The 5 Best Massages in Joburg

I’m a spa junkie. I never get tired of having massages. I could be massaged every day of my life and not get bored of it. Between doing spa reviews for this blog and my general love for being pampered, I’ve probably been to most, if not all of the spas in Northern Jozi. I have a particular weakness for a hot stone back, neck and shoulder massage but I’m partial to other massages too. Here is my pick of the top 5 massage spots in Jozi, and why each of them are amazing:

1. Rain Urban Boutique Spa, Rosebank
While hot stone back neck and shoulder massages are my thing, there are other people who like feet. Or legs. What I love about Rain (I’m going to do a complete post about them soon because their concept is great), is that there’s a set price, with the only variable being time. A 60 minute massage is priced at R475, and you can customise this however you want, in terms of pressure, area and technique. If you just want butt and thighs for an hour as a cellulite reduction treatment (they don’t judge), that’s fine. Or, if you want a foot massage with an exfoliation and a mask for the full 60 minutes, that’s totally doable too. They also take appointments till 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays- love. Price: R315 for 30 minutes/ R475 for 60 minutes/ R620 for 90 minutes (45/ 75 mins available too)
Loft Office 6 (above the Nike store), First Floor, Rosebank the Zone
011 457 4434

2. The Saxon Spa, Sandhurst
What’s not to love about the Saxon? I’ve been obsessed with this hotel since my first visit, so it’s a given that I’m going to be a fan of anything extra they offer, be it a high tea (which I’m planning to review soon), or their spa. The added amenities in the spa are wonderful- indoor + outdoor pools, steam room, outdoor showers (but all super premium), and the spa just feels luxurious. The relaxation areas are intimate, and the gowns are big, fluffy and decadent.

Price: Aroma Hot Stone- R890 for 60 minutes, R990 for 90 minutes
36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst
011 292 6000


3. Enmasse, Illovo
Read a complete review of the Enmasse experience here. In a nutshell, this is a completely different experience to the usual oil massage. I absolutely love dropping by here on a Friday after work, and I often use it as a way to catch up with friends over the complimentary herbal tea offered post massage. You are massaged fully clothed, in the coolest space ever. The whole experience feels very futuristic.

Price: R425 for 60 minutes, but Jozilicious readers get R100 off, so for you, it’s R325 (simply call them and quote “Jozilicious”)
1 Corlett Drive, Illovo
011 880 3020

4. The Pyramid Day Spa, Selby
Again, I’ve reviewed this spot in detail- read here. The CBD doesn’t have much anything to offer when it comes to spas, apart from the Pyramid, which is an absolute gem. It’s situated a stone’s throw from my office in town, making a 30 minute treatment totally doable during my lunch hour. The waiting areas are divine, as are the treatments. In terms of technique, I think this is my favourite spot. (although, by virtue of the fact that they’re included on this list, technique at all these spas is great). They have the most amazing couple rooms, complete with a private Jacuzzi and lounge area- perfect for a special occasion.

Price: R430 for 45 minutes, R550 for 60 minutes
86 Eloff Street Extension, Selby
011 493 5526

5. Woodlands Wellbeing Spa, Muldersdrift
You can click here to read my review of Woodlands. My massage here was quite a different experience, because it was the first time I’ve been massaged by a man. Who rode in on a motorbike and pulled up right next to my treatment room- wild! Darren was the best masseuse I’ve ever had- no one even compares. The setting (glass walled private treatment rooms on the banks of the Crocodile River) contributes to relaxation- a massage at Woodlands is more like a day out than just a quick treatment.

Price: R490 for 60 minutes, R640 for 90 minutes
Driefontein Road
Cradle of Humankind
011 668 1918

I feel like I should also include Skin Sense in Rivonia because their technique is of top 5 quality, but the spa itself is a bit of a dump and is in need of a makeover so even though I go there quite often, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it to you.

Is there a massage spot you love that I need to know about? Let me know!

xx H