Valentine's Day is a week away. If you have not booked a place, here are some ideas:
Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa
Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa is the ideal location for a relaxed and isolated getaway. Summerfields showcases the best of its beauty with its riverside rooms with outdoor showers and a restaurant which is set by the Sabie River. Here, you can see hippos bathe at dusk. This 100-hectare farm also has a pool, open-air spa area and each room has a private deck and bath overlooking the forest. Contact 013 737 6500.
10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate
Its the couples’ paradise you wouldn’t expect in Johannesburg. Landscaped gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and beautifully elegant rooms (with balconies) give this hotel that something special. One reviewer on Tripadvisor appropriately noted, “It is impossible to believe that such a beautiful place is in the heart of the city”. Contact 011 853 2400 and 011 483 3037/8.
Maropeng Boutique Hotel
The charm of the Maropeng Boutique Hotel is not only based on the hotel itself, but its exceptional surrounds.
There’s the Magaliesberg mountain range which is in full view, there’s the historically significant Sterkfontein Caves which also form part of this Cradle of Humankind zone nearby and the outstanding Maropeng Welcome Centre which is within walking distance of the hotel.
The rooms here have a patio which overlooks the area’s magnificent scenery and the restaurant area has a lovely pool deck for a quiet, relaxing time with your other half. Contact 014 577 9100.
Valley Lodge & Spa
The ideal place where one’s every whim will be catered for by a dedicated team who knows how to pamper guests. During February, this popular upmarket establishment is offering visitors special get-away deals for those who want to taste a slice of romantic paradise.
The Bluebilled Firefinched Valentine’s two-night package, which is valid throughout February – includes dinner, bed, a full English breakfast and a romantic surprise. This popular retreat will be creating the mood for romantic couples during this period with the emphasis being on good food, romance and relaxation.
The package also includes tea and coffee and bottled water, a daily newspaper delivered to the room every morning and access to hotel facilities such as the well-equipped gym, outdoor pool, tennis courts, paddle boats on the river, nature reserve, walking trails and the bird sanctuary.
Standard rooms are R3 910, Luxury rooms R4 170 per person and Superior rooms R4 430 per person for two nights and this includes dinner, bed and breakfast.
There is no charge for children up to the age of 6, but children between the ages of 7 and 12 will be charged R2 140 for two nights and an adult single rate for children aged 13 and older. Terms and conditions apply. Go to the website www.valleylodge.co.za or contact 014 577 1301/5.
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Few things can compete with a modern, African-themed lodge in the middle of the wild. The Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge in Limpopo offers just that. The traditional round huts are deceptively spacious and luxurious and offer an authentic African experience for you and your partner.
The Tranquility Lapa offers tranquil relaxation through a variety of massages. Dinner by the camp fire and game drives where you can view the Big Five adds that extra something special to this experience. Contact
082 503 8863.
Vergelegen Country Guesthouse and Restaurant
The Vergelegen Country Guesthouse and Restaurant is basically a five-star hotel disguised as a four-star. The tea garden offers a romantic place to hang out at your leisure with your special someone. Oh, and there’s also an outdoor pool and braai area. The rooms are elegantly designed and some feature a living room for extra space. Vineyard tours and wine tastings are available on site. Contact 054 431 0976.