The 50 Best Hot Tub Getaways near Cape Town

Hot Tub Accommodation Leopard’s Kloof at Wolwehoek

Soak yourself silly.

Those Romans were definitely onto something with their steaming baths (calderiums). Fast-forward 2 000 years… outdoor hot tubs are one of the most coveted amenities at any modern escape worth its salt. There’s nothing quite like sinking into a steaming drum after a day of exploring, drink in hand, gazing at the view.

We’ve rounded up our favourite hot tub escapes in the Cape – from forest and farm cottages to secluded mountain cabins and a seaside villa. All you need to do is lie back, relax, and let the stresses of ordinary life fade into the distance.

Please note Some of these properties are super-popular, so booking way in advance is advised!

Where would you like to go?

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Opstal Stay

Opstal Stay
Opstal Stay: Exterior
Opstal Stay: Interior

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT Just over 1 hour
Setting Woven into the fabric and history of the Breedekloof, this seventh-generation wine farm offers an idyllic stayover that combines magnificent scenery and true country-style hospitality. Spread out along rugged slopes, a cluster of privately located modern mountain cabins provide cosy, stylish and tranquil nests for some real R&R. Each has an outdoor deck with a wood-burning hot tub to set the scene for an unforgettable stay, with unspoilt nature just steps away.
The lodgings

  • 5 cottages (The Barber and Carl Everson sleep 4 each; Lang Jan, Nellie’s Needle and Lady Ansie sleep 2 each)
  • 2 king-size beds or 1 king and 2 singles
  • bathroom with shower, plus outdoor shower in the 2-sleeper units
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • living area with a slow-combustion fireplace
  • indoor and outdoor dining tables
  • sheltered deck with a braai
  • complimentary firewood bundle
  • box of local seasonal food products to order

Things to do

  • restaurant onsite (including pizzas and platters)
  • wine-tasting onsite, and nearby
  • hiking and mountain-biking on the farm, and nearby
  • trekkertrein (tractor-train) vineyard tour and picnic
  • farm stalls, shops and restaurants in Rawsonville
  • fly-fishing
  • birdwatching

Child friendly? Yes, in 4-sleeper units
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 people
Cost Two-sleeper cottages: from R2 000 per night
Four-sleeper cottages: from R2 600 per night
Where to find it Slanghoek Road, near Rawsonville
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Bergsicht Country Cottages

Bergsicht Country Cottages
Bergsicht Country Cottages: Bedroom
Bergsicht Country Cottages: Living Area

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away on a fruit farm in the Tulbagh valley, these self-catering cottages (each uniquely decorated, with its own personality) ooze comfort and rustic charm. Just a short drive from Cape Town, with mountain vistas and surrounding orchards, Bergsicht has all the makings of a simple yet magical countryside escape – complete with wood-fired hot tubs, sweeping views and a sought-after sense of tranquillity.
The lodgings

  • 4 Couples Cottages: Lady Red, Angelino, Southern Belle and Laetitia
  • queen-size bed with electric blanket
  • ensuite with shower (plus outdoor shower in Angelino)
  • fully equipped kitchenette
  • open-plan living area with fireplace
  • covered verandah or deck with dining table and loungers
  • built-in braai (plus firepit boma in Laetitia)
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • small garden
  • air-conditioning
  • sound system
  • complimentary firewood bundle

Things to do

  • picnicking (couples picnic basket available)
  • walks on the farm
  • explore the town
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • horse-riding trails
  • wine-by-bike rental
  • waterfall hikes

Good to know There are also two family cottages – Ruby Star (sleeps 4) and African Delight (sleeps 3) – both with hot tubs.
Child friendly? Only in family cottages
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost From R1 700 per weeknight
From R1 800 per weekend night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh
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Bergsicht Outpost

Bergsicht Outpost Cottages
Bergsicht Outpost Interior
Bergsicht Outpost Exterior

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting With mountain and valley views and surrounding orchards, Bergsicht is a simple, magical country escape. There are a number of charming cottages on this fruit farm, but the pair of Outpost Cottages – set apart from the rest – offer a sleek, modern, adults-only update on a rural stay, with a different look and feel to the others. The open-plan design conveys a feeling of both light-filled space and intimacy, with an easy flow from inside to the gorgeous outdoors – complete with a wood-fired hot tub taking centre stage on the elevated deck.
The lodgings

  • king-size extra-length bed
  • bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub with a view
  • fully equipped kitchenette
  • living room with sofa, dining table and fireplace
  • covered deck with loungers and a built-in braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air-conditioning
  • bluetooth speaker
  • complimentary kitchen essentials and bag of firewood

Things to do

  • picnicking (catered picnic basket available)
  • walks on the farm
  • explore the town
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • horse-riding trails
  • wine-by-bike rental
  • waterfall hikes

Good to know The Outpost cottages are set apart for privacy but are close enough to each other for a two-couple getaway.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost From R2 300 per weeknight
From R2 500 per weekend night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh
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Camissa Farm

Camissa Farm
Camissa Farm: Outside View
Camissa Farm Living Room

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A once-neglected tract of land with magnificent mountain views in the Banhoek Valley has been transformed into a 60-hectare productive farm, with free-roaming, grass-reared cattle, sheep and chickens, vegetable gardens and orchards of olives, avocados and almonds. Happy guests get to stay in modern-rustic Scandi-style wood cabins on stilts that hover on the edge of a dam, or in the new one perched up on a rock (set apart from the others). They are all off-grid, decorated with flair and have phenomenal views – best admired from their hot tubs nestled in the garden. Tip: If you want to leap straight from your deck into the dam for a dip, Avocado is the one to book.
The lodgings

  • Almond, Avocado and Rosemary Cottage: 1 ensuite bedroom, plus a queen-size sleeping pod in the living room (for an extra adult or 2 children)
  • Agama Cabin: 1 ensuite bedroom
  • Camissa Cottage: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • open-plan lounge with fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen with dining area
  • furnished deck or patio (with hammock and swing chairs in some units)
  • boma braai area with firepit
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • flatscreen TV (in Camissa)
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • scenic farm walks
  • nearby wine farms (some within walking distance)
  • restaurants and shops in Stellenbosch
  • day trips to Franschhoek
  • Banhoek tennis courts (by arrangement)

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 per cabin
Cost Cabins: from R2 850 per night for two adults; R500 for extra adult
Agama: from R2 500 per night for two adults
Camissa Cottage: from R4 200 per night for two adults; R500 for extra adult
Where to find it Zevenrivieren Road, Banhoek, Stellenbosch
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Orchard Stay

Hot Tub Accommodation Orchard Stay
Orchard Stay Interior View
Orchard StayDewald Kirsten Photography

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by pear orchards, majestic mountains and that undeniable sense of solitude you can only find in the countryside, Platvlei Farm is a wonderful destination for a private and peaceful getaway for a small group. Orchard Stay, a clapboard cottage overlooking a small dam, has minimalist finishes and sliding/folding doors that open it up to the outdoors and those wow-factor views over a green sea of trees to the Mostertshoek Mountain beyond.
The lodgings

  • 2 ensuite bedrooms (extra-length king-size bed plus twin beds or king and a pullout bed)
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • dining area
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • wraparound verandah with braai and outdoor dining
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • natural/eco swimming pool
  • garden with lawns
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • swimming
  • birdwatching
  • farm walks and nearby hikes
  • mountain-biking trails
  • fishing
  • explore wine farms and Tulbagh (22km away)
  • Ceres zipline nearby (20km)

Good to know There is a second option, Orchard View – a double-storey house with three bedrooms (sleeps 7) and a hot tub. A large fenced garden makes it pet-friendly.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 150 per night for two people; R250 per extra person
Where to find it Platvlei Road, off Voortrekker Street, Wolseley
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Untether Olive View

Hot Tub Accommodation Untether Olive View
Untether Olive View Bedroom
Untether Olive View Exterior

Where Wellington
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting In the foothills of the Hawequas Mountains, this olive farm provides a beguiling escape into nature. With just three luxury pods spaced far from each other, it’s the ideal spot to leave the busy world behind. The solar-powered cabins – Hemingway, Columbus and Romeo – are modern, light-filled and dressed in natural tones that echo the scenery outside. Gaze over the olive orchard, breathe in the fragrant fynbos, listen to the birdsong and simply daydream.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with king-sized bed
  • bathroom with shower, plus outdoor shower
  • open-plan living room with fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • deck with dining table, braai and pizza oven
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • picnic basket and blanket, flask and cooler box
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • nature walks and hiking
  • mountain-biking
  • picnics
  • explore Limietberg Nature Reserve
  • Bainskloof river pools and waterfalls
  • wine farms nearby
  • restaurants and cafés in Wellington (12 minutes)
  • skydiving nearby

Good to know Guests get a complimentary wine tasting at neighbouring Upland Organic Estate.
Child friendly No
Pet friendly No
Wifi Yes
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost From R3 565 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Off Olyvenbosch Road, Wellington
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Karoo Cottage at Nibbana Farm

Nibbana Farm: Outside
Karoo Cottage at Nibbana Farm Bedroom
Karoo Cottage at Nibbana Farm

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by towering mountains in the heart of the Witzenberg Valley, with the Tulbagh winelands right on your doorstep, this 190-hectare farm is a sumptuous retreat ideal for those seeking a relaxing getaway with a luxe edge. Adding to the charm is the stone-walled Secret Garden, an enchanting oasis of large oak trees, a bubbling stream, flowers, sculptures and hammocks. There’s a beautiful Manor House (exclusive-use) and five quaint cottages, but it’s the secluded and romantic Karoo Cottage you’ll want to book if a hot tub is on your wishlist.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with king-size bed
  • ensuite bathroom with shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg stove
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • covered patio with dining table
  • wood-fired plunge pool/hot tub
  • private succulent-filled garden with firepit
  • communal outdoor wood-fired pizza oven (in Secret Garden)
  • communal rock swimming pools (in Secret Garden)

Things to do

  • farm walks, including to a private waterfall
  • swimming in the pools or 2 nearby dams
  • catch-and-release fishing
  • horse-riding nearby
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • Nearby Ceres zipline
  • shops, restaurants and more in Tulbagh (15 minutes)

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 600 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Boontjiesrivier Road, Wolseley
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Camp Canoe

Hot Tub Accommodation Camp Canoe
Camp Canoe Hot Tub
Camp Canoe: Bedroom

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Tucked among lush fynbos, olive trees and boulders on the rustic side of the Simonsberg Mountains at Boschendal, Camp Canoe is far removed from the wine estate’s foot traffic, so guests can unwind and reconnect with nature in peace. The aesthetic is playfully retro and utterly gorgeous, reminiscent of an old-school summer scout camp (right down to the Tupperware). Waking at sunrise to birdsong from the comfort of a sumptuous bed, before embarking on a day of little adventures (be it epicurean or outdoorsy), is a special kind of luxury. You’ll probably want to stay put, though – the setting and views are lovely, with the tents skirting a sparkling dam. A hot tub on your deck does tend to encourage idling the hours away.
The lodgings

  • 7 luxury tents with king-size bed (or singles), plus a daybed for a child
  • ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg induction stove
  • indoor seating area with a fireplace
  • deck with seating, hammock and Weber braai
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wood, charcoal and ice
  • picnic, braai and breakfast boxes to order
  • daily cleaning service

Things to do

  • picnics on the jetty or in nature
  • dam for paddling and swimming
  • House Canoe dining area and kitchen (for bigger groups)
  • guided or self-guided farm tours
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • horse-riding
  • The Werf restaurant and The Farm Shop onsite
  • wine-tasting onsite, and nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 3
Cost From R3 200 per night
R200 extra per child
Where to find it Pniel Road (R310), Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
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Oomblik Cabin

Hot Tub Accommodation Oomblik Cabin
Oomblik Cabin Bathroom Bedroom
Oomblik Cabin Living Area

Where Breërivier, near Wellington
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Secreted away in the Mount Bain Private Nature Reserve, this solar-powered sanctuary on the slopes of the Hawequas Mountains echoes its pristine surroundings with designer decor in earthy, elemental tones and natural textures – and foldaway doors to let in the fresh air, magnificent views and the fragrance of fynbos. The views from your bed and bath are so divine, you might never want to get out… Oomblik means “moment”, and there are sure to be many magical ones here.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with king-size beds and fireplaces
  • ensuites with freestanding baths, plus an outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living and dining room with fireplace
  • patio with seating and braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • supersized hammock

Things to do

  • hiking trails, including to a waterfall
  • river swimming and rock pools
  • mountain-biking
  • wildlife and bird-watching
  • breakfast at the farmstall
  • wine-tasting and gin distillery nearby
  • pizza at Calabash Bush Pub

Good to know The last 100 metres to the cabin require a higher clearance car, but a shuttle service is available.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? Yes (two dogs maximum)
Wifi? No (there is cellphone reception)
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 000 per night for two people (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Off Bainskloof Pass (R301), Breërivier
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La Roche Estate

Hot Tub Accommodation La Roche Estate
La Roche Estate Bedroom
La Roche Estate Outside Area

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This private estate, in the Robertsvlei Valley below the towering Franschhoek Mountains, is surrounded by sweeping vineyards, beautiful gardens, a sparkling dam (complete with a floating chapel) and a smattering of tasteful farm cottages. The Vineyard Luxury Suites, named for their location overlooking chardonnay and pinot noir vines, are stylishly appointed with contemporary décor – which includes a heavenly hot tub beneath towering pines, making La Roche the perfect place for a romantic escape.
The lodgings

  • 3 luxury suites with king-size beds
  • ensuite with a spacious shower (plus spa bath in Chardonnay suite)
  • fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso machine
  • lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • shaded deck with a braai and seating
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • breakfast basket

Things to do 

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails (bikes available to rent)
  • scenic farm and vineyard walks
  • spa treatments
  • horse-riding
  • premium picnic baskets
  • private wine tastings onsite, plus surrounding wine estates
  • village, garden and art tours
  • scooter adventure trips
  • shops, restaurants and bars nearby (5km to town)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R3 333 per weeknight
From R3 737 per weekend night
Where to find it Robertsvlei Road, Franschhoek
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Uitzicht Cottage

Hot Tub Accommodation Uitzicht Cottage
Uitzicht Cottage Hot Tub
Uitzicht Cottage Bedroom

Where Near Worcester
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked at the foot of the majestic Olifantsberg Mountain in the Breede Valley, Eikehof Farm is a tranquil escape where historical charm, scenic beauty and modern luxury converge. In addition to the Manor House, dating back 200 years, it’s home to four quaint cottages where all the creature comforts and uninterrupted serenity make for a memorable escape. Uitzicht is the most private, alongside the bluegum forest. The 130-hectare property is ideal for nature lovers, with hiking trails through the magical fynbos kloof, a dam filled with crystal-clear mountain water and the forest hiding an idyllic spot for a picnic beside a stream. You can also collect eggs for breakfast straight from the chicken coop.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with a king-size bed (or twins)
  • ensuite with a spacious shower
  • fully equipped kitchenette with coffee machine
  • dining and lounge area with fireplace
  • braai area
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • private garden
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • farm walks and hiking trails
  • picnics
  • swimming in the dam or Manor House pool
  • farm animals to feed (donkeys, dwarf goats, chickens, turkeys)
  • mountain-biking trails nearby
  • Breedekloof wine route

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 600 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Olifantsberg Road, off the R43, Worcester
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KolKol Mountain Lodge

Hot Tub Accommodation Kolkol Mountain Lodge
KolKol Mountain Lodge Hot Tub
KolKol Mountain Lodge Living Area

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Sweeping mountain views and the peaceful sounds of nature set the scene for this secluded getaway. Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse were pioneers in harnessing the joys of a hot-tub holiday (their distinctive wood-fired KolKol tubs can now be found all over the Cape). Their hand-built rustic-luxe retreat – offering stone-and-log cabins or modern Scandi-style pods made from alien wood – appeals to discerning, nature-loving travellers seeking rest and relaxation in stunning, fynbos-smothered surroundings.
The lodgings

  • 9 Mountain Cabins and 5 Fynbos Pods
  • most sleep 2 guests, except family-friendly King Cabin (sleeps 10), KolKol (sleeps 6) and Sewejaartjie and Bugsy (sleeps 2 adults + bunk bed/mattress for kids in the loft)
  • ensuite bedroom with bath and shower (outdoor shower in Sugarbush)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • pizza oven (in King Cabin and Fynbos Pods)
  • open-plan living area with fireplace
  • deck with outdoor seating and braai (boma in King Cabin)
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • CD player in Cabins, bluetooth speaker in Fynbos Pods
  • complimentary wood and kitchen basics (coffee, tea, sugar, milk, butter, rusks, eggs, etc)

Things to do

  • 3km hiking trail onsite
  • picnicking
  • swimming in the dam
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • in-cabin massages
  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • Bot River, Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde wine routes
  • beaches and more in Kleinmond and Hermanus

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 – 10 per unit
Cost Mountain Cabins: From R2 000 per night
Fynbos Pods: From R2 600 per night
Where to find it Van Der Stel Pass, Bot River
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Waterblom at Stanford Valley Country Lodge

Hot Tub Accommodation Waterblom at Stanford Valley Country Lodge
Waterblom at Stanford Valley Country Lodge Interior
Waterblom at Stanford Valley Country Lodge View

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Overlooking a sea of waterlilies on a dam, with magnificent views over meadows, fynbos-covered hills and mountains, this cottage at Stanford Valley Country Lodge (set apart from the others) is about as idyllic as it gets. A classic whitewashed abode with stone and timber detailing, the stylish interior has touches of Midcentury Modern design in the furnishings and plenty of artworks on the walls. Everything revolves around the glorious deck, where you can read and siesta in peace, cook meals over the coals, and enjoy sundowners in the water’s-edge hot tub. The soundtrack will be a varied symphony of birdsong, frog-croaking and whinnying of horses grazing nearby.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms (king-size bed and queen-size bed)
  • ensuite bathrooms (one with a bath, one with a shower), plus outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen, with a coffee machine
  • open-plan living room with dining table and fireplace
  • furnished deck with built-in braai
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • “garden bower” alfresco dining area
  • serviced daily, plus a host on call
  • welcome bottle of bubbly, farm-baked bread and rusks

Things to do

  • swimming in the lodge pool or dam
  • exploring the farm
  • mountain-biking trails onsite
  • meals at the Manor House Restaurant
  • picnics (catered baskets)
  • spa and sauna onsite
  • art gallery onsite
  • wine-tastings nearby
  • shops, markets and more in Stanford (10km) and Hermanus (34km)

Child friendly? No, teens only
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R5 800 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it R326, Stanford
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Mount Grey Eco Cabins

Hot Tub Accommodation Mount Grey Eco Cabins
Mount Grey Eco Cabins Lounge
Mount Grey Eco Cabins Living Area

Where Between Caledon and Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The little-known Klein Swartberg Conservancy (14 857 hectares) lies between those towering Overberg peaks you drive past on the N2. In the midst of it are three luxury eco cabins standing solitary in the fynbos landscape, keeping watch over this stunning and tranquil place where the light and shadows play all day. Built from pine and balau wood, they’re off-grid yet filled with little luxuries. It’s the perfect romantic time-out for couples who want to reconnect and restore their souls in nature – mountain hikes and hidden waterfalls await.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with double bed
  • ensuite with bath and shower, plus outdoor “field bath”
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg stove
  • open-plan living area
  • deck with dining table and loungers
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • separate boma with braai
  • complimentary wood, plus eggs, rusks, spices, etc

Things to do

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Not at cabin (and no phone signal)
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 200 per night
Where to find it Off R406 between Caledon and Genadendal/Greyton
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Ridge House

Ridge House
Ridge House: Bedroom
Ridge House Hot Tub

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Perched on a hillside in a peaceful suburb of Hermanus, bordering Fernkloof Nature Reserve, this luxury guest house offers ocean views, tranquillity and a quiet but central location. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, or wish to be surrounded by fynbos yet a stone’s throw from a variety of attractions, Ridge House might be just what you’re after. What’s more, three of the four suites – Aloe, Rockpool and Botanical – are equipped with a private outdoor wood-fired hot tub, for soaking up the sweeping views in style.
The lodgings

  • king-size bed (plus sleeper couch in Aloe and Rockpool)
  • open-plan bathroom with walk-in shower and/or freestanding bath
  • private deck with seating
  • lounge area (with fireplace in Aloe and Rockpool)
  • kitchenette and dining area (except Botanical, which has a tea/coffee station)
  • private braai area (in Aloe and Rockpool)
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • complimentary breakfast
  • communal lounge-dining-bar area and deck
  • spacious garden with a campfire boma

Things to do

  • walking and biking trails in Fernkloof
  • birdwatching
  • nearby Blue Flag beaches
  • whale-watching (seasonal)
  • local galleries, shops and restaurants a short walk away
  • Hemel-en-Aarde wine route

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults per suite
Cost From R2 900 per night
R750 per child (3 – 10 years)
Where to find it Mountain Drive, Northcliff, Hermanus
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Black Barn

Black Barn
Black Barn Hot Tub
Black Barn: Living area
Black Barn: Bedroom

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Tucked away in a sea of fynbos, with zebras and springboks roaming the area, this wonderfully secluded holiday home near Danger Point is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Part of the stylish Romansbaai Collection (a secure private estate with its own beach), the luxe pad features pared-back interiors, sunlit double-volume living spaces, a hot tub set in the fynbos above the courtyard, and a paved path to the beach – making for a sumptuous stay along the wilder side of the Whale Coast.
The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms with king-size extra-length beds
  • 3 ensuites with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with wine fridge
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • covered deck and outdoor dining area with braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • JBL sound system
  • complimentary firewood, coffee beans, milk, filtered water and bottle of wine

Things to do

  • nature and beach walks
  • boules
  • birdwatching
  • nearby beaches
  • Danger Point lighthouse
  • penguin and seabird sanctuary
  • Kleinbaai Golf Club next door
  • visit Gansbaai, De Kelders and Stanford

Good to know A tree is planted for every booking and guests can sponsor more trees.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 6
Cost From R6 000 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Heron Street, Romansbaai Beach Estate, Lord Roberts Street, Kleinbaai
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Klein-Hangklip Eco Cabin

Klein-Hangklip Eco Cabin
Klein-Hangklip Eco Cabin: Hot Tub
Klein-Hangklip Eco Cabin: Living Area

Where Rooi-Els
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting You may not spot this designer cabin amid the protected environment of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, on the slopes of the mountain that gives it its name. The exterior is painted black, and blends in beautifully. From the inside, a similar dark palette perfectly frames mesmerising views through the stacked glass doors: fynbos landscape and dazzling blue sea and sky (all the way across False Bay to Cape Town). Needless to say, the sunsets here are magnificent, best enjoyed from the hot tub on the deck.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms (one queen bed, two single beds)
  • 1 bathroom with bath and shower, plus extra toilet
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan living and dining area with fireplace
  • semi-covered furnished deck with giant hammocks
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • separate braai boma
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • swimming and exploring rock pools at Rooi-Els beach
  • hiking trails nearby (Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve)
  • fishing
  • birdwatching and wildlife-spotting
  • whale-watching (seasonal)
  • artisanal shops, eateries and beach in neighbouring Pringle Bay
  • Harold Porter Botanical Garden nearby
  • Stony Point penguin colony nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 878 per night
Where to find it Off the R44 (Clarence Drive), Rooi-Els
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Fynbos Suites at Farm 215

Hot Tub Accommodation Fynbos Suites at Farm 215
Fynbos Suites at Farm 215 Hot Tub
Fynbos Suites at Farm 215

Where Near Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This 800-hectare private nature reserve between Stanford and Cape Agulhas is a conservation-first retreat, offering self-catering lodgings in absolute eco-friendly comfort. The three Fynbos Suites come with wood-fired hot tubs (that double as summer splash pools) and wide-open views across this private paradise. Designed for seclusion, the suites are set 65 metres apart amid unspoilt fynbos, with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that maximise the uninterrupted views and allow you to lose yourself in the spectacular surroundings.
The lodgings

  • king-size bed
  • ensuite with a shower and bath
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven
  • open-plan lounge with fireplace
  • covered deck with seating and a gas braai
  • private wood-fired hot tub (summer splash pool)
  • floor fan
  • fynbos toiletries

Things to do

  • 3-hour hiking trail
  • forest walks
  • mountain-biking trails onsite and nearby
  • horse-riding nearby
  • bird-watching
  • communal 25-metre lap pool
  • neighbouring wine farms
  • boat trips and whale-watching in nearby Walker Bay (seasonal)
  • beach walks and swims

Good to know Guests can purchase a tree as part of the South African Reforestation Trust project.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults per suite (plus a child under 12  years)
Cost From R2 650 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Uilkraal Valley, off R43, near Gansbaai
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Berseba Farm

Hot Tub Accommodation Berseba Farm
Berseba Farm: Exterior
Berseba Farm: Bedroom

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting A stay on this essential oils farm neighbouring Gabrielskloof Wine Estate promises a sense of calm, peace, beauty and serenity in the same way its products do. There are two eco pods – stone-clad container conversions that are strikingly modern on the inside – and two more rustic cottages (one with hay-bale walls) that are pet-friendly. All offer the same rarefied experience: watch the mist roll in (or lift) over the valley, get lost in the panorama of farmland and mountains, and marvel at the picture-perfect view from the wood-fired hot tub.
The lodgings

  • 2 eco pods: Peppermint Box and Buchu Box, with two bedrooms
  • 2 cottages: one-bedroom Rosemary Hut and two-bedroom Lavender Cottage
  • queen-size or double beds
  • ensuite with bath and/or shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan living room with fireplace
  • deck with braai and dining table
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • garden with lawn space
  • welcome basket of rusks and milk
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • walks on the farm
  • picnicking
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • Bot River and Hemel-en-Aarde wine routes
  • beaches nearby
  • shops, restaurants and markets in Hermanus

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, in cottages (up to 3 pets)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 in eco pods, 2 – 4 in cottages
Cost Eco pods: from R2 250 per night for 2 adults
Cottages: from R1 800 per night for 2 adults
R200 – R250 per child (under 12 years)
Pets: R200 per night
Where to find it Off Swartrivier Road (off N2), Bot River
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Melozhori Eco-Pods

Melozhori Eco-Pods
Melozhori Eco-Pods Hot Tub
Melozhori Eco-Pods Interior

Where Near Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Although fairly close to Cape Town, the 2 300-hectare Melozhori private game reserve feels like it’s a million miles away. With a renosterveld, fynbos and acacia-shaded valleys extending to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the distance, and the sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves to keep you company, it’s the ultimate reprieve. Two designer eco-pods in an untouched area of the reserve overlook the game-dotted plains beyond, offering the rare opportunity for wildlife watching while ensconced in a wood-fired hot tub.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with a king-size bed (plus sleeper couch for a small child)
  • ensuite with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with coffee machine
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with a fireplace
  • outdoor deck with a braai and seating
  • 14-metre hammock
  • wood-fired pizza oven
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air-conditioning
  • semi-catered option available

Things to do

  • guided game drives (one complimentary drive per two-night stay)
  • nature walks (no dangerous animals)
  • hiking and mountain-biking
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • sundowner picnics
  • wine farms nearby

Good to know Family-friendly Melozhori Cottage also has a hot tub and pizza oven, plus a plunge pool and satellite TV. It sleeps 4 adults + 2 children and welcomes pets.
Child friendly? 1 child by prior arrangement
Pet friendly? No (only in the cottage)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child
Cost From 3 750 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it R317 from Stormsvlei (N2), near Swellendam
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Melozhori Treehouse

Melozhori Treehouse
Melozhori Treehouse Hot Tub View
Melozhori Treehouse Interior

Where Near Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Herds of springbok and giraffe casually stroll through the landscape at Melozhori Game Reserve; there’s a deep silence, clean air and wide vistas of rolling hills and mountains. In the midst of it all, a magical treehouse built for two, where you can soak up the romance of the wilderness under a canopy of stars at night. Spanning two levels, with glass walls immersing you in nature, and totally off-grid (solar-powered), it has an aura of Earth-friendly luxury. Picture yourselves soaking in the hot tub on the deck at sunset while the fire burns down to embers in the pizza oven, ready for a simple but delicious supper.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with king-size bed
  • ensuite with bath plus 2 outdoor showers
  • fully equipped kitchen with bean-to-cup coffee machine
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with a fireplace
  • outdoor deck with seating and a 3-metre hammock
  • braai and separate firepit
  • wood-fired pizza oven
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air-conditioning
  • semi-catered option available

Things to do

  • guided game drives (one complementary per two-night stay)
  • nature walks (no dangerous animals)
  • hiking and mountain-biking
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • sundowner picnics
  • wine farms nearby

Child friendly? 1 child, by prior arrangement
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child
Cost From R6 500 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it R317 from Stormsvlei (N2), near Swellendam
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Bokrivier Cottages

Hot Tub Accommodation Bokrivier Cottages
Bokrivier Cottages Hot Tub
Bokrivier Cottages Bedroom

Where Riviersonderend
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by towering mountains, Bokrivier is a 1 500-hectare cattle and pecan farm with a selection of pet-friendly cottages – each one unique in its design but all with splendid views. Tucked away below Pillarkop – the largest peak in the Riviersonderend range – this getaway is a wonderful choice for those yearning for a back-to-basics yet comfy countryside stay. After stretching your legs on some wonderful walks, you can return to your cottage to immerse in the hot tub.
The lodgings

  • 6 self-catering cottages: one-bedroom Shoshoni and Choctaw; two-bedroom Barton; three-bedroom Western and Tolbos; four-bedroom Clover
  • queen, double and single beds, plus daybed in the lounge (some units)
  • bathrooms with showers and/or baths (some ensuite, some shared)
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • living room with fireplace (some with dining area)
  • furnished verandah (some with outdoor dining)
  • braai area (undercover in Tolbos, indoor in Western)
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • spacious garden with lawn (fenced)

Things to do

  • farm walks and 30km of hiking trails
  • swimming in the two dams, rivers and waterfalls
  • picnicking
  • horse-riding
  • mountain-biking
  • fishing
  • birdwatching

Good to know Tolbos is solar-powered; Clover has air-conditioning; these two cottages are also the most private, situated away from the others.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly Yes (maximum 2 dogs per cottage)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 per cottage
Cost From R944 per night for two adults
R250 per night per dog or child
Where to find it Off the R406 near Riviersonderend (N2)
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Copia Eco Cabins

Copia Eco Cabins
Copia Eco Cabins Hot Tub
Copia Eco Cabins Bedroom View

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Situated on a working farm on the Van der Stel Pass, these converted shipping containers are the perfect off-grid stay for an overdose of nature and seclusion (“copia” means abundance in Latin). Owner Lucas Steyn built the cabins himself, with sheer comfort and the unspoilt surroundings in mind. With little cellphone reception and no wifi or TV, it’s easy to unplug and embrace the hilltop views while enjoying a soak in the wood-fired hot tub. Lucas has recently added super-modern Soetdoring cabin to the collection, with a “glass cube” bedroom and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise the views.
The lodgings

  • 4 cabins: Copia, Lone Tree, Waterval and Soetdoring
  • 1 bedroom with extra-large king-size bed
  • bathroom with freestanding bath and shower
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with a fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • covered deck with seating, hammock and braai
  • pizza oven (in Soetdoring)
  • complimentary wood

Things to do

  • in-cabin massage
  • mountain-biking and fly-fishing on neighbouring farm
  • wine routes in Bot River, Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde
  • hiking in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • beaches in Kleinmond and Hermanus
  • golf at Arabella Country Estate

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 950 per night
Soetdoring: From R2 500 per night
Where to find it Keisseseskraal Farm, Van Der Stel Pass, Bot River
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Thuúla Hidden Haven

Hot Tub Accommodation Thuula Hidden Haven
Thuúla Hidden Haven Exterior View
Thuúla Hidden Haven Interior Living Area

Where Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Distance from CT 1 hour 45 mins
Setting With its almost-all-white colour scheme, there’s something reminiscent of the Greek Isles about this abode – instead of ocean views, you’re surrounded by a sea of green fields, fynbos-covered hills, rugged mountains and big skies. The clean-lined design adds to the Grecian fantasy: square picture windows perfectly framing those views, built-in seating in well-chosen spots, and niches holding simple decor objects and pot plants. It’s utterly stylish, calming and tranquil – and completely off-grid. Situated on an 80-hectare farm, in a stunning valley renowned for its wines, you’ll quickly understand its name (it means “silence”).
The lodgings

  • 2 ensuite bedrooms (king-size bed or twin beds and queen-size bed)
  • 1 bathroom with double shower; 1 bathroom with bath (with view) and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg appliances and and bean-to-cup coffee machine
  • open-plan living area with dining table, seating and fireplace
  • courtyard with dining table, braai and pizza oven
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • separate verandah with seating
  • Marshall speaker, board games and books
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • walking, hiking and mountain-biking trails on site
  • swimming in dams, river pools and three waterfalls
  • Hemel-en-Aarde wine route and restaurants
  • horse-riding nearby
  • restaurants, markets, beaches and more in Hermanus (10 minutes)

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends, with the option of a late check-out on Sunday.
Child friendly Yes (camping cot on request)
Pet friendly On request
Wifi Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 250 for two people per night
R550 per extra person per night
Where to find it R320 (Hemel-en-Aarde Road), off R43, Hermanus
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On the Rocks Ocean Lodge

On the Rocks
On the Rocks: Beach View
On the Rocks: Bedroom

Where Betty’s Bay
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting This aptly named boutique guesthouse has prime position on a stretch of elemental coastline, with the waves breaking against the rocks providing the soothing soundtrack to your stay. Guests are spoilt for choice, with myriad private nooks and sunny corners to enjoy the big-sky view, a two-hectare semi-wild garden with a stream and duck pond – not to mention a heated pool and jacuzzi on the deck. Pampering luxuries like fine linen, fluffy robes, heated towel rails and divine toiletries, and a fabulous breakfast spread, are the cherry on the cake.
The lodgings

  • 4 spacious suites, each with a king-size bed (or 2 singles)
  • ensuite with corner bath and walk-in shower
  • bar fridge, Nespresso machine and tea/coffee station
  • smart TV with Netflix, Showmax and DStv
  • private balcony with deckchairs
  • communal lounge with a fireplace
  • communal indoor braai room
  • spacious sea-view deck with loungers, heated pool and jacuzzi
  • mountain-view courtyard with seating
  • breakfast included

Things to do

  • explore the lodge’s nature conservancy garden
  • beach and tidal pools close by
  • hiking trails in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
  • Harold Porter Botanical Garden
  • whale-watching (seasonal)
  • visit neighbouring Pringle Bay and Kleinmond

Good to know A self-catering, exclusive-use option nearby, run by the same owners, is four-bedroom Villa Del Mar, also with a jacuzzi and heated pool.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R2 090 per suite for two
Where to find it Protea Road, Betty’s Bay
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Black Eagle Lodges

Black Eagle Lodges
Black Eagle Lodges: Hot Tub
Black Eagle Lodges: Living Area

Where Near Caledon
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The peaceful Kempsrivier farm (sheep, cattle, wheat and fruit) sets the scene for this tranquil stay where towering mountains, abundant birdlife and a sparkling farm dam enhance its away-from-it-all appeal. The stone-built lodges are utterly comfortable, and generously spaced a kilometre apart, so that guests can have their own piece of paradise. The hot tubs, also built of stone, feel almost like natural hot-spring pools.
The lodgings

  • Three options: 3-bedroom Villa, 3-bedroom Lodge or 2-bedroom Cottage
  • king, queen or single beds, plus mattress for extra children
  • bathrooms with shower and/or bath
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious living and dining areas
  • indoor fireplaces (some in bedrooms)
  • shaded patio with outdoor seating and braai (Lodge has a boma)
  • private garden with lawn
  • Villa and Lodge have their own spring-fed dams

Things to do

  • orchard and birding walks
  • 2 hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming in the dams
  • farm animals and merino sheep-shearing
  • Hemel-en-Aarde and Bot River wine routes
  • explore Kleinmond and Hermanus

Good to know Off-grid Villa and Lodge are solar- and gas-powered; there are plug points for charging phones etc.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, in the Villa and Cottage
Sleeps 2 – 6 per unit + 2 extra kids
Cost From R2 100 per night for two people (minimum two-night stay)
R300 per extra person per night
Where to find it N2, Waboomskloof Road, 15km before Caledon
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Aviary Hills Luxury Hideaway

Hot Tub Accommodation Aviary Hills
Aviary Hills Bedroom
Aviary Hills Hammock and Hot Tub

Where Heidelberg
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting This mountain nest may be just out of town, at Krombeksrivier, but it feels faraway and utterly private, with nothing but rolling hills, fynbos, canola fields and birdlife around you. The modern, solar-powered cabin has big windows, ensuring big views from the bed, bath, sofa and dining table, whatever the weather. It’s a place to settle in and enjoy braaiing at sunset, stargazing from the hot tub and peaceful siestas on the giant hammock. The love is in the details too… fluffy bathrobes, chocolates, rusks, hot-water bottles, board games and more.
The lodgings

  • open-plan bedroom and ensuite (bath and shower)
  • outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas stove)
  • living and dining room with fireplace
  • furnished deck with braai and hammock
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • firepit with seating
  • smart TV (with preloaded movies)
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • farm walks and hikes
  • mountain-biking (no marked trails)
  • fishing (catch-and-release; BYO gear)
  • birdwatching and animal-spotting
  • stargazing

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 750 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Off the N2, 7km east of Heidelberg
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Vineyard Cottage at Goodluck Homestead

Hot Tub Accommodation Vineyard Cottage at Goodluck Homestead
Vineyard Cottage at Goodluck Homestead Bedroom
Vineyard Cottage at Goodluck Homestead Living Area View

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Brimming with heart and good energy, this regenerative farm is the epitome of the escape-to-the-country dream, from bee-keeping to growing veggies. Owner Alex Chouler hand-built this special eco cottage using on-site timber, clay and straw (super-cosy in winter); it’s solar- and gas-powered, and plumbed with spring water. For utter immersion in country life – birdsong and hooting owls included – this is the spot to indulge in fire-cooked meals, sunset hot-tub sessions beside the vines, and beautiful views all the way to Walker Bay.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with four-poster king bed
  • bathroom with Victorian bath and walk-in shower, plus outdoor shower
  • open-plan living area with dining table, seating and fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and fridge
  • verandah with table, loungers and braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • garden area

Things to do

  • explore the farm and veggie gardens
  • swimming and fishing in the dam
  • picnicking on the jetty
  • hiking trails
  • Panthera big cat sanctuary close by (4km)
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • beaches nearby

Child friendly No
Pet friendly No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 800 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Papiesvlei Road, off the R326, near Stanford
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Ebuta Mountain Eco Pods

Ebuta Mountain Eco PodsRebecca Ann Photography
Ebuta Mountain Eco Pods: ExteriorRebecca Ann Photography
Ebuta Mountain Eco Pods: BedroomRebecca Ann Photography

Where Villiersdorp
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting High up on the slopes overlooking the vast Theewaterskloof Dam, these two secluded, off-grid eco pods (shipping container conversions) offer 360-degree views and a sense of gentle, indulgent luxury. Guests can explore this apple and pear farm and the mountains behind it on hiking and biking trails (and pick fruit in season), mosey down to the water’s edge or simply relax at the pod, which has a wood-fired hot tub.
The lodgings

  • 2 eco pods: one-bedroom Luna and two-bedroom Leda
  • double beds with down duvets
  • bathroom with a spacious shower with a view
  • fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso machine
  • living room with a fireplace
  • deck with outdoor seating and undercover braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • complimentary wood and kitchen basics (olive oil, balsamic, tea, coffee, sugar, etc)

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking
  • 9-hole Theewaterskloof golf course
  • dam for boating, swimming and fishing
  • fruit picking (late January – May)
  • Elgin and Bot River wine routes
  • Cape Canopy zipline tour

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay, three nights on long weekends.
Child friendly? Yes, in Leda Pod
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4
Cost Luna: From R1 850 per night
Leda: From R2 760 per night
Where to find it Tweefontein Farm, R321, Villiersdorp
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Stonehaven Eco Cabins

Hot Tub Accommodation Stonehaven Eco Cabins
Stonehaven Eco Cabins Bedroom
Stonehaven Eco Cabins Lounge

Where Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Amid wild fynbos, herb gardens and protea fields on a biodynamic farm, Stonehaven’s eco-friendly lodgings have a unique farmhouse-meets-contemporary-cabin aesthetic, where comfort and style create an ideal getaway for family and friends. Tucked at the foot of the Babilonstoring Mountain, each cabin is equipped with a wood-fired hot tub and offers a sought-after sense of nature-drenched privacy. Sit back and enjoy the scents of the farm’s aromatherapy gardens wafting in the breeze.
The lodgings

  • 2 cabins, Earth and Stars (2 bedrooms each)
  • Heaven cottage (double-storey, 3 bedrooms)
  • king-size beds and single beds
  • ensuite bathrooms with shower and/or bath
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with a fireplace
  • sunny patio
  • gas braai
  • shaded garden with loungers

Things to do

  • Protea Walk
  • picnics
  • explore the garden labyrinth
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails onsite and nearby (2 bikes available)
  • dam for swimming and paddling (2 kayaks available)
  • massages and yoga by arrangement
  • surrounding wine route
  • horse-riding nearby
  • whale-watching (seasonal)
  • markets, galleries, shops and restaurants in Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 – 6 per cabin
Cost From R3 455 per cabin per night
Where to find it Off Karwyderskraal Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near Hermanus
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Sand Cabins at Nima Lodge

Sand CabinWarrick Leach
Sand Cabin Nima Lodge Exterior
Sand Cabins at Nima Lodge Interior

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting Overlooking wooded hills and valleys to the distant Outeniqua Mountains, this hilltop boutique lodge is a beautiful, inspiring space to retreat into nature. The three extraordinary architect-designed Sand Cabins have curved wooden walls inspired by dunes and a separate “tower structure” with a bath positioned in front of a large picture-window. It’s a multi-level “space to dream in”, from the raised bed to the couch in front of the fireplace and out onto the deck with its hot tub.
The lodgings

  • 3 cabins, each with a king-size bed
  • bathroom with shower and deep bathtub with views
  • fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso machine
  • spacious lounge with fireplace
  • large deck with gas braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • music system
  • vegetarian breakfast delivered to your cabin (optional)
  • honesty bar

Things to do

  • hiking trail to the Kingfisher Waterfall
  • catered picnics
  • massages available onsite
  • Wilderness beach close by
  • canoeing on the lakes and rivers
  • forest adventures

Good to know There is an honesty shop at the lodge (open 24/7) for items such as chocolate, olive oil, beer, wine, G&Ts and non-alcoholic beverages.
Child friendly? No, only teens
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, but sporadic
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 400 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Tien Myl Laan, Hoekwil, Wilderness
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Africamps at Oakhurst

Hot Tub Accommodation Afircamps at Oakhurst
AfriCamps at Oakhurst Exterior
AfriCamps at Oakhurst Outside Living Area

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Arriving at sixth-generation Oakhurst Dairy Farm, an avenue of bluegum trees leads past the All Saints chapel to the scenic glamping area. The tents are almost like cottages, just with canvas walls, and are furnished with all the comforts you could need. A bucolic country stay (complete with a watermill), it’s ideal for busy families looking to spend some fun time in the fresh air – from farm walks and bike rides (where chickens and cows have right of way!) to waterfalls and much more; the property is a massive 640 hectares, a third of which is forest and fynbos. The farm shop is also worth exploring (don’t leave without a homemade chicken pie). Each tent has its own hot tub with farm views, ensuring hours of bliss for all ages.
The lodgings

  • 8 tents with 2 extra-length queen beds and a single bunk bed
  • ensuite bathroom with rainshower
  • fully equipped kitchen (stove and convection oven)
  • lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • spacious deck with seating and braai
  • private wood-fired hot tub at each tent
  • air-conditioning and electric blankets
  • cook-your-own breakfast and braai baskets (additional cost)

Things to do

  • 5km hiking trail to a waterfall, plus other hikes nearby
  • paddling on the dam (2 canoes supplied)
  • mountain-biking trails and a pump track (bikes for hire)
  • horse and pony rides onsite
  • fishing (rods to rent)
  • archery
  • swimming in the farm pool or dam
  • kids’ playground with treehouse and big swing
  • massage treatments in your tent
  • farm animals and dairy tour
  • Wilderness lakes and beaches
  • nearby markets

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 590 per night for two people; R295 per extra adult
R195 per child (3 – 16 years)
Where to find it Seven Passes Road, off Hoekwil Road, Wilderness
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Forest Valley Cottages

Forest Valley
Forest Valley Cottages Hot Tub View
Forest Valley Cottages Bedroom

Where Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting Situated on the edge of lush forest on the Rheenendal Road, each of these scenic treetop cottages (or “love nests”) looks out over the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains and expansive valley below. Offering casual luxury (they’re stylishly furnished with a natural, contemporary feel), they provide a wonderfully private and intimate hideaway, allowing you to kick back and simply enjoy the birdsong and nature’s beauty. The hot tubs here are large jacuzzis on the deck, or glass-enclosed spa baths with the added bonus of massaging water jets. It’s a super-romantic place, with a hidden “kissing spot” in the garden where couples can write their names down for eternity.
The lodgings

  • 8 one-bedroom cottages with king or queen beds (4-poster in Sandstone)
  • 1 two-bedroom cottage (Lavender Edge) with queen bed and twin beds
  • quality linen + electric blankets in winter
  • open-plan couples’ shower in Earth Rose, ensuite in other units
  • fully equipped kitchenette with Nespresso machine
  • lounge area with fireplace and satellite TV
  • deck with seating and braai (and a cargo-net hammock in Blue Sky)
  • jacuzzi
  • private boma with firepit (in Sandstone)
  • daily housekeeping

Things to do

  • forest walks
  • picnics
  • explore the Rheenendal Ramble
  • yacht and ferry rides on the Knysna Lagoon
  • restaurants, bars and shops in Knysna
  • nearby beaches at Brenton and Buffels Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage
Cost From R2 250 per cottage per night
Where to find it Rheenendal Road, off the N2, Knysna
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Buff and Fellow Cabanas

Buff And Fellow
Buff and Fellow Cabanas Interior
Buff and Fellow Cabanas Activities

Where Near George
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting Between the Outeniqua Mountains and the sea, this farm sports a collection of shipping containers converted into stylish, solar-powered lodgings on the edge of a small lake. The Cabanas feel almost beachy – light and bright with lots of rattan – and have an open-plan circular design that revolves around the boma, firepit and hot tub. It’s an idyllic stay, with birdsong all around, beautiful views, wildlife coming right up to the water’s edge and delightful human comforts. The name is a play on buffalo – the main focus of this game farm, but there are also rhinos, zebras and more. The Du Toit family have made sure you have everything you need, from themed braai packs and DIY pizza kits to fresh eggs you can collect from the chicken coop every morning.
The lodgings

  • 1 Eco Cabana/Honeymoon Suite with king-size bed
  • 1 three-bedroom Eco Cabana/Family Suite with 3 king beds (or twins) and a bunk bed
  • ensuite with bath and outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan lounge/dining room with fireplace/indoor braai
  • satellite TV and bluetooth speaker (in Family Eco Cabana)
  • boma-style patio with firepit
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • fishing gear and board games
  • starter pack (basic groceries, wood, ice, etc)
  • ‘honesty shop’ in-cabin for drinks and treats

Things to do

  • canoeing on the dam
  • bass fishing (catch-and-release)
  • morning game drives (with champagne breakfast on request)
  • local food-and-drink pairings (delivered to your cabin)
  • Glentana Beach 6km away
  • hiking and kloofing in the area
  • golf at Fancourt
  • Mossel Bay zipline

Good to know There are also two Eco Pods (sleeping 2 each) with hot tubs, and On the Bay beach house with a hot tub at Great Brak (sleeping 8). Special game drives are offered for toddlers and kids.
Child friendly? Yes, in Family Cabana
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 or 8
Cost Honeymoon Cabana: from R4 686 per night
Family Cabana: from R8 920 per night
Where to find it Ultreya Farm, R102, 20km from George
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Buff and Fellow Eco Cabins

Buff And Fellow Exterior
Buff and Fellow Eco Cabins Hot Tub
Buff And Fellow Bedroom

Where Near George
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting The name is a play on buffalo – the main focus of this game farm, but there are also rhinos, zebras and more. A collection of shipping containers have been converted into boutique, solar-powered lodgings on the edge of a lake. The two Eco Cabins are side by side, and feature a wonderful, spacious verandah designed for relaxed living. It’s an idyllic stay, with birdsong all around, beautiful views, wildlife coming right up to the water’s edge and delightful human comforts. The Du Toit family have made sure you have everything you need, from themed braai packs and DIY pizza kits to fresh eggs you can collect from the chicken coop every morning.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with king-size bed and two singles
  • ensuite with slipper bath and/or shower (one outdoor shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan lounge/dining room with fireplace
  • satellite TV and bluetooth speaker
  • spacious furnished patio with dining table and braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • garden with lawn space
  • fishing gear and board games
  • starter pack (basic groceries, wood, ice, etc)
  • ‘honesty shop’ in-cabin for drinks and treats

Things to do

  • canoeing on the dam
  • bass fishing (catch-and-release)
  • morning game drives (with champagne breakfast on request)
  • local food-and-drink pairings (delivered to your cabin)
  • Glentana Beach 6km away
  • hiking and kloofing in the area
  • golf at Fancourt
  • Mossel Bay zipline

Good to know There are also two Eco Pods (sleeping 2–4 or 4–6) with hot tubs. Special game drives are offered for toddlers and kids.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 per Cabin
Cost From R2 799 per night
Where to find it Ultreya Farm, R102, 20km from George
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Sanjika Boshuis

Hot Tub Accommodation Sanjika Boshuis
Sanjika Boshuis Living Area
Sanjika Boshuis Bathroom

Where Near George
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting Think 50 shades of green and nothing but the sounds of a stream and birdsong… Nestled in lush indigenous forest on a buffalo farm at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, you’ll find an off-grid sanctuary of peace, beauty and stillness. Reminiscent of a barn, with its rafters and spacious, stylish, open-plan interior, this house is built for pure relaxation. Numerous comfortable sitting areas (in front of the fireplace, braai or firepit), large windows, outdoor showers and a hot tub (literal “forest bathing”) let you soak up the restorative powers of nature.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with extra-length king beds (or twins)
  • ensuites with bath and shower, plus outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living room with fireplace
  • indoor braai verandah with dining table
  • outdoor firepit with seating and pizza oven
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • garden
  • board games and books

Things to do

  • walking paths
  • hike to a waterfall with a pool
  • paddle on the farm dam (canoe or SUP)
  • picnics
  • farmers market nearby (Saturdays)
  • beach 16km away
  • restaurants, shops and more in George (13km) and Wilderness (23km)

Good to know Guests receive a welcome pack of farm eggs, homemade rusks and piquanté peppers, and a complimentary bag of firewood.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 900 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Houtbosch Farm, Boshoff Street, off R404, Blanco, George
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Misty Mountain Reserve

Hot Tub Accommodation Misty Mountain Reserve
Misty Mountain Reserve Bedroom
Misty Mountain Reserve Outside Living Area

Where Near Storms River
Distance from CT 6.5 hours
Setting Perched 230 metres up on the edge of the Tsitsikamma coastline, overlooking the Indian Ocean far below, Misty Mountain is a (p)lush paradise hidden in almost-tropical terrain. In addition to uninterrupted views of the sea, the reserve has a tranquil dam and forest with abundant plant and birdlife. It’s also home to a collection of out-of-this-world, transparent-walled lodgings that will make you feel like you’ve landed on another planet. They’re perfect for stargazing – whether from your bed or the hot tub on the deck.
The lodgings

  • Ocean Dome, Forest Dome, Stargazing Cube, Pyramid and suspended Cocoon
  • king or queen bed with an electric blanket
  • outdoor bathroom with shower (the Stargazing Cube has an indoor bathroom with shower)
  • minibar fridge, microwave and tea/coffee-station
  • kitchenette with a gas stove and fridge in the Cube
  • spacious deck with seating and ‘sky net’ hammock and gas braai
  • wood-fired hot tub (except Cube)
  • two side-by-side bathtubs (Pyramid and Cube)
  • concierge service to drive guests between main lodge and domes
  • TV with Netflix
  • breakfast included
  • picnic and braai baskets (additional cost) and room service

Things to do

  • scenic forest walks
  • guided hiking trail with a picnic
  • guided quad-biking onsite
  • onsite restaurant, bar and spa
  • swimming pool
  • 9-hole mashie golf course and footgolf (with a soccer ball)
  • 4 mountain-bike trails onsite
  • fishing in the dam
  • animal sanctuaries nearby
  • ziplining, segway tours, river tubing and bungee-jumping nearby

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost Ocean Dome, Cube + Pyramid: From R3 135 per person per night
Forest Dome: From R1 425 per person
Cocoon: From R1 200 per person
Where to find it Farm 438, Bluelillies Bush, Storms River
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Tula Retreat

Hot Tub Accommodation Tula Retreat
Tula Retreat Living
Tula Retreat Bedroom

Where Calitzdorp
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting Your adventure begins when you’re ferried across the Calitzdorp Dam to your own private encampment on the water’s edge – it’s the only way to access this retreat, and with nothing but rolling hills behind it, you will have utter privacy. The glamping set-up (and this truly is “glamorous camping”) consists of an open-plan sleeping and living area, and a separate fully equipped outdoor kitchen about 100 metres away – all of it drenched in views. It’s off-grid, with LED and lantern lighting, solar power and “fire” power – think braais, cosy fireplaces indoors and out, and a hot tub. It has everything you need, from luxury bed linen, towels and bathroom amenities to books, board games and yoga mats; all you need to do is bring your food and drinks… and a favourite companion.
The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with extra-length king-size bed
  • ensuite bathroom with slipper bath, plus outdoor shower
  • additional bathroom with shower
  • open-plan lounge with fireplace and tea/coffee/drinks cabinet
  • deck with dining table and hammock
  • separate outdoor/bush kitchen with gas stove and fridge
  • firepit/braai area
  • wood-burning hot tub

Things to do 

  • swimming in the dam
  • paddling on the dam (canoe and SUP board supplied)
  • boat cruises
  • fishing
  • birdwatching
  • hiking in the surrounding valley

Good to know You can bring your own jetski or motorboat for waterskiing, which is permitted on the dam. Staff are available from 8am to 6pm each day. Parking is at Fish Eagle Private Resort, from where the boat fetches guests.
Child friendly? Teens only
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 500 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Calitzdorp/Nel’s Dam, gravel road off Wesoewer Road or Calitz Street, Calitzdorp
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Leopard’s Vantage at Wolwehoek

Hot Tub Accommodation Leopards Vantage at Wolwehoek
Leopard’s Vantage at Wolwehoek Living Area
Leopard’s Vantage at Wolwehoek Outside View

Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting The new sibling to the glamping tent in Wolwehoek Private Nature Reserve is a stunning, ultra-modern house. Built on the edge of a cliff, it’s a Karoo-Asian designer fantasy inspired by this ancient fynbos-and-fossil-covered land, Japanese wabi-sabi and Balinese elements. The views are enormous and breathtaking (especially from the pool and adjacent hot tub); the spaces are architectural and created with an artist’s eye, where the landscape is perfectly framed. This is carried through to the private quarters, where you can take your pick from the bedroom with an indoor sunken bath and outdoor shower, or the one with an indoor shower and outdoor bath. You might have to flip a coin.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with extra-length king-size beds
  • ensuite bathrooms with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • inner courtyard with braai, pizza oven and dining table
  • open-plan living room with fireplace
  • terrace with cargo hammock, loungers and firepit
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • infinity pool
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • hiking
  • mountain-biking, onsite and nearby
  • rock-climbing, onsite and nearby
  • birdwatching (binoculars and books supplied)
  • stargazing

Good to know The cabin is accessible by normal cars. It is fully solar-powered (220V).
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R5 500 per night for two people (minimum two-night stay)
R1 000 per night per extra person
Where to find it Keisie Valley, R318, 25km from Montagu
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Leopard’s Kloof at Wolwehoek

Hot Tub Accommodation Leopards Kloof at Wolwehoek
Leopard’s Kloof at Wolwehoek Bedroom
Leopard’s Kloof at Wolwehoek Lounge

Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting “Secluded” is only the tip of the iceberg when describing this breathtaking escape, hidden in the untouched Keisie Valley outside the Klein Karoo town of Montagu. The 520-hectare private nature reserve, managed by passionate owners Roux van der Watt and Robin De Cauwer, is a wonderfully isolated haven far removed from the stress of daily life, where birdsong, fynbos plains and stunning “explorer-style” accommodation set the scene for an unforgettable off-grid escape – not least its fairy-lit, farm-dam-style hot tub.
The lodgings

  • king-size bed
  • free-standing semi-outdoor slipper bath and outdoor shower
  • lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • pizza oven and outdoor braai
  • outdoor lounge with 12-metre super-hammock
  • wood-fired hot tub/plunge pool
  • complimentary firewood

Things to do

  • hiking
  • mountain-biking, onsite and nearby
  • rock-climbing, onsite and nearby
  • birdwatching (binoculars supplied)
  • stargazing (telescope supplied)

Good to know Leopard’s Kloof is only accessible by 4×4/SUV. It is solar-powered, with no plug points.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 300 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Keisie Valley, R318, 25km from Montagu
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De Kombuys Estate

Hot Tub Accommodation De Kombuys Estate
De Kombuys Estate: Bedroom
De Kombuys Estate Bathroom

Where Oudtshoorn
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting On a 200-year-old organic farm just down the road from the Cango Caves, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, there is – aside from vineyards, a Cape-Dutch farmstead and a herd of wagyu cattle – a trio of luxury boutique villas, each with a heated splash pool and outdoor freestanding bathtub. In an elevated position, amid fynbos and beside a stream, they offer fresh air, tranquillity and great views over the entire farm to the mountains. There’s a deli filled with Karoo treats onsite, as well as the speciality Marbled Wagyu restaurant. It’s about as snazzy as these things get without a hint of pretence, but with heaps of Karoo hospitality.
The lodgings

  • 3 one-bedroom villas (Blouberg, Tafelberg and Spitzkop)
  • extra-length queen-size bed (plus sleeper couch for 2 kids)
  • ensuite bathroom with a shower, plus open-air bathroom with a shower and bath
  • open-plan living area with large fireplace
  • kitchenette with bar fridge
  • furnished patio with braai and heated splash pool
  • air-conditioning
  • breakfast included

Things to do 

  • walks on the farm
  • wine-tasting onsite and nearby
  • dining in the restaurant
  • children’s play area
  • explore the Cango Caves
  • ostrich farms and Meerkat Adventures nearby
  • shops, cafes and more in Oudtshoorn

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per villa (+ 2 kids)
Cost From R5 300 per night
Where to find it Off R328, Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn
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Suidster

Hot Tub Accommodation Suidster
Suidster Outside View
Suidster Living Area

Where Between Montagu and Barrydale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Two identical barn-like cottages, Dwarriega and Poortjies, perched amid pristine fynbos on a 110-hectare farm, look out over the distant horizon under big skies. It’s stark but also exquisite – and the same goes for the interior of these modern Karoo cottages. Designed to be a single, elegant, light-filled space, there is no division between the sleeping, bathing and living areas; no walls except the outer dark-metal-clad shell. It’s a zen-like space, powered by solar energy, that provides an intimate refuge in nature.
The lodgings 

  • king-size bed with fine linen
  • freestanding bath and shower, plus outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg stove and French coffee press
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • fireplace
  • wraparound deck with braai
  • wood-fired hot tub

Things to do 

  • 5km hiking trail
  • stargazing
  • attractions on Route 62
  • wine-tasting nearby

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? Yes (with prior notification)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost From R3 600 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Off R62, 25km southeast of Montagu
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Aardts Cabin

Hot Tub Accommodation Aardts Cabin
Aardts Cabin Hot Tub
Aardts Cabin Bedroom

Where Near De Rust
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Aardts means “earthly”, and the name will make perfect sense when you encounter this extraordinary “modern caveman” dwelling. Built from local stone, wood, steel and glass, it’s set into a mound of earth and entered via a door in the ground. Descend the stairs into the abode, where it’s as cosy as can be – and decorated with a designer’s touch. The furniture and fittings are hand-crafted and curvaceous. Outside is the space you’ll spend most of your time, in the hot tub or around the fire, marvelling at the beautiful views of the mountains, valleys and stunning skies. It’s totally unplugged, off-grid and elemental… the ideal bolthole to reconnect with a loved one.
The lodgings

  • 1 double bed, plus a bunk bed
  • outdoor bathroom with double shower, basin and toilet
  • kitchenette with basic pantry supplies
  • lounge area with a fireplace
  • outdoor seating, including a giant recliner
  • boma/braai area with firepit
  • wood-burning hot tub

Things to do

  • farm walks
  • stargazing
  • farmstall and winery nearby
  • Meiringspoort and Vrede en Lust waterfalls nearby
  • day drives on stunning passes to Oudtshoorn or Prince Albert

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Wifi? No, and phone signal 50 metres away
Sleeps 4 (2 adults + 2 children)
Cost From R1 600 per weeknight (minimum two-night stay)
From R2 200 per weekend night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Rietvalley, off N12 between De Rust and Dysselsdorp
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Die Stal at Steynskraal

Hot Tub Accommodation Die Stal at Steynskraal
Die Stal at Steynskraal Bedroom
Die Stal at Steynskraal Outside Area

Where Near Beaufort West
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting If you’re yearning for true Great Karoo, head for this off-grid farm. A mix of old-world nostalgia, warm country hospitality and modern luxury await travellers fortunate to stop over here. Once the stable for horses on an old stagecoach route, stepping inside Die Stal does indeed transport you to a different time. There’s the Dover stove in the kitchen (one of three old-school stoves), the feast-worthy antique yellowwood dining table, the vintage cast-iron bath, riempie chairs and Persian carpets. But settle in and you’ll discover it has all the mod-cons, too – in particular a lavishly sized hot tub under that spectacular Karoo sky.
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with super king-size bed and seating area
  • 2 ensuites with bath and/or shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Dover stove and modern gas stove/oven
  • open-plan lounge, dining room and library
  • indoor fireplace/hearth
  • furnished courtyard with braai and old coal stove
  • wood-burning hot tub/plunge pool
  • wraparound verandah and garden
  • complimentary farm bread, butter and jam
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • walking trail along the Gamka River
  • cycling
  • swimming in the dam
  • birdwatching (a Karoo birding “hotspot”)
  • farm animals
  • stargazing
  • donkey-cart rides
  • Karoo National Park nearby
  • museums and other attractions nearby

Good to know One bedroom and ensuite is wheelchair accessible.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes (by arrangement)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 000 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Off the N1, 23km south of Beaufort West
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Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

Cederkloof
Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Hot Tub
Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Bedroom New

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Part of a working farm just outside Citrusdal, on the edge of the wilderness, this scenic escape is perched on fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Olifants River valley and surrounded by the Cederberg’s striking rock formations. The cottages are set amid fynbos gardens, with floral beauty, birdsong and fresh air guaranteed. The hot tubs here are sleek jacuzzis fed with spring water, with views that stretch to eternity.
The lodgings

  • 10 cottages (six sleep 2, four sleep 4 people)
  • ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds, plus sleeper couches for kids
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • seating area with satellite TV
  • terrace with braai and jacuzzi

Things to do

  • 2 hiking trails onsite, plus nearby
  • fynbos garden and medicinal herb walks
  • 3km mountain-biking trail
  • birdwatching (resident Verreaux’s eagles)
  • nearby horse-riding trails
  • wineries and farm stalls in the area
  • stargazing

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? In the main building and two cottages
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage
Cost From R1 500 per cottage per night for two people
R150 per child (up to 12 years)
Where to find it R303, Regional Road (The Baths), Citrusdal
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Mount Ceder

Hot Tub Accommodation Mount Ceder
Mount Ceder Exterior View
Mount Ceder Bedroom and Balcony

Where Near Ceres
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Set on the slopes of the rugged eastern Cederberg, this escape is about as secluded as they come, with a scattering of villas with hot tubs (in addition to eco campsites and cottages). Klipbokkop Luxury Villa has the most incredible setting above the river, Taaibos and Waboomhoek are beside the river, while family-friendly Karooboom is on ground level and has a lovely garden. The surrounding landscape is wonderfully restorative, and nature lovers will relish daily walks to the river, or up the mountain to see and explore all that’s on offer (including possible snow in winter).
The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms + loft room in Klipbokkop, Blinkberg, Waboomhoek and Taaibos
  • 3 bedrooms + loft room in Kareeboom
  • 2 bedrooms in Puntjie, plus daybeds in living room
  • double and twin beds
  • 2 or 3 bathrooms with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • deck/terrace with dining and braai area
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking routes (with newly built singletrack)
  • swimming and canoeing in the Groot River
  • walks to the waterfall
  • Old Mill House restaurant onsite (lunch packs and braai boxes available)
  • guided hikes to San rock-art sites, caves and canyon
  • olive-grove tour and olive-oil tasting
  • stargazing

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? At restaurant and reception
Sleeps 6 – 8 per house
Cost From R992 per person sharing per night (4 guests)
Where to find it Grootrivier Farm, off the R303, near Prince Alfred Hamlet, Ceres
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Leopard Valley Eco Retreat

Hot Tub Accommodation Leopard Valley Eco Retreat
Leopard Valley Eco Retreat Hot Tub
Leopard Valley Eco Retreat Interior

Where Between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Hidden in a valley on a 1 200-hectare farm, this off-grid retreat offers a soul-firing escape in tranquil nature. Shipping containers have been converted into stylish cabins, painted black and positioned beneath a well-ventilated roof structure, with sliding doors that open onto a deck yielding spectacular views. Two cabins have wood-burning hot tubs for magical stargazing by night, and there are also four glamping tents with hot tubs.
The lodgings

  • 2 cabins (Malachite Sunbird and Cape Canary, the most remote)
  • 4 glamping tents (Wild Buchu, Rooibos, Wild Olive and Waboom Protea)
  • bathroom with shower and eco amenities, plus outdoor shower in Malachite Sunbird
  • fully equipped kitchenette with gas hob and fridge (outdoor kitchenette in glamping tents with a camping fridge and gas stove)
  • living room (in cabins)
  • deck with outdoor seating and dining
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • braai and firepit

Things to do

  • swimming
  • hiking trails
  • rock art
  • birdwatching
  • animal-spotting
  • stargazing

Good to know There is another cabin, Verreaux’s Eagle, which has an outdoor bath (instead of a hot tub) with hot tap water and fabulous views. It also has an indoor fireplace and reservoir pool. There are two other cabins that do not have hot tubs. There are two other cabins (without hot tubs), Cape Sugarbird and Cape Weaver.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes (small or medium-sized dogs)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults per cabin/tent
Cost From R1 690 per cabin per night (minimum two-night stay)
Glamping: From R1 390 per night
Where to find it Markuskraal Road, off N7, near Clanwilliam
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The Boat House

The Boat House
The Boat House Bedroom
The Boat House Hot Tub

Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Over the years, this humble fishing hamlet has grown into a charming dorpie and popular seaside escape for city folk. Once a ramshackle boathouse, this Scandi-esque beach babe might be compact, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in designer impact. The interior is clad in suitably stylish blonde wood and filled with carefully chosen local pieces, gleaming Smeg appliances and beautiful terrazzo floors. It’s kitted out with everything you need for a comfortable coastal escape, including a rooftop deck with a wood-fired hot tub. The sunsets here are the kind that seep into your soul…
 The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds
  • shared bathroom with a walk-in rainshower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • smart TV with Netflix and DStv
  • rooftop deck with wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • beach walks and swimming
  • explore the charming village
  • surfing (surfboard and wetsuit rental available)
  • West Coast National Park and West Coast Fossil Park nearby
  • wine farms, restaurants and shops in nearby Darling

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 500 per night
Where to find it 1 Mossel Street, Yzerfontein
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GlenDonald Cottage

Hot Tub Accommodation GlenDonald Cottage
GlenDonald Cottage Bedroom View
GlenDonald Cottage Exterior View

Where Near Prince Alfred Hamlet
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Built just above a crystal-clear rock pook called Visgat (“fish hole”), this faraway getaway is a fantastic choice in the south-eastern Cederberg. On a 4 500-hectare swathe of land (protected in partnership with CapeNature), at the headwaters of the Olifants River, it’s a world of spectacular rock formations, ravines, gorges and fynbos. There’s lots to explore, but the inviting Visgat – the focal point of your stay – might keep you rooted to the spot. Two stone cottages, GlenDonald and Swallows Croft, stand beside each other and are rented together.
The lodgings

  • 4 bedrooms ensuite, with queen beds (two in Swallows Croft)
  • 2 bedrooms upstairs sharing a bathroom (1 double and 2 single beds)
  • fully equipped kitchen (gas fridge, freezer and stove)
  • open-plan living room with fireplace
  • dining tables inside and outside
  • patio with braai and Dover stove
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • plunge pool
  • books, games and puzzles
  • swimming gear (tubes, inflatables, goggles etc)
  • USB charger (no plug points, solar power)

Things to do

  • swimming in the river
  • play boules
  • fly-fishing (catch-and-release)
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • rock art
  • birdwatching
  • guided kloofing (in summer)
  • stargazing

Good to know There are 3 similar options, their names a clue to their location: River Cottage (sleeps 7), Orchard Cottage (sleeps 8) and The Trout Pod (sleeps 4), all with hot tubs. The last 1.5km of the road leading to GlenDonald is quite tricky and a vehicle with high clearance is advisable.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? No (and no cellphone reception)
Sleeps 13 (9 + 4)
Cost From R7 000 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Witzenberg Valley Road, off R303, Prince Alfred Hamlet
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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 30 April 2024

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