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REVIEW: The Riverside Day Spa


With just a stone’s throw away from the Umgeni River, (depending on how strong your arm is) this hidden gem, with its unostentatious façade is called, The Riverside Day Spa.

Easy to miss, it absolutely shouldn’t be. As one steps through the entrance doors, one is immediately transported from the car park to a calming and ethereal space. With its tasteful Moorish design elements, light and textured walls. Spoiled for choice of teas and coffees, (as well as seating), or water if you simply wanted to hydrate, it’s no wonder that The Riverside Day Spa is simply in a class of its own.

Riverside Day Spa

Photo Credit: Jonathan Brauteseth

With 6 double rooms, Riverside Day Spa is perfect for a girlfriends’ getaway, special bonding with mum or some romantic pampering with your partner. Each room is beautifully decorated providing a soothing haven for all senses, as tranquil music plays, lights dimmed, and the scent of oils enhance your relaxation.

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Louise Davies is the owner and manager of Riverside Day Spa. With a background in public relations, and experience in the retail industry, Louise is well-versed in client relations, and aims to leave every spa customer feeling revived and renewed.

She has spent the last 20 years building her own practice, while studying alternative therapy, including reflexology, swedish massage, indian massage, and reiki healing. Louise, along with her husband, Nic and children, Cameron and Grace, have a vision to see the spa grow continuously, through hard work, dedication and passion.

Riverside Day Spa

Upon entering Riverside Day Spa, we were escorted into a beautifully decorated waiting area where we were offered refreshments before our treatments. We took this opportunity to sit down and have a girl’s catch-up while sipping on our tea/coffee.

Once done, our therapists led us into the treatment rooms which immediately felt relaxing. We each had a 30 minute back and neck massage which was heavenly! We left the room feeling like a new person and stress-free.

Riverside Day Spa

Following our massages, we each had a choice between a mani and a pedi. As we walked into the next room, we were surprised but delighted to find that our mani and pedi’s were going to be done while lying down! This made the experience far more pleasant as we didn’t have to sit at a table like most salons.

The staff are welcoming and warm, ensuring that your experience is a one-of-a-kind. They certainly do take pride in offering you exceptional service and going out of their way to enhance your visit!

We would highly recommend The Riverside Day Spa for your next girl’s day out, or even with your loved one!

Check out their packages here:

They also offer vouchers – the perfect gift for a specific treatment or of a monetary value.
Vouchers can also be purchased online, too.

Address: 10 Kennith Kaunda Road, Durban North, Durban
 ​Call: +27 31 564 6006

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