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The Spa Index is the perfect consumer reference of South African Spas and Spa Information, that ensures the spa visitor is guaranteed a spa experience, which not only meets international standards but also exceeds clients spa expectations. 

Executive Director Message:

Why Spa? Millions of people worldwide visit spas every year but if you have never been to a spa, you may be wondering why they go.

SRI International’s latest Global Spa & Wellness Economy Report values the global Spa & Wellness industry at $3.4 trillion. There are an estimated 105,591 spas in operation around the world. Asia has the greatest number of spas, with more than 32,000 facilities across the continent. The emerging markets in the Middle East and Africa have demonstrated the highest growth rates in the spa sector.

As per the preliminary results of the Spa Benchmark Report 2014, conducted by the SA Spa Association and Intelligent Spas, Singapore, over the past 5 years, the number of Spas in South Africa has grown by 115%, number of spa visits by 135%, increased employment in the spa industry by 72% and total revenue of the spa industry by 221% to approximately R 1.2 billion. This growth is driven by consumers assuming greater responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

People love to be pampered and in our world of non-stop communication and responsibilities finding balance in our life can be challenging. Spas offer a refuge from a frenzied pace – a time and place to relax and disconnect from the world to recharge mind, body and spirit.

With so many options available, today’s spas can offer unique experiences for guests.You can de-stress with a weekend of hiking and wellness programmess, detoxify our body with a programme of nutrition, exercise and treatments, experience new medical aesthetic treatments to help us look and feel years younger or simply enjoy a signature relaxing massage and therapeutic hydrotherapy facilities.

To assist your choice and ensure your spa experience meets expectations, be sure to visit a SA Spa Associaton Member Spa. The South African Spa Association is the ambassador for the spa industry, with representation in all aspects related to spas, such as health and wellness, tourism and hospitality, education and training. The SA Spa Association provides the consumer with peace of mind when visiting a Member Spa, as all spas conform to international quality standards, staff qualifications and training are maintained and a code of ethics upheld.  A full list of Member Spas is available within the Spa Index and on the SA Spa Association Website:

So, invest in your personal wellbeing and visit a spa today.

Enjoy the read.

Dr Nadine de Freitas
Executive Director
South African Spa Association

The SA Spa Index 2014 will be bagged with the November Issue of Longevity Magazine and available on shelf at your nearest news agent from the 10 November

1; Cover SI2014 FinTo receive your complimentary copy of the SA Spa Association Spa Index, please forward to info@saspaassociation your name, Spa / Salon contact details, postal address and e-mail address.
For more information or how to participate in the SPA INDEX contact The SA Spa Association on 011 447 9959 or e-mail:

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