Africa boasts a wealth of luxurious experiences. From elegant boutique hotels and wine tastings to Michelin-starred restaurants and world-class cruises, we really have it all. In a new miniseries inspired by the November 2017 issue of House and Leisure, we reveal a few of our favourite spoils. First, we considered hot-air ballooning over the Okavango Delta and now, we’re turning our sights to the ultimate in relaxation at Cape Town’s newest spa.
a spa experience at the silo hotel
If you’re looking for the height of luxury in Cape Town (or South Africa, for that matter), The Silo Hotel is where you’ll find it. What was once an abandoned and disused building is now an icon for design, art and elegance in the Mother City. Three years ago, British architect Thomas Heatherwick announced his vision to turn a once bulky construction into a hub of contemporary culture. Since then, Capetonians have watched in awe as boxy windows were replaced with fragmented puffs of glass, and an outdated tower was reborn as a chic new hotel adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
Visiting the spa at The Silo Hotel is truly an indulgent experience. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, it has five treatment rooms as well as a gym, sauna and dedicated manicure and pedicure area. The spa is a tranquil space adorned with chandeliers, opulent colours and plush furnishings, a bold contrast with the concrete features of the original building.
But the decadence doesn’t stop there: the Silo Hotel spa uses top products for its treatments, including Carol Joy, Ling and Black Pearl. Enjoy pampering treatments such as The Silo Signature Golden Millet Ritual, which exfoliates and nourishes the entire body with fine grade Caviar Algae and Refined Golden Millet Oil, while your visage is treated to a Pure Collagen mask. With more than 25 different options on offer, the spa really has something for everyone.
When visiting the hotel, why not go all out and stay in The Penthouse? This one-bedroom jewel offers a sweeping view of the city and, inside, the opulent space is filled with treasures from owner and hotelier Liz Biden’s travels. Known for her penchant for colour, she has brought vibrancy into every room, many of which feature fabrics and ceramic art by Ardmore.
For more information, visit theroyalportfolio.com/the-silo.