We bring you 14 marvellous specials offered at some top South African hotels and lodges that will make for some easy loving this Valentine’s Day.
In Mpumalanga, located on 800 hectares of peaceful countryside, Walkersons Hotel & Spa, an exclusive 5-star, 27-room boutique hotel near Dullstroom invites you and your valentine to a romantic Valentine’s weekend with a great 35 per cent discount for a two-night stay – Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2021. Enjoy a special Valentine’s menu, a romantic turndown in your room and a small gift to celebrate Valentine’s. Details: [email protected], 013 253 7000 or www.walkersons.co.za
In KwaZulu-Natal – Celebrate love with a weekend getaway at Thanda Safari … the perfect place where couples can experience the bush, the Big Five, romantic turndowns, Valentine sundowner (non-alcoholic) cocktails, romantic meals and on Saturday 13 February, a special Valentine’s event in the bush – Romance with a capital R! Thanda’s Valentine’s Weekend of Romance Package from R6 500 per person sharing for a two-night (Friday and Saturday) stay includes two night’s accommodation at the luxurious Thanda Tented Camp (spacious safari-style tents with private viewing deck and en-suite bathroom), four game drives with expert guide and tracker, all meals and selected local beverages. Details: [email protected], 032 586 0149 or www.thandasafari.co.za
Emdoneni Lodge – a privately owned, multi-award winning 3-star lodge with an abundance of wildlife and natural vegetation situated on a small game farm in Hluhluwe, offers exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African safaris. Choose between four options – standard or deluxe chalets; African-style rondavels, and – perfect for couples wanting to celebrate Valentine’s in style – the Windfall Cottage. Bring your Valentine partner and enjoy the magical and romantic Emdoneni Lodge’s Valentine’s Package which includes one overnight stay, dinner, breakfast, guided sundowner walk, a cat tour, a spa voucher and a goodie bag! Details: [email protected], 035 562 7000/ 7001 or www.emdonenilodge.com
In the Cape at the 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa, situated on Thesen Islands, Knysna is the ideal place to spend a romantic Valentine’s weekend. The Turbine’s specials for Valentine’s Day – the Accommodation/ Spa/ Island Café one night special – Saturday 13 February at R2 850 per room – and the two-night special – Friday 12 February and Saturday 13 February at R5 190 per room – include Bed and Breakfast, a 45-minute couple back, neck and shoulder massage at Turbine Spa and a romantic turndown platter. Details: [email protected], 044 302 5746 or www.turbinehotel.co.za
The superior De Hoop Collection in the Hoop Nature Reserve, one of the Western Cape’s largest and most beautiful nature sanctuaries offers a great Valentine’s Day special. Spend Valentine’s Day weekend with your valentine in a suite for two nights. Enjoy romantic dinners at The Fig Tree Restaurant and breakfasts on the verandah watching the birds on the vlei at only R3 720 per couple (R1 860 per person per night) on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, a complimentary bird walk is included. Details: [email protected], 021 422 4522 or www.dehoopcollection.com
The elegant award-winning Eendracht Hotel & Apartments situated in the heart of the oldest part of Stellenbosch. Its Valentine’s Day Package – a one night stay for two – offers an Adventure Shop Boschendal e-bike tour for two on Saturday morning, a ‘welcome’ mocktail on arrival at Eendracht, breakfast and a three-course lunch for two at Senobia’s on Sunday – R2 495 per couple. This package is only available for overnight Saturday 13 February. Details: [email protected], 021 883 8843 or www.eendracht-hotel.com
The Cape Country Routes property Agulhas Country Lodge is a paradise found at the southernmost tip of Africa in L’Agulhas. Its elevated position offers guests remarkable sea views from nearly every vantage point. For a romantic Valentine’s getaway at Agulhas Country Lodge there is a 50 per cent discount for a honeymoon suite for two people for two nights on 12, 13, 14 February – R625 per person per night – includes a full breakfast. Details: [email protected] or www.capecountryroutes.com
The 4-star Cape Country Routes’ property De Zeekoe Guest Farm surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains and situated just 7km outside Oudtshoorn in the Garden Route’s Klein Karoo has a unique charm. Surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway as they have great rates for Valentine’s Weekend (12 to 14 February 2021), from R700 per person per night for the Cottages and R650 per person per night for rooms in the Main House – rates includes breakfast. Details: [email protected] or www.capecountryroutes.com
If you and your significant other are keen to do something completely different for Valentine’s, then consider Cape Country Routes’ award-winning shark cage diving and viewing company in Kleinbaai, Western Cape, Marine Dynamics’ fabulous 40 per cent discount Valentine offer. Explore the world-famous Dyer Island ecosystem and stand a chance to see sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. An onboard marine biologist will educate you as you get up close and personal with the magnificent marine wildlife. A free visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary – a project of the owner- established Dyer Island Conservation Trust is included. Details: [email protected], 082 380 3405 or www.marinedynamics.co.za
For a romantic Valentine’s Weekend with a difference head to the Cape Country Routes’ charming 3-star New Holme Country House – a working sheep and game farm situated in the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve. A special Valentine’s rate of R1 500 per person for two nights includes New Holme’s signature three-course buffet and breakfast daily, plus a complimentary night drive to see the Shy 5 and to do some stargazing. Details: [email protected] or www.capecountryroutes.com
Also, part of the Cape Country Routes Collection is the luxury game lodge Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve, situated 40km from Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the World. This is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s weekend. Rates for a single-night package (dinner, bed and breakfast) start from R1 500 per person per night – and there’s a special Valentine’s treat of a free picnic basket for each couple staying over. Details: [email protected] or www.capecountryroutes.com
If you’re looking for a luxurious Valentine’s experience, then Cape Summer Villas’ Sky Villa Boutique Hotel offering world-leading luxury accommodation in Plettenberg Bay is the place to be! For a premium Valentine’s celebration of love book Sky Villa’s Perfect Date Package, R4 200 per couple – includes two nights stay, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine (non-alcoholic) and fruit basket on arrival, breakfast, a private dinner on the terrace plus a 60 minute Thai Oil massage, courtesy of Royal Thai Plett. Details: [email protected], 087 550 2967 or www.capesummervillas.co.za
The Cape Summer Villa Collection’s distinctive Spanish Farm Guest Lodge in Somerset West with a peaceful ambience and typical warm South African hospitality it is a special slice of paradise. Take advantage of Spanish Farm’s Romantic Escape package – two nights at the Spanish Farm Guest Lodge – from R3 400 for standard guesthouse room to R5 900 for Honeymoon Villa – this package includes breakfast, a complimentary bottle of (non-alcoholic) wine/ bubbly and a 60-minute Thai massage for two. Details: [email protected], 021 852 7352 or www.capesummervillas.co.za
The elegantly furnished, self-catering apartments at The Den Apartments by Cape Summer Villas in Stellenbosch are fitted with only the finest in fixtures, appliances and linen and feature interior design by Clara’s Interiors, a communal rooftop deck with pool, a braai area and views of the nearby mountain range. Enjoy The Den Apartments by Cape Summer Villas Romantic Hideaway Special with your loved one, a two-night stay at R3 000 for a Studio apartment which includes a cheese board with a complimentary bottle of wine/ bubbly (non-alcoholic) and an hour-long in-room massage for two. Details: [email protected], 066 297 4358 or www.capesummervillas.co.za
All of the above is subject to availability and T’s & C’s apply.
Please note: In keeping with protocols regarding the Coronavirus, all these properties are adhering to stringent health and safety cleaning protocols – the safety of their guests and staff being of the highest priority.