We were pleased to be back at Angsana which was named for the flowering Angsana tree. We liked the light filled spacious reception area and attractive garden facing treatment room. Our therapists were polite and accommodating, delivering soothing Sesame Healer (for him) and Flower Petal (for me) scrub treatments and Ibu (for him) and Fusion (for me) massages.
We were served refreshing chilled hibiscus tea when we arrived and melon balls and warm ginger tea at the conclusion of our session. The milk and orange soak in a large Jacuzzi tub in our treatment room was the perfect ending to our spa afternoon. We look forward to a return visit to this quiet and charming spa the next time we’re near the suburbs of Cape Town and in need of relaxing spa therapy.
Handicapped Access Handicapped guests were welcome at the spa. The staff advised guests with medical conditions to consult their doctor before signing up for spa services.
Location Adjacent to the Vineyard Hotel in the outskirts of Cape Town
Managed Banyan Tree Spas
Owned Banyan Tree Holdings
Size The spa employed 18 people and occupied 600 square meters (approximately 6,000 square feet) in a one story facility. It consisted of five double treatment rooms, including two deluxe rooms with steam and shower facilities; five single treatment rooms, and one signature Rainmist treatment room with twin beds. Double rooms were equipped with a spa bath and overlooked a garden.
Treatment Rooms Our garden facing treatment suite had twin treatment tables, a sofa with small tables on either side of it, a place to set our clothes, sinks, a Jacuzzi soaking tub and an extra large glass enclosed shower with waist length privacy glazing.
Year Opened-Renovated The Spa was established in 2004.
The Academy’s training and grading system had four levels of competency: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Specialization. Each level included training, assessment and grading before the trainees passed on to the following level. The training was staggered and on-going; therapists were tested regularly and re-trained when necessary.
Facilities There was a small area next to the reception desk with items for sale. In it we found Thai incense, essential oils, candles, and wraps.
Pool The outdoor pool had a maximum depth of 1.7 meters and was 19.9 meters X 5.87 meters in size and the indoor pool was 6.7meters X 4.19 meters in size. Use of the hotel facilities was restricted to hotel guests and spa members.
Other There was secure parking in the building basement immediately next to the spa entrance. There was no clock in sight of the bathtub and our watches were across the room so we were unsure how soon we had to exit the bath. Fortunately, the therapists knocked on the door to let us know our time was up.
Date Of Review 2005 2008
Number Of Treatments Six treatments and a shared Jacuzzi bath
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Treatments Experienced We had a Duet Treatment Package, a three hour (180-minute) session in a shared double treatment room. Two pleasant women therapists provided simultaneous treatments: for him a 30-minute Sesame Healer (in lieu of the usual Jasmine Frangipani Sparkle) scrub, 60-minute Ibu Massage, 60-minute Angsana Facial and choice of bath; and for me a 30-minute Flower Petal scrub, 60-minute Fusion Massage,60-minute Angsana Facial and choice of bath. The bath was in a Jacuzzi tub. We picked the Milk and Orange Bath which lasted about 15 minutes. The facials were relaxation oriented without extractions.
Would You Return? Yes