“Paradise is always where love dwells” – Jean Paul Richter
It may be true that the presence of love is enough to create a sense of utopia, but let’s face it, actual surroundings go a long way to create the kind of atmosphere in which romance has little choice but to flourish. Here are some of our all-star romantic getaways …
Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
Places lusciously remote definitely have something of an edge when it comes to romance. On the Eastern Cape’s wickedly beautiful Wild Coast, Prana Lodge is set in an indigenous dune forest with private access to 21 km of barely-touched beach. It’s a soul-soothing sanctuary for beachside bliss, and if anything will spark romance, this is it. It’s also a place that allows for a gentle reconnection with one’s deepest rhythms through yoga, meditation and treatments at a wonderful Thai Spa and Wellness Centre. Read More.
Pinnacled high on the edge of the majestic Oribi Gorge on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa is an uber-special place that gets one away to what feels like the top of the world. This glorious destination, where nature is vast and immediate, calls out to romantics in search of something truly sublime. Five exclusive and enormous villas are built on the edge of sandstone cliffs, towering over the spectacular Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.
Another Kzn option high on the romance stakes is Hartford House in the pretty Midlands. Rubbing shoulders with South Africa’s hospitality leaders, Hartford is a long-time favourite with romance-seekers. Silver-service candlelit dinners are a speciality of the house, and beauty you will find there in every direction. Read More.
Fancy a dinner-for-two where the water laps the shoreline of an untrampled beach? Up on a remote stretch of the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Thonga Beach Lodge is tucked away in dune forest just metres from the shore. Far from the jostling crowds, it’s a romantic’s dream come true, where an exclusive brand of barefoot luxury is key. Share some awesome outdoor activities with your loved one, such as snorkelling, diving with launches, kayaking and seasonal turtle tracking. Bed down in a sublime reed-fringed suite with the vast ocean just outside. Read More.
There are places deep in the bush that are just so irresistably romantic. Garonga Safari Camp, for instance, is a soulful and exclusive tented sanctuary in Makalali to the west of the Kruger Park. Earthy textures, draped beds, beckoning hammocks, bush baths by candle-glow under big African skies, and lusciously tantalising al fresco meals are all part of the scene at Garonga. And there’s a bush-view sala that is just the place to ease into an aromatherapy or reflexology spoil. Read More.
One of the top romantic picks you could make is a plush private camp at Londolozi. At the Private Granite Suites, for example, bathing is a matchless affair thanks to a gorgeous outdoor riverside bathtub.Enjoy a long soak in the tub with the temperate African air on your skin and the sound of water washing over giant granite rocks. Read More.
We have many more romance-kindling ideas, please mail us to ask, or call us on +27 21 797-7122.