Birthday weekend sorted! We’ve rounded up the best places to relax, enjoy and explore in South Africa for your upcoming birthday weekend: whether it’s a romantic escape for two or a massive blowout with all of your nearest and dearest! Have a look at our best suggestions and get booking!
A taste of Greece in Langebaan
Who says you need to head all the way to Europe to feel like you’ve escaped to a Grecian getaway? Club Mykonos is style on the famous white apartments of Mykonos and when the sun’s shining, you’ll feel a million miles from home! These modern apartments offer comfortable accommodation with self-catering facilities, plus there are spa facilities, a golf course and a casino for a good night out!
Country living in Magaliesburg
Just an hour’s drive from the City of Gold, you’ll find the absolutely charming De Hoek Country Hotel. This elegant country hotel offers beautifully-appointed rooms that overlook the lush green valley in which the hotel is located. Modern amenities make the place a good spoil for a milestone birthday weekend, which is enhanced by the gourmet food offerings (think fine dining and good wine). Nearby, you’ll find plenty to do including hot air balloon rides, wild nature reserves and farm stalls to wander.
Bring the pets along
What better way to celebrate your birthday than with man’s best friend in tow? Saamrus Guest Farm in Magaliesburg offers rustic self-catering accommodation dotted around its mountainous property that is all pet-friendly. Dogs are kept safe with fences surrounding your unit, but you’re also encouraged to let them burn off all that extra energy on the hilly walking trails. If you’re looking for a winter weekend plan, the open fireplace in the Saamrus Guest Farm cottages will keep you toasty!
Plan an all night party in Sandton
Maybe you feel like glitzing it up for a weekend in the city? Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is in the perfect position to help you plan it! The sleek mirrored glass exterior and contemporary interiors will make you feel like a millionaire for the weekend. Book your stay and plan a night out at one of Nelson Mandela Square’s famous restaurants and then hit the clubs until dawn! Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton serves a great breakfast too, so make sure not to sleep too late.
Marrakesh or Moulin Rouge?
Want to be transported somewhere completely new for your birthday? Villa Simonne in Houghton Johannesburg offers 16 themed suites that each reflect the romance and ambience of a bygone era. This Art Deco boutique hotel offers insight into the most enchanting cities in the world through design. There is also a spa on the property to make sure your birthday experience is extra special!
French flair in Franschhoek
Settle into the lifestyle of the winelands at Basse Provence Guest House for a birthday weekend, a luxury bed and breakfast that is located on a working wine farm in the Franschhoek valley. This picturesque location makes a good base for exploring wine farms, dining at some of the countries best restaurants and discovering how French Huguenot heritage blends with today’s South African culture. With only nine rooms available, your stay is set to be a celebration of dedicated service and privacy.
Say ‘o-live you’
Gooding’s Grove Olive Farm Bed and Breakfast is an alternative way to celebrate the fertile soil and bounty of the Western Cape for your birthday weekend. Set amongst olive trees, the Manor House here offers traditional Cape Dutch architecture mixed with modern European interiors. The bolts of colour and spacious accommodation options will make this place difficult to leave. Best of those that want to stay off the main rod of Franschhoek but still want to be close to town. Homemade olive products are also available for purchase, just to make sure you have a souvenir of your stay!
Art, beer and sandstone mountains in Clarens
With the shimmering backdrop of the Free State’s mountains and the Golden Gate National Park, The French Cottage offers stone wall surroundings, traditional hospitality and comfy, large rooms for a birthday celebration. With just three bedrooms, The French Cottage sleeps just six people. Enjoy long, languid meals with friends in the open plan kitchen, or nest next to the cast iron fireplace with a good bottle of red wine in the cooler months.
Book your birthday stay on Knysna’s canals
The placid lapping of the Knysna Lagoon against the shore is sure to set a relaxed tone for any weekend away. Thesen Island Holiday House offers an intimate getaway on the exclusive Thesen Island in Knysna, overlooking the puttering boats that glide through the wide canals on their way into the lagoon. The house offers self-catering accommodation for four people in two en-suite bedrooms. Restaurants nearby offer your choice of meals, but of course, you’ll have to try the oysters!
What about a birthday in the bush?
If you love the morning call of birds and spending your time spotting the Little Five as much as the Big Five, we suggest you book your birthday getaway at Hazyview Cabanas near Kruger National Park. Thirteen apartments are nestled into the green surrounds of Hazyview, each with their own kitchen facilities. Plus, guests can enjoy the communal swimming pool, braai facilities, restaurant and head out to nearby parks if they want to add to their ‘spotted’ list. You’ll also have easy access to the Blyde River Canyon and the Sabie River Golf Club from Hazyview Cabanas.
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