steam rooms
- Vinotherapy baths
- Hydrotherapy bath
- Kniepp therapy
- Indoor heated swimming pool
- A magical labyrinth
Santé is a health optimising royal retreat that is considered the first of its kind, utilising cutting edge, technology based, non-invasive holistic healing from the emerging fields of quantum and energy medicine – all originated and directed by health technology sciences in Norway. The bio-energy centre embraces the healing and balancing attributes of magnetic fields, colour, light and crystals.
- Treatment rooms
- Sports activities
- Group classes
- 1 x Room wheelchair accessible with ramps
- Grab rails in bathroom
- Guide dog friendly
- Large print menus
- Doctor on site
- First Aid Kit
Michelle JVisited February 2019