Les Nouvelles Esthetique Spa Awards 2023

The results of 18th annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards hosted by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, South Africa in association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Paris, were announced on the 30th July 2023, at The Houghton Hotel, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg.

The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards Gala Dinner evening was filled with excitement and glamour as some of the industries most respected and well-known names and media came together to acknowledge their peers. Enjoying the sounds of the band “Blue Rock – The Experience” – Gauteng’s Premium Blues Rock Trio, which has been featured at numerous venues including the Barnyard. A fusion of traditional blues and more up to date rock. All the while bringing the blues “back to basics”, with band members Chris Parry (vocals, guitar) Llewellyn Friend (bass) and Lawrence Bailie (drums).

 Through the success of the previous awards, the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards increases in its stature each year, providing the Spa Visitors and Media with a comprehensive choice of award winning spas, and a reliable source of spa information and recommendations, within South Africa and Neighbouring Countries.

The Les Nouvelles Esthétiques awards programme encourages the highest standards within the Spa & Wellness Industry. The awards have been designed to stimulate a desire for service excellence among Southern African Spas.

The 2023 Spa Awards consisted of six (6) Categories, namely Day Spa, Hotel Spa, Boutique Hotel Spa, Safari Spas, Unique Spa Concept, and Aesthetic/Medi Spa categories.


Asher Spa & Hair, located in the Eagle Canyon Golf Estate, Johannesburg. “Asher” means to bring happiness & blessings. An elegant, tranquil haven of peace where you can have all your beauty, aesthetic, wellness, and hair treatments under one roof carried out by trained professionals. From friendly faces greeting you on entry to facials and skin rejuvenation, relaxing massages, mani’s and pedis, Ozone therapy, Spray tanning and Collagen stand up tanning to Botox, fillers and more – all on offer in a serene surrounding. Extensive facilities are available, including a couples suite with its own jacuzzi bath and magnificent views of the golf course.


Casalea Spa. Nestled in the heart of Northcliff, Casalea Spa, a peaceful luxury lifestyle Spa, French inspired space layered with well thought through modern eclectic touches throughout. Casalea Spa offers an array of facilities and exceptional treatments, including their signature Vichy shower and treatment, a decadent full body exfoliation treatment while five outlets of warm water cover your body, followed by a relaxing aromatic oil massage. Additionally, included with all treatments, a complimentary heated salt chamber, allowing you to re-energize while you enjoy the healing power of pure salt.

Evolve Day Spa is a hidden gem, a contemporary urban sanctuary designed to make guests feel and look better than before. Situated in the heart of Boksburg, they offer a comprehensive range of services filled with value-for-money treatments to meet the needs of the most discerning guests. Offering a wide range of up-to-date spa services and additional facilities such as mani and pedi lounge, rasul chamber, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, and heated pools.

Life Day Spa – Rosebank. Since 2011, Life Day Spa – Rosebank has been at the forefront of the beauty and wellness industry, continuing to invite clients to the most up to date treatments and products. Life Day Spa, as a member of the Spas of Distinction Group, is committed to assisting clients in their quest to look and feel better, through a variety of treatments and tailor made spa packages that ensures a sought after wellness experience. With state of the art interiors and facilities, Life Day Spa has introduced clients to enter a world of opulence, grandeur and tranquility.


The House of Tshegofatso Spa. The flagship Spa and Wellness facility is located  the prestigious The Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg. The Spa is a member of the House of Tshegofatso, under the guidance of CEO, Tshegofatso Moseme and her team of highly skilled therapists and hairstylists. Their mission is to add value by providing the best care and healing environment, so guests leave with renewed balance and beauty. Their conviction is “Changing The Status Quo”. The new state-of-the-art facility, offers an an exclusive Couple’s Suite with a private Jacuzzi, wooden deck and outdoor shower, 8 multi-functional Spa treatment suites, a Grand Rasul, a Nail Beautique and Hair Salon, indoor Dining as well as Relaxation area, a spectacular indoor heated swimming pool and outdoor relaxation with an exquisite natural cool and heated Infinity Pool.


Royal Spa at The Palace. A truly indulgent and luxurious spa experience fit for royalty, at The Palace of the Lost City. The legendary destination, since inception in 1992, The Palace of the Lost City has enthralled visitors from all over the globe. Its unique setting on an extinct volcanic site among the Pilanesberg mountains, is matched by the inspired architecture is renowned. Now matched by The Royal Spa,  uniquely designed to create a naturally elegant healing sanctuary, set amongst the backdrop of lush botanical gardens and trickling streams to soothe and calm the senses, while restoring body, mind and soul.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Member of the Red Carnation Group. Majestically located above the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the magnificent Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain, discover a unique five-star experience close to the vibrant heart of the city. The spa offers a cocoon of wellness and rejuvenation, with a calm and restorative indoor space, with seven elegant treatment rooms, two of which offer couples’ treatments. Two additional Mountainside Spa Gazebos offer the unique opportunity for a wellness journey with panoramic ocean views.

Kievits Kroon Winelands Spa. Rejuvenation await you at Kievits Kroon’s luxurious Winelands Spa. The Spa offers one of the most advanced thermae treatment facilities, well-designed steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis, Swiss showers, Rasul room, mud massage & scrub room, herbal bath with exfoliation & massage area as well as indoor plunge pools. The heated indoor swimming pool with its awesome view of the estate completes the superior facilities. In keeping with current spa trends, Kievits Kroon Spa offers a unique arrival and relaxation lounge. The lounge puts further emphasis relaxation, providing a sanctuary where clients can enjoy a complimentary catering selection, this will allow you to enjoy a true sense of hospitality infused with well-being and relaxation before, after and between treatments.


Healing Earth Transformative Wellness at Brahman Hills. An unrivalled experience amidst the spectacular rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains for the perfect me-time getaway. Surrender into a haven of serenity and relaxation as the skilled therapists work masterfully to balance and restore the mind, body, and spirit. Enjoy the natural, organic products, therapies, and spa concepts, each of which has been carefully selected and meticulously crafted to connect you to the rich natural resources of the surrounds. Bespoke treatments and wellbeing experiences have been designed to help reconnect in a way that leaves you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and bursting with new energy.


Vivari Boutique Hotel & Spa is nestled in a leafy valley in Featherbrooke near the Cradle of Humankind, harking back to a time when the world was in perfect harmony and humans lived in and with nature. Recapture this serenity at Vivari, where we offer a return to all things natural in our tranquil surroundings, where luxury intersects with sustainability and where our holistic wellness concepts marry with rejuvenation. Additionally, Vivari Boutique Hotel & Spa, medicine meets wellness, providing pre-surgery treatments that prepare you for surgery, as well as post-surgery treatments to assist with recovery and prolong the effects of certain procedures long-term.

Vergenoegd Löw Boutique Hotel & Spa. Housed in the beautifully restored farm slave quarters and old dairy adjacent to the gracious homestead, Vergenoegd Löw Spa takes you on a tantalizing journey through history. Honoring the farms rich heritage and fertile soils, we use only locally sourced beauty products and perform a wide range of traditional, natural treatments. Enjoy panoramic views from the outdoor relaxation area just as the vrijburgers did before us, enjoy some of Vergenoegd Löw’s award winning wines or immerse yourself in a hydrating milk bath while we do the rest to ensure a truly fulfilling and gratifying experience.

The Turbine Hotel & Spa was an ambitious project which transformed an old power station into a unique 5 star boutique Knysna hotel. All the old machinery which was used in this power station has been lovingly restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics. Yet there’s nothing old fashioned about The Turbine now, with modern 5-star facilities including the Turbine Spa, offering guests a wide variety of relaxing treatments from massages to facials and a Rasul Steam Room, the excellent Island Café, a pool with a great view on the wooden deck and a variety of activities to keep you entertained.


Amani Spa & Wellness – Radisson Blu Mosi-OA-Tunya Livingstone Resort. The hotel is nestled on the banks of one of Africa’s longest rivers, the Zambezi, in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just 4km north-west of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and Unesco World heritage site.

True to its name, meaning hope & aspire in Arabic and peace & harmony in Swahili. Amani’s mission is to inspire our guests, by enhancing, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing with uniquely designed treatments and healing journeys. Amani Spa offers a variation of river and resort views with a dedicated hair and beauty salon, infinity pool, and six treatment rooms of which four are single and two couples treatment rooms. The Luxury Dual suite comprises of a steam room with uninterrupted views and the sound of the flowing Zambezi river. The outdoor vitality pool and river facing treatment rooms bestows visions of endless magnitude of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where sunsets create a new sense of awe and internal harmony.


Veldhaven Spa  at Bona Bona Game Lodge. Bona Bona Game Lodge offers a serene experience at Veldhaven Spa in North West, South Africa. Our goal with Veldhaven is to offer clients a space of complete relaxation and enjoy a sensory experience. To accomplish this for your treatments, you will choose fragrance and music under three categories – CALM, SOOTH and UPLIFT. Your preference will then transport you on a journey to invigorate your senses. The natural aromas of the locally produced RUAH range will enhance your senses while you are been pampered with the best aroma oils from our exclusive range of products. We welcome clients to explore our variety of treatments, including facials, grooming and other unique options, including extensive thermae options and we strive to give clients the most extraordinary spa experience ever.

Dee’s African Spa at Kruger Gate Hotel. Dee’s African Spa is located at Kruger Gate Hotel which is on the banks of the Sabie River just 500 meters away from the gate of the world-renowned National park, the Kruger National Park. We offer services like facials, massage, body therapies and signature treatments that are inspired by the Tsonga/Shangaan traditions. The spa treatments are developed with rejuvenation in mind, including a 15min Foot ritual before commencing treatments. Additional to the Signature African Therapies and enjoy game viewing from the Spa Tree-house.


Sante Wellness Retreat & Spa. Nestled in a valley and surrounded by the magnificent Drakenstein mountains, Santé’s a haven with serene spaces and uncomplicated luxury – full of heart with generous hospitality, stunning villa suites, retreat suites, relaxed friendly service and exquisite, honestly healthy cuisine. Facilities include the world class day spa with extensive hydrotherapy facilities, indoor heated pool & jacuzzi, outdoor pool, fitness centre with a yoga & pilates studio, sauna, labyrinth, feature herb and vegetable garden.

Uniquely and innovatively, Sante has introduced the Bio-Energy Centre, offering Health Optimizing, a comprehensive methodology for mapping the client’s health and identifying causative factors of health challenges. Utilizing more than 30 technologies, each providing many pieces of a health-status jigsaw-puzzle, the most innovative aspect of the Health Optimizing proprietary methodology is the way Sante Wellness Retreat uses advanced technologies to put these pieces together to achieve an overall picture. The Health Optimizing concept starts with an all-encompassing health assessment process. Followed by treatment, through lifestyle coaching and specific high-tech treatments, and then utilizing high-tech medical devices to specifically stimulate the intrinsic self-regulating mechanisms, we enable the client’s own physiology to solve most health challenges quickly and effectively.


Woodlands Spa. Woodlands Spa offers bespoke treatments, workshop, classes and healing retreat designed to relax you, heal you and give you an intrinsic view of yourself. Idyllically set on the banks of the Crocodile River, our approach is holistic, offering a unique blend of traditional spa therapies and energy healing experiences. We are dedicated to providing an unforgettable stay, but offering all services required to effectively heal and energise our guests. Feed your body as well as your soul, with our inviting menu of organic options. We provide a getaway that goes beyond health and beauty. We offer a state of well-being that uplifts your spirit and sparks change in your life.

Soaring Eagles Guest Lodge & Day. Nestled in the Overberg mountains; Soaring Eagles lodge and spa offers a unique experience. From the fresh air, Tranquil environment to our African inspired treatment’s it’s an experience like no other. Our unique treatments take you on a journey to pure relaxation allowing your Mind, Body, and Soul to completely recharge.

Yadah Castle – Hammam Turkish Spa & Bath. Guests receive a warm welcome, to a true discerning exotic Journey. With candles, Persian carpets and comfortable pillows everyone can relax and unwind from all the tensions of the outside world. The vision is to create an extraordinary ambiance that will transport guests to an exotic foreign land, whilst exciting all of the senses and embracing a unique spa upon arrival; candles are lit, priceless antiques and art adorn the walls are for guests The Turkish Hammam or Turkish Bath, is the middle eastern variant of the steam bath. Although the first hammams originated in Arabia and bath culture was a central part of Roman life, Turkey popularised the tradition. The garden and Sun deck are for you to relax and unwind from the tensions of the outside world. Most of the décor and artworks were imported from Turkey by the owners, Vanessa and Gokhan Hacisuleyman and the skilled therapists will take you on an enchanted escape.

Mommy Wellness – Somerset West. The experience of motherhood and pregnancy is, for most women, a time of great joy and happy expectations. The mother-to-be exudes a special glow of inner light and calm. Of course, pregnancy also has its own particular drawbacks, and so, to complement the unique beauty of pregnancy, the Mommy Wellness provides the perfect haven to restore and invigorate! Additionally Mommy Wellness provides treatments for Daddy Wellness,  Babe, Tot and Tween Wellness.


SCINMed Wembley Square, Cape Town: An Award Winning, exclusively upmarket, and contemporary, the SCINMed day cosmetic centre is operated entirely by professionally qualified medical doctors and aestheticians. They offer clients not only an opportunity to receive the most advanced medical and aesthetic treatments, but invite them to do so within a serene environment, surrounded by sophistication and luxury. This world-class facility offers high-end anti-ageing measures, partnered with preventative medicine and wellness expertise to provide clients with ground-breaking aesthetic solutions. Each guest is set on a bespoke and personal journey towards complete rejuvenation with professionalism, kindness and care. It is this holistic approach that has cemented our reputation as pioneers within the industry.  


Pulse Dermatology & Laser. Internationally qualified specialists in non-surgical aesthetic procedures. At Pulse we are determined to be pioneers in the industry, offering an unrivalled menu of medical aesthetic treatments where you can choose from a menu of bespoke peels & facials, anti-ageing injectables, advanced fat removal & body sculpting treatments, advanced treatments for acne and pain free laser hair removal. Treatment programs are tailor made, designed to treat individuals of all skin colours and with all skin concerns.

Anti-Aging Art is a Medical Aesthetic and Holistic Wellness Centre focusing on minimally invasive anti-aging and cosmetic treatments conveniently located in the heart of Houghton, Johannesburg. Anti-Aging Art is owned by Dr. Reza Mia, renowned aesthetic specialist and supported by a staff of qualified therapists. By listening to the client’s individual needs, he is able to develop a tailored treatment plan to achieve your desired results. The centre specializes in offering a full range of medical anti-ageing treatments including injectables, botulinum toxin, silhouette soft threadlifts, laser hair removal, dermapen, facial rejuvenation and skin resurfacing.

Senses Wellness Institute. Set in the leafy suburbs of Wembley in Pietermaritzburg, Senses Wellness Institute is an oasis of tranquility. Opulent décor, plush finishing’s with state of the art equipment in the aesthetic practices making this a unique space in the area. Complemented by exceptional personalised service, innovative treatments and personally-designed packages, ensuring clients leave rejuvenated, with enhances sense of health and wellbeing. Additionally, the garden is a tranquil setting where clients are able to put their feet up & enjoy some quiet time.

We look forward to hosting the Spa Awards in 2024, as Southern African Spas continue to flourish in an internationally growing market place.

For more information and visuals contact Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, on 083 267 2773 / info@lesnouvelles.co.za