Review: The Garden Spa at Babylonstoren

The Garden Spa at Babylonstoren | All Dolled Up

A couple of Sundays ago, I visited the Garden Spa at Babylonstoren for the first time, for a few hours of blissful relaxation in the heart of the Drakenstein Valley with some girlfriends. Located between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren is a beautiful 200-hectare Cape Dutch farm on which you will find vineyards, orchards and one of the country’s best restaurants.

The Garden Spa at Babylonstoren | All Dolled Up

The spa’s signature treatment is the Private Hammam Water Ritual in the stunning marble hammam, but I chose to try a classic hot stone massage (R650 for 60 min). It was one of the best massages I have ever had (my friend D who was with me and had the same treatment, described it as “epic”) and I loved the tranquil environment of the spa, surrounded by a luscious bamboo garden. The staff are polite and soft-spoken, while still being friendly and welcoming. As prices go, I think it’s pretty much on par with what you would expect from an upmarket establishment; it’s certainly not outrageous and you can spend all day using the facilities if you want to.


I spent an hour or so chilling out in the steam room, sauna, heated jet pool and cold plunge pool, which was a really nice way to extend the feeling of relaxation. We followed up our treatments with a delicious lunch at the Green House, which is conveniently located right next door to the spa. We enjoyed their take on a gourmet boerewors roll with hand cut chips and homemade tomato relish, and washed it down with a glass of the farm’s delicious chenin blanc.

The Garden Spa at Babylonstoren | All Dolled Up

I can highly recommend a trip out to Babylonstoren for a treatment (I’m definitely going back for the Turkish Bath!), a light lunch and a delightful stroll around the gardens. You are guaranteed to leave with your mind, body and soul feeling refreshed.

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Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:00 – 17:00
Contact number: +27 (0) 21 863 3852