As the elevator door opens on the first floor of The Maslow, one of Sandton’s most upmarket hotels, you only have to follow your nose to find the Africology Spa. The heady scents of essential oils drift into the corridor as the frosted glass door to the spa slides open with a gentle swoosh to welcome you.

From the moment you wander in, everything about Africology’s newest establishment whispers luxury. Launched in May, no detail has gone un-noticed in creating the perfect experience for spa-goers. Expect chic black and mirrored finishes, fresh-cut roses and beautiful displays of the Africology range in its striking packing.

The Africology treatment menu at The Maslow includes facials, therapeutic massages, body wraps, hydrotherapy, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tinting and day packages. With tempting names like the African Goddess Facial, the Coffee and Mint Body Wrap, and the Copy and Hot Stone Treatment, you get the feeling that you’re in for something special.

The new Africology Spa at The Maslow brings together one of South Africa’s most luxurious beauty brands with sumptuous Sandton chic.

My visit begins with me filling in a client card where I list any health conditions I might have, as well as what I feel my problem areas are. Then I’m ushered into the changing rooms by my therapist, where I received my own locker to store my handbag and garments while being pampered. I changed into the softest white robe I have ever felt against my skin, and slipped my feet into the black Havaianas provided. That’s right – Havaianas. 


At the suggestion of the salon, I’m booked in for the Maslow Journey, a 90-minute stress-relieving bespoke treatment that is designed just for you. My therapist introduced herself, and sweetly asked me to disrobe before the treatment started.

The iPod in its docking station in the corner of the treatment room softly plays uplifting African-inspired beats – no panpipes or whale songs for the Africology Spa, thank goodness. It turns out that my specially designed treatment is an hour-and-a-half in heaven, being gently massaged with detoxifying and relaxing blends of essential oils.

After the treatment, which began and ended with the soft chime of a gong to centre my spirit, I checked out which of the divine-smelling Africology products had been used on me. They were the Cellulite & Detox Oil (Available for R238 for 100ml on the online shop, and inside the salons) which prevents the build-up of fatty deposits, and the Muscle Relaxant (R238 for 100ml).

But the product that had been tickling my senses for the entire treatment was the Relaxing Massage Oil (also R238 for 100ml) which is used in times of stress and anxiety. You can apparently also add a capful of this to a hot bath after a long day. Notes of lavender, chamomile, geranium and lemon clung to my skin for the rest of the day after I left The Maslow.

Having experienced a number of spa packages and the like in Johannesburg and the surrounding areas, I can confidently say that the Africology Spa at The Maslow tops the list as an inner city jewel. The professionalism of the staff, the atmosphere, the treatments and the products come together in the ultimate body worship experience for those seeking relief from the stresses of urban living.

To book a treatment, call 010 226 4688 or email themaslow@africology-sa.com. You can also find out more and shop online for Africology products at www.africology-sa.com.