I absolutely love Mangwanani Spa, I think the whole concept is super brilliant and when I feel like a real spoil it’s definitely my go-to spot! Now, in a rather genius move Mangwanani has teamed up with the Southern Sun The Cullinan to open a brand new Mangwanani Boutique Spa right here in Cape Town’s City-centre! I’m used to having to trek to all sorts of places to get to my nearest Mangwanani spa but having another one right in the middle of Cape Town is going to make it so much easier to get to one of my favourite spas! I went to the launch of the spa last week and got the low-down on the treatments, the rooms and everything else you might want to know! Keep reading to see why the new Mangwanani Boutique Spa is a must-visit!
The Cullinan is a well-known landmark at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront and the hotel is known for its luxurious rooms and spectacular views over Table Mountain and the harbour but visiting the hotel isn’t always on the top of my list because well, there hasn’t been much reason for me to go there unless I’m visiting the restaurants. But now, with the addition of the new spa I can safely say that The Cullinan is going to be seeing a whole lot more of me. The new Mangwanani Boutique Spa is one of the most beautiful Mangwanani spas I have ever seen and will only be a matter of time before it is the go-to spot for visitors and locals looking for a little relaxation.
The new spa is modern, yet serene and offers a more sophisticated take on the African decor we have come to expect from Mangwanani over the years. Like its sister spa at the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower, Gone are the brown and orange we know from Mangwanani and in its place is beautiful soft blue and white tones paired with clay-stone features.
But it’s not all different; the spa has still managed to maintain the spirit of Mangwanani in this chic boutique space. The new Mangwanani offers a range of ‘group’ treatment areas where guests can enjoy the African Head, Neck and Shoulder Massages, African Foot Massages and African Hand Massages we have come to know from Mangwanani. I loved that the group treatments take place upstairs inside the spa as well as by the hotel pool. I enjoyed a super relaxing foot massage on a decked-out sun lounger by the pool and upstairs I got to unwind in one of the comfy leather couches during my head, neck and shoulder massage.
In addition to this there are also a few new things on the menu! Guests can now also enjoy an African Spa Manicure or Pedicure or an African Express Manicure or Pedicure at the new Mangwanani. This is something quite different from other destination Mangwanani Spas which usually focus on the more traditional spa packages or group-style treatments. The spa also has a number of treatment rooms where couples can enjoy full body massages, hot stone massages and facials together.
The Spa’s signature treatment offers something quite special and unique for visitors – if you’re really in need of a good spoil then book yourself in for the Korean Scrub with African Rituals (R550 for 60 minutes). The treatmenta vigorous and rejuvenating full-body exfoliation that combines an original Korean technique with African traditions. The treatment starts with a twenty minute soak in a warm glass spa and helps to remove dead and aging skin cells and leaves the body feeling young, refreshed and revived. Of course, in true Mangwanani style there are also a range of pamper packages to choose from including the African Sunrise Pamper (R599 per person or R1099 for 2), the African Tranquility Package (R799 per person or R1299 for two) or the African Indulge Package (R1199 per person or R2199 for two).
The Mangwanani Boutique Spa at Southern Sun The Cullinan is open daily from 09:00 to 23:00.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.