“The time to relax is when you dont have time for it.”

That quote I couldnt agree with more. In todays world we are so pressured for time, deadlines and making a living that we forget to relax, that our bodies and minds need relaxation to perform better! There is nothing more freeing than escaping from the hustle and bustle for a while even if it only is for 24 hours!

So we decided to head to a little spot in the middle of the Magalies Mountains to wind down and relax – just for the night. The Cradle Health Spa – in other words RELAXATION IN HEAVEN in other words!

“Nestled in the foothills of the Majestic Magalies Mountains, in the picturesque village of Hartbeespoort Dam, CRADLE HEALTH SPA – CONFERENCE AND WELLNESS CENTRE is the ideal oasis for a holistic healing experience. Only 45 min from Sandton and Pretoria, we combine the natural tranquility of nature with the comfort of luxury and bring you a facility that caters to your every need and brings your body and spirit back into harmony.”

The Cradle Health Spa is the most beautiful destination and if you are a Joburger like myself its literally around the corner!

The Cradle Health Spa has the most amazing specials for such reasonable prices! We opted for the Romantic Overnight Package for 2. This was absolute heaven!

We left home after work a few Fridays ago and headed to this gorgeous destination! One thing I will add is do not use the directions and maps off their Facebook page because it does not take you to the correct destination! Haha, hence we got terribly lost! Rather type in the name to your Maps or whichever app you use.

Nevertheless, we headed off at around 3pm (the only time we could both get off work), the drive was beautiful down through the Hartebeespoort area. We jammed to some tunes and of course (in true fashion) ate lots of Padkos (snacks in the car) especially Biltong! 🙂

On arrival we were welcomed by a lovely therapist who showed us all the spa facilities as well as our rooms an the dining hall. We then headed to our rooms and unpacked and chilled a bit. Our room was beautiful and seemed like it had recently been built, and decorated. Everything was crisp clean and neat and seemed very new! It was gorgeous! On our little kitchenette we received a bottle of JC Le Roux Champagne – this was part of the package.

At around 6:30 pm we headed to the dining hall where we were greeted by the friendliest hostess and waitresses. We were seat at our table of choice and given a menu.

The menu consisted of Starters, Mains and Desserts as well as a range of drinks. In this package the food is all included (3 course) just drinks are on you. Their menu is filled of delicious meals such as Beef Fillet, Lamb Curry, Hake and Chicken Dishes. There are a range of delicious starters and desserts.

We opted for the Caprese Salad and Smoked Salmon Carpaccio for starters. The Beef Fillet and the Chicken Cordon Bleu for mains and ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert. The food was really delicious and the people at the restaurant were really welcoming and hospitable. We had such a lovely evening there, in this quiet tranquil setting, eating dinner and enoying one anothers company with no interuptions.

After dinner there are places you can relax in the garden, around the pool or by the boma with a big fire. This place is honestly so relaxing you forget you are only 45minutes away from home!

The next morning we woke up late, at our own leisure and headed to the restaurant for breakfast. The breakfast was a delicious buffet including everything from eggs to bacon to sausages etc. They also make lovely fruit infused waters which you can help yourself too! We watched the Springboks play New Zealand over breakfast.

We were then headed off to change into our robes and slippers and relaxed by the pool. You hear nothing but the birds chirping and the majestically sound of the water fearture in the garden!

We then were called by our therapists and headed to our treatement rooms. We had a Signature Full Body 60 miute massage. The ladies were lovely and explained the treatment to us prior beginning. Our massage was so relaxing and rejuvenating! The spa also catered for us as we were supposed to have the massage on the Friday night but could not make it in time due to work, so they kindly moved it to the next day! What a win!

We then packed up and got the car loaded and then headed to the restaurant for some lunch. This was not included but the prices are so reasonable and really are delicious!

After that we said our goodbyes and thank you’s and headed into Hartebeesport. The nice thing about this is that there is so much to do there and you can make a day or even another night of it! There are many reasonable accomodations around town if you feel like being spontanous and spending another night away from town.


  • Three Course Dinner with Bottle Sparkling wine,
  • Sharing Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Signature Full body Massage 60min (between 9h00 –17h00)

For Only R1450 per person.

If you are not keen on staying over and are just looking for an evening spa there is also a ROMANTIC NIGHT SPA PACKAGE which includes:

  • Welcome drinks and snacks
  • three course dinner
  • bottle of sparkling wine
  • Signature Full body Massage (60min)

For only R980 per person.

There are so many different packages avaliable, all avaliable here https://www.cradlehealthspa.co.za/spa/

Another package I would like to try out is the REVIVAL DAY PACKAGE which includes:

  • Welcome Snack
  • Signature Full body Massage 60min,
  • Express Manicure 30min(no varnish)
  • Pedicure 30min (no varnish)
  • Express Facial 30min
  • Indian Head 30min
  • Light Lunch

For only R999 in the week and R1199 in the week per person.

We really had a great time at the spa and will really recommend it!

Its time to get your relaxation on at the Cradle Health Spa!