The South African Spa Association, established in 2007

The South African Spa Association is the ambassador for the Spa Industry, with representation in all aspects related to spas, such as health and wellness, tourism and hospitality, education and training.

2020 was a challenging year, to say the least! It is in times like these we are reminded of the importance of support: such as the South African Spa Association, working closely with International Spa Associations, Intelligent Spas, The Global Wellness Institute and Spa Business, together with vital global initiatives, such as The Wellness Moonshot or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, that prioritize wellbeing for all. The worldwide pandemic, civil unrest, loss of income, and job security have caused many changes and loss in our lives and businesses. Yet, in loss, we discover there is much to learn and be improved.

The South Africa’s Spa Industry is relatively young by global standards. Established and emerging spa businesses need to constantly improve their business and management skills, keep up with new changing trends within the industry, and develop good business practices and partnerships. Access to resources are needed that can assist in market research and improving industry standards, professional training and education.

The association members are professionals that work in partnership to develop and implement approaches that will help shape the future of the South African Spa Industry.

Additionally, the South African Spa Association provides consumers with quality assurance and added protection, through assessing and the certification of each member’s spa facility according to recognized international criteria, so allowing spa visitors to have peace of mind when visiting a spa that bears the South African Spa Association logo.

The Association therefore has an important role to:

  • grow a trustworthy industry

  • educate the spa visitor about the benefits of spa experiences

  • build confidence in spa therapies

  • quality control the spa establishments

  • assure the Certification of Membership

Create partnerships within allied associations and provide networking opportunities for member

  • Liase with international spa association and respective authorities

  • Liase with media, creating a public awareness for the South African Spas

  • Collaboration opportunities at exhibitions, conferences and business opportunities

Who are members of the South African Spa Association:

The association is dedicated to be an accessible and inclusive organization. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Spa Industry, but will be of particular benefit to:

  • Spa businesses

  • Spa consultants, Architects and Designers

  • Spa Product, Equipment and Service Suppliers

  • Spa Training Providers

  • Hospitality Industry

  • Spa Travel agents, Tour operators and others in the Travel and Tourism industry