Top 4 luxury romantic stays

It’s that time of year again, when romance is in the air and a short stay away is on the agenda so you and your loved one can spend some much needed alone time together in one of the top luxury romantic stays.

Whether you prefer to put your feet in the sand or to wake up to the calls of the wild, COUNTRY LIFE and SA-Venues have a list of the most luxuriously romantic places to stay in South Africa this Valentine’s Day. Also try 5 reasonably priced romantic retreats in South Africa.

 

Karkloof Safari Spa, Midlands

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Enjoy a relaxing Valentine’s Day in the middle of nature. Photo: Karkloof Safari

Karkloof Safari Spa is a great option for couples who love being outdoors. This all-inclusive five-star wildlife and wellness retreat provides you with your own villa, butler, game guide, world-class spa treatments, and excellent meals when and where you want them. A typical day may start with a brisk walk to the Karkloof waterfall or a game drive covering breathtaking vistas ranging from mist-belt forests to grass plains where rhino, buffalo and other game graze. – Anita de Villiers.

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Just you and the one you love this Valentine’s Day. Photo: Karkloof Safari

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Experience peace and tranquility among the grass and water while listening to the call of birds. Active couples can take their pick of nature walks, fishing, birding, hiking, mountain biking and more. The lodge offers guests space and comfort, so whether you cosy up on a couch near the fire, or lounge on the wrap-around exterior deck overlooking the valley, your Valentine’s day will be one spent in nature.

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Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal

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Sea view from one of the luxury suites at Thonga Beach. Photo: Thonga Beach Lodge
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Unwind and spend time with loved ones at one of the country’s most beautiful lodges. Photo: Thonga Beach

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 suits 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 snorkeling, 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. – Fiona McIntosh

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel, Knysna

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Relax to incredible views. Photo: The Lofts Boutique Hotel
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Soak up some magnificent sunsets in Knysna. Photo: The Lofts Boutique Hotel

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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 remodeled timber frame of the old Knysna boat building 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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Woodall Country House and Spa, Addo

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February is about spending time with the one you love.

You could say it’s the minutiae that characterises 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. – Claire Fulton

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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 especially pampered in an environment of peace and privacy.

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