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The 11th annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards hosted by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa in association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Paris, was held on Sunday the 26 July 2015, at the prestigious Maslow Hotel, Sandton. Johannesburg.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Gala Dinner evening was filled with excitement and glamour as some of the industries most respected and well-known names and media came together to acknowledge their peers.  Celebrating in true Mexican Fiesta style, with En Fuego, a fabulous new South African based salsa band performing authentic New York-Style Salsa and Latin Jazz, with a strong element of Afro Cuban.


Through the success of the previous awards, the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards increases in its stature each year, providing the South African and International Spa Visitors and Media with a comprehensive choice of award winning spas, and a reliable source of spa information and recommendations, within South Africa.

“Spas offer a precious refuge from a frenzied lifestyle.  A time and place to relax and disconnect from the world as you recharge your mind, body and spirit, and an opportunity to bring your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves back into alignment.  In whatever amount of time one can afford, spas provide peace, relaxation and guidance to help create a healthier lifestyle.“ Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South Africa.


The 2015 Spa Awards consisted of six (6) Categories, namely Day Spa, Hotel Spa, Boutique Hotel Spa, Unique Spa Concept, Safari Spa and Aesthetic/Medi Spa categories.

Day Spas

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Day Spa Category Finalists were:

Shambala Wellness Spa in Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Shambala means a Place of Peace, Tranquillity and Happiness. In Tibetan Buddhist lore, Shambala is a mystical land, hidden in the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, a society where people labour constantly for the good of humanity. This perfectly expresses their ethos - lifting spirits, creating pleasure, a sanctuary in the middle of the city, a realm of escape.

Urban Glow Day Spa
in Randburg, Johannesburg is a contemporary urban sanctuary designed to transport guests to a place of relaxation, while embracing the urban energy of the city. Individually themed  rooms, hydrotherapy areas including rain shower Rasul and a floatation pool and hair salon on exit, ensure all guests are rejuvanted and beautiful on exit.

Senses Day Spa
in Pietermaritzburg is set in park-like surroundings where clients can enjoy quiet time, exceptional personalised service, innovative treatments and personally-designed packages. Each room is designed for optimum relaxation, attention to details and the garden area is a tranquil setting where clients are able to put their feet up & enjoy some quiet time.

The winner of the Day Spa Category was Aronia Day Spa, situated in Houghton, Johannesburg. The spa was developed as a sanctuary to remind us that nature surrounds us, lives in us & we live in nature. The distinct spa rituals treat the senses to a journey of self-discovery through the Aroniatherapy Gardens. Hydrotherapy features include a heated outdoor swimming pool and Rasul chamber. Unique add-on experiences include shirodara, vichy and ayurvedic treatments.

Hotel Spas

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Hotel Spa Category Finalists were:

The Spa at Cape Grace is a quiet, spacious and welcoming oasis on the top floor of the hotel. The ambiance is soothing - overlooked by Table Mountain and the serenity of Table Bay harbour, the spa offers a wide range of spice inspired fusion therapies. The Spa has 5 treatment rooms (including a couple’s treatment room), a relaxation area, sauna, steam room and a multi-sensory experience shower. 
Saxon Spa and Studio is a retreat for peace and harmony that embodies a holistic way of life. There is a wide-range of custom designed treatments available including Tibetan Sound Therapy and a Rasul Chamber. The hydrotherapy facilities include a colour-enhanced Steam Room and Flotation Pool as well as an interior-heated jet pool and cold plunge pool. The outdoor wooden deck is a peaceful space for guests to relax while enjoying the outside Sensational Showers have been designed around the theme of fire and water.
Africology Spa at the Boardwalk Hotel
aims to help guests re-balance and function at optimum levels and offers a range of treatments created treat the endocrine system, supplement melatonin and relieve aches and pains. The spa includes an indoor heated pool, fitness centre, healing herb garden, unique hydrotherapy cold water walkway, a sauna area and steam room.

The winner of the Hotel Spa Category was Touch Spa @ Seasons Sport and Spa

Set in 300 acres of natural indigenous bushveld on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains, treatments are inspired from the four seasons of the year. As guests walk into the spa they walk over the bridge of serenity and their journey into a world of rejuvenation and relaxation begins. The outdoor spa garden has both hot and cold roman pools, gorgeous cascading waters or guests can enjoy treatments in private sleep therapy room or the outdoor fully equipped water treatment rooms, suspended over the eco dam. 

Boutique Hotel Spa

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards
Boutique Hotel Spa Finalists were:

Pevonia Spa at Banskia Boutique. Celebrating the art of living well & turning it into a lifestyle philosophy”- is the mission of The Spa at Banksia. The spa décor is reminiscent of Hollywood glamour with crystal chandeliers, magnificent mirrors and palates of cream and white. Located in a separate loft area overlooking the Victorian manor house and gardens, the Spa has three treatment rooms and a Rasul.

The Residence Spa
is located in the historic suburb of Houghton, and exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. The two treatment rooms are built on a suspended wooden deck with the soft, rippling sounds of water running below it.

The winner of the Boutique Hotel Spa was Camelot Spa at the Capital Moloko Hotel. This boutique hotel offers travellers an unexpectd experience of  tranquillity and calm amid the noise and haste of Sandton. World-class spa treatment rooms overlooking beautiful, tranquil zen gardens and the latest in spa and wellness equipment make Moloko Spa the perfect place to unwind. The spa adheres to the principles of ecological soundness, respect for the environment and commitment to the wellbeing of the planet. Where possible, materials used are natural and recyclable and are sourced from suppliers who share the Moloko vision.

Unique Spa Concept

Special Recognition: Cradle Health Spa, nestled into the foothills of the Majestic Magaliesburg Mountains, in the picturesque village of Hartbeespoort Dam, Cradle Health Spa –Hydro, Medical Spa and Wellness retreat is the ideal oasis for a holistic healing experience.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Unique Spa Category Finalists were:

Africology Spa at The Maslow Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg has taken the holistic spa experience to a whole new level by introducing new therapies such as oxygen therapy, hydrotherapy and vitamin treatment boosters. The Africology Spa has six treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, rasul, a cold water walkthrough, hydro-pool, relaxation area and outside deck, the spa menu focuses on stress-relieving and balancing treatments.
African Angels Wellness Hut at Prana Lodge
outside East London, set in beautiful indigenous forest gardens.  The lodge draws on the natural healing energy of the surroundings for complete physical, mental and spiritual renewal.
African Angel Wellness Huts are an upliftment project in the Eastern Cape offering disadvantaged women a way gain training, monitored onsite experience and earning potential through healing massages, facials and manicures, in addition to getting experience in hospitality and tourism.
EQ Natural Day Spa
located in Saxonwold, one of Johannesburg’s oldest and most distinguished suburbs, the spa artfully blends today’s technology with ancient techniques and healing practices to bring you a sanctuary which restores your sense of wellbeing.The spa offers a sauna, steam room, Good Earth Café, a ‘mindfulness’ relaxation area, meditation facilities, yoga and pilates classes -all  in a tranquil and restful setting.

The winner of the Unique Spa Category was Mukda Thai Spa.

Mukda Thai Spa is situated in the picturesque Gordons Bay offers an authentic Thai Wellness experience, beyond expectation. Mukda Thai Spa focuses on a holistic approach based on traditional eastern healing therapies, wellbeing and beauty practices. They have developed a concept of traditional Thai soothing signature treatments, where guests can enjoy all the pleasures of a Thai Spa, such as Thai Lotus Hot Oil Massage and traditional Sabai Thai Foot Massage, combined with the charming touch of Thai hospitality, to make it an unforgettable experience.

Safari Spas

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Safari Spa Category Finalists were Etali Safari Spa, located in the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve.  Embraced by pristine bushveld nurtured by Africa's rich red soil, Etali Safari Lodge is built in harmony with nature. It is an exclusive, intimate haven, where clients are rejuvenated in surroundings created by people who understand luxury. Etali's Wellness Spa is unique in concept. The design and layout of the cool, thatched, secluded Wellness rooms, allowing guests to hear the echo of the elephants around the water hole and the weaverbirds tapping on the windows.

DumaManzi Eco-Lodge & Spa.  
This sanctuary offers a Unique African Wilderness & Wellness experience, with an elegance and personal touch.  A 1-hour drive from Durban lying on both sides of the Mkomazi River, Duma Manzi covers a 5000 hectare reserve, nestled in the forest valley. The tranquil surroundings include prolific birdlife and cascading river water. This extraordinary beautiful setting is the ideal retreat for those seeking privacy, exclusivity and absolute serenity..


The winner of the Safari Spa Category was:

Iketla Spa at Sondela Nature Reserve in Bela Bela, one of South Africa’s most popular holiday resorts. This private game reserve offers a selection of quality holiday accommodation from 4-star self-catering chalets to the up-market butler serviced 5 star Country House. The new Spa offers a variety of revitalising Beauty and Body Treatments.  Including a session in the Kneipp Pool or Steam Room to make you feel refreshed, alive and de-stressed.  Trained therapists, quality products and assorted treatments have been carefully selected to enhance your overall experience at this welcoming and a truly relaxing retreat.

Aesthetic Institutes / Medi Spas

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Aesthetic Institutes/Medi Spas Category Finalists were:

Chique Skin Technology in Kempton Park has created a sophisticated and soothing environment. Offering the most advanced selection of non-surgical treatments, they strive to introduce their patients to the latest treatments and news by constantly researching new methods and keeping their standards as high as possible.
Centre of Wellness
, in Parkmore Johannesburg was founded by Dr. Melanie Lambrechts. Her mission is to naturally and holistically approach each patient’s rejuvenation requirements. The clinic specializes in combining art and science to best meet the patients needs in a way that is sincere and significant.
The Wembley MediSpa
is an exclusive upmarket cosmetic centre in Cape Town operated entirely by professionally qualified medical doctors, physiotherapists and aestheticians. Boasting six chic, comfortable treatment rooms and focused solely on results driven therapies with the finest and most modern equipment available in the market. Some of the clinic’s exclusive flagship anti-aging treatments are only available at The Wembley MediSpa.


The winner of the Aesthetic Institutes/Medi Spas Category was 15 on Seventh
Medical Spa

15 on Seventh situated in Parktown North, Johannesburg is the brain child of Dr Mark Steinman, renowned Plastic Surgeon and his wife, Jacqui Steinman and essentially comprises of a medical spa, nail bar,  brow bar, café and cosmetic surgery consultation rooms. While each facet works in unison to deliver the unique 15 on Seventh experience, they are housed independently; each with their own designated area on the premises.

Les Nouvelles Esthetiques would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners as they continue to excel in providing the South African community with the keys to relaxation and wellness. The Spa Awards programme is more than pure recognition of achievement, it sets a benchmark for spas in South Africa, and all the finalists and winners are worthy of this acknowledgment.

Spa Recognition Awards 2015

“We focus a large amount on the actual spas, however there are a number of individuals, as seen by the impressive list of nominees, who go above the call of duty and through their work the entire industry benefits.  The Spa Recognition Awards include four categories, The Spa Ambassador Award, The Humanitarian Award, The Spa Visionary Award and Spa Management Excellence Award. 

The Spa Ambassador Award goes to a person who has made the industry proud and whose presence in the industry is noted internationally. The Spa Ambassador Award 2015 was awarded to Celeste Peters. Celeste has been involved in standards, training and certification, including introducing the spa standard to South Africa for over 19 years. Her passion is people, empowerment and fairness and has introduced a number of enterprise development projects to the spa industry with enormous success  
The Spa Humanitarian Award is awarded to a person / group who by definition is actively concerned in promoting human welfare. The 2015 humanitarian  award was awarded to the Global Wellness Day Committee  – The South African Spa Industry “Says Yes” to Global Wellness Day, a one-day event celebrating health and wellbeing, which took place on 13 June 2015.  By offering a selection of awareness activities and treatment offerings, complemented by additionally raising funds for our official charity: Dance for a Cure, participating South African Spas stand united with hundreds of spas and wellness organizations in more than 55 countries from Turkey to Thailand to support proactive wellness. Global Wellness Day is based on the simple premise of increasing global consciousness of living a better life, even if it’s just for one day, by drawing a focus on healthier lifestyle choices.
Spa Visionary Award
is awarded to a pioneer within the Spa Industry. A industry leader who has made truly outstanding contributions to the development of the Spa Industry over the past year and whose ideas have lead to a change or noted improvement in the spa industry. The Spa Visionary Award for 2015 was awarded to Lucille Ferreira – African Angels – touching hearts, changing lives.  African Angels Wellness Huts are available for placement in corporate and hospitality environments. The African Angels are previoulsy unemployed who are being mentored in a quality assured program which lead to international creditials on successful completion of ITEC examinations. African Angels who show the commitment and determination to succeed may be presented with the opportunity to own a Wellness Hut, creating proud business owners and qualified therapists.

The Spa Management Excellence Award is
acknowledges the dynamic spa manager who best keeps the balance between a motivated team, good working environment, superb guest experience, profitability, and efficient spa operations, with appreciation of the role of the spa manager is one of the most challenging in this industry.  The winner of the Spa Management Excellence Award 2015 was Taryn Lilley, Cape Grace Spa, located on the top floor of the Cape Grace Hotel at the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town. Taryn inspires and motivates her team beyond the call of duty and contributes to the spa industry, through her writing, consulting and participation on the South African Spa Association Board.

We look forward to hosting the Spa Awards in 2016 and Spa Recognition Awards 2016, as South African Spas and individuals continue to flourish in an internationally growing market place.


Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Award 2015 Summary:

Day Spa Category:

Aronia Day Spa – WINNER


Senses Day Spa

Shambala Wellness Spa

Urban Glow Day Spa - Randburg


Unique Spa Concept

Mukda Thai Spa – WINNER

EQ Natural Day Spa

Africology Spa at the Maslow Hotel

African Angels Wellness Hut at Prana Lodge


Special Mention:  Cradle Health Spa


Hotel / Resort Spa

Touch Spa @ Seasons – WINNER

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Cape Grace Spa

Africology Spa at the Boardwalk Hotel


Boutique Hotel Spa

Camelot Spa at Capital Moloko Hotel – WINNER

Pevonia Spa at Banskia Boutique

The Residence Spa


Safari Spas

Iketla Spa at Sondela Nature Reserve - WINNER

Etali Safari Lodge & Spa

DumaManzi Eco Lodge & Spa


Aesthetic Institutes

15 on Seventh Medical Spa - WINNER


Centre of Wellness

Wembley MediSpa

Chique Skin Technology



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