Winter News
* Please note: from 28 May - 10 July, The Hydro is closed to the public while we upgrade our existing facilities.

* Take advantage of our 40% winter discount on accommodation prices for packages of 4 nights and more during May, July and August.

Testimonials

“I had not had the pleasure of staying at the Hydro before. It is an experience I will most definitely repeat. Hotel services were impeccable. Even more important were all the people who work there. Without exception everyone was kind, helpful and hospitable. I feel so much better in mind, body and spirit as a result. The services provided and treatments were all of the highest quality, and I really felt that people cared. I really needed to be looked after myself  –  which the Hydro did with much grace, kindness and compassion. I cannot fault the most wonderful 12 days I had with you”. (Virginia, London).

 

“This was my second trip to the Hydro. I enjoyed it as much as last time. It’s a lovely place to get away and relax, because that’s what it’s all about: relaxation. You can do as much or as little as you want. The food is good. And you leave weighing a little less, though it doesn’t feel like you tried to lose that kilo or 2 at all. Highly recommended if you want serious relaxation and not to lift a finger. Stayed April 2016, travelled solo.”  (Champagnia – on TripAdvisor)

 

“Hiermee wil ek graag my waardering uitspreek vir die hartlike, vriendelike en professionele diens wat ek ontvang het tydens die 4 dae van my verblyf by die Hydro. Ek was sedert my aankoms aangenaam verras deur die vriendelike en professionele ontvangs, die portier wat my gehelp het met my tasse en oriëntering. Sy vriendelike glimlag het ek daarna gereeld in die voorportaal of gang opgemerk. Die dames wat in die klein kombuise reggestaan het met tee, sap en ontbyt. Hulle was deurlopend besorg oor ons en ons behoeftes. Alles was so netjies, binne en buite en stil, stil-stil het elkeen sy werk gedoen. Die deernis van die terapeute het ook uitgestaan, hulle het my tuis laat voel. Die eetsaal personeel, wat vining op ons behoeftes gereageer het en natuurlik gesorg het dat ons heerlik geeet het, was drie maal per dag die hoogtepunt. Daar was nie sprake van honger ly, soos 30 jaar gelede nie!! Aan al die personeel: Dankie julle is ‘n voorbeeld vir enige dienslewering organisasie. Julle lewer puik diens! ” (Hester, Cape Town)

 

“AMAZING! I arrived at the Hydro on a Friday afternoon as a typical overworked and stressed member of the general public. On my way to the Hydro I was struck by the beautiful mountains and tree-lined roads. The vineyards were in the process of turning auburn and yellow (a gentle reminder that we were approaching autumn). The check-in was efficient and the staff made me feel like a long lost family member that had checked in for some pampering. My room had a patio where I spent a lot of time on a lounger looking at the beautiful panorama in front of me. I had everything I needed right there (nature, a good place to sleep and healthy food). If I could, I would have stayed there forever! The next day started with a healthy breakfast and a walk among the vineyards. Thereafter I had quality treatments throughout the day. You can lounge around the swimming pools (indoors or outdoors), go for a walk, sit next to the fireplace, etc.. Basically do just what you want to relax and unwind. The food is world-class and healthy. I had energy by the third day and vowed to return often. Awesome place to find yourself again! (Manna,  Johannesburg)

 

“The Hydro at Stellenbosch is pure magic. This is the perfect place to get well, fit, slim and healthy. Where most European spas have become more lax and beauty-orientated, this place concentrates on health and well-being…big time! It is strict in an old- fashioned, yet charming, sort of way. The food is high-quality vegetarian and they serve wonderful detox juices three times a day. There is an exercise programme starting each day with a fast walk in the forest and includes aqua aerobics, t’ai chi, yoga and relaxation. In the Hydrotherapy area, you can recline in your own personal jacuzzi before stimulating the body in the Kniepp hot- and-cold baths followed by the steam room or sauna. The emphasis throughout one’s stay is peace, quiet and serenity. The staff are quite outstanding in their welcome and efficiency. I am staying here for a month and after 2 weeks I have lost weight, gained a perfect night’s sleep and given up smoking for good. I cannot recommend this place more highly. “(CJ, London – on TripAdvisor)

 

” For the last 30 years I’ve been a regular and devoted visitor to the Hydro at Stellenbosch. Over the years it has become my home-from-home with friendly staff and lively treatments in such a picturesque setting. This is the only place in the world you can walk around in a gown with slippers and look your worst…and nobody cares. You rest, away from all the worries of the world, and you can choose from amongst lovely water treatments, such as Hydrotherapy, sitz baths, sauna and steam as well as relaxing massages and many other treatments.  Skincare and gym, walks and a heated swimming pool keep you busy and you invest all that in yourself and your health and mental outlook. The delicious juices, salads and fruit keep you going while the friendly staff cares and pampers you. At the end of your stay…it is a rejuvenated you walking out the door…taking life on again. The Hydro is a haven in this modern world and has been mine for many years.” (Petrusia – on TripAdvisor)

 

“This was our second visit to the Hydro after a gap of three years. We found many facilities improved and our room entirely satisfactory. Guests came from Belgium, Britain and Denmark as well as from the local area to de-stress, de-tox and lose weight in a controlled manner with moderate exercise. Our stay wasn’t trouble-free — we were critical of some of the scheduling of treatments — but in general we found the staff professional and helpful. The atmosphere is of total relaxation between sessions of walking — the forest is growing back — hydrotherapy, massages and other treatments. Punctuality is first-class. The setting is gorgeous, amidst the vinelands of the area, and climate perfect in the mid-20s. We know of no better health spa for a major tune-up that leaves you totally refreshed.” (Karl, England)

 

“The Hydro is not a spa. It is not a hotel. It is a place of beauty where one can reconnect with oneself. The external facilities are being upgraded, to fit with the recently refurbished interior. The rooms are simple, yet functional. The treatment facilities are excellent and the staff are professional and attentive. The food is strictly vegetarian and surprisingly good even from a carnivore’s perspective. This is a place to relax and recharge your batteries. The best way to describe The Hydro would be : Retreat, a place where you can really get away. Stayed October 2015, travelled solo.” (Sandra, Wellington – on TripAdvisor)

 

“If health, wellness, stress release, slimming or cleansing your body in a beautiful setting is important to you, this is a wonderful place to help achieve your goal. It is well managed with friendly, efficient and helpful staff all specifically trained for calm stress free hospitality. This is my third time here and I brought my husband along with me to enjoy the experience and reap the benefits. We opted for the 7 day juicing/slimming which includes a wonderful assortment of treatments, talks, food demos, yoga and aqua aerobics to name just a few. The morning walks with Kevin were just one of our favorite things. We left in a better place both mentally and physically. It is an invigorating experience! We plan to return again and again. Thank you to the wonderful and caring staff for taking such good care of us. Stayed October 2015, travelled as a couple.” (WizzyRobinson – on TripAdvisor)