What’s a vacation that doesn’t have you coming back home feeling relaxed and refreshed? Tanzania is home to a wealth of extravagant resorts and hotels that are ready to pamper you with spa treatments, wellness sessions and a gorgeous atmosphere to unwind in. While you can’t go wrong with staying at a luxury spa resort in Zanzibar or Stone Town, this guide will have you venture out to the deep of the wilderness or more secluded areas, away from the busier tourist hubs. And it doesn’t hurt that the nature is gorgeous and the food is rich in nutrients plucked from local soil or reeled in from the sea. From getting a facial with the view of the Indian Ocean to receiving special spa treatments after hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, here are the spa resorts in Tanzania you must check out.
Karama Lodge & Spa
Kick back and enjoy an incredible view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and more at Karama Lodge & Spa in Arusha. The lodge consists of 22 log cabins on stilts and is set on a hillside in a secluded location so guests can get their nature escape and sleep in peace. The lodge is eco-conscious and promotes a healthy wellbeing by offering various spa sessions including aromatherapy, deep tissue, and reflexology. In addition to the spa treatments, a luxury pool sits beside the lodge where guests can go for a refreshing dip in the midst of the rugged wilderness. If you plan to hike some mountains during your stay, opt for the Mountain Climber’s special treatment that’s offered at the spa, where you’ll get a deep leg massage, foot bath and more.
Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam
Be in a major city while reaping the benefits of a relaxing stay at Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam. This resort boasts 182 rooms, so there’s no stress of being fully booked when you make plans to travel. Once you step inside, you’ll see this Hyatt is different than the other locations as it has Tanzanian touches using solid gold and royal red colors throughout the facility. The spa specializes in oil treatments and elixirs as well as luxuriating baths with rose petals. The hotel’s infinity pool overlooks the city and the Indian Ocean, perfect for unwinding after exploring. Make plans to eat in at The Palm Brasserie in the hotel that has heart-healthy items on its menu such as sushi and freshly-caught seafood.
Wag hill Lodge & Spa
Combine your love of camping and spa in the wilderness of Mwanza in western Tanzania. Wag Hill Lodge has luxury tents and lodges on stilts by the water to give guests a true meaning of “glamping.” Guests can also drop a line in the river and reel in their dinner or take a dip in the pool surrounded by lush palm trees and rich vegetation. The spa at Waghill is known for its Cinnamon Spa that provides holistic therapies that are authentically Tanzanian. Stick around for dinner, you’ll want to dine at its restaurant with a spacious deck over the river where barbecue is on the menu mixed in with Indian and Swahilian cuisine. While dining on your barbecued prawns, keep your eyes peeled for visitors lurking in the water from below, giving you a true African experience of waterfront dining.
Privately owned island south of Zanzibar is Thanda Island that is its own hotel. No other hotels or resorts are shared on this island, so guests will feel as if they have the entire place to themselves (and they do). Guests will have a choice of staying in a luxury villa or Tanzanian bandas, hut-like chalets fit for kings that are full of beautiful hand-carved furniture and fabrics from nearby Mafia Island. The island is only eight hectares wide, but the spa will use up portions of its island do to their treatments. Guests will be taken to the beach and massage therapists are brought in from the mainland to pamper you using non-allergic products. All products are African-made by Healing Earth. In addition to the spa, there’s wellness activities such as yoga, meditation and reiki sessions to connect with mother nature and yourself.
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