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Romantic Getaways

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.

White table linen perfectly crisp at the folds, gleaming silver mirroring the marula trees that play canopy to dinner, the warm amber glow of hurricane lamps … get the picture? This is the spiff and polished safari capturing yesteryear’s explorer-heart and old-school bush charm. If you’re less inclined towards the ultra-mod feel of many modern-day safaris, here are some superb … Continue reading “Spiff & Polished: South African Safaris with a Dash of Old-School Class”

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”

When it comes to top honeymoon destinations, South Africa is a land of plenty.  If you live abroad and Africa beckons to you, an exclusive safari may be your first choice for a honeymoon. South Africa has an impressive selection of safari honeymoon options, so why not combine a big five safari with stunning wilderness accommodation … Continue reading “Five Superfine South African Safari Destinations for a Honeymoon”

South Africa has oodles of romantic getaways and honeymoon destinations. Add to this fact the country’s wonderful weather and its breathtaking scenery, and you have a range of honeymoon options second to none. From pearl-white beaches far from the crowds to well-hidden forest lodges and safari outposts deep in the wilds, South Africa has a huge variety … Continue reading “Honeymoon in Super-Style, in South Africa”

South Africa’s climate begs for food feasts celebrated out in the open under big skies studded with stars. Here are some special feasting spots and, for that matter, places to stay in enormously good style.

Faraway, uncrowded beaches will always have an irresistable tug for honeymooners. On the Wild Coast, untrampled beaches are there for the taking. In fact, at Prana Lodge, honeymooners (and all guests) have private access to all of 21 km of unblemished beach. Private and exquisitely chic, the lodge is a sanctuary for romance, set beside the … Continue reading “This Way, Honeymooners! Special Package Far from the Madding Crowds: Wild Coast’s Prana Lodge”

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”

The journey to Robertson is prettier than ever now that the roadsides are strewn with Spring flowers. Your destination in the handsome 150-year old country town is The Robertson Small Hotel – a Victorian country gem looking gorgeously spruce of shades of pale grey and white. It’s just perfect for a cosy couple slip-away, an anniversary or a … Continue reading “Hello Capetonians, Anyone for a Weekend Getaway in Robertson?”

Where in South Africa can you sleep in a sand forest on the edge of a lake, soak in a tub set in pearl-white sand beneath the stars, and spend blissful days walking in raffia forests, canoeing on beautiful channels, and snorkelling at a secret paradise where the Kosi River meets the big sea? And what’s … Continue reading “Placid Lakes, Palm Forests, Starlit Bathtubs and Utopian Untrampled Shores: Kosi Forest Lodge KwaZulu-Natal”

“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 … Continue reading ““Paradise is always where love dwells”. True, yet some Getaways really are made for Romance”

Shed the fast pace and din of the city and escape to someplace serene. A short getaway – even just a night or two over a weekend – works wonders to refresh body and mind and bring a fresh spurt of life.  Enjoying prime time with one’s partner, family or friends is also a great way … Continue reading “West is Best: Grab a Good Weekend Getaway in the Western Cape”