Everyone remembers that one year, when upon drearily opening one eye to the sunlight, you were greeted by the loving but expectant gaze of your significant other. It was Valentine’s Day, the day you officially run out of time to procrastinate on V Day gift buying. To make matters worse, your stomach does a little flip at the thought of finding time in one of your busiest work days (EVER) to whip up some incredible surprise for your love.
Instead of admitting this though, you crack your best everything-is-fine-and-dandy smile, mumble those 3 important words and hope that your early-morning show of confidence is enough to put your mate off the trail.
After a hectic day you return home with your mate’s favourite pre-prepared Woolies meal the last remaining bunch of roses in the shop and what you hope is a convincing card, vowing to be better organised next year.
Well folks, it is next year! And Valentine’s Day is just 4 weeks away. To make up for last year’s mess, we suggest you go all out this year and treat your love to an entire weekend of chocolates and flowers.
Here are some ideas for a romantic getaway…
A Bush Escape – Simbavati River Lodge
Think early morning game drives, the relaxing sound of birds tweeting and insects chirping and iconic African sunsets. For one weekend trade in your normal life for a taste of the story-book Africa which, if you’ve ever flipped through an African travel magazine spread, is as romantic a backdrop as they come!
Close to Gauteng consider the Pilanesberg area or a lodge in the Timbavati reserve, while the Eastern Cape has some of its best nature reserve offerings in the Addo area and of course there are Kwandwe and Shamwari too.
A Country Escape – De Oude Pastorie
Sometimes it’s really nice to find yourself in a quaint little town. There are inevitably quirky eateries to explore, little art galleries lovingly curated and in South Africa, breath-taking backdrops.
You could try Greyton in the Western Cape, Clarens or Parys in the Free State, or one of the towns in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.
A Seaside Escape – Draaihoek Lodge
There is no doubt that the West Coast is one of the most romantic seaside destinations ever, unless of course you are averse to long quiet stretches of beach, fishing villages of white-washed bungalows and fresh seafood. Other great spots in the Western Cape include Stanford and the Garden Route while towns up and down KwaZulu Natal’s North Coast and South Coast offer warm seas, golden sands and scenic cocktail bars.
A City Escape – Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel
While much can be said for the peace and quiet of rural destinations, sometimes it’s simply a different kind of buzz you’re after. If you’re a couple that enjoys exploring fine dining options and art galleries, live music and the theatre, a visit to Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban might be just what you need!