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A World of Wellness in South Africa

We pay a visit to Sante Wellness, a stunning boutique retreat in the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa.

It's the mountains that catch your attention first. The Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands has a reputation for outstanding food and stunning accommodation, yet for us it is the mountains that made the first impression.

The drive out to Sante is an easy 45 minutes from Cape Town central along the N1 motorway, turning off before the winelands town of Paarl to the estate, nestled in acres of vineyards and overlooked by the towering mountains.

The Retreat itself is somewhat surprising. An imposing Tuscanate complex may be thought of as being out of place in an area known for its thatched gabled roofed Cape Dutch manors and in it's own way, Sante is refreshing in its individuality and it sort of "fit's in".

Sante is a true retreat with hidden corners for relaxation and contemplation. The most striking feature is the Wellness Centre with it's incredible indoor pool making this a perfect destination year round, even when the chilly Cape Winter's take hold.

Choose from ten Retreat Suites which are spacious and located in the main building or one of twenty Spa Suites, located in blocks of four set amongst the Vineyards.

Spa Suite

Retreat Suite

Sante Wellness Retreat is perfect as an add-on to your Cape Town holiday, as a base for exploring the Winelands or for a proper Wellness and Detox break. Dining at Sante is based upon the principle that nutritious food is part of the foundation of health. The Chefs use only the freshest ingredients from their own indigenous kitchen garden and local bio-dynamic farmers and suppliers. All meals are created using only real, unrefined foods, without the use of sugar, dairy, gluten, preservatives, colourants and additives.

But it's the Spa that is the crowning glory of Sante. The original owners travelled the spa's of Europe to derive inspiration for Sante and their (tough) job has paid off. Sante uses the Health Optimizing philosophy to wellness by using an optimal combination of the latest and best technologies from all over the world, it is now possible to see a fuller and more accurate picture of your health and health challenges.

The stunning indoor pool and spa

Don't miss the vinotherapy, there is something utterly decadent about lounging in a warmed bath of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Straws not allowed!

When all of that Wellness has exhausted you, you can simply relax by the stunning outdoor pool in the shadows of the spectacular Cape mountains!

Stay the night, the weekend or book one of our special inclusive Wellness Packages including Destress & Rejuvenate, Detox, Healthy Aging and Ideal Weight. 5, 7, 10 and 14 day packages are available.

For more information, Click Here, or contact Central Reservations on +44 (0) 1565 756 198 or email:

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