Wellness is a subject that pervades every aspect of life, because it is essential to our being. It’s no surprise that there are places wholly dedicated to our wellbeing, and we can literally carve out holidays where the sole focus is to recharge, reconnect, and relax.

Africa, because of its beautiful weather and scenery is the perfect place for wellness travel destinations. One is both able to be close to the splendour of nature and the humility of our not as developed countries, which is perfect because there are less distractions, and it is easier to connect to the peacefulness of nature and to ourselves.

So if you are looking for somewhere to unwind completely, you don’t have to look much further than your own continent.

Here are some great travel destinations in Africa.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort, Western Cape, South Africa

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort is the luxury of all wellness spas and resorts in Africa. It has won 8 awards, including the best wellness luxury spa in South Africa in 2016. It’s a 5 star wellness and wilderness retreat nestled between the 500 million year old Cederberg Mountains and the plains of the Great Karoo in the Western Cape of South Africa. This magical place, set against a backdrop of mountains, contains rare animals and plants, bush art paintings at their original sites, some as old as 10,000 years, luxury villas , award winning luxury dining, and a spectacular spa with treatments from Elemis, Dermalogica and B|Africa. With a spa, that focuses solely on ‘abundant natural healing’ and the ‘restoration of beauty and balance’, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort is a fantastic place to get away to reconnect with nature and with one’s self.

Peacock Pavilions, Marrakech, Morocco

Peacock Pavilions, designed by an American author and designer, Maryam Montague and her husband Chris Redecke, is a boutique hotel situated in a peaceful olive grove just outside of Marrakech. The hotel was designed specifically to promote wellness. This artisan hotel features  a pool, outdoor cinema, an open air tent. It’s the perfect place for a yoga, meditation or pilates retreat.

Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco

Amanjena is another wellness retreat located on the outskirts of Marrakech, surrounded by olive trees and date palms. Built in an oasis, the scenery alone is therapeutic. Amanjena offers a privatised wellness programme, which places an emphasis on the relaxation and rejuvenation of the body and mind, both for individuals and for groups. Also available at the hotel are spa services such as traditional Moroccan therapies like the Hamman and an array of mind–body exercises such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyenga and Sinvananda Yoga.

Lion in the Sun, Malindi, Kenya 

Lion in the Sun is a luxury hotel and spa, situated in a small town called Malindi on the Northern coast of Kenya. Surrounded by a private beach on the Indian Ocean, Lion in the Sun must be the perfect place to relax. The spa at this hotel, offers treatments that balance the body and mind and also offers a nutrition programme, which teaches one how to eat healthily. So not only does one get to relax and unwind, one can also come away with the added bonus of healthier eating habits.