Beauty in Cape Town is a serious business, and with plenty of golden beaches and upmarket bars and clubs to frequent, looking good is an art that locals work hard at perfecting. Furthermore, Capetonians are firm believers in being kind to the body, so there are plenty of holistic options to complement the various salons and spas.

Expats in the mood to enjoy a relaxing massage, a revitalising salt float or even just a run-of-the-mill mani and pedi will have no short supply of spas to choose from.

Luxury hotels boast certified beauty palaces that offer everything from full-day packages to individual treatments – however, this carries a hefty price tag. For more affordable options, boutique skincare and health clinics can be found across the city, and while the décor may be a step back from the fluff found in many of the five-star establishments, the services are often just as good.

Recommended spas in Cape Town

Angsana Spa (Newlands)

A renowned spa chain with more than two dozen locations all over the globe, the Angsana Spa at the Vineyard Hotel is sure to provide expats with a world-class experience. Highly trained spa therapists offer a range of treatments such as tension-relieving massages, calming baths and rejuvenating body polishes.

Heavenly Spa by Westin (Cape Town Central)

Located on the 19th floor of the Westin Grand Hotel, this spa offers the best views in town along with a wide range of beauty and skincare treatments. This respite from busy city life offers sublime rest and renewal for the weary expat.

Sorbet (multiple locations)

Whether expats are after the perfect manicure, a relaxing facial or beautifying treatments such as eyebrow threading, eyelash extensions and waxing, this chain offers consistently good services at reasonable prices. Perfect for a quick escape from the daily grind or a much-needed pick-me-up.

Spa Patchouli (Rondebosch)

From aromatherapy treatments and hot stone massages to hydrotherapy and specialist facials, this spa has a lot to offer and is a great place to while away an afternoon in luxury.

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