Country Getaways

You name what you love, and chances are that the many-splendoured “dorpie” (small town) of Swellendam will oblige. Swellendam undoubtedly adds immensely to the magic of the Western Cape’s Overberg region, with people as warm and welcoming as the day is long. It also holds rank as one of South Africa’s very oldest settlements, and … Continue reading “Trotting Through the Overberg, Getting Away to … Swellendam”

Go where the grasslands are green and lush, and the country air clear and crisp. And spoil yourself at the Fordoun Hotel and Spa. Fordoun lies in the very heart of the KwaZulNatal Midlands, and on the famous Midlands Meander. Sheep graze away peacefully and horses are at home in the rolling farmlands surrounding Fordoun, which is the perfect … Continue reading “A Spa Spoil in the Land of Green: Fordoun Hotel & Spa, KwaZuluNatal Midlands”

Cupid-fever is in the air, most distinctly, which means it’s time for a romantic getaway. Here’s a wonderful Waterberg getaway package for a 2-night stay for two people at Shangri-La Country Hotel – a gorgeous patch of paradise with the tropical Nile Valley as its lookout. This Limpopo country hotel is an ideal Valentines choice … Continue reading “Romantic Getaway in the Waterberg: Perfect for Valentines but Available until end March 2014”

Stop beside a still pond abloom with water lilies and the sense of serenity and contentment is almost instant. This was our first glorious impression on arrival at Lily Pond Country Lodge, and it endured beyond our stay there. Occupying a little paradise of its own at Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route (The Crags … Continue reading “A Moment or Two of Grace on the Garden Route: Commune with the Lilies at Lily Pond Country Lodge”

It’s that time of year when the idea of a weekend getaway calls forth images of blazing firesides, cosy chatter with a glass of deep red in hand, lazily lavish breakfast feasts, brisk scarf-and-jacket stepouts in the countryside, and perhaps a couple of his-and-her spa spoils. Makes you think, doesn’t it …

Anchored on a neatly vine-combed estate in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley, Mont Rochelle is a place where, most certainly, you will sleep, eat and drink generously as you live on the grand land of the vine. This is Sir Richard Branson’s personal hotel and vineyard – a perfect place to sleep, eat and drink.

Arriving at Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, post-ascent of the beautiful Helshoogte Pass, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking you’d landed in paradise. “From the sky” – delaire – is a quality etched not only in the name itself, but thoroughly textured in the whole heavenly experience.  This is an utterly sumptuous stay on a wine farm (it … Continue reading “From the Heavens: Super-Fine Luxury Lodges, Wine and Art from the Gods at Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch”

There’s nothing sweeter than a romantic weekend getaway at a silvery lake’s edge in the verdant Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. Park off at one of Hartford House’s exquisite Lakeside Suites and you’ll no doubt agree that this is a sweet skipaway in the countryside. (There are, by the way, other suites to choose from too – … Continue reading “Suites for my Sweet: Suite Temptations at Hartford House in KwaZulu-Natal”

Addo Elephant National Park is one of the crowning glories of the Eastern Cape.  Pristine, free of the risk of malaria, and tramped by elephants who come excitingly close for viewing, Addo is close to compulsory for visitors and homegrown folk who love the bush.

Casual-with-class, Reuben’s at The Robertson is The Robertson Small Hotel’s fabulous boutique-style bistro.  This is where you can sit back to a unique and sublimely palatable dining experience in characterful Robertson.  The menu, crafted by patron chef Reuben Riffel, is ever-in-transition, and in keeping with his acclaimed cooking style, “the flavours will whisk your memory off to … Continue reading “Food Glorious Food: Reuben’s at The Robertson”