Idyllic Getaways in South Africa

With the travel bug biting now more than ever, this is the perfect reason to book a romantic South African getaway for later in the year! Spoil that special somebody with a surprise escape, or book your next anniversary ahead of time so you can get planning on the details.

Of course, you may be looking for the ideal proposal spot to claim your loved one’s heart for eternity, and these will do nicely for that too…

READ: Top Romantic Getaways for Adventurous Couples

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Sandton Executive Suites,Hydro Park

If you love the city and you’re also into your cooking, why not plan a romantic day of shopping at Jozi’s fresh produce markets and delis and then head to a night at the Sandton Executive Apartments – Hydro Park? The swish, modern apartments are great for a romantic weekend getaway, offering all the mod-cons you could want, plus incredible views over the business hub if Sandton.

These apartments are also near to a few different shopping malls, big-name restaurants and transport links!

Hands On Retreat, Craighall

This boutique guesthouse lies just outside of the busy hub of Sandton in Johannesburg. Each rooms has a private entrance from the abundant gardens. A river divides the property, allowing guests to cross between sides and spend time relaxing amongst the sounds of birds and under the shady green branches of trees.

The rooms offer both self-catering and catered options, making it easy to enjoy a meal at your own leisure or opt for something more decadent during your stay.

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Saamrus Guest Farm, Magaliesburg

Packed into a rocky mountainside of Magaliesberg, Saamrus Guest Farm has a few different cottages dotted amongst the brush. The views from the top cabins offer incredible sunset vistas, while the cabins along the river offer easy access to river walking paths and the swimming pool at Saamrus. Each cabin is fully equipped for a self-catering escape, with a wide stoep and braai area to prepare a romantic feast.

What is great about Saamrus is the dog-friendly facilities, so your four-legged friends can travel along for a weekend too! Each cabin has its own private garden to keep your pooch safe during your stay, and the walking paths are sure to bring them absolute joy.

Villa Atlantica Boutique Guesthouse, Camps Bay

Overlooking the trendy coastal curve of Camps Bay, guests at Villa Atlantica can choose between ocean or garden views and enjoy some down time with their loved one over a few glasses of bubbles. Nearby, you’ll find a set of exceptional restaurants and plenty of boutiques to peruse, while a short drive away is the large wide expanse of Camps Bay Beach.There is also a swimming pool and jacuzzi for use by guests.

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Oceansnest Guest House, Blouberg

With an incredible view of Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain. Oceansnest offers couples a cosy respite from the busier side of the city. The long white beaches of Blouberg are complemented by a great variety of restaurants and easy access back into the city. The modern guest house offers breakfast facilities, and has braai facilities that can be used by prior arrangement. The patio and lounge are ideal for enjoying a cocktail, or even that special bottle of wine you’ve been saving!

The Fritz Hotel, Gardens

If you’re the kind of couple that love to explore the busy streets of Cape Town, popping into heaving bars, small eateries and independent galleries, this small guesthouse will suit your wanderlust needs! Just a short walk from Kloof Street, Greenmarket Square and Company’s Garden, you won’t need to travel far.

The interior decor at The Fritz Hotel is completely unique, combining the old and new to create a mid-century modern atmosphere in a turn-of-the-century house.

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Goble Palms Guest Lodge & Urban Retreat Morningside

Set high on the ridge of Morningside in Durban, Goble Palms offers sophisticated accommodation in a historical Edwardian home. The plush furnishings combined with the modern pool area, make it an ideal city retreat when visiting Durban.

Breakfasts are served overlooking the pool, and a number of attractions and restaurants can be found nearby. The soft, fluffy gowns are sure to be a hit too!

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READ: 11 Of The Best Durban Date Ideas

Apartment on Bellevue, Glenwood

Situated on the Kloof landmark of Bellevue Campus, this loft-style apartment offers luxurious self-catering in Durban. The floor to ceiling windows give an immense sense of space, and there’s even an extra bedroom if you want to turn your romantic weekend into a double date with your besties!

The greenery of the campus seems to flow into the apartment, and the feeling of being above the trees is part of the charm here. The apartment is nearby to some of Durban’s best eateries and coffee shops, for when you don’t feel like cooking!

The Waterfront Hotel & Spa by Misty Blue Hotels

Near to Durban’s Harbour, The Waterfront Hotel & Spa is a modern accommodation option that offers spacious, comfortable rooms, a delicious dining option, and of course, an ambient spa. What could be better than a weekend spent near the ocean, being pampered and massaged and coupled with delicious fare? Nothing we can think of!

If you’re looking for something a little more than just a weekend away, the hotel also has wedding facilities!

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Grand Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa’s hidden foodie meccas! There are so many great eatery options around town and the people are some of the friendliest in all of the country! Grand Hotel offers some of the finest accommodation in the windy city too: comfortable, spacious rooms in a beautiful heritage building.

If you’re big readers, you’ll love to find out about past guests such as Mark Twain! The location is also perfect for exploring the historical side of Port Elizabeth.

There are tons of amazing romantic South African getaways out there. If the above don’t pique your interest, why not look through Travelstart’s hotel selection….

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