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Top 3 Luxury Romantic Stays

Top 3 Luxury Romantic Stays

This story was updated on 21 January 2020.

It’s that time of year again when romance is in the air and a short stay is on the agenda.  Spend some much needed alone time with that special someone in one of these top luxury romantic stays.

Whether you prefer to put your feet in the sand or to wake up to the calls of the wild, SA COUNTRY LIFE and SA-Venues have a list of the most luxuriously romantic places to stay in South Africa this Valentine’s Day.


1. Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal

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Sea view from one of the luxury suites at Thonga Beach. Photo: Thonga Beach Lodge

The ThongaBeach Lodge on the Maputuland coast has 12 thatched, air-conditioned bush suites, set on stilts to have minimum impact on the fragile dune forest. Each is large and spacious, but secluded. Most suites offer sea views and all have a private balcony. Meals are served on an open deck outside the thatched dining room, but on balmy evenings outside the turtle laying season, you’re in for a special treat – a candlelit dinner on the beach. There is excellent reef diving and snorkelling, guided walks, kayaking at nearby Lake Sibaya and many cultural tours. Thonga Beach Lodge is somewhere to unwind and enjoy nature at its finest – the perfect seaside getaway.

Words Fiona McIntosh

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Unwind and spend time with loved ones at one of the country’s most beautiful lodges. Photo: Thonga Beach

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Thonga Beach Lodge

+27 (0) 35 474 1473; [email protected]

2. The Lofts Boutique Hotel, Knysna

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Relax to incredible views. Photo: The Lofts Boutique Hotel

Why not stay on an island located in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon? The Lofts Boutique Hotel is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting in Knysna. Drive over the Venetian style bridge and you are transported to a secluded part of nature. Set within the remodelled timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed, the hotel rooms have an industrial refurbishment and design. This fresh, smart-casual approach is far from the ordinary and caters well to every desire. Couples can choose from multiple room options including:

  • Exclusive Lagoon Suites
  • Luxury Loft Suites
  • Luxury Units with self-catering facilities
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Soak up some magnificent sunsets in Knysna. Photo: The Lofts Boutique Hotel

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

+27 (0) 44 302 5710; [email protected]


3. Woodall Country House and Spa, Addo

You could say it’s the minutiae that characterise this five-star place, from the steaming face cloths on arrival and the graciously handwritten welcome card to the Lindt Lindor chocolate ball on your pillow. The spa is comprehensive, with a saltwater pool, massage therapy, a hydrotherapy bath, steam shower, sauna, heated Vichy shower, chromotherapy shower and a couples massage room.

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The Woodall Country House is the ideal base from which to explore the adjacent Addo Elephant Park, and nearby game reserves

If you are unable to take your loved one away this month, Woodall Country House is accepting bookings from the middle of March. Situated in the heart of the Sundays River Valley on the doorstep of the Addo Elephant National Park, Woodall Country House sits on a peaceful citrus farm where miles of trees bear fruit all winter, and blossom in spring.

The Country House is ideally suited for nature lovers, food and wine connoisseurs, as well as spa lovers. Only 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, it is also near game reserves such as Schotia, Amakhala, Pumba, Kwantu and as well as Elephant Back Safaris. Woodall guest house offers five-star luxury accommodation, and honeymooners are specially pampered in an environment of peace and privacy.

Words Claire Fulton

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Woodall Country House & Spa

+27 (0) 42 233 0128


For SA COUNTRY LIFE‘s top 12 romantic escapes, click here.

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