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The Best Spas in Durban

Need to find your happy place in Durban, South Africa? Durban is a laid-back city famously known for being a relaxation centre. If you’re in Durban or planning to visit, one of the best experiences would be getting a relaxing spa at one of their many spots. The city has a number of hotel spas and wellness retreats that offer a window of tranquility for both body and mind – here are some of the best. Go on, and pamper yourself, the need for peace and quiet is always a necessity!

The Spa at the Oyster Box

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Wellness & Spa at The Oyster Box in Durban | © Red Carnation Hotels

This fantastic spa is located at Durban’s most popular 5-star hotel on the Umhlanga beach and offers a soothing, relaxing experience in their tropical gardens. They go all out and roll out the red carpet in their treatments and this includes a hammam and sensation shower, and an incredibly relaxing tranquility lounge. Super luxurious and pampering aimed at delivering the absolute best spa experience of life.

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Jennifer Eales Skin & Body Therapy Clinic 

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Photo: Jennifer Eales Skin Care and Body Therapy Clinic

This little oasis on the Durban Berea is ideal for central city stays. You could go there to chill and rejuvenate in the treatment rooms beside a soothing water feature, with chimes and mood music and air scented with fynbos (one of SA’s indigenous plants). Eales and stellar therapists offer a slew of advanced skincare treatments (including Bio-Therapeutic LED light treatments), but it’s hard to get past the Crystal Ball Full Body Massage, using Terres d’Afrique organic products. It’s a mix of deep massage, using hands and your choice of sensuously smoothed African crystals, in a combination of reflexology, acupressure,
lymphatic drainage and Swedish massage movements to relax and distress. And oh yeah,
expect to doze off!

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Suncoast Spa 

How do you feel about spa day on Durban Beachfront? Just riding up the glass lifts outside the Suncoast Towers to this ninth-storey spa, with the rolling Indian Ocean dropping away below you, is therapeutic. A sanctuary of relaxation on Durban’s beachfront for rejuvenation with every aspect designed with guests’ comfort in mind. Each treatment room has its own change room and shower for privacy. They have all kinds of facial and body treatments, from purifying oxygen treatments to Cleopatra spa baths and Dancing Fingers (two therapists massage you in tandem and harmony), but you can go for the salon’s signature, The Sea Whisperer – a subtle blend of massage styles from around the world that’s utterly relaxing. 

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Teremok Spa

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Teremok Boutique Spa in Durban | © TEREMOK

Described as a hidden gem in Durban, Teremok Spa is the stuff spa dreams are made of. With their highly skilled and professional therapists, beautiful rooms and unique settings, the spa offers incredible Juliette Armand face and body treatments, heavenly massages and the kind of spa treatments that will make you forget about going home. Very highly recommended!

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The Spa on Fairway 

The Spa on Fairway in one word, detoxify! Located north of Durban, this spa overlooks the green environment of Durban’s Country Club Golf Course. The spa has a beautiful ocean view and is quite the favourite among locals. Their unique treatments include full body exfoliation and hot oil body massage as well as the 5-star massage, a combination of 5 different kinds of massages (rangu, hot stone, Swedish, Indian head and aromatherapy). 

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Aqua Spa

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Aqua Spa by Misty Blue Hotels, Durban, South Africa |

Aqua Spa at The Waterfront Hotel and Spa by Misty Blue Hotels is a sanctuary designed to integrate the body and soul where to experience a sensory journey as they rejuvenate your body and refresh your mind. They offer all the exquisite massage treatments and pampering therapies in a tranquil and luxurious atmosphere where you can slip into a blissful state of relaxation.

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Buff Beauty Parlour

Buff Parlour is a beauty and treatment spa that offers precision waxing, skin polishing and
creating the perfect nails, done at imported Maletti manicure desks under ersatz clouds. Their hot wax is vegan and hypoallergenic, and to make it even better, their Soda fountain has a barista who pulls fresh coffee shots. The massages are great too. The management of Buff Parlour recently changed hands, but the new owner is very much intended on continuing their excellency culture. 

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