Steve Newman Concerts & Yoga

A week of exclusive evening soireés with one of SA’s music legends as well as the opportunity to share in his daily curative yoga sessions. 12-15th November. Read More

Our New Eco Pool

Our brand new, freshwater eco pool is now complete!   Read more 


‘This was our first visit since the recent upgrades of The Hydro and we were most suitably impressed.  It was a euphoric experience from beginning to end was so tranquil and beautiful not to mention incredibly relaxing.  We were once again in the suite & enjoyed a great sense of privacy & natural green nature the room looked onto. The staff were all amazing not to mention the treatments.  It would be unfair to rate one over the other but we feel it necessary to mention Mario & Ruth as being OUTSTANDING massage therapists.  The health advisor/assessment was done by Megan who has a wealth of knowledge and was very mindful of my recent operation and alerted all involved to take extra caution with me.  Very much appreciated.  Food/skin  allergies were also noted with care and respect.  Walks, hydrotherapy, aqua, facials (personal favourite), incredible massages & very enlightening mindfulness techniques were much enjoyed.  I was personally very drawn to Wendy who has a wealth of knowledge on the Alexander Techniques / Mindfulness was so forthcoming & has the most endearing nature. Wendy left me with a ‘thirst’ to explore meditation and read more on the work she teaches & went so far as to leave me a beautiful card at reception with the name of a recommended guided meditation that has inspired her tremendously. Thank you Wendy. The updated look with fireplaces in every corner overlooking the eco pool was just breathtaking and very welcoming.  A great escape for the mind and soul & my husband and I arrived home fresh faced and rejuvenated.  There were talks in the evenings & we were in awe of the presence of the Guest Guitarist Mr Steve Newman (Musician & Yogi) whose acoustic arrangements blew us away.  We were truly grateful & specifically booked our visit to enjoy his natural talent & it was every bit worthwhile. Thank you to all at The Hydro that made this possible & may we add that one cannot visit the Hydro without crossing paths with the spa booking administrator, Leroy – a true gentleman & brilliant spa advisor.  (Di Featherby, May 2018)

‘2 wonderful nights at The Hydro was simply the best treat ever. The food is out of this world. I have coeliacs disease so to have someone cooking food that I knew was safe was the best gift ever. When you arrive you sit down with the Nutritionist and let her know everything they need to know. When I went through to the dining room that evening I knew that the staff had been well briefed as they had a separate meal for me and told me what was safe for me from the buffet. The staff are just incredible. They are friendly, helpful and just a pleasure to be present with. I can’t rate this place highly enough and have decided that each year when my son goes on camp, I am going straight back here to have 2 days of pampering. Oh and the pampering is to die for!!!! 10 out of 10 all round and thank you for a wonderful stay!!!’ (Mark, April 2018 – on Trip Advisor)

‘I went to the Hydro in February, suffering from a hideous chest cold. It was the best place to be: pampering, excellent food, smoothies, sunshine! My favorite treatment was the African rain massage (or whatever it was called) but I also loved everything else. The staff was friendly, the therapists were spot-on excellent, and the medical help was exactly what I needed. Thanks for the healing, Hydro!’ (Deborah, April 2018 – on Trip Advisor)

‘My partner had just returned from a contract in a conflict zone and was physically and emotionally exhausted. I started googling for spa treatments in the Cape Town area, and when I landed on The Hydro I thought it would be ideal. We hadn’t researched in advance. The staff member who took our call was extremely helpful in explaining what all our options were. We booked early that morning and drove out immediately – we arrived 2 hours after making the reservation for an overnight booking with treatments both on the day of arrival and the morning of departure. All of the staff members with whom we dealt were excellent, attentive, consummately professional and personable, and even though our needs were not ‘standard’ – we both had to get back to work so couldn’t take advantage of a four-day or week-long package – and we had booked at the very last minute, they accommodated each of our requests promptly and efficiently and to the highest possible standard of care. The hydrotherapy treatment was exceptional, and quite different from other hydrotherapy treatments I’ve had in the past. The food was also remarkable – fresh and flavourful, with distinctive combinations of tastes, and magnificently presented, and either grown on-site or locally sourced. Again, we hadn’t read up in advance so were not aware of the philosophy and care that goes into meal planning, but we both felt the detoxifying effects immediately and enjoyed every bite. The juices were also notably good. Most of the guests we met are regulars who return every year and couldn’t say enough about the facility. They were all impressed with the recent renovations. The eco pool was a joy–and sets a fine example of stewardship of water in a time of drought. I spent almost every moment I wasn’t in treatments or at meals in the pool or taking in the spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the poolside lounge chairs. We will definitely make this a regular getaway, and I’m sure we will get even more out of visits in future, knowing in advance what to expect and how to plan so as to meet our respective needs most effectively. But for an impromptu and rather urgent getaway on this occasion, it met – or exceeded – all of our expectations. We had the deepest and longest sleep either of us had had in months. After a stay of just over 24 hours, we both felt renewed and revitalized. I would recommend The Hydro highly to anyone – but would suggest more advance preparation than we were able to do on this occasion so as to tailor the visit optimally to your needs. There are so many therapies, activities and food options available that there should be something for everyone. A truly special and memorable experience.’ (Susan, Feb 2018 – Trip Advisor)

‘I returned for a glorious month at the Hydro, joining the spectacular power walks every morning at 7.30, swimming and getting fitter every day in the clean warm air and long sunny days. The array of vegetarian salads was excellent and the massages with Mario could not have been better. All the staff are considerate, gentle and warm. By the time I returned to the UK I felt more full of energy than I had for years and my skin was amazing though I didn’t even do the hydrotherapy. All kinds of interesting people from all over Africa and the world come and go at the Hydro and on the walks it is good to get to know them. You can have solitude for reading or working but companionship when you want it. There’s no coffee or alcohol served but there are fridges in the rooms, and everything is very relaxed. Don’t come here if you want a party – though you might get it, depending who is there at the time – but come here to recharged. The juice drinks are good too. It’s near Stellenbosch which has plenty of good restaurants and shops, and near some of the finest wineries where you can judiciously eat beautiful food in astonishingly lovely surroundings. But most people stay put in the newly-renovated lounges, enjoy the lavish sunsets and the sound of the frogs in the new eco pool (there was no water problem here) as well as the many comfortable corners perfect for reading  and with views over the valley.’ (Sally, Feb 2018 – Trip Advisor)

‘I had a very relaxing and overall beneficial 4 day stay at The Hydro: the Best in the Country by far! I opted for the Budget room to be able to enjoy extra treatments. My room was super comfortable, spacious, with a patio opening onto the garden with expansive views over Stellenbosch and twinkling night lights of Cape Town. (It didn’t feel Budget at all) The staff are all knowledgeable, compassionate, friendly and excellent in their fields. I did book extra treatments, however the package includes substantial treatments and physical activities to make your stay beneficial and fun. The Food: What an amazing array of delicious, freshly prepared vegetarian dishes and fresh fruit on offer 3 times a day. I lost 2,5kg during my stay. I can’t give it all away, book your stay right away.’ (Maria, Feb 2018 – on TripAdvisor)

‘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 – April 2016 Trip Advisor)

‘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)