Spa Review: Sothys Facial at Librisa Spa, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

One of my favourite indulgences is a visit to a day spa and one of the very best day spas in Cape Town is the Librisa Spa located at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. I was recently invited to enjoy a luxurious Sothys facial – a new French skincare brands stocked in the Librisa Spa.

The management at Librisa Spa has done a lot of research into the products and spa techniques they offer and Sothys is one of their most highly regarded skincare ranges.  The French beauty brand has been around for over 70 years and offers affordable, luxurious and effective skincare for all skin types.

Sothys, a world of extremely refined emotions and sensuality, a legendary name that represents excellence and prestige in beauty.

A highly specialised brand, Sothys has an extraordinary commitment to research and innovation. The brand is also the creator of Digi-Esthétique ®, an exclusive modelling method that helps transform the institute treatment into an unforgettable sensorial experience. This was indeed my own experience of Sothys at Librisa Spa.

From the moment I arrived my senses were awakened and relaxed in equal measure. From the plush carpet leading in to the spa, to the aromas of the herbal tea and the quiet waterfall soothing my soul in the waiting area, I knew I was in for a treat!

I adore facials and, even more so, when they are indulgent and pampering. Yes, beautifully clean skin is the goal, but being able to drift off in slumber while cocooned in a gorgeous soft towel elevates the experience to another level.

Sothys offers six different facials, concentrating on energising, hydrating, brightening, peeling and re-surfacing. Each intensive treatment utilises cosmeceutical-grade solutions for specific skin requirements. Erase skin imperfections, correct the signs of ageing and intensively hydrate with these cutting-edge formulations and customised protocols.

As I’m rapidly heading towards a big birthday, my skin is needing as much anti-aging intervention as it can get… and it is always rather dry and dehydrated so I opted for the Sothy’s Hydration Facial.

Immerse in an intense hydration experience powered with triple hyaluronic acid. It restores, reactivates and regenerates your skin for an immediate long-lasting effect. Enjoy double serum and triple mask in a SINGLE treatment. Results are instant and lasting at any age.
3-Dimensional hydrating innovation.

In the perfect alliance of technical advancement and sensory pleasure, this treatment combines ultra-comfortable textures with high-performance active ingredients to promote water flows within the skin and provide it with absolute hydration.

The treatment started with a gorgeous foot soak that really set the tone of relaxation I was to enjoy at the hands of my lovely therapist – gentle and softly spoken she made the whole experience even better!

The products themselves are super luxurious on the skin and feel incredible. I particularly loved the mask that was cool, heavy and ultra-calming for my skin. The products have a mild musky aquatic scent which I loved.

Another MASSIVE highlight for me was the duration of this facial. This isn’t a rushed experience – there’s even time for an amazing massage of your choice – I always opt for a head massage if it’s on offer! I loved that the facial felt long (1 hour and 15 mins!) and each aspect of the treatment felt considered and careful.

The treatment I received promised plumper, visibly younger skin with up to 71% improvement in hydration levels after just one treatment… and I can honestly say my skin felt AMAZING after this facial. If I was to book another facial in the near future it would be this one. My skin LOVED this facial and glowed for days afterwards.

My post Sothys facial glow…

Librisa’s spa menu focuses on de-stressing, anti-ageing and cell renewal, with facials, massages, body wraps, and customised treatments for men, pregnant women and teens, as well as all-day packages for all-out pampering. There are eight spacious treatment rooms including two couple’s rooms, a steam bath, a Finnish sauna and a plunge pool as well as a relaxing conservatory area with selection of bite-sized snacks, herbal teas and glossy magazines to aid further relaxation.


Enjoy the stunning Librisa Spa experience by booking their Summer Bliss special 




Contact Librisa Spa at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Tel: +27 (0) 21 483 1550



Open daily: 9am to 7pm. 1 December – 28 February: 9am – 8pm. Last treatments: 7pm

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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