ROMANTIC GETAWAYS FOR AN ANNIVERSARY
May 04, 2017
"There is no mystery — that's the beauty of it. We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is."
CASTELLO DI MONTE
A five-star guest house situated in Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, Castello di Monte is located in a Tuscan-style estate that portrays pure luxury and elegance and offers spectacular views of the hills in and around South Africa's capital. The landscaped gardens with mature olive trees and lavender bushes give an Italian flavour to the African landscape; you will hardly notice that you are in the middle of a bustling city. Whether it be for a corporate meeting or a romantic getaway, Castello di Monte offers the perfect setting. Choose from a variety of luxury accommodation options and enjoy every modern amenity you can dream of amidst sixteenth century splendour.
DE HOEK COUNTRY HOTEL
Nestled in a crook of the Magalies River in the lush and fertile valley of the Magaliesburg Mountains and only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, De Hoek Country Hotel is the ideal place to celebrate life. Whether you book accommodation for a romantic getaway, executive conference, bespoke wedding or just to unwind in a tranquil setting; you’re bound to enjoy the hotel's renowned hospitality. Coupled with consistently 5-star rated service and superb cuisine, De Hoek is a popular destination among clientele from all over the world.
FALAZA GAME PARK AND SPA
Falaza Game Park & Spa offers luxury tented accommodation and an array of authentic bush experiences in a lush indigenous setting, a mere three hours' scenic drive from Durban International Airport. Neighbouring the World Heritage Site of St Lucia, Falaza is near the renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where visitors can view the magnificent Big Five, as well as the fascinating corals and dive sights of Sodwana Bay. Guests can indulge in pampering spa treatments, partake of game viewing by foot, boat or in open 4×4 vehicles and enjoy endless activities and excursion opportunities within a close radius.
Helivate Helicopter Services was established in 2011 in response to the ever-increasing helicopter charter market within South Africa and its neighbouring countries. Now with its operational base in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, the company is one of the leading providers of business helicopter flights and private helicopter charters throughout the country. Aside from corporate charters, Helivate also offers bespoke helicopter trips for special occasions. Book a tailor-made tour for your and that special someone; pop the question mid-air or simply set the mood with a bespoke flight to the destination of your choosing. With Helivate, the sky's the limit.
If you are looking for the romance and adventure of a hot air balloon flight, Life Ballooning is the South African activity provider you've been looking for. Every flight with Life Ballooning is a special occasion, celebrated with in-flight champagne, and memories in the making are captured with an on-board camera so you have a photo memento to treasure at home. Situated at the heart of Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve that recently received UNESCO World Heritage status, Life Ballooning's base of operations is a mere 35km from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Experience South Africa’s most spectacular scenery from the unique vantage of a hot air balloon - it's something you'll remember for the rest of your life!
MANGWANANI AFRICAN SPA
Mangwanani African Spa came into existence in 2002, when Erin Limbert, the company’s dynamic CEO, first set into motion the realisation of her dream to create a wellness retreat where South Africans could experience true head-to-toe indulgence. With branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, as well as the Eastern- and Western Cape, Mangwanani African Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments that combine age-old African wisdom with contemporary techniques. Whether you want to enjoy some time off on your own, are interested in a couple's retreat or would like to treat a few of your girlfriends to an afternoon of pampering, Mangwanani African Spa is the place to be.
CANDLEWOOD GUEST HOUSE
Candlewoods Guest House offers luxurious accommodation in Centurion, Gauteng. This sought-after destination comprises 10 beautiful rooms in the Main House and two self-catering units with three rooms each. For the ultimate indulgence while visiting Gauteng, be sure to visit Spa de la Veille, situated only a few minutes from Candlewoods Guest House, where the passionate and highly skilled team invite you to experience a memorable and life-changing pampering session. Candlewoods Guest House also offers conferencing facilities and a beautiful wedding venue where happy couples can tie the knot in stunning surroundings.
MORRUMBENE BEACH RESORT
Morrumbene Beach Resort is located in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. With picturesque beaches, coconut trees and landscapes of contrasting beauty, the serenity of this sought-after destination will undoubtedly capture your heart. Morrumbene Beach Resort is a tranquil oasis set right on the beach front, the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful surroundings or stay put and enjoy the serenity of a true Mozambican getaway. The resort offers 8 self-catering chalets in various configurations that sleep between 6 and 10 guests each. Guests can look forward to a fully-equipped kitchen, braai facilities, cleaning services as well as a surf launch beach that is perfect for all sorts of water-based activities - the perfect set-up for an active family holiday or getaway with a group of friends!
SUKOON DAY SPA
Located in Honeydew, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Sukoon Day Spa will customise a massage to suit your personal requirements, whether you need to relieve everyday aches and pains, reduce stress, and relax, or recover from injuries. Their specialty is holistic massage that incorporates deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, lomilomi, Swedish and orthopaedic massage therapies depending on the needs of the client. They also do deeper pressure techniques without the pain. All therapies are done to the client's specifications. It is YOUR massage and they want you to be comfortable and feel amazing when they're are finished - the perfect option for hard-working couples who need some TLC.
AL THANDIWE SAFARIS
Situated in pristine Bushveld, two and a half hours from Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport, Al Thandiwe reserve is owned by Adel Sumait, a Kuwaiti national and Marc Armstrong, a British national. It is with their dedication, vision and rare understanding of the land and its finely balanced ecosystem that this unique place was brought to its full potential. Al Thandiwe is contained in nature's own amphitheatre - a vast wilderness with an aura of majestic splendour created by the Buffelshoek mountain range. In the lower-lying area the land displays vast plains with vistas of pristine bushveld from the mountains, where game such as gemsbok, eland, zebra, kudu, blue wildebeest, giraffe, and waterbuck live in large herds. Guests can look forward to tailor-made game safaris and luxurious accommodation at this exceptional four-star lodge.
Situated in the N4 Gateway Park in Pretoria Oos, Skietbaan is a shooting range that allows men and women from all walks of life to indulge in the singular excitement of handling a firearm in a safe environment. Shooting is an ideal activity if you want to blow off steam and simultaneously improve at a demanding activity in a measurable way. Skietbaan offers thirteen shooting stations, automatic target retrieval with 30m range, as well as a range of pistols and rifles to try at your leisure. If you choose to return more than once, they also keep a detailed log of all your shoots so you can improve your skill and marksmanship.
Broekielace is one of South Africa’s most discreet and efficient online stores for all things naughty and nice, including flattering underwear, sexy swimwear or luscious lingerie. Whether you prefer to keep it classic with everyday bras and panties in flattering silhouettes, or want to mix it up with daring lingerie that have all the bells and whistles, Broekielace stocks a great variety of options from popular brands like Commando, Hanky Panky, YES, yLove and Zaful. The online store also offers a range of personal lubricants that are certified organic and carries the UK Soil Association seal of approval; as well as all sorts of tricks and toys for girls and boys. Add secure payment and discreet delivery to the package and it's easy to see why Broekielace is so popular!
RIVONIA BED & BREAKFAST
Rivonia Bed & Breakfast is a luxury four-star accommodation venue in the upmarket suburb of Sandton, north of the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg. This multi-award winning B&B is the ideal 'home away from home' for business- and leisure travellers, wedding groups and out-of-town shoppers. With 50 freestanding en suite units (self-catering bed-sitters and double rooms with coffee and tea making facilities), as well as seven family units for couples with kids, there is plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Add secure on-site parking, an Internet workstation, complimentary Wi-Fi and DStv, daily cleaning and a laundry service to the deal, and you can see why Rivonia Bed & Breakfast is so popular with South Africans and foreigners alike.
EHLATHINI GAME LODGE
Situated in the Waterberg biosphere, Ehlathini Game Lodge is a beautiful hidden gem pitched high upon a hill southwest of Marken, a small settlement in Limpopo Province. But just because the lodge overlooks the lower-lying Bushveld, doesn't mean that it's a rustic venue - to the contrary, it's a place of true sophistication and tranquil relaxation where guests determine their own pace. Nature walks and game drives bring visitors close to an array of bird life, giraffe, zebra, kudu, blue wildebeest and many other antelope species. Crisp and clear night skies encourage stargazing where you can lose yourself and almost touch the Southern Cross and Orion’s belt. This stunning accommodation venue will leave you with special memories and a longing to return.
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“No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you.
I swear it.”
––Defiance by C.J. Redwine
“I wanted to tell you that wherever I am, whatever happens, I’ll always think of you, and the time we spent
together, as my happiest time. I’d do it all over again, if I had the choice. No regrets.”
––Boundless by Cynthia Hand
“And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.”
––Across the Universe by Beth Revis
“It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a
responsibility toward that love.”
––Every Day by David Levithan
“I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.”
––The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.
I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable,
and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and
I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
––The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do,
right this second.”
––Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
“Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you. I can only just see you.”
––Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
“I am catastrophically in love with you.”
––Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t
something about you at all. It was just you.”
––Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire