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January 23, 2018

“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With” –  Charles Schulz 

Situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Brahman Hills is a destination of choice for weddings, conferences and idyllic country escapes. Its extensive facilities include a state of the art Spa, two restaurants (89 on Copper and Brahman Hills Café), coffee bar, cellar and underground bar, as well as a variety of evening venues seating from 10 to 400 people. 

Nestled amongst rolling hills as far as the eye can see, yet just a stone’s throw away from the N3 Highway, Brahman Hills is easily accessible and central to the famous Midlands Meander. Brahman Hills is situated in the 1000 hectare Blue Crane Reserve. 

The historical village of Irene, Centurion is known for the long and winding oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures. With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel boasting 75 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, a fine dining restaurant and wedding venues, as well as the luxurious and well-appointed Camdeboo Day Spa. 

Guests arrive at a haven of peace and tranquility, and promptly forget that they are in or even near one of South Africa’s busiest metropolitan areas. If you want to enjoy a singular combination of convenience and indulgence, Irene Country Lodge should be at the top of your list. 

ATKV Buffelspoort is an oasis in the Magaliesberg region. Located less than an hour's drive from the busy metropoles of Pretoria and Johannesburg, and just a hop, skip and a jump from Sun City with all its wonderful holiday attractions, this ATKV resort offers a great variety of self-catering accommodation and recreational facilities for the whole family. 

There is also an on-site restaurant, fast food outlet, and shop to make mealtimes simple and convenient. The area is tranquil and serene, but also close to a wide array of tourist destinations, making it the perfect getaway for travellers who want rest and recharge, but also require the option of heading out on a few excursions.  

The perfect destination for fairy tale wedding, couple's getaway, successful conference or family holiday in the Drakensberg, ATKV Drakensville is situated near a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site among the foothills of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre. Here you can enjoy breath-taking views, close proximity to an astounding array of historical places of interest, adventure destinations and so much more.  

As a semi-finalist in the AA Travel Guide/American Express accommodation awards in the 'Big self-catering resorts in South Africa' category, ATKV Drakensville is one of the foremost self-catering accommodation providers in the region - a great choice for those times you just need to get out of the city.  

Langfontein Guest Farm offers gorgeous, petfriendly accommodation in the Camdeboo Conservancy just outside of the quaint village of Graaff-Reinet. Situated on a historical Karoo farm, you'll find three cottages - Dot's Cottage (sleeps 2, perfect for honeymooners); 1830 Cottage (sleeps 4-6, great for families); and Westbrook (sleeps 12-19, tailor-made for groups of friends).  

Guests can look forward to a restful, old world ambience infused with all the glamour of a bygone era - think large, spacious bedrooms, crisp white linen and steaming cups of coffee on verandas overlooking the arid beauty of the Karoo. petfriendly accommodation in the Camdeboo Conservancy just outside of the quaint village of Graaff-Reinet. 

Situated on a historical Karoo farm, you'll find three cottages - Dot's Cottage (sleeps 2, perfect for honeymooners); 1830 Cottage (sleeps 4-6, great for families); and Westbrook (sleeps 12-19, tailor-made for groups of friends). Guests can look forward to a restful, old world ambience infused with all the glamour of a bygone era - think large, spacious bedrooms, crisp white linen and steaming cups of coffee on verandas overlooking the arid beauty of the Karoo. 

Winner of the AA Travel Guide/American Express accommodation awards for the category 'Large self-catering resorts in South Africa', ATKV Eiland Spa is the picture of peace and tranquility in the Bushveld. This Limpopo refuge, located on the banks of the picturesque Letaba River less than an hour's drive from Tzaneen, offers exceptional self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Hans Merensky nature reserve. 

Here guests can enjoy sunny, warm weather year-round and revel in diverse natural beauty and an array of leisure activities - the perfect option for couples, families and groups of friends. 

ATKV Goudini Spa is situated near the Boland town of Worcester in the Western Cape, along the famous Route 62 that winds its way through some of the most beautiful winelands in the country. Here you can ease your weary muscles in healing mineral baths, partake of fun leisure activities or head out to enjoy the many visitor attractions in the area. 

ATKV Goudini Spa offers a great selection of self-catering accommodation and recreation facilities that make it a wonderful option for couples, families and groups of friends. They also host weddings and offer affordable conference packages for up to 800 delegates.winelands in the country. Here you can ease your weary muscles in healing mineral baths, partake of fun leisure activities or head out to enjoy the many visitor attractions in the area. 

ATKV Hartenbos is a bit of an Afrikaans institution – there are very few Afrikaans families who haven’t spent a fun-filled holiday at this wonderful resort. 

Situated along the verdant Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, a mere 8km from Mossel Bay and less than 30 minutes' drive from George Airport, ATKV Hartenbos offers a great variety of affordable self-catering accommodation packages for couples, families and groups of friends who want to enjoy the slow pace and exceptional leisure activities along South Africa's southern coast without breaking the bank.

Situated in the verdant Limpopo Province near Magoebaskloof, Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge is a place of peaceful tranquillity, where forests take the place of highways and footpaths the place of grim office corridors. Here, guests can get closer to nature, experience the ancient rhythms of life, and enjoy comfortable, unpretentious accommodation in log cabins, beautifully appointed cottages or a spacious farmhouse in private settings that overlook mountains, forests, rivers and bushveld. 

As one of SA's top eco-destinations, Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge is the ultimate destination for couples who want to spend their leisure time in the midst of nature, with plenty of walking paths, hiking trails, MTB tracks and bird walks to explore.

Nestled in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Waterberg region, ATKV Klein-Kariba is centrally located just outside Bela-Bela, about an hour's drive from Pretoria. This popular resort offers comfortable self-catering accommodation at affordable rates in beautiful surroundings, not to mention the awesome variety of leisure options on the grounds and visitors' attractions that can be explored nearby. 

ATKV Klein-Kariba also has a gorgeous stone chapel, as well as a waterfall and forest that can be used for wedding ceremonies, so it's tailor-made for a beautiful destination wedding. 

ATKV Natalia is a beautiful beach resort located near Durban, which means it is a lush, tropical paradise that offers gorgeous weather year-round. Here visitors can take their pick from spacious, comfortable self-catering apartments in various configurations to suit couples, families or groups of friends, or camp out in the top-class caravan park that boast all the modern amenities you can imagine. 

The resort also has an array of recreational facilities and is within close proximity to many tourist attractions in the area. 

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.

If you want to enjoy the convivial atmosphere of an ATKV resort and feel like splurging on some glamorous accommodation at the same time, you’re in luck – this resort group now has luxury ATKV Villas at three of their popular South African holiday destinations. 

ATKV Buffelspoort offers the Magalies Villas and ATKV Goudini Spa boasts the Slanghoek Villas, while ATKV Klein-Kariba offers both the Vishoek Villas and Diamanté Suite. Tailormade for discerning travellers with a taste for sumptuous living, these exclusive units are a great option for honeymooners and couples on a romantic getaway. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment. 

Discover the gem of the bushveld! Monate Game Lodge is an elegant and peaceful break-away retreat where guests can enjoy the tranquility of the bush while being treated like royalty. Monate Game Lodge is nestled in manicured gardens on a 1839-hectare private reserve in the Limpopo Province, within easy reach of the Gauteng area. 

It is home to abundant wildlife including buffalo, lion, giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra, a large variety of antelope and almost 50% of the bird species found in South Africa. This malaria-free area is beautiful in its diversity, ranging from open plains to typical bushveld and interesting rocky outcrops, caves and koppies - the perfect place to enjoy the quintessential South African safari. 

The Fairview Hotel is situated less than two kilometres from the central business district of Tzaneen, on a lush plot of farmland within an hour's drive from the Kruger National Park. Here you will find tranquil surroundings, manicured gardens and a home away from home for families, couples and groups of friends. 

Founded in 1996, the four-star Fairview Hotel & Conference centre offers a variety of accommodation options that includes hotel suites and self-catering family units, all decorated in tasteful Afro-Colonial style with roomy verandas and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Fairview Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the Tzaneen area, Magoebaskloof and surrounding areas. 

Nearby activities range from scenic hiking trails, boat trips on the Tzaneen and Ebenezer dams and bird watching in the indigenous forests, to golf, treetop canopy tours and township experiences.

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland Coast in KwaZulu-Natal, which forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Here guests will find a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches with clear, warm waters that provide excellent snorkeling and off-shore SCUBA diving opportunities. 

The 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoiled wilderness beaches. Accommodation is provided in 12 thatched bush suites with either ocean- or forest views, while the Deluxe Ocean Views room also boast private plunge pools. The suites are positioned to afford maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact. 

Excellent cuisine can be enjoyed al fresco on the dining deck or beach deck overlooking the sea. In short, the perfect spot for a luxurious, romantic getaway.

You've been on vacations but have you ever had a Spa-cation? Indulge yourself and your partner at the amazing Fusionista Super Spa, Beauty Salon and Restaurant. Enter another world of tranquillity and relaxation with differently-themed treatment rooms, including the Bamboo, Candle, Wind Chime, Crystal and Garden Rooms, as well as the totally unique, one-of-a-kind Koi Mist Room, where you are massaged in an dreamlike outdoor garden setting with mist, fire and koi fish swimming beneath you. 

Choose from an incredible array of beauty treatments or massages including genuine Thai massages done by expert Thai therapists. Book a private jacuzzi or sauna (or both!) or chill out in our Chill Room. Treat yourself and your partner to a romantic and unforgettable couples massage and then indulge in a delicious meal at the exquisite Fusionista restaurant. 

The decor is exotic and the ambience is laid-back. Dine alfresco in our tropical outdoor section, book the special table next to the Fusionista aquarium, or alternatively enjoy a meal in our private dining area. You will feel like you are on holiday and will emerge relaxed and rejuvenated.

Zebula Golf Estate & Spa is situated a mere 2 hours north of Johannesburg in the magnificent malaria-free Limpopo Province, amidst 1600 hectares of pristine bushveld in the shadow of the Waterberg mountains. Here guests can look forward to indigenous tree-covered hills and wide-open grasslands that are punctuated with frequent dams and waterholes – a diverse landscape that supports a wide variety of game, birds and small wildlife, and is also home to an environmentally-friendly Peter Matkovitch-designed golf course. 

Accommodation is available at the 4-star Zebula Bush lodge in cosy chalets that overlook either the golf course or the unspoiled bushveld, close to the main clubhouse with its many facilities. The Spa at Zebula offers an array of indulgent therapies in a serene space that features 10 private treatment rooms and a raised deck overlooking the bush for open-air therapies. In short, Zebula Golf Estate & Spa has everything you need for a luxurious couple's getaway.

Hidden away on the shores of the authentic fishing village of Paternoster, only 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is an inimitable seaside destination with immeasurable charm. Here guests can relax and unwind in 14 exquisite on-suite rooms and suites that feature a fusion of beach style and contemporary luxury interiors, each with either a private enclosed courtyard or its own terrace that opens onto breath-taking views of the ocean and vast nature surrounds. 

Here you can take the time to simply be, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, set off on an endless beach walk in search of whales and dolphins, hop onto a bicycle for a leisurely ride or take to the waves in a kayak. Paternoster is a seafood mecca, a gourmet destination for travellers in search of the ultimate meal. 

The hotel creates inspired cuisine with a local and organic slant at their intimate restaurant, which also serves up breath-taking views of the surroundings. Indulge in the ultimate Strandloper Ocean luxury, a sensual Spa experience that reflects the soul and the ancient, healing secrets of Africa. 

By using only naturally harvested botanical ingredients a memorable, relaxing treatment experience is created. A romantic venue for couples, honeymooners or anyone looking for some special me-time, the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel offers the best of fuss-free, luxury West Coast hospitality. 

Riverstone Lodge in Muldersdrift offers 3-star accommodation on the scenic banks of the Crocodile River, within easy reach of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Lanseria Airport. This elegant destination offers stylish accommodation in spacious rooms that feature all the comforts of home, including 12 executive suits that overlook the river, 36 twin rooms with private patios that open onto the shared swimming pool area and one superior suite with its own private garden and splash pool. 

The lodge also boasts an on-site restaurant, Driftwood Cafe, which has an innovative menu that features South African and Portuguese classics, as well as an extensive wine list. Best of all? You can host your wedding or special event in one of four venues - the Savuti, Okavango and Savannah halls are situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, while the smaller Kalagadi venue is situated in the middle of the lodge amongst lush beautiful landscaped gardens, Koi Ponds and the pool lapa.

Situated between Pretoria and Hartbeespoort Dam, bordering Gauteng and the North-West Province, Magalies Mountain Lodge is a private guest lodge at the foot of the majestic Magalies mountains. Here guests can leave the bustle of the city behind to enjoy unspoiled surroundings and indulge in everything from breath-taking outdoor adventures to relaxing spa sessions. 

The lodge's extensive facilities include stylish, yet affordable accommodation, an in-house restaurant, spa, pub, and wedding venue. Accommodation is provided in a selection of double rooms and rondavels with a choice of a bath or shower; there is a range of getaway and lifestyle packages available to suit a variety of budgets. Magalies Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway or book a luxury spa day to enjoy with your partner.

Situated among the tranquil foothills of the Kammanassie Mountain range near Dysseldorp and Oudtshoorn, Madi-Madi Klein Karoo Safari Lodge is perched on the scenic banks of the Kammanassie River in a secluded valley where time stands still. Here guests can sit back and enjoy luxury accommodation in one of two Executive Riverfront Cottages, two Luxury Suites or two Superior Riverfront Cottages. 

This elegantly appointed Little Karoo destination also offers real South African cuisine, including bush breakfasts after your guided game drive or a relaxing breakfast cooked on an open fire in the lodge, picnic lunches or lunch platters to enjoy in the privacy of your suite, or outside overlooking the river before heading out to end the day with a sunset river cruise. 

Guests can also indulge in a variety of activities, including nature drives, fishing, guided horseback adventures, informative bird viewing excursions, guided Bushman trails, spa treatments, and stargazing. In short - it's the ultimate little Karoo getaway for discerning couples.  

The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa is well known for its legendary personalised service which is accentuated by the perfect ambience created by world-class surroundings. Situated in the tranquil Garden Route town of Wilderness, the hotel is easily accessible from George Airport with connecting flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. 

This gorgeous getaway is popular with discerning guest from all around the globe, and with good reason - it combines exceptional views and sumptuous accommodation with unbeatable cuisine and on-site spa experiences to die for. If you've been looking for a reason to pack your bags and enjoy some R&R with your partner, this is it!

Established in 2005, Celestial Gifts is an owner-managed online platform with a variety of Blue Chip partners that provides some of the most fun and innovative activity vouchers and gift experiences throughout South Africa. As SA's number 1 experience gift specialists, Celestial Gifts offers a remarkable variety of activity vouchers for couples. 

Blow your lover's mind with romantic adventures such as dinner in the sky, cooking lessons for two, chocolate tasting for two, scenic helicopter flights with champagne picnics, his & hers massages or spa vouchers, overnight stays with hot air balloon flights, or quad biking or horseback riding complete with a picnic in the bush. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors, or prefer the finer things in life, Celestial Gifts has the perfect romantic activity gift voucher for a wedding or anniversary, Valentine's day or proposal idea, or just a simple date night to celebrate your love. 

Situated in Tshwane, Casa Toscana offers 4-star luxury accommodation that captures the style and character of Tuscany at the heart of one of South Africa's most vibrant cities. With a wonderful variety of luxury accommodation packages that cater for a variety of requirements, this exceptional venue boasts 20 beautifully-appointed rooms that are perfect for romantic weekends away in a classic, dreamy atmosphere. 

Casa Toscana also hosts weddings and private functions, offering a turn-key service that includes catering, decor, set-up and more. With a choice of on-site chapel and outdoor ceremony locations for an al fresco wedding, and the Rubica hall that can accommodate a variety of events in style and opulence, as well as a gazebo and manicured gardens, there are so many beautiful options that you'll be able to make your dream wedding a splendid reality. 

Situated along the sought-after Camps Bay seafront, the Primi Royal hotel is a 4-star accommodation venue that offers magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles peaks and Camps Bay beach. Here, discerning couples can look forward to an inimitable romantic ambience underpinned by good value for money and exceptionally beautiful surroundings. 

The Primi Royal offers 10 unique, air-conditioned units that include Standard No View, Standard Sea View, Classic Sea View and Superior Sea View Suite options. All rooms (except one) offer stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean, and the Superior Suites enjoy access to a private balcony with a spa bath or splash pool. 

Breakfast is served in the communal dining and guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, a splash pool, sun deck, as well as free on-site parking and 24h reception. There is no better place from which to explore the many marvels of the Mother City - the perfect destination for a lingering couple's getaway.

Situated along the sought-after Camps Bay seafront, the Primi Sea Castle hotel is a 4-star accommodation venue that offers magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles peaks and Camps Bay beach. Here, discerning couples can look forward to an inimitable romantic ambience underpinned by good value for money and exceptionally beautiful surroundings. 

The Primi Royal offers 10 individually-decorated units that include Standard No View, Standard Sea View and Classic Sea View Suite options. The Classic Suites all have private balconies, of which one comes equipped with a private spa bath. Breakfast is served in the communal dining and guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, a splash pool, sun deck, as well as 24h reception and convenient free street parking. There is no better place from which to explore the many marvels of the Mother City - the perfect destination for a lingering couple's getaway.

Intosol Private Luxury Collection features a range of luxurious guesthouses and villas throughout some of the most beautiful corners of the Western Cape. Penthouse on Beach offers luxurious amenities and exceptional views over the Mother City, while Santa Maria Guest House offers self-catering villa accommodation within a stone's throw from the water's edge in Bloubergstrand. 

Retreat on Hove is situated at the heart of Camps Bay, one of the city's trendiest waterside suburbs, with stunning views of Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the Twelve Apostles, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean! Further afield, Edge House No.6 in Simola Golf Estate and Retreat on Cliff in Pezula Golf Estate are both in close proximity to the coastal town of Knysna along the verdant Garden Route. 

Intosol offers luxury accommodation solutions for couples, families, and groups of friends who want to enjoy an elegant self-catering getaway, fully catered holidays, unforgettable honeymoons and more!

Pine Lake Marina should be on every couple's romantic bucket list. This extraordinary Garden Route resort is located only 5km from Sedgefield on the banks of the Swartvlei Lake in the middle of the Garden Route National Reserve. It offers a variety of self-catering accommodation with units that range from 2 to 10-sleepers, with views over the lake or garden. 

All units have a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area that leads onto a patio with a braai and garden furniture. They also offer accommodation for animal-lovers who travel with smaller dogs. Best of all  is that there are 20+ on-site resort activities to enjoy, as well as indoor play centres, games areas, a gym, tennis courts, putt-putt, Jacuzzis and no less than five swimming pools to enjoy (1 heated). 

Pine Vibe also offers a lovely menu with speciality cocktails for a romantic dinner or lunch. Or order a picnic basket and enjoy a lunch on the lake by boat!

Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort is a 4-star accommodation venue situated right above Knysna’s most popular beach destination, Brenton-on-Sea. Completed in 2014, this luxury self-catering destination is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner, or rest and recharge with the entire family. 

Visitors can look forward to exceptional accommodation, stunning scenery and plenty to see and do in the vicinity - Knysna town, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and George are all less than an hour's drive away. Brenton Haven offers 26 beach villas and 9 luxury suites in a range of configurations, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, and each unit comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, braai area overlooking the ocean, DStv and free Wi-Fi. 

The resort also has a communal gym, outdoor pool overlooking the sea, an on-site restaurant, Butterfly Blu, where visitors can enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes, as well as Indigo Deli, a bustling trading post with home-made snacks and artisanal produce.

The Walden House is an elegant 4-star B&B in a gracious Victorian home that was built in the quaint Capetonian neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof in 1900. Here guests can look forward to picture-perfect accommodation with iconic Table Mountain as backdrop, and many of the Mother City's many splendid amenities within walking distance. 

The Walden House has seven exclusive en-suite rooms, four of which have direct access to the verdant gardens. The large luxury suite is tailor-made for honeymooners and couples on a romantic getaway, with a working fireplace and a large Victorian bathroom with a separate shower. 

Best of all - an on-site chef is ready to whip up a wholesome colonial breakfast and a complement of attentive staff members are on hand to assist you with any concierge services you may need. Choose the Walden House for an elegant getaway to one of the world's best-loved travel destinations.

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of the stunning Cape Winelands, The Corner House guesthouse is the perfect getaway destination for couples, families and groups of friends. Here guests can enjoy luxury accommodation that also happens to be completely child- and pet-friendly, in one of six en-suite rooms that feature all of the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. 

Franschhoek and surrounds is a wonderful area to explore - with 40 wineries, countless fine dining establishments and relaxed country eateries in the vicinity you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to wining and dining. Active couples can also look forward to scenic hiking routes, cycling opportunities, horse-riding, fly-fishing, renowned golf courses and more. 

Book your place at The Corner House in Franschhoek today and get ready for a restorative getaway in one of the Western Cape's most sought-after small town destinations.

Hotel QSL on 44 is one of the trendiest spots to stay in Johannesburg. If a conventional hotel is not for you, consider this bespoke collection of edgy inner-city lofts that were conceived and created by the masterminds behind Row-G, a world-renowned menswear brand. Guests can look forward to singular finishes and a level of luxury that will truly make their urban experience something exceptional. 

This includes room service from a wide range of restaurants, breakfast vouchers from a nearby eatery; high-speed fibre and smart TVs, Netflix and Showmax; on-site tailoring and suit pressing; as well as a curated list of interesting places to visit, a pillow menu, rental Kindle with 3000+ books and so much more! Hotel QSL also offers a host of services to make your stay as convenient as possible, including laundry, dry-cleaning, valet parking and an airport shuttle service. The perfect option for couples who want to enjoy an urban getaway at the heart of Johannesburg's dazzling inner city.

Doveton House is an exclusive guesthouse in one of Johannesburg's most sought-after suburbs. From its earliest days, this luxurious residence has been home to prominent South African families, and these days it offers a fashionable home away from home for discerning couples and business travellers. 

Guests can look forward to six elegantly furnished en suite rooms and a variety of outdoor entertainment areas that include a sizeable rim flow pool, lush gardens, a hot tub spa pool and a cosy wine cellar where they can sample some of the country's foremost vintages. Best of all - you'll be treated to excellent home-cooked cuisine prepared from scratch using seasonal ingredients from the garden (you could even take a stroll to select your own salad leaves!). 

This includes a hearty breakfast that may be enjoyed in the convivial dining room, in your suite or al fresco on the vine-covered patio. Lunch and dinner is also catered for upon request. The perfect place for discerning couples to enjoy an elegant getaway.

The View Boutique Hotel is a unique five-star accommodation venue in Johannesburg that takes its name from the panoramic vistas it enjoys over the City of Gold. 

Situated in the historic, leafy suburb of Auckland Park close to the heart of the inner-city bustle, this elegant hotel offers visitors a quiet, countryside ambience within minutes of the city's best-loved attractions. Guests can look forward to six elegantly appointed suites that have been individually decorated and feature all of the amenities necessary for a luxurious stay. 

The hotel also has its own on-site restaurant, 1888 @ The View, where guests are invited to enjoy main meals, snacks, as well as High Tea. In fact, you can even host your wedding or special event here, with full catering and a custom menu for up to 150 guests. Alternatively, unwind at The View to Tranquillity Spa, with a Swedish massage, manicure or pedicure. The View Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a truly elegant couple's getaway.

Situated in the spellbinding Wellington valley within 45 minutes' drive from Cape Town, Val du Charron Wine & Olive Estate Guesthouse and Spa offers faultless luxury accommodation for discerning couples and travellers from all walks of life. 

Here, visitors can look forward to sumptuous suites with gorgeous views and elegant interiors, including the 5-star Luxury Suite that features its own plunge pool, recliners for star-gazing, a spa bath and a private patio with a fireplace (tailormade for honeymooners!). Best of all - there are two restaurants and a spa on site, so you won't even have to step foot of the premises to enjoy delicious food and a pampering session or two. 

Book your spot at The Local Grill for some delicious Winelands-style fare, go Italian at Piza-e-Vino, explore the estate's extensive wine portfolio or simply relax and unwind at the Spa@Val du Charron with exquisite views over the vineyards. You couldn't wish for a more decadent getaway!

Agulhas National Park is a wonderful destination for active couples and families with a taste for adventure. Environmentally-friendly, self-catering accommodation is provided in a small rest camp 10.3 km from the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, serviced daily, and equipped with bedding and towels. 

There are five family units with two bedrooms each, ten single units with one bedroom each and seven new chalets, of which six are two sleepers and one is a family unit with space for four. Bigger groups can also consider the Lagoon House, a four-bedroom historic house on the peninsula to the west of the Suiderstrand enclave, or the beautifully restored historic cottages at Rhenosterkop Rest Camp. 

Alternatively, there is also guest cottages on Rietfontein farm on the southern slope of Soetanysberg and a beautifully appointed guest house on Bergplaas towards the north. Visitors can look forward to exceptional Southern Cape fauna and flora, as well as a host of activities that can be enjoyed nearby. 

This includes visiting the Southernmost tip of Africa, the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse & Museum, the haunting Graveyard of Ships, as well as fishing, bird watching, and hiking along the renowned trails in the vicinity! A wonderful getaway at one of our country's best-loved national parks.

Garden Route National Park is a fantastic option for active couples and families who enjoy time in the great outdoors. A variety of accommodation options are available at different camps throughout the park, including forest huts, family log cottages, and forest cabins, as well as caravanning and camping at Storms River (Tsitsikamma Section), Nature's Valley (Tsitsikamma Section), Knysna (Knysna Lakes Section) and Wilderness (Wilderness Section). 

Each destination has unique accommodation configurations, so check the website for specifics and availability. There is so much to see, do and experience throughout this verdant park along the scenic southern coast that you could easily stay for up to two weeks! 

This includes hiking and nature walks, forest excursions, birding, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing, boat cruises, and even snorkelling and scuba diving at Storms River Mouth! Not to mention the world-renowned Otter Trail of course. 

There are on-site restaurants at the Tsitsikamma and Knysna Lakes sections, and Knysna town itself is close by for shopping and curio-hunting excursions. A wonderful getaway at one of our country's most beautiful national parks.

Situated along the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the north-eastern Free State, the Golden Gate National Highlands National Park should be on the must-visit list of every nature-loving couple and family. Accommodation is provided at various points throughout the park, including Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets, Glen Reenen rondavels and guest cottages, Highlands Mountain Retreat wooden cabins, self-catering units at the Basotho Cultural Village, Noordt Brabant Guest House and shared group accommodation at Wilgenhof Environmental Education Centre. 

Visitors can look forward to a wonderful array of activity options, including abseiling, canoeing, game drives, hiking and nature walks, horse riding and swimming; as well as a cultural route, herbal trail and museum tour at Basotho Cultural Village. Other attractions near the park include golf, white water rafting, shooting, quad bike trails, paintball shooting, zip lining, archery, fly-fishing and more! Best of all? 

You can host a wedding here! With unique surroundings, serene settings, superb facilities and a seasoned staff, Golden Gate National Highlands National Park guarantees a gorgeous, memorable day. A remarkable getaway awaits at this stunning national park.

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is the ideal destination for couples and families who are interested in wildlife and birds, as well as those who are in search of serenity and a break from the bustle of day-to-day life. 

Accommodation is available at Leokwe Camp, Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Tshugulu Lodge (luxury stay for up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms), Vhembe Wilderness Camp (rustic and unplugged to the core!), and Mazhou Camping Site, which caters for ten caravans and tents. Visitors can look forward to a variety of activity options, including a museum tour that highlights the park's amazing landscapes, heritage tours, game drives, morning guided walks, bush braais, as well as tree top walks. 

The park also caters for small weddings and special events. This exquisite park is a wonderful getaway destination and should feature on every active couple's bucket list.

Situated in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, Marakele National Park takes its moniker from the Tswana word for 'place of sanctuary', and truly lives up to this name. This stunning park in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa is home to an impressive array of wildlife and the ideal destination for active couples and nature-loving families. 

Accommodation is available at Tlopi Tented Camp (safari tents and guest cottages), Bontle Rest Camp (36 camp sites and 10 tented units with private verandas), and Concession Lodge, a luxury lodge on a 23 000-hectare private concession within the park. Visitors can look forward to stunning scenery, exceptional fauna and flora, as well as a host of activity options. 

This includes bird watching, game viewing, mountain pass trails, morning & sunset drives and bush walks, as well as 4x4 eco-trails. This beautiful park is the ideal getaway spot for adventurous couples with a love of the great outdoors – book your spot today!

Based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, Dial-a-Picnic has fine-tuned the art of personalised picnicking for everything from wedding catering, marriage proposals, romantic celebrations, birthday parties, corporate team building and more. 

As specialists in the field of picnic basket catering and outdoor dining experiences, the Dial-a-Picnic team is at the ready to create a bespoke picnic to suit your unique tastes, requirements and budget. Get in touch and see their website to learn more about their delicious offering.


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