Hg2 : The Hedonist


As spas in Cape Town go, this doesn’t resemble one at all, really; Murray von Hirshberg’s cutting edge concept is a solution to that ever-vexing conundrum: Where to get a top-quality massage treatment at short notice, any day of the week, bang in the centre of Cape Town? No tedious pre-booking. No long-winded build-up of getting naked, waiting for a private room, and then being slavered with oil that requires time and energy to slough off after you’ve reached relaxation tipping point. What if massage could genuinely become a way of life, rather than a luxury requiring you to book a place weeks in advance? Offering only Thai massage, shiatsu and reflexology, Enmasse isn’t about a long, unfathomable “menu” of clever-sounding wraps and oils and dripping candles. Nor is it about over-the-top individual therapy rooms that often look a whole lot sexier than the reality of the physical attention you end up receiving. The space, comprising a large, cleverly-designed semi-private massage room divvied up using a clever system of screens, is masculine and sensual – it’s been planned to a refreshingly functional aesthetic with a contemporary Eastern influence; lots of bold, straight lines and handsome, subdued lighting that hints at the future of soothing design. There’s no oil or nudity (white cotton Thai pyjamas are supplied, as are Havaianas); nor is there the endless repetition of whale-calls or pan pipes for a mind-numbing soundtrack. Post-treatment, you can lie, sleep, relax as long you like, with nearly 50 artisanal teas waiting for you downstairs. The state of bliss just became addictive.

Avalon 3, 123 Hope Street (parking: Gate 2, Schoonder Rd.), Gardens,
City Bowl
+27 21 461 5650
Opening Times
daily, 8am-10pm
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