Arabella starts phase two of spa upgrade


The Arabella Hotel and Spa, located alongside the Bot River lagoon near Kleinmond in South Africa’s Western Cape, is starting the second phase of its multi-million rand spa upgrade and expansion.

The Arabella Spa upgrade will be completed in mid-September and include work on the gym, treatment rooms, the African Rain Forest Room, hydro pool and steam room.

Earlier this year the hotel completed a R10m upgrade to its 18-hole Peter Matkovitch-designed golf course. 

The work in the gym will be small in nature and will not affect guest use, but the work inside the spa itself will be more extensive.

Eight treatment rooms will be renovated from 25-31 August and will include new wall and floor treatments, while the remaining eight rooms will be tackled the following week.

One of the main areas affected during the renovation period is the African Rain Forest Room, which will be closed from 1-14 September, as workers retile the Rasul and steam areas, resurface the Quartz carpets and replace the ceilings above the rain beds.

The Hydro Pool area will also be closed for refurbishment from 1-3 September, and the pool steam room will be closed from 1-14 September.

Phase one of the upgrade included the spa reception area, cloakrooms and gym. The size of the gym was increased, new floors were installed, new gym equipment was purchased and the cloakrooms were upgraded.