Words: Belinda Mountain
You won’t want to rush off after enjoying a treatment at Delaire Graff’s recently revitalised spa. First up, you could drink in the view from the infinity pool which overlooks the valley below, or lounge inside by the fireplace, enjoying some freshly brewed kombucha. Or perhaps you want to round off your experience savouring their unique Afro-Asian high tea with green tea and chocolate Swiss rolls, accompanied by raspberry meringues.
Whatever you choose to do, I recommend setting aside more than a couple of hours for a visit to this spa. From their reception area overflowing with the most exquisite flowers, to the five suites all featuring luxurious little touches, to the treatments themselves, you can tell that new spa manager Hildegard Carstens has put a lot of thought into crafting a holistic wellness experience that will leave you feeling utterly pampered and renewed.
I was lucky enough to experience the Terres D’Afrique Healing Fynbos & Mud Cocoon, perfectly timed to revive this winter-weary body. It’s a rich experience for the senses, featuring varying smells and textures, so that one minute you’re cocooned in soft muslin, and the next you’re showering off scented herbs that leave your skin glowing and healthy.
But if the treatment was a treat, lunch afterwards at their restaurant Indochine was the standout. Sitting beneath an arresting “Swallows in Flight” art installation, their special spa menu is all about light, lean dishes bursting with flavour. Think ancient grains with truffle and poached egg, red curry with tofu and snow peas, or donburi: a dish with brown rice, avocado, edamame and salmon. Every plate of food is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, featuring exquisite crockery and gorgeously bright colours; no wonder it was an Eat Out Restaurant Awards Top 30 nominee.
Walk off lunch in the botanical paradise that is Delaire Graff’s gardens, designed by Keith Kirsten to be in flower 365 days of the year. Pause beneath olive groves, pass the kitchen’s vegetable and herb gardens, or glimpse some of Laurence Graff’s art during your stroll.
Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or simply to get away from it all, this is certainly a spa experience above the ordinary.
Delaire Graff Spa
021 885 8160