MOST ROMANTIC BATH TUBS
August 12, 2019
We don’t know about you, but there’s just something about the idea of a bubble bath under the stars or clear blue sky that gives us all kinds of lovely goosebumps. The blissful surrender-and-soak made possible by an al fresco bath tub is something quite astonishing, and there’s more of those around than you may think! Here are our top picks of South African accommodation venues with romantic outdoor tubs.
SUMMERFIELDS ROSE RETREAT & SPA
Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
in Hazyview is a 5-star venue on the banks of the Sabie river that offers luxury accommodation in 12 tented suites and one premier timber suite, an on-site spa and award-winning restaurant on a working macadamia and litchi farm. Here, you can soak your worries away in an outdoor tub to the sound of the mighty Sabie as you drink in the singular tranquillity of the Lowveld.
KOLKOL MOUNTAIN LODGE
KolKol Mountain Lodge
is a rustic getaway offering luxurious accommodation on the Van der Stel Pass near Bot River in the Western Cape. 'Log in' at their Canadian-style log cabins and relax in your private wood-fired hot tub while enjoying a glass of fine local wine.
TIMAMOON - THE MOST SEDUCTIVE LODGE ON THE PLANET
is a gorgeous sexy hideaway set high up in the hills and surrounded by forests and close to the Kruger Park & Blyderiver Canyon.. Each of the luxurious Moroccan and Zanzibar styled lodges are romantic and private, with mosquito net draped four-poster beds, large fireplaces and baths to float away in. From your private pool, there are endless views of the distant mountains and the valley where the Sabie River flows and Longcrested eagles ride the afternoon thermals.
LION SANDS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
River Lodge, the soul of Lion Sands, was built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. The luxurious thatched bedrooms each have their own private wooden viewing decks and airy, yet cosy, en-suite bathrooms (pictured above). With the river flowing quietly outside your room, you won’t even have to get out of the deep oval bathtub to go game viewing. And we couldn’t resist sharing a photo of the gorgeous outdoor shower – the perfect start to energise you for the day. Read more on Suretravel.co.za
DWYKA TENTED LODGE
Dwyka Tented Lodge consists of 9 luxury tents in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and is surrounded by awe inspiring rock formations. Free-standing baths and outdoor showers exude an atmosphere of romantic seclusion – the ringing phones and traffic of the cities seem light-years away. Read more on Suretravel.co.za
MHONDORO GAME LODGE
Mhondoro Game Lodge
is a luxury, 5-star private game lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a malaria-free Big 5 game reserve in Limpopo. Here you can enjoy some al fresco tub time on an exquisite spa deck that overlooks the unspoiled reserve – truly magical!
OCEANA BEACH & WILDLIFE RESERVE
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve
near Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape offers a luxurious boutique hotel experience in a wildlife reserve overlooking the Indian Ocean. The tubs here might not technically be outside, but the sliding doors to the bathroom of each luxury suite opens up to spectacular beach and bushveld views that are to die for.
What are you waiting for? Book a getaway to one of these awesome locations to get your outdoor tubbing on! We double-dare you.
OUR RECOMMENDED WINE
Van Loveren Family Vineyards
is a wonderful destination for romantic meals, getaways with friends or family-friendly outings. Situated it the spellbinding Robertson Valley, this beautiful wine farm is popular with wine lovers from all walks of life. Aside from a wonderful array of wines that highlight the singular Robertson terroir, the Van Loveren estate also offers a great variety of attractions and things to do. Take a road trip out to this beautiful neck of the woods and spend the day enjoying innovative food & wine pairings, taking a hike or exploring the farm by mountain bike, birding, wandering in the historic garden or simply sitting down to a delicious meal at the on-site bistro, Christina's at Van Loveren.
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