Bath tubs, and all the treats that go with them, can be such a spoil on a South African getaway. After a day of holiday fun – be it safari activities, sightseeing, hiking, lolling on the beach or exploring South Africa’s great retail attractions, your hotel room or lodge suite is the place you retreat to, to rejuvenate before the next round of holiday pleasure. Having an exquisite bathroom is a winner. It allows one to feel pampered and nurtured in privacy. Many of South Africa’s top-range hotels and lodges have pulled out all the stops to create blissful bathrooms. Here are some of them – all are worth celebrating as you kick back to soak with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Room with a View
The bush is all yours, even from the bath tub, at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway in the Welgevonden, Limpopo. Whether you choose to soak in the bath or the plunge pool out on the deck, the views are amazing. To make this experience yours, you need travel no further than 3 hours from Johannesburg. Make one of the eight luxury suites your pad for a wonderful wildlife safari, where you’ll be towering high above a river.
Picture windows in bathrooms invite the wilderness in. This is the case at Chitwa Chitwa, in their unfalteringly luxurious suites. You could be watching the wildlife of the well-known Sabi Sabi Game Reserve come sauntering by as you lie back in the bath tub!
The bathroom at Dulini – a gorgeously romantic safari lodge in Sabi sands.
At The Outpost – which really is a remote outpost of safari luxury in the far north of Kruger National Park – the bath tub views are sensational. How do you ever get out of a bath like this, even to go on a game drive?
This is the view from one of the bathtubs at The Turbine Hotel and Spa in Knysna. This funky boutique hotel is a reinvention of an old power station on Thesen Island, retaining many of its fascinating features in revamped form. The island is a place of good vibes and trendy establishments in Knysna.
In Pongola, White Elephant Sagari Lodge offers you a touch of Victorian elegance in the heart of the wilderness. Ball-and-claw baths make a wonderful place to recharge, whilst looking out at the bush.
Outdoor Bathrooms Second to None
A real alfresco bathroom, anyone? Go to Kosi Forest Lodge in the spectacular Kosi Bay Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, and delight in a very romantic open-air bathroom. The baths are set in white beach sand, inside your own private reed boma, and overhead the trees make a canopy between you and the night sky. Enjoy the stars twinkling through the branches while you soak.
Another gem of an outdoor bathtub is at the honeymoon suite at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, a superbly luxurious lodge set amongst trees and boulders on a hillside in the Madikwe Game Reserve, North-West. The bathtubs have grand views at all the suites and have been rated 3rd out of 10 by www.harpersbazaar.co.uk.
When you crave spaciousness to expand life’s stressful pinches, opt for Kurland near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The bathrooms are roomy and each is totally unique, individually inspired. Just what’s needed after a busy day being a holiday-maker on the Garden Route, which is such a feast of things to do.
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