The idea of a Balinese spa in the middle of Johannesburg sounds like it could be tacky, but in a city of faux Tuscan houses and zealously overlit shopping centres it turns out to be a welcome relief. The Fairlawns Spa in Morningside has been expanded and revamped. The options once you’re inside feel boundless. The spa embraces Balinese and other Asian spa features, so it’s lush and you hear birds and running water. The place is spotless. It’s no island, but in the contained space you easily forget there’s a hotel and the buzz of conference facilities just beyond the walls.

If spas are your thing (and how can they not be?), this is a candy store. There’s an outside covered heated pool, and more loungers than you’ll know what to do with. There are relaxation rooms, outside showers and a steam room. There are resting rooms, rinse-off shower rooms, and a couples treatment suite, with a double spa bath. There’s a traditional Japanese sento bath and private Thai sala (open pavilions...

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