Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa
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Sante Wellness Retreat & Spa is a luxurious Destination Wellness Retreat including a world class Day Spa, Health Optimizing Clinic and Conference Centre, situated in the beautiful Western Cape Winelands. In a valley surrounded by magnificent mountains, Sante is the ultimate sanctuary for anyone who wants to re-energize, rejuvenate and revitalise the body and mind. Enter a haven with serene spaces and uncomplicated luxury full of heart with generous hospitality and exquisite, honestly healthy cuisine. At Sante there is an intuitive blend of science and human consciousness, in which high-tech and high-touch approaches define a service formulated around each individual. Retreat packages which start from 2 days, are customized to suit our guests, each with their own unique requirements and health status.
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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Colin Mills wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa33 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
As I had been to Sante many years ago we decided to revisit the revamped Wellness Centre.
This is not a cheap experience but the facility has been beautifully restored.
We were not alerted on the Booking. Com site of the “extreme” health food and then had to experience very different , bland and sometimes uneadible dishes.
Breakfast was fine to good but lunch at over R250 and dinner at over R450 each was rediculous when some people cannot eat some of this stuff! My partner eats most food but she could also not eat some of the food.
If this establishment wants to survive it has to offer an alternate menu with healthy but more substantial dishes. We went to Paarl most days to normal restaurants to have a good meal.
The Spa facilities are excellent and we had treatments for two days , some of the therapists are very good. Staff generally are very friendly helpful and knowledgeable . Our room was beautiful but some small issues need addendance, eg cleaning and broken cupboard.
For some reason we did not get the turndown service for the first two nights but this was rectified .
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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slieder wrote a review Oct 2022
Bujumbura Mairie Province, Burundi146 contributions83 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect place for recharging and forgetting about work! Friendly staff, wonderful rooms, great food, and the perfect place to escape from work! The rooms are spacious and well decorated, very comfortable and peaceful. The food was great, and even though I enjoy all of the unhealthy types of food, the gluten-free/sugar-free/super healthy options were truly wonderful. the spa has some really great options so you can choose a different treatment each day. Mountain bikes are available, but the roads are not great for riding on when vehicles fly by on the dirt road doing 60 kph. I would ask that the staff find farms in the area that would be willing to allow cycling on their roads instead of asking the customer to ride up random places and ask.

The evenings are peaceful and enjoying a glass of wine on the patio before dinner was very enjoyable. Definitely going back again!
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Explore nearby towns and vineyards for lunch and then return for a peaceful dinner
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Wonita P wrote a review Feb 2021
Cape Town, South Africa108 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
visited Sante spa and had the full body massage. i was a little bit sceptical about having a massage in lockdown. turns out there was no need to be. Covid19 protocols were followed. i have to say that this was by far the best full body massage i had ever had. my husband also had the full body massage and he said the same thing. his therapist applied the correct amount of pressure at all times which is quite difficult since my husband likes to have a very hard pressure. the therapists were both very well trained and knew what they were doing. it was not only a massage rather felt like a treatment. it was just amazing. the best ever. the facilities are really nice too with the pool and jacuzzi available for use. we then stayed over at the hotel which was just on another level of amazing. the rooms were spacious and bright. the food was awesome at the restaurant on site.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ryno B wrote a review Jan 2020
Somerset West, South Africa27 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sante wellness retreat sets its aim to be among the top luxury spa hotel's in South Africa and is not a cheap experience. However, compared to experiences to the Conrad Pezula, The One&Only and Simola, you have a long way to get to that standard:

[1] Please be upfront to your clients that the road towards your retreat is in a terrible condition. It instantly spoils the experience if you decide to take your luxury vehicle out to the spa and can barely drive it to retreat. (see photo)

[2] Do not offer your villas which are still under construction. The entrance to the villa was literally a building site. Your villas are not cheap and one would expect that attention to detail will be a given.

[3] At the spa a steam room is advertised. Upon arrival, it was mentioned that it takes 30 min to get it ready, which is no problem. It was mentioned once it is ready one will be notified, no one came back to say its ready.

[4] The check-in process was nothing less than incoherent. Please communicate more clearly, especially where to park and do not send a lady out to carry heavy bags, then I will do it myself.

Give credit where credit is due. The spa facilities are exceptional. Sante has substantial potential, nonetheless, it is not a polished luxury experience yet.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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capetownjax wrote a review Jul 2020
Cape Town85 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was treated to a relaxing 'mom to be' massage at Sante Spa. I felt safe and relaxed from the moment I arrived. The staff were all very friendly and the spa was perfectly clean and sanitised. I was offered bottled water on arrival and after my treatment. The therapist, Josephine, was excellent and professional and I left feeling relaxed and calm. My stiff and aching muscles definitely showed a vast improvement.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Voyager08669474049 wrote a review Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a 5 star health and wellness experience this is the place to book.
From the accommodation, food, staff, treatments, spa facilities, gardens, walks, birds, all the specialists in the health Optimizing Centre - everything is world class.
You will never want to leave 😉
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Nicholas S wrote a review Jul 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just come back from staying in the sante wellness retreat. We booked a 2 week detox. It was without a doubt one of the best 2 week stays I have had in my life. My wife and I have come away from there completely spiritually, mentally and physically reset. I lost 3.4 kilos in the first week. The food was amazing. So we'll thought out and nutritionally perfected. The treatments were amazing and state.of the art. We were being treated with various machines and techniques all day. We were starting the day withyoga each morning and everything just went from there.
The staff were probably the best we have encountered in any establishment. Completely full of positivity and smiles each day.
This place is a big big must if you are feeling like life is becoming a bit dull, monotonous and repetitive. And you need a good boost and want to come out the other end feeling healthy and mentally reset and ready to address whatever life is ready to throw at you. I can not recommend this place and especially the staff enough.
I will 100% be going back there twice a year to get my self energised and rest my spiritual and mental facilties.
Best detox I have ever had..Need I say more.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Shadi M wrote a review Mar 2022
Fourways, South Africa12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited Sante in January and I'm still basking in the joy of that experience. Every single thing at Sante is of the highest standard. The staff are all angels, the treatments are the best, the food...OMG, I'm salivating. I stayed in a villa, so spacious and comfortable. I love this place and would highly recommend it. You will leave feeling rested and rejuvenated...guaranteed.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Louise wrote a review Oct 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As soon as I walked into the magnificent reception area at Sante I knew I would want to return. We had landed in Cape Town Airport in the late afternoon and we ere picked up by our driver Bev for the transfer to the retreat. A must because you will arrive already relaxed and not having to deal with the Cape Town traffic.
The check in was seem less and we were not rushed to dinner even though our arrival was later in the evening. Our room was beautiful with plenty of space and an amazing view. The food was fresh and innovative and our spa treatments were so relaxing. The spa team were very flexible with our choices and extremely professional and kind. We did not visit other areas as we really needed to totally unwind and that is what we did!
Everything about this outstanding retreat was just what we required and we will return one day to experience this special place again!
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dr. Moritz Tellmann wrote a review Feb 2020
Düsseldorf, Germany47 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Santeé is for sure one of our absolutely favorite Hideways close to Cape Town. Terrific nature pairs with an extraordinary service, very friendly staff and beautiful rooms and interior/exterior designs. The Gym offers everything you need even as an ambitioned athlete.
The healthy food is outstanding. No sugar. No preservatives, clean and delicious and perfect as part of the healthy lifestyle you live here.
Everything is clean, top in style and even special wishes go through immediately.
The Spa is excellent and so the whol stay for us is a 10/10!
Next year again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from AndreB3953, Manager at Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa
Responded 22 Feb 2020
Dear Dr Tellmann, Thank you for visiting Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa and taking the time to review us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed our delicious food and facilities. We look forward to welcoming you back next year to rediscover extraordinary. Safe travels, with best wishes The Santé Team
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Answer from tanya2792016
Cape Town, South Africa159 contributions42 helpful votes
Yes...call first to arrange. They also do dinner evenings that are open to the public..
slieder wrote a tip Oct 2022
Bujumbura Mairie Province, Burundi146 contributions83 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Explore nearby towns and vineyards for lunch and then return for a peaceful dinner"
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PRICE RANGE
R 5,411 - R 6,755 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
sante hotel paarl, sante hotel, resort and spa, sante winelands hotel
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Sante Hotel & Spa
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapePaarl
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve (7.8 km), Afrikaans Language Monument (3.7 km), and Drakenstein Lion Park (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Noop Restaurant, Lust Bistro & Bakery, and Faber.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (9.3 km) and Groot Drakenstein Prison (11.4 km).
Is Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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