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13 Intimate Weekend Getaways
A cabin in delightful isolation at R250
Our lovey-dovey locations are so sweet: There’s a luxurious accommodation in a restored manor house; a 100% solar powered farm with hammocks as far as the eye can see, and cute cottages and affordable cabins tucked away in the winelands and forest.
GLAMPING, VIEWS AND LAZY AFTERNOONS
For a sweet couples retreat, a glamping getaway is the way to go. You’ll get all the comforts of home at any of the 11 beautiful locations in South Africa. If you want romance, the camp at Pat Busch is especially charming. The views from the deck are achingly beautiful: the 10 private tents are surrounded by verdant mountain ranges and lush hiking trails criss-cross the 200-hectare property. Another romantic favourite is AfriCamps at Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington where wining, dining and beautiful views create the perfect romantic setting. Why not book a couples massage from the comfort of your tent? Romance will blossom on a boutique glamping trip with AfriCamps.
Rates: From R1190 a night
11 locations | +27 (0)21 300 5694 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CRASHING WAVES AND MOUNTAIN MAGIC
Romance surrounds you at this Bakoven boutique that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean while the Twelve Apostles stretches out behind it. Set in a luxurious 4 000㎡ garden, among giant milkwoods and koi ponds, this family-run guesthouse offers the best of both worlds – walking distance to the famous Camps Bay beach and restaurants, but far enough away to lap up the peace and tranquillity of the salty seaside. Plus, there’s an in-house spa, and luxury accommodation featuring works from local artists at Ocean View House.
Rates: From R1600
Travel time from CBD: 15 minutes
33 Victoria Road | Bakoven | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 1982 | email@example.com
PRETEND THIS ESTATE IS YOUR HOME FOR THE WEEKEND
You can do that if you book at Jordan’s luxury suites. Tucked away between shrubbery, vineyards and trees, they are spacious and modern and luxurious. Beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton and there's an enclosed fireplace that'll keep rooms cosy all night. Breakfast is served at The Bakery followed by a wine tasting, and end the evening with dinner at the restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate.
Rates: R2445 per suite per night (summer rates, valid from 1 October 2019 – 30 April 2020)
Travel time from CBD: 1 hour (50km)
Stellenbosch Kloof Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 881 3048 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE THE RUSTIC FARM LIFE FOR A WEEKEND
Experience the simple, peaceful life in the Overberg on this working wheat and sheep farm in Caledon. The Grootvlei Cottage is a luxurious renovated farm cottage with a cosy fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen for homemade dinners, and the farm has activities like bird watching, hiking, fishing. You may even spot some blesbok nearby. The cottage, which sleeps four is 3km from Caledon and a 30-minute drive from charming towns Hermanus, Botrivier and Greyton.
Rates: R1000 per night
Travel time from CBD: 1 hour, 24 minutes (112km)
Grootvlei Guest Farm, Caledon | +27 (0)82 290 4509, email@example.com
LUXURIOUS CAPE DUTCH MANOR
Escape to Grande Roche in Paarl for a lush five-star experience. This restored Cape Dutch manor on a working wine farm has a collection of suites scattered around the property. The original farm stable has become a romantic garden suite with a spa bath, double shower, private sun terrace and an enclosed patio. There are even private wine tastings at Grand Roche.
Rates: R3992–R7710 per night per room, includes breakfast, mineral water, wine and flowers on arrival. Rates vary according to the season.
Travel time from CBD: 1 hour 10 minutes (58km)
1 Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 5100, firstname.lastname@example.org
TAP INTO THEIR ADVENTUROUS SIDE
Because of this boutique hotel’s central location, you can have a late breakfast (served up to midday) and still head out on an adventure to explore Cape Town. A boat cruise. Maybe paragliding, or food tour tasting traditional Cape Malay cuisine. Return to this vibey part of town and share a plate of 2-in-1 burger sliders or deluxe European tapas with a bottle of wine and listen to live music performances. Stay out as late as you like, knowing that you’re going back to a romantic room with a big old four-post bed, plush sheets and every reason to sleep as late as you like tomorrow morning. This is The Grey Hotel.
Rates: Starting from R988 per room.
Travel time from the CBD: 7 minutes
49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 421 1106 | email@example.com | thegreyhotel.co.za
HIDEAWAY IN A LUXURY STUDIO FOR A FEW DAYS
Each of the 10 bespoke studios at this peaceful estate have the romantic getaway staples: They are large enough, have sizable beds and baths, lavish upholstery and bay windows from which to nap or soak up the sun or the exquisite views of the Winelands, plus fireplaces for the chilly months. And each studio is individually designed: Haven Studio, has a hanging pod and white cotton cloth draped sensually above the bed; Blush, in pretty pinks and flowers, is old-school romance – all at La Bella Vita Studios.
Rates: Starting at R2850 per studio per night, includes a welcome basket of local bread, cheese and wine. Rates vary according to season and upgrades.
Travel time from the CBD: 50 minutes
La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081, firstname.lastname@example.org
A CABIN FOR STARGAZERS
Fifteen kilometres from Robertson, at the end of Assegai Rest farm road, is Boskloof Forest Cabin. In delightful isolation in a forested area of trees, this secluded cabin has no cellphone reception. You’re close to wine routes, farm stalls and restaurants, and being such a secluded area, it’s the ideal spot for stargazing. You can also book a couples massage in your cabin.
Rates: From R250 per person per night according to the number of guests, rates are confirmed on enquiry. Note that children under 10 are not allowed.
Travel time from CBD: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Assegai Rest Farm, Robertson | email@example.com
JACUZZI IN THE MOUNTAINS
Nothing says romance like a jacuzzi in the middle of the mountains. As unrealistic as that might sound, you will find this intimate experience two hours away from Cape Town in Cederberg. The jacuzzi is on the deck of the Mount Ceder Self Catering Cottages tucked away in the Cederberg mountains. You can also enjoy a walk through the mountains, a swim in the perennial river or witness the delicate Bushman rock art in the area.
Rates: House and cottage rates range from R486–R1265 per person per night.
Travel time from CBD: 2 hours, 2 minutes (177km)
Grootrivier Farm, Breede River | +27 (0) 23 317 0848/113, firstname.lastname@example.org
COSY UP IN A CABIN IN THE MOUNTAINS
Tucked away in one of the most scenic parts of the Boland Winelands, the Log Cabin Lodge in Stellenbosch ticks all the boxes for a romantic getaway – wine, vineyards, dams, an extra length king-sized bed, an indoor fireplace and breathtaking mountain views. The cosy cabin lodge also has braai and swimming facilities for warmer weekends, as well as a restaurant on the premises for a night of dining out.
Rates: R880–R1680 per night per room according to cabin chosen
Travel time from CBD: 1 hour, 11 minutes (52km)
Louisvale Wine Estate, Stellenbosch | +27 (0)82 521 7035, email@example.com
SEXY IN THE CITY
This art deco-themed city centre hotel has a stylish rooftop bar and pool overlooking the city centre. The Stratus Room, the resident restaurant with an impressive food and wine menu to match. Suites feature Smart TVs for a cosy movie night in your hotel room, mini-bars, Wi-Fi and full kitchens, and finally, a luxury 166m² penthouse for those willing to pull out the stops for a modern inner-city getaway, and one of the most high-end romantic weekends away you’ll experience right at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence.
Rates: Prices range from R3812–R16 312, depending on the choice of room.
Travel time from CBD: The hotel is within the CBD
22 Riebeek Street | Cape Town City Centre | +27 (0)21 467 4000, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNWIND IN THE PEACE AND QUIET OF THE WEST COAST
Settled on a hilltop in St Helena, Lazy Daisies is the quintessential getaway when you’re looking for a bit of tranquillity. It’s got three units: The Lazy Daisy is a spacious luxury studio, the Lofty Daisy is a cosy loft upstairs and the Oopsy Daisy is a spacious loft upstairs. Each unit has a king sized bed, an en-suite bathroom as well as private decks where you can enjoy a braai and sundowners with an uninterrupted view of the Atlantic Sea and Cederberg mountains.
Rates: R595–R895 per night for two adults. Rates vary according to the season and the choice of room.
Travel time from CBD: 1 hour, 55 minutes (165km)
14 Vasco Da Gama Dr, Britannica Heights, St Helena Bay | +27 (0)82 331 1384, email@example.com
PICK PEACHES WITH THE APPLE OF YOUR EYE
This wine farm is synonymous with magnificent wining and dining. Nestled in the Drakenstein Valley, guests are greeted by out-of-this-world views of mountain landscapes, vines and gardens, which provide a fantastic romantic setting. Couples can experience bonding sessions through cycle trails, peach picking and wine cellar tours. The self-catering accommodation blends modern comfort with country style, and a stay here is incomplete without dinner at the Werf Restaurant. Discover all of this and more at Boschendal.
Rates: R3495–R4595. Rates vary according to the season and the choice of room.
Travel time from CBD: 1 hour 30 min (70km)
Boschendal Estate Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 870 4274, firstname.lastname@example.org
HIDEAWAY IN A FOREST TREE HOUSE
Escape reality and find the magic of Teniqua Treetops in Knsyna. Picture handcrafted wood interiors, a wooden deck and a tented bedroom in this eco-friendly tree house tucked away in an indigenous forest filled with thousand-year-old trees. The tree houses are set far apart from one another for a private stay, plus rooms include electric blankets to stay cosy on cooler evenings. The eco-friendly resort harvests rainwater for drinking and actively try to minimize their energy usage. Rescue horses live their lives out at Teniqua, keeping the grass short without the need for a tractor. You may even spot them trotting around the forest. There are also swimming pools, trampolines and an indoor games room – making for a great stay for kids, or just the kid within.
Rates: From R2075 according to season and tree house chosen
Travel time from CBD: 5 hours, 22 minutes (482km)
5km outside Sedgefield towards Knysna, N2 Karatara/ Ruigtevlei turn-off, Sedgefield | 044 356 2868
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