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Jan 24, 2020 | Luxury

The new Camelot Spa in the Aurum is a soothing coastal sanctuary

Not all spas are created equal. While the aim is obviously that each offers a relaxing environment and professional service, this isn’t always the case. Which is why when you find one that does both, it immediately inspires loyalty and goes to the top of the list.

Wellness and beauty devotees will be familiar with the Camelot Spa Group – a national chain of respected salons and sanctuaries offering a range of treatments, location dependent. Its new branch, in the Aurum development in Bantry Bay in Cape Town might be one of its prettiest yet, and the service measure up to the impression created by the space.

A beautifully designed, albeit compact space, it’s incredibly soothing courtesy of natural textures and an understated but organic colour scheme of blonde timber, soft green and grey linens and a plethora of plants. Reception is downstairs, with stairs taking you up to a cosy waiting area – where you’re offered tea or bubbly, a lovely hospitable touch. To one side, behind a wall is a row of elegant mani pedi stations, while the four treaments rooms (three single and one couple room) lie beyond.

A range of treaments are on offer – from facials and massages, to general grooming (waxing, tinting, nailcare) and spa experiences like multiple treatment packages. The spa also boasts a Himalayan salt wall and hydrotherapy facilities.

Camelot uses its own inhouse range, CSpa, as well as the Thalgo brand – a natural range of products low on chemicals and big on luxury. I opted for a Thalgo Brightening Lumière Marine Facial, a high-performance anti-pigmentation and rejuvenating treatment which targets pigmentation and dark spot with Brown Algae extract to result in a clearer, brighter complexion. The relaxing 60-minute facial was made all the more enjoyable thanks to excellent therapist Siyanda, who got the balance of welcoming, skillful and unobtrusive just right.

An ideal spot for a birthday gathering for a small group, a special occasion couple’s massage, or just some solo downtime, the new venue is a must visit for Cape Town beauty advocates.

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