[Updated June 2020]
Romantic getaways for you and your special someone are always a fun time with guaranteed splendid memories. We’ve put together an easy-on-the-pocket guide that will make your mini break a thoughtful, yet easy-going occasion. Find a quiet hideaway to rejuvenate your senses from firefly forest walks to beachside hideaways. We’ve also included some truly unusual options. Pick your favourite romantic getaway for under R700!
1. Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge, Clanwilliam
Visit this beautiful wilderness lodge for a blissful hiking experience in the Cederberg. Take in the transcendent sights of this region where you’ll get to explore several waterfalls and lush landscapes.
2. Wolverfontein Karoo Cottages, Ladismith
Go on a Route 62 adventure and stop over at this secluded yet luxurious farmhouse (you’ll have it all to yourselves). It is nestled on the foot of the Touwsberg, on the banks of the Touws River. D’Waenhuis dates back to the late 1800s and couples can enjoy this self-catering retreat at their leisure.
3. Protea Wilds Retreat, Garden Route
Reconnect at the romantic and affordable Protea Wilds Retreat between Knysna and Plett. This lovely accommodation has breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain and bush landscapes. Do a guided fynbos walk and enjoy the tranquillity!
4. Calitzdorp Railway Station
And now for something completely different: stay in a converted train ticketing office. It is a five-minute walk from Calitzdorp and is an idyllic spot for couples looking for a quick and quirky getaway along Route 62.
5. Pascal’s Country Lodge
You can’t go wrong with an artistic Van Gogh-inspired room and one of the most popular restaurants in the Overberg on the premises. Take in the amazing views of the Napier Valley and relax to tranquil sounds of nature surrounding you.
6. Rainbow Glen Guest Chalets, Montagu
Enjoy views of Kanonkop from the cottages, go rock climbing, hike along Cogmanskloof hiking trail and release some steam in the hot springs! The self-catering cottages are within walking distance from surrounding coffee shops, restaurants and farm stalls.
7. Carol’s Cottages, Swellendam
This welcoming country cottage allows pets on request. The myriad of little walks, cafes and mountain views make Swellendam a captivating weekend retreat.
8. Zandrivier Stone Cottage, near Ladismith
Find Karoo romance with wood fires and clear starry skies after the sun sets. The cottage is located above the Zandrivier Farm, with waterfalls plunging down from the peaks above. The cottage has all the cosy luxuries of home, in a welcoming private setting.
9. Suikerbossie, Riebeek-Kasteel
Situated in the beautiful Swartland wine district, Suikerbossie is a wonderful four-bedroomed house in the heart of Riebeek-Kasteel. The area is known for its famous wine and olive farms. The house is in close proximity to restaurants, pubs and shops.
10. Appelkooskop Cottage, Bredasdorp
This solitary stone cottage is the perfect getaway if you’re seeking total isolation from any signs of city life. Embrace the fresh air and beautiful surrounding nature. The cottage has a cosy fireplace to keep you warm on those chilly winter nights.
11. Tanagra Private Cellar, McGregor
A little slice of heaven tucked away in the sleepy village of McGregor, this private wine farm offers spectacular accommodation in the veld like no other in its price range. This is the ultimate romantic getaway just two hours from the city!
12. Winterberg Mountain Inn, near Ceres
Breede River offers tranquillity, mountains, fresh air and wild flowers, as the awe-inspiring Ceres region always does. Stay at this historically-rich accommodation, surrounded by harvest dining, fruit orchards and majestic mountain views.
15. Enjo Nature Farm, Clanwilliam
Head off to this romantic getaway in the Cederberg mountains. Swim in the spring-water dam and allow yourselves to be mesmerised by the surrounding mountains while staying in self-catering splendour.
All of these incredible places sure does make you wish you were on a perfect romantic getaway! Book your stay and look forward to a memorable escape for just the two of you.
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