10 Romantic Hideaways – Pictures to Inspire
10 Romantic Hideaways (in no particular order):
- Atlantic Suites Camps Bay
- Great Fish River Lodge
- Paternoster Dunes Guest House
- Kennedy’s Beach Villa
- Kanonkop House
- Woodall Country House & Spa
- Thonga Beach Lodge
- Flycatcher Castle
- Tanamera Lodge
- Jock Safari Lodge
Please bare in mind that this is a subjective list, not a definitive list – there are hundreds of romantic hotels in South Africa, guest houses, apartments and villas. It is not my intention to offend other establishments, but rather to inspire travellers with the beauty of our country. I have tried to show of range of establishments from hotels and lodges to b&b and self catering establishments, all suitable for couples looking for a little romance (so have not included villas that cater for large groups).
1. Atlantic Suites Camps Bay (Camps Bay)
Atlantic Suites offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation in Camps Bay with breathtaking sea views, a uniquely large rim-flow pool and exclusive hospitality in just four stylish, sea facing, luxury rooms with en-suite bathrooms featuring Jacuzzi Spa baths and separate showers.
2. Great Fish River Lodge (Kwandwe Game Reserve)
Set along the lush green banks of the Fish river after which it is named, the Great Fish River Lodge at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is designed to amplify the endless landscape. Everything here takes place on a grander scale, but it is the attention to detail and expansive, unmatched vistas that keep visitors coming back year after year. Private plunge pools and poolside butler service, the lodge is set in a malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the Eastern Cape, the perfect safari ending to a journey along the Garden Route.
3. Paternoster Dunes Guest House (Paternoster)
Situated on the beach in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster, Paternoster Dunes Guest House offers five individually decorated bedrooms. The three luxury ground floor sea facing rooms allow you to walk straight out to the beach from your private patio while the fourth sea facing room on the first floor has great views and direct access to the beach via its own staircase. The courtyard room has a patio from which you can view the sea as well direct access to the beach.
4. Kennedy’s Beach Villa (Hermanus)
Opulence, elegance and romance completely describes this magnificent 5 star accredited villa situated on the beach at Onrus, Hermanus. Views are spectacular with panoramas of mountain, river and sea enveloping this unique little piece of paradise with its own milkwood forest. This romantic retreat, customised to accommodate only two guests, has been lovingly decorated and furnished with the finest antiques and collectables from around the world.
5. Kanonkop House (Knysna)
Kanonkop House is a 5-star luxury guest house, set in an indigenous forest, with uninterrupted views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. Each of the five glorious suites at Kanonkop House are individually furnished and provided with fully appointed private bathrooms.
Woodall Country House and Spa is set amongst peaceful citrus, a mere 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, and neighbour to the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park. Opening on to the fresh sight and scent of lush gardens, the rooms at Woodall are as seeped in luxury as they are in comfort. Some rooms reflect a bygone era of indulgent romance, some echo authentic colonial style, while the more modern suites boast an Afro-chic feel that blends traditional colours and styles with sophisticated contemporary flair.
7. Thonga Beach Lodge (Mabibi)
Thonga Beach Lodge is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and unspoilt off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa. Set above a private, sandy beach and nestled into magnificent coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge captures the essence of a luxury Robinson Crusoe hideaway. The spacious, thatched suites are hidden in the coastal dune forest and raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune soils.
8. Flycatcher Castle (Graskop)
Flycatcher Castle is situated on the outskirts of Graskop towards God’s Window in Mpumalanga. The Castle, set in the style of a 17th century Italian castle, offers five suites which are all individually decorated and include breathtaking views as well as a magnificent bath set in an open plan style, ideal for couples wanting a romantic and enchanted experience.
9. Tanamera Lodge (Hazyview)
Follow a winding road into the forest and you shall find Tanamera Lodge, nestled on the malaria-free slopes of the Sabie River Valley. Offering luxurious accommodation and breathtaking Lowveld scenery, Tanamera is a peaceful and relaxing retreat, perfectly situated for exploring The Kruger National Park and the Panoramic Route on the R536 between Sabie and Hazyview. Tanamera is a birder’s paradise and home to birds such as the Narina Trogon and Purple Crested Turaco.
10. Jock Safari Lodge (Kruger Park)
Jock Safari Lodge is one of the very first privately owned camps situated in the world famous Kruger National Park. Each air-conditioned luxury suite is set along the rivers, offering all the luxuries yet evoking the style and romance of the past. Each suite has a King-size bed surrounded by walk-in mosquito netting, a small lounge and romantic bathroom, and a private “Sala” (outdoor lounge) with its own plunge pool and outdoor shower that overlooks the river.