Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year – Boo! But don’t let those Monday blues stop you from having an incredible weekend away before or after the 14th with the person you love most.
We’ve picked out 4 of the most romantic places around South Africa for you and your Bok Bok to escape to this Valentine’s Day.
Forest Edge Nature-Lovers’ Retreat
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Nestled in the forest just 30 minutes North of Knysna you will find the first of our recommended romantic retreats: Forest Edge Nature-Lovers’ Retreat. Five cosy cottages lie waiting for you and your Valentine to spend a couple of stress-free, special nights in.
What’s more, is that activities in this area cater to all types of couples. Super adventurous? Take a drive to do the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour or go tubing on the Storm’s River rapids. Outdoorsy? Take a hike along the Diepwalle Elephant Trails. Want to relax and just enjoy each other’s company? Have a picnic next to a secluded forest stream on Forest Edge’s property.
Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
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For couples who prefer the city lights, the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel on Cape Town’s Long Street in the heart of the CBD offers the perfect Valentine’s Night city experience. You won’t even have to leave the hotel to have the best romantic weekend.
Stay in your robes whilst the prompt room service brings you anything from a date box with cheeses, cold meats and crunchy baguettes to an oyster box which you can enjoy with a glass of bubbles. And when you do want to leave your room (we doubt you will) you can go upstairs to the rooftop where the hotel often sets up starlit movie nights for you and other snuggly couples.
Make sure to arrive in style with our Grand Daddy of suitcases: the Amalfi Large Trolley bag on special online now.
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa
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How about a weekend of pampering and elegance? The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa situated in Morningside, Johannesburg will give you and your lovely valentine just that.
The hotel offers multiple suite choices, a library, incredible food and champagne options and a Bali-inspired spa with a menu of treatments bigger than the palm trees you will be massaged under. And this February, the spa is offering a rejuvenating hour-long, full-body, soy candle side by side massage for just R1 600 per couple!
Leopard Corner Lodge
The ever-exciting St. Lucia is the last location we recommend you visit for a weekend of romance. We warn you though, this town is not for the feint hearted. But we promise, if you can handle the hippos walking the streets at night and crocodiles in the estuary nearby, St. Lucia makes for an unforgettable weekend.
Sunrise game drives in the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi big five park, sunset cruises down the Mfolozi river with horseback riding and trips to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in between. What could be more romantic?
That wraps up our top 4 Valentine’s Day getaway locations. Get those bags packed and enjoy the season of love in style.