Winter Solstice reminds us that it’s officially midwinter! “Brrr” is the operative word right now in some parts of the country, calling for hearty meals and cosy evenings at the fireside with a good glass of Red in hand. Here are some of our winter getaway recommendations:

Wrap up for a beach walk and return to a comfy fireside armchair at Abalone House in Paternoster. The in-house Saffron Restaurant is gorgeously cosy in warm hues of red, with a just-right touch of flamboyance. Select local wines make great partners to the exceptional meals that are set free from Abalone’s kitchen. Ten comfy-chic suites are clustered around a central pool-courtyard. Alive with mood, Tretchikoff prints add daring splashes of style and colour throughout the guesthouse, where antiques and modern pieces meet one another without any effort at all. A number of suites are positioned upstairs and have sea views. So does the rhe rooftop Jacuzzi.There’s a special offer available at Abalone until 31 July 2012.


The cosy lounge at Abalone House in Paternoster


The Cape Winelands just beg for a winter escape. Wide and wonderful vistas, fabulous food, outstanding wines and crackling log fires are a winning recipe for the evenings, with wine tastings and tours to fill the daylight hours. All this is par for the course at Lanzerac Manor & Winery on the fringe of Stellenbosch, with winter savings making it an even better bet.

Warm the body with winning wines at Lanzerac Manor & Winery

Or make use of a 50/50 giveaway – pay for one get one free – and catch the sensational sardine run on the Wild Coast at Prana Lodge. Offset the crisp sea air with stunning indoor luxury at this wonderful sanctuary. The restaurant is an all-seasons winner, with a large fireplace keeping diners cosy in chilly weather, and sumptuous meals to fortify body and soul. More is on tap for body and soul at the exquisite Thai Wellness Centre.

Prana Lodge is a gorgeous sanctuary beside the sea on the Wild Coast

Or huddle up in a tented chalet tucked away deep in a sand forest in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, and enjoy evenings around a crackling fire with fellow guests. Kosi Forest Lodge offers a fabulous nature getaway and there’s a Special Winter Warmer which saves on the spend because it gives you your third night free.

Evenings around the lapa at Kosi Forest Lodge

Mail us to book a winter getaway, or call +27 21 797-7122 for more info.