The Spa at Cape Grace Kalahari Rolling Sands Massage

The Spa at Cape Grace is an oasis of calm amid the general bustle of the city.

Perched on a quay a few minutes walk from the Waterfront, the spa (which was named World Best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best awards July 2015) feels a million miles from anywhere.

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A warm welcome.

I was ushered into the luxe locker room, and changed into my brushed cotton gown and fluffy slippers before being shown into the most exquisite relaxation room on earth to wait for my therapist, Lee-Ann.


Just look at that view!
Just look at that view!

After completing my client info form, Lee-Ann ran through what I wanted from my treatment. I had been invited to try the spa’s signature treatment; The Kalahari Rolling Sand Massage, so also got to choose which of their scent oils I wanted incorporated in my massage. This was a no-brainer for me, as Kalahari’s Tsamma blend is a firm favourite of mine. I’ve used the room mist in this scent for years.

Kalahari Signature Scent Oils
Kalahari Signature Scent Oils

The Rolling Sands treatment is similar to Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage in that the therapist uses her hands and forearms to knead knots and aches out of your muscles.

I always opt for firm pressure, as my shoulders are in a perpetual state of lumpiness. Lee-Ann made light work of my these with expert technique. (No small feat considering I’d just gotten back from the East, where we’d had many Thai massages.) She then continued with my legs, arms and décolletage.

After an hour, I felt like a new person. I’d been struggling with jet lag, having only landed a few days before, but this seemed to iron out the last of the brain fog.

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There are little touches like this all over the spa.

Another point worth mentioning is that I can’t remember what music was playing during the treatment, which is amazing. I get so irritated when spas play songs with lyrics or worse, the dreaded whale song. I know there was music on, but have no recollection of what it was.

The ritual tray.
The ritual tray.

The treatment ended in a little ritual back in the relaxation area. Lee-Ann brought me Rooibos in the sweetest little pot and cup, along with a handcrafted bracelet from Kalahari. The brand is very big on giving back to the communities from where they source their ingredients. Depending on the treatment, guests will be given a bracelet, a wish stone or a massage gourd.

Guests also have free use of the steam room, sauna and showers before and after their treatment.

Need to know

Location: Cape Grace Hotel, West Quay, VnA Waterfront

Treatment: Kalahari Rolling Sands Massage with Signature Scent Oils

Price: R820

Duration: 60 mins (plus however long you want to spend in the relaxation/wet areas)

Contact: The Spa at Cape Grace 021 410 7140