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The Hydro at Stellenbosch
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Have been visiting the Hydro since 2002 and am sad to say that the experience is not as good as it used to be. It now feels soulless, particularly since the recent refurbishments in reception and the waiting areas, which has a cold feeling. Once a health retreat the Hydro seems to be having difficulties rebranding itself as a spa. It now has competition from many good spas in the Winelands and Western Cape, that are more welcoming and with a better ambiance. Treatments and the hydrotherapy section are however excellent and make a visit worthwhile. The predominantly raw food offering is much more limited than previously but fresh juice is now available for breakfast. Set in the beautiful Ida Valley at high altitude the scenery is spectacular and a great location for hiking and meditation. The rooms are comfortable and clean, although a little basic. Since the refurbishment the waiting room chairs have been relocated to the auditorium, improving what was once a drab space.

Room Tip: Look out for special package deals and ask to view room before signing in as some rooms are accessed by lots of stairs and may be very basic.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Jenny B
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

They have stairs everywhere, two flights to gym and pool and the health section is far away from the rooms. The staff are help but management doesn't seem to care much. Food was good bt do not go there if you need therapeutic help or are ailing.

Room Tip: There are no ground floor rooms and even if you request something particular you probably will not get it!
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank jo j
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

This iconic health resort has been in existence for decades.
Sadly recent owners have refurbished and have scrapped all references to the wonderful men who initiated this Health Spa, Boris Chaitow, and Cleto Saporetti. The painting of Cleto Saporetti has been removed from the dining room! and there is no Hydro Recipe book which was previously available. The tv screens in the so-called Superior rooms are small and the channels are lacking. Sad, when your evening ends circa 7.30pm and you may want to watch some decent tv.
It is a far cry from the "old" days when one used to have fun and fellowship with other "inmates", discussing steaks and wine whilst on a regime of 3 fruits a day. Then you would "graduate" to the dining room to eat wonderful salads and feel amazingly thin and wholistic.
Nevertheless this Spa is worth a visit. The salad buffets are wonderful, and varied with added baked potatoes at lunch and soup mid afternoon, ginger tea, and soup and wholewheat nutty bread with butter at your 6pm supper.
It is expensive but the health benefits are huge. There are many free activities like the Aqua excercises twice a day, morning walks, the gym. The warm indoor pool is magnificent with its amazing views through gigantic glass windows, the outdoor pool too where you can relax on a chaise lounge in peacefull surroundings listening to the Blue Crane, Fish Eagle and many other birds .. It is in a perfect setting in Idas Valley, sheltered with amazing views, the hydro therapy and massage treatments are excellent, and there are many add-ons such as reflexology, wraps, and beauty treatments.
My 3 days were well spent, the staff courteous, but it does lack an overall , visible,"hands-on" manager.

Room Tip: You need an Orientation map (maybe they will send it to you) to decide which room to choose. Its important, as the Orchard rooms upstairs have an amazing view, but lots of stairs perhaps choose the ground floor. The Vineyard rooms are apparently Superior overlooking the gardens which are lovely and shady, but the Vineyard Studio rooms also have a wonderful view looking over towards Table Mnt and the lights, and are very private. They are all peaceful. But if you are challenged with stairs choose the H 1-3 pool side rooms which are Budget (single) or 1 x Studio double. Vineyard corner suite is the ultimate I should imagine. Premier & Executive rooms are not familiar with me but views would be good.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank SueAfrica
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I recently spent 3 days at the Hydro in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa with my daughter.

I recommend it for a very relaxing, peaceful, away from it all experience. It is set in the spectacular Ida Valley. It is really a hotel with a leaning towards a healthy way of life. I spent the day in my dressing gown and slippers (provided) by tghe hotel and was pampered with massages, cocoon wraps, back scrubs, facials - you name it they got it. The staff very friendly and helpful. The food vegetarian but plentiful and varied. In between treatments we sat by the fire reading and drinking herbal teas or healthy smoothies. Real bliss!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Lina K
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

Ideal place you can go and relax, great service and very relaxing , the staff was excellant and we enjoyed our break

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank James T
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