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 of nurturing relationships.

Wander off to a quiet seaside retreat or book a stay on a wine estate – both make excellent weekend getaways and neither demand too much travelling.

The Arniston Hotel & Spa is right beside the beach

Just two hours from Cape Town, the Arniston Spa Hotel is a charming weekend getaway option. The hotel stands beside a quaint old fishing village, surrounded by rocky beaches and nature reserves. The warm Indian Ocean is wonderful for swimming and body boarding, and there are amazing coastal caves to explore. Feast on seafood specialities and enjoy a spa treatment or two. Not far away is De Hoop Nature Reserve.

On the West Coast, and also very accessible from Cape Town, is Abalone House. This gorgeous little hotel is next to an untampled beach, and it makes for a wonderfully romantic getaway with outstanding dining.

Valley views to die for at At Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek

You could also skip off to the Cape Winelands which are conveniently close to Cape Town. One option is the exquisite Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards in Franschhoek, which is everything – and more – its name proclaims. Wine tasting, cellar tours and vineyard walks are on offer, and the standard of dining is superb. For a gourmet experience, choose Mange Tout, and for something a little more casual, opt for The Country Kitchen. If the weather’s good, sit out to eat and enjoy the fabulous views.

Another great choice near Franschhoek is Cathbert Country Inn, anchored on the slopes of the Simonsberg. It’s perfect for a cosy couple-getaway – very quiet and tranquil, and totally undemanding. Dinners are a real spoil.

Spa-lovers will be in their element at the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa in Stellenbosch. Get pampered endlessly at the impressive spa and wellnes centre, and explore the maginificent Stellenbosch Wine Route which lies right at your feet. Wine tastings and cellar tours are also offered at the hotel.

Feast the senses at Sugarbird Manor, Stellenbosch area

Another superb option in the Stellenbosch area is Sugarbird Manor, set on a working flower and wine farm. The views are idyllic …

Luxuriate in wine country at The Robertson Small Hotel

The small town of Robertson is another wonderful weekend escape, lying right in the heart of the picturesque Robertson Wine Valley. Spoil yourself and stay at The Robertson Small Hotel – it’s a five-star, boutique-style manor house with just ten luxury en-suite bedrooms. Dinners are a definite highlight at Reuben’s at The Robertson. Slack down into rest mode in the lovely pool-gardens, and then find some fresh energy at the wellness centre.

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