The Best Romantic Getaways in The Cape

Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Whisk your special someone to one of these romantic retreats.

There are certain settings that are, quite simply, tailor-made for romance. Ocean-facing getaways, for example, conjure sunset strolls on the sand, late-night dips under the moon, and carefree picnics on the beach.

Whether it’s a rustic mountainside escape, a boutique bolthole in the Winelands or a rustic cabin in the woods, these romantic retreats have left us weak at the knees.

Are there any special spots you think we should add to our love list? Let us know in the comments below.

The stylish haven: Opstal Stay

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Opstal Stay Hotub
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Opstal Stay Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Opstal Stay Lounge
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Opstal Stay activities

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT Just over 1 hour
Setting Tucked between the Slanghoek and Badsberg Mountains, surrounded by endless nature, Opstal Estate is a tranquil place, where a cluster of modern cottages provide cosy, stylish nests for some real R&R, no matter what time of year you visit. This seventh-generation property (dating back to 1847) is woven into the fabric and history of the Slanghoek Valley and offers an idyllic stay that combines magnificent scenery and true country-style hospitality.
Romance cred The five modern, self-catering cottages are perfectly (and privately) positioned to maximise the valley and mountain views, with large picture windows and sliding doors, and unspoilt nature just footsteps away. Inside, the contemporary open-plan architecture and quality furnishings provide a comfortable home-from-home (and it’s good to know the water in the taps comes fresh from a mountain stream). An outdoor deck with a luxurious KolKol hot tub sets the scene for an unforgettable and relaxing stay.
Things to do Opstal is a working wine farm, producing three ranges (Sixpence, Estate and Heritage) – find your favourite by booking a tasting, then take a few bottles back to your cottage to enjoy on your deck. Chef PJ Lombard offers a seasonal menu of country-comfort classics at the restaurant, so guests can treat themselves to breakfast (from 9am to 11am) or lunch, which includes pizzas and platters. Sunday lunch is a local highlight.
The farm itself is yours to explore on foot or by bicycle, or book an adventure on the trekkertrein (“tractor train”), which winds its way through the vineyards with a stop for a picnic on the farm.
The Breedekloof itself is one of the Cape’s hidden gems, with plenty of wine estates to explore, as well as a distillery, farm stalls, restaurants and more. Outdoor lovers will relish the activities in the area: mountain-biking, fly-fishing and birdwatching.
Cost R1 750 per cabin per night (minimum stay of 2 nights on weekends)
Where to find it Slanghoek Road, Rawsonville, Breedekloof, Western Cape
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The wild-at-heart bolthole: Melozhori Treehouse

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Treehouse Fireplace
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Treehouse bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Treehouse sundowners
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Treehouse hot tub

Where Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting The herds of springbok and giraffe casually strolling through the otherwise uninhabited landscapes at Melozhori Game Reserve make you feel like you’re a million miles away from civilisation, not to mention the deep silence, clean air and wide vistas of rolling hills and the Overberg mountains… Yet this 2 300-hectare spread of wilderness is actually less than 200km up the N2 from Cape Town.
The Treehouse, built for two, is ideal for a weekend getaway where you can soak up the romance of the wilderness under a sparkling canopy of stars at night. Perched on the slopes of an unspoilt valley in folds of hills, it feels as if you’re alone in the wilderness, apart from the resident wildlife, birds and geckos.
Romance cred Built around a tree spanning two levels, with glass walls immersing you in the natural landscape, the treehouse is a magical kind of place you could happily hole up in for weeks. Totally off-grid with solar-power running everything, it has an aura of earth-friendly luxury and is designed for easy self-catering and total privacy. Picture yourselves soaking in the wood-fired hot tub on the deck at sunset, a glass of bubbly at hand, while the fire burns down to embers in the pizza oven, for a simple but delicious supper. The solar system even runs to air-conditioning for those hot summer days (but only during daylight hours while the solar panels are active).
Things to do A guided game drive is included in each two-night stay booked, offering an opportunity to explore the lay of the land and observe the wildlife, which includes 36 species of game and 131 identified bird species. Then you’re free to walk, run or cycle for miles on the network of trails in the reserve, without meeting a soul besides zebra and bontebok – there are no big-cat predators here so you and the zebra are safe. For that extra splash of romance, book sundowners in the bush (bring your own bubbly should you want something stronger than the delicious but alcohol-free Melozhori sparkling grape juice).
Cost Self-catering from R6 500 per unit per night  (minimum stay of 2 nights off-peak; 3 nights during peak periods)
Semi-catered option from R800 per adult per night (includes all the ingredients for pizza-making one night and a braai the next, plus continental breakfasts, cheese platters and snacks)
Where to find it Melozhori Game Reserve, Overberg, 5km from the N2 turn-off to Stormsvlei, Western Cape
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The coastal hideaway: Tintswalo Atlantic

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Tintswalo Atlantic View
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Tintswalo Atlantic Room
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Tintswalo Atlantic bathroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Tintswalo Atlantic Outdoor Seating

Where Hout Bay
Distance from CT 25 minutes
Setting Perched on the rocky shores of Chapman’s Peak Drive in Hout Bay, this luxurious lodge overlooks the endless Atlantic Ocean and The Sentinel beyond. The unparalleled seaside setting within Table Mountain National Park combines with sumptuous interiors and stellar service to make for a truly special stay.
Romance cred Hidden out of sight from passing travellers, Tintswalo Atlantic is only reachable by the resident shuttle, which transports guests from the main road right down to the lodge on the shore below. You’re gifted with a sense of privacy highly sought-after for special occasions and romantic retreats.
There are just eight suites (and one two-bedroomed villa) offering uninterrupted ocean views,  luxurious ensuite bathrooms and private balconies. Wake up to the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of lapping waves outside your window before sauntering onto the main deck for a cup of coffee (or mimosa) as you watch the sun rise above the mountain – bliss.
Things to do: Don’t miss sundowners at Tintswalo Atlantic, with complimentary canapés and a cocktail of the day, followed by dinner at the wonderful on-site Chefs Warehouse. The restaurant won the World Culinary Awards as South Africa’s Best Hotel Restaurant 2022 and is also open to the public for lunch and dinner. During the day, book yourself a relaxing massage or simply lounge by the heated sea-facing swimming pool before taking a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak. Hout Bay is brimming with small shops and quaint cafés and the Constantia wine route is around the corner.
Cost From R7 800 per suite per night, including breakfast (depending on season)
Where to find it Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
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The treetop cottages: Forest Valley

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Forest Valley Outdoors
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Forest Valley Bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Forest Valley Jacuzzi
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Forest Valley Setting

Where Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting A short 15-minute drive from the centre of Knysna takes you to the Rheenendal Valley, where quiet farm roads and awe-inspiring vistas create a dreamlike setting. It’s here, perched high above the treetops and overlooking an expanse of valleys and mountains, that eight beautifully designed cottages beckon, offering a seductive mix of luxury and intimacy for those seeking a private escape in nature.
Romance cred Each cottage boasts unrivalled views of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and provides a feeling of floating among the treetops – a sea of forest gently swaying beneath you as the wind blows through the trees. There are seven Honeymoon Suites and one larger unit sleeping four (also popular among honeymooners for its Jacuzzi), each designed to maximise relaxation by allowing the outdoors in.
Welcoming host Mark Nel ensures every guest has a truly special experience, adding thoughtful additions such as Lindt chocolates on the beds and fresh jasmine (when in season) in every corner of the room.
Things to do Wake up to the sounds of birdsong echoing across the valley, as you enjoy your morning coffee and soak in the view.
The forest walk takes you all the way down into the valley, past an array of flora and fauna, and the ever-popular Kissing Spot, a wooden love-bird hide overlooking the treetops, where couples are encouraged to write their names or dedicated love notes on the walls.
When the sun is out, fill a hamper and head out for a scenic picnic in the nearby state forests, visit the waterfall and swimming hole at Jubilee Creek, or simply relax with a book by the shared swimming pool. If it’s chilly, curl up by the crackling fire with a glass of red wine.
Those looking to get out and explore can take the short drive into the centre of town, brimming with restaurants, bars, shops, Blue Flag beaches (such as Buffalo Bay) and lagoon activities.
Cost From R2 880 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it Rheenendal Ramble, 6km from N2 Highway, Knysna
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The cosy country hideaway: Bergsicht Farm Cottages

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bergsicht Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bergsicht Pool
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bergsicht Interior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bergsicht Stoep

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away in the Tulbagh Valley on a working farm called Vrolikheid, this place truly is a joy. Surrounded by orchards, with soaring mountain vistas and sought-after tranquillity, Bergsicht’s self-catering cottages offer a magical countryside escape that oozes comfort and rustic charm.
Romance cred The secluded cottages are nestled in pockets of foliage for privacy and quiet. The open-plan interior is understated yet meticulous in its layout, allowing for a wholly relaxing experience with everything you and your significant other may need: a well-equipped self-catering kitchenette, braai facilities, air conditioning, a cosy fireplace and a deck with loungers and a wood-fired hot tub.
Things to do If you ever tire of sitting on the verandah with a book, lulled by the occasional moo of a nearby cow, Tulbagh will certainly surprise you with an abundance of activities just a stone’s throw away. A short drive from the cottage you’ll find the tasting rooms for Krone MCC, Saronsberg, Theuniskraal, Montpellier and other wine farms where you can nab a bottle (or two) for your evening hot-tubbing. When it’s not midsummer and you can face the heat – horse-riding trails, wine-by-bike rental, a waterfall hike and a street that looks like it comes straight out of an 18th-century catalogue – are all close by.
Cost From R1 600 per cottage per night (depending on season and unit)
Where to find it Vrolikheid Farm, Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh, Western Cape
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The stylish vineyard cottages: La Chataigne

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Chataigne
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Chataigne Pool
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Chataigne interior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Chataigne Bedroom

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Near a tree, by a river, there’s a cottage in the woods. Well, there are five cottages… surrounding a pear orchard… with beautiful views of the vineyards and mountains in the distance. Owned by the Parkfelt family, the original workers’ quarters and stables have been carefully renovated and turned into monastic – and utterly stylish – self-catering lodgings.
Romance cred Set among fruit groves with beautiful vineyard and mountain views, the property offers a plethora of scenic walks and an intimate environment in which to unwind. Couples can choose to stay in one of the three romantic one-bedroom cottages or either of the two Scandi-chic stable cottages – all of which have their own private plunge pools, ensuite bathrooms, a fully equipped open-plan kitchen (with good-quality cutlery, crockery and glassware), and an open-plan lounge and dining area with a fireplace.
Things to do Soak up the sun on the tranquil pool deck, or take a stroll through the vegetable garden and vineyards before settling in with a glass of wine on your private patio. There’s a boules court for some light-hearted competition… And, of course, the Franschhoek town centre is just seven kilometres away for those seeking a buzz.
Cost From R2 040 per cottage per night (depending on season, day and type of cottage)
Where to find it R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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The boutique winery delight: La Providence Vineyard Suites

Best Romantic Getaways 2023 La Providence
Best Romantic Getaways 2023 La Providence Bed
Best Romantic Getaways 2023 La Providence Outside
Best Romantic Getaways 2023 La Providence Pool

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Renowned for its cuisine and fine wines, in a picture-perfect valley, Franschhoek is a bewitching and elegant Winelands destination. La Providence boutique winery wraps it all together in a gorgeous package, with its mountain backdrop, a small Shiraz vineyard and a spectacular garden. From the moment you arrive down the tree-lined driveway at the Cape Dutch-style house, you’ll know you’re in for a splendid treat. Your luxury suite, with its Art Deco touches, plush textiles and shuttered doors and windows, will be a cocoon of pleasure.
Romance cred Roses – 1 500 of them blooming in the garden, an enchanting space filled with the calming sounds of water features. Add a sunken lounge-boma with a firepit beside the 12-metre-long infinity pool that mirrors the gorgeous sunset skies, and a red-walled bar and indoor fireplace perfect for drinking wine when the weather’s nippy. In your suite, cuddle up on the lovely window seat or daybed on the terrace, or enjoy the private outdoor shower.
Things to do Town is a short walk away, filled with restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques; in the other direction, you have access from La Providence to the hiking trails in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, atop the mountain. There’s a wine and bubbly route to savour on your doorstep via the Wine Tram, plus bucolic picnic options, horseriding and mountain-biking.
Cost From R4 500 per night per suite (breakfast included)
Where to find it La Providence Farm, Middagkrans Road, Franschhoek
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The luxe safari stay: Dwyka Tented Lodge

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Dwyka Tented Lodge Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Dwyka Tented Lodge Bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Dwyka Tented Lodge Hot Tub
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Dwyka Tented Lodge Dining

Where R62, between Montagu and Barrydale
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by ancient rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred, hidden place. It was once home to the San and Khoi-Khoi people, and their paintings – some of which date back more than 3 500 years – can be seen at various points around the reserve. It’s around a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town but worth the trip for those seeking solitude (and the most dazzling array of wildlife in the Western Cape).
Romance cred Driving along a dirt road through the reserve, a majestic mountainous bowl in the distance catches your eye. It’s only once you near it that you realise it’s where you’ll be spending your evening. Unlike anything you’ve experienced before, the tranquil sense of solitude immediately transports you back to what it may have been like before modern civilisation – with just nine luxury tents enhancing the sense of intimacy and seclusion. The comfortable lodgings, featuring a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom, fully stocked mini bar and a private deck boasting a heated plunge pool, all add to the luxurious experience.
Things to do A short stroll from your tent lies the main lodge where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The lounge boasts a fireplace, satellite TV and a fully stocked bar for post-nature drive sunset sessions. In addition to two daily nature drives (where you have the opportunity to spot the fabled Big Five), the reserve also offers comprehensive guided walks, birdwatching, stargazing and an on-site relaxation retreat.
Cost From R12 980 per person sharing per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Route 62, between Montagu and Barrydale, Western Cape
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The tranquil escape: STIL

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stil Montagu
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stil Montagu Rooftop View
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stil Montagu bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stil Montagu lounge-views

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set against the Langeberg Mountains, the Klein Karoo town of Montagu has both pastoral and high-street appeal, with vineyards and orchards punctuating the landscape, and a town centre lined with shops, cafés and art galleries. Offering an undeniable sense of escapism and tranquillity, it’s no wonder Hanno and Martly Calitz decided to create STIL – an escape for those wishing to experience the striking surroundings in a spectacular spot.
Romance cred STIL offers a wonderfully intimate place for couples to kick back and enjoy one another’s company in style. The interiors are contemporary yet soft-edged, with a wonderful indoor-outdoor flow. What’s more, you can bring your fur children, as STIL is proudly pet-friendly. In summer, lounge next to the heated plunge pool, or in winter curl up in front of the fireplaces (one in the bedroom and one in the lounge). Whatever the season, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic getaway under blue skies and towering mountains all around.
It’s also a dream destination for those who love architecture, art and design. Hanno and Martly have transformed the surrounding wild grass into an ever-evolving sculpture garden (featuring several intricate works by renowned South African artist Anton Smit) that fits seamlessly with the home’s white-painted walls, terracotta floors and wooden accents.
Things to do Guest experience is at the heart of STIL’s offering. As such, visitors have the option of being left to their own devices in complete privacy, or may choose a curated itinerary.
The itinerary includes private catering, guided hikes, rock climbing, mountain-biking, art classes, bubbly and wine tastings and more. Full body massages available on site can be pre-booked.
Cost From R4 000 per night for the house (minimum stay of 2 nights).
Where to find it 1A Bath Street, Montagu, Western Cape
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The hidden haven: Wolwehoek Private Reserve

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Wolwehoek exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Wolwehoek hot tub
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Wolwehoek bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Wolwehoek lounge

Where Keisie Valley, 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 just outside the quaint Karoo town of Montagu. The private nature reserve, run 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 accommodation set the scene for an off-the-grid escape. There is currently only one glamping unit, with the introduction of another two in the pipeline.
Romance cred Leopard’s Kloof, your home from home, is surrounded by 4km of nature with not a neighbour in sight, offering uninterrupted tranquillity as far as the eye can see. The luxury tent sleeps two adults, and features a king-size bed, free-standing bath, lounge area, outdoor shower, fully equipped kitchen, pizza oven and outdoor braai, as well as a hammock and wood-fired hot tub for lazy afternoons.
Things to do Nature lovers will be in their element with an abundance of hiking and mountain-biking trails, rock climbing, birdlife and stargazing, best enjoyed from the comfort of your deck.
Good to know The escape is only reachable with 4×4 vehicles. The cabin is completely off-grid with no cell reception or wifi and only solar power for lights and the fridge.
Cost From R3 000 per unit per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Farm 105, Wolwehoek, Keisie Valley, near Montagu, Western Cape
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The meditative sanctuary: Stonehaven Eco Cabins

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stonehaven Eco Cabin view
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stonehaven Eco Cabin hot-tub
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stonehaven Eco Cabin bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Stonehaven Eco Cabin river

Where Near Hermanus
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Amid wild fynbos, herb gardens and sunflower fields on a biodynamic farm, Stonehaven’s eco-friendly cabins have a unique farmhouse-meets-contemporary-cabin aesthetic, where comfort and style combine for a restful, re-energising retreat.
Romance cred Tucked at the foot of the Babilonstoring Mountain in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, each self-catering 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 in the breeze, read your book on the sunny patio, or cocoon next to the indoor fireplace when temperatures cool.
Things to do Take the Protea Walk that meanders through the farm, pack a picnic to enjoy under the oak tree, and navigate your way through the labyrinth. There’s a dam for canoeing and swimming, and the Hemel-en-Aarde offers plenty of trails for mountain-biking, hiking and horse riding. Hermanus with its markets, galleries, shops and restaurants is just a short drive away. During whale-watching season (June – November), pack your binoculars and take a walk along the town’s cliff path to spot these magnificent mammals.
Cost From R 3 290 per cabin per night (depending on season and cabin type)
Where to find it Stonehaven Eco Cabins & Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Western Cape
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The private oasis: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bushmans Kloof Dining
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bushmans Kloof Spa Luxury
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bushmans Kloof Wildlife
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Bushmans Kloof Exterior

Where Cederberg
Distance from Cape Town 3 hours
Setting Renowned for the beauty of its mountain setting, this family-owned property combines the towering rock formations, ancient San rock art and sweeping plains of the striking Cederberg with five-star luxury that puts sustainability first. Home to a wide variety of birds and a selection of rare nocturnal animals such as the aardwolf, African wildcat, bat-eared fox, Cape fox and porcupine, this quiet private oasis is a must for wildlife lovers.
Romance cred A wilderness reserve and a wellness retreat in one, Bushmans Kloof offers guests immersive nature experiences as well as all the creature comforts of an award-winning luxury lodge. It has 14 spacious rooms, two suites and two villas set among lush indigenous gardens, each with a private terrace offering panoramic wilderness views, and is famed for its exceptional hospitality. A member of the exclusive Red Carnation Hotel Collection, it has garnered several international awards including one of the Top 50 Resorts in Africa in Condé Nast Traveler USA.
Things to do Malaria- and predator-free, the 7 500-acre reserve is a sanctuary for many indigenous plants, animals and birds, including the endangered Cape mountain zebra. It is also home to over 130 Bushman rock-art sites and is recognised as one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites. Book a guided rock-painting tour and a nature drive or walk to explore all this oasis has to offer. Spend long days fly-fishing in tea-coloured waters, swimming or canoeing in the river, or tackling the many hiking and mountain-biking trails in the Cederberg. Or simply relax next to one of the four crystalline swimming pools after a rejuvenating treatment at the spa.
Cost Rooms From R7 570 (single) R10 405 (double)
Suites From R12 345 (single) R15 525 (double)
Villas From R34 540
Special Offers Stay 4 Nights and only pay for 3 (valid 6 January to 19 December 23) or Stay 3 Nights and only pay for 2 (valid 01 April to 30 September 23)
Where to find it Agter Pakhuis Pass, Clanwilliam, Western Cape
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The five-star wine estate: Lanzerac

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Lanzerac Pool
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Lanzerac Room
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Lanzerac Couple
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Lanzerac Dining

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting This three-century-old wine farm offers exquisitely refurbed rooms, a spa that knocks the socks off even the most well-heeled resorts in Europe, three dining venues with their own distinctive characters, a tasting room, and loads more.
Entering the striking Governor’s Hall, with its lofty proportions and breathtaking mix of heritage features, traditional furniture and modern luxuries, you get a sense of what’s in store: five-star luxury, warm service and unfathomably tranquil surroundings.
Romance cred Rolling vineyards, lush gardens and the Jonkershoek mountains surround the estate, creating a sought-after sense of peace and quiet that is only experienced in the countryside. The 53 rooms and suites are individually decorated, elegantly furnished, and equipped with modern facilities and wonderful creature comforts, such as luxury toiletries and a fully-stocked mini-bar. The elegant Craven Lounge is a cigar bar modelled on old Victorian gentlemen’s clubs and officers’ messes, where guests can have their pick from a carefully curated selection of wines, craft beers and spirits, as well as a variety of small plates from the tapas menu, while the luxurious spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments.
Things to do Lanzerac sits in the foothills of the Jonkershoek Valley, granting easy access to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of the region with guided walks and bike rides in the reserve, or explore the history of Stellenbosch with a guided walking tour that focuses on the culture and architecture of the town. The Manor Kitchen is where guests can enjoy opulent buffet breakfasts, dinner, afternoon tea, and sumptuous Sunday lunches, while the Lanzerac Deli is perfect for lazy nibbles under the trees.
Cost From R8 000 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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The blissful break: Simbavati Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederberg Ridge Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederberg Ridge Room
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederberg Ridge Experiences
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederberg Ridge Stoep

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Nestled in the Cederberg on a working grape and citrus farm, this breathtaking boutique escape is the stuff of fantasies. The surrounding landscape – famed for its brilliant sunsets, rugged beauty and red-sandstone rock formations – emanates an inescapable sense of tranquillity; nature lovers will be in their element.
Romance cred Overlooking the farm and the untouched Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, the lodge offers a quiet sense of luxury and style. Interiors are warm and inviting (think lots of wood and natural textures), while vaulted ceilings give a light and airy feel. Large French windows open to a generous covered terrace and dining deck overlooking the garden and mountains beyond. The 11 spacious rooms and suites, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor showers (and in-room spa treatments), make this an oasis perfect for a pair.
Things to do After enjoying a farm-to-table meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoy a chilled game of boules and croquet. Or simply lounge in the garden or by the pool with a cocktail. The natural beauty of the Cederberg is also there to be explored, with a range of activities on offer. There are guided or self-guided walking trails and mountain-biking trails, water sports on the dam, excursions into the Cederberg, rock-art tours, rooibos-farm tours and sunset boat cruises, as well as storytelling and star-gazing around the fire-pit at night.
Cost From R2 875 per person sharing per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Cederberg Ridge, Old Klawer Road, Clanwilliam, Western Cape
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The picture-perfect paradise: Emily Moon River Lodge

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Emily Moon River Lodge Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Emily Moon River Lodge Bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Emily Moon River Lodge Wedding

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting Situated a short drive from Plettenberg Bay, this tranquil retreat offers a breathtaking breakaway along the Cape’s famed Garden Route. Overlooking a lagoon, with a backdrop of forests, mountains and river valleys, the lodge is dressed in a selection of rare finds that passionate owners Mark and Christine Valentine have accumulated during their travels through Africa and beyond.
Romance cred The luxury suites offer an undeniable sense of comfort and class, with stylish interiors and views of the flowing river below. Wake up to the sound of birdsong as you enjoy a coffee by the crackling fire in winter, or wind down with a sundowner on your private deck as you soak up the spectacular surroundings.
Things to do Emily’s Restaurant is the ideal spot for a romantic dinner before sipping on a nightcap at Simon’s Bar (which has arguably the best wood-fired artisan pizza in the Garden Route). If it’s warm, go for a scenic paddle on one of the canoes, or a fishing expedition along the Bitou River. Or simply lounge by the pool with a good book. Adventure lovers will enjoy the mountain-bike trails; there are also nearby golf courses, and Plett is known for its pristine beaches, vibey restaurants, bars and shops.
Cost From R1 820 per person sharing per night, including breakfast (depending on season)
Where to find it Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
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The luxury Winelands hotel: La Petite Ferme

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Petite Ferme Bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Petite Ferme Outdoors
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Petite Ferme Bathroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Petite Ferme

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Situated in the exclusive resort town of Franschhoek, La Petite Ferme is a well-heeled destination, not least for its superb collection of small-batch wines that are produced on the property, but also for its breathtaking setting, farm-fresh food and, of course, warm hospitality.
An expansive lawn, dotted with roaming peacocks (and revellers enjoying good wine and even better views) lines the front of the property, with the charming, glass-fronted restaurant just behind it, where guests are welcome to enjoy daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner (served daily from November until April, and May to October on Fridays and Saturdays only).
And then there’s the hotel, whose elegant rooms all boast spellbinding valley, mountain and vineyard views from their perch on the northern slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains.
Romance cred There are nine individually decorated rooms – five stylish Vineyard Suites, each with their own private pool overlooking the valley, and four Manor House Rooms that open onto a shared pool. Inside you’ll find traditional, country-style luxury (think extra-length king-sized beds, the best linen, cosy fireplaces, freestanding baths and walk-in showers), while outside loungers and chairs are positioned to make the most of the views.
Things to do There’s loads to do on the estate: leisurely walks, strenuous hikes, a complimentary guided vineyard tour where you can taste a selection of exclusive estate wines, mountain-biking with one of the estate’s fleet of bicycles and, of course, lounging by the pool. You’re also just a short drive from some of the Cape’s best wine estates, and the boutique shops, galleries and restaurants of Franschhoek.
Suites: From R9 435 per room per night (depending on season)
Manor House Rooms: From R8 910 per room per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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The forest retreat: Sand Cabins at Nima Lodge

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nima Lodge Sand Cabins
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nima Lodge Sand Cabins Bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nima Lodge Sand Cabins Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nima Lodge Sand Cabins Kitchen

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 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.
Romance cred The three extraordinary architect-designed Sand Cabins have curved 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. A continental breakfast can be delivered to your cabin (with a focus on healthy, locally sourced ingredients) and there is also an “honesty” shop and bar on site.
Things to do The cabins are just a short stroll away from the hiking trails and waterfalls in Wilderness National Park. Alternatively, head down to beautiful Wilderness beach for long strolls (book a catered picnic to take with you), or organise a canoe adventure on the lakes and rivers in the area.
Good to know There are four other more traditional log cabins that are spacious, modern and stylish (3 Sun Cabins + 1 Luna Cabin, each sleeping two).
Cost From R5 000 per cabin per night (minimum stay of 2 nights)
Where to find it 10 Mile Lane, Hoekwil, Wilderness, Garden Route
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The nature-lovers’ escape: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Hot Tub
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Bedroom

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Part of a working farm just outside of Citrusdal, this scenic retreat is perched on the fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Elephant River, surrounded by striking rock formations and a sweeping valley.
Romance cred Ten scenic cottages spread out across the mountainside offer guests a comfortable, cosy spot to rest their heads and escape the chaos of the city. Interiors feature a king-size bed, and a spacious open-plan living area with kitchen, lounge and indoor fireplace. Outside, the view-drenched terrace boasts a private Jacuzzi and is the perfect place to soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
Things to do Starlit Jacuzzis, sundowners on the terrace… hedonists will be in their element. Adventure seekers, on the other hand, will love exploring the various hiking and horseback trails, and the nearby waterfalls and ancient rock paintings. There are also a number of neighbouring wineries and farm stalls in the area.
Cost From R1 550 per cottage per night (depending on season and type of cottage)
Where to find it Cederkloof Botanical Retreat, Baths Road, Citrusdal, Western Cape
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The seaside sanctuary: The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: The Twelve Apostles Outdoor Seatings
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: The Twelve Apostles Suite
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: The Twelve Apostles Swimming Pool
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: The Twelve Apostles Couple

Where Camps Bay
Distance from Cape Town 20 minutes
Setting Nestled into the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range above the glistening Atlantic Ocean, this five-star boutique hotel and spa presents a picture-perfect backdrop from sunrise to sunset, while beautifully manicured gardens surrounded by wild indigenous flora create an overriding sense of tranquillity –  so much so that you’d never guess the buzzy Camps Bay strip is a mere five minutes away.
Romance cred A regular contender in Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 30 Hotels in Africa awards, The Twelve Apostles boasts a host of attractions besides its dreamy location. Its 70 rooms and suites are designed for comfort, and you can expect generous soft furnishings, a soap and pillow menu, luxury toiletries, an evening turndown as well as bathrobes and slippers.
Things to do With four excellent restaurants (Azure, The Café Grill, The Apostles Braai & Sushi@12A), an award-winning spa and a 16-seater private cinema, this sea-facing hotel is a destination in itself, and the ideal spot for a romantic escape with your significant other or a special celebration. If you want to venture out, the V&A Waterfront is just a short drive away, as are Cape Town’s many other attractions, from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to the cable car up Table Mountain.
Cost Rooms From R8 270
Suites From R16 095
Special Offers Stay 4 Nights and only pay for 3 (valid 6 January to 19 December 23 and applicable on all room types) or Stay 3 Nights and only pay for 2 (valid 01 April to 30 September 23 and applicable to Luxury Rooms and higher)
Where to find it Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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The scenic sanctuary: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Grootbos Sunset Dining
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Grootbos Outside Seating
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: grootbos-cave
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: grootbos-bathroom

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Set in an indigenous fynbos forest amid rolling hills of ancient milkwood trees, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an extraordinary place where endless nature and tranquil luxury converge. With views right down to the whale-watching capital of Walker Bay, this slice of serenity is a haven for nature-lovers and gourmet travellers alike.
Romance cred It’s no secret that Grootbos’ breathtaking vistas, luxury five-star accommodation, and unique travel experiences have been luring travellers back to its lair, long after their initial seduction. Landscaped gardens surround the restaurant, lounge, boma and barista bar, while the beauty salon, library and swimming pool encourage all-day unwinding.
Things to do With so many unique and enriching ways to explore and experience the surrounds, Grootbos is a destination in its own right. Choose from guided nature walks and hikes, horse-riding, birdwatching, botanical safaris, the art of beekeeping, cooking classes and spa treatments – or book a half-day tour of the Grootbos Florilegium, a botanical art gallery showcasing a unique collection of illustrations that depict the rare plants found on the reserve. Fat biking across the nearby dunes to the coast, marine safaris, Stanford river cruises and whale-watching from a boat can also be arranged.
Cost From R10 500 per person per night sharing (depending on season and room type)
South African residents special R5 950 per person per night sharing (valid until end April 2023)
Where to find it R43, Gansbaai, Western Cape
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The best of both worlds: La Cotte Farm Cottages

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Cotte Exerior Pool
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Cotte Bar
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Cotte Lounge
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: La Cotte Lawn

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting One look and you’ll understand why this wine farm, one of the original Huguenot properties dating back to 1698, is a sought-after destination for enjoying a quiet reprieve (or, it must be said, for exchanging marriage vows!). It’s a true country escape, with whitewashed buildings scattered around beautiful gardens and forest-edge spaces, panoramic views of vineyards and mountains, and an undeniable sense of peace. It’s hard to believe town is just a quick stroll away… La Cotte has a wonderful restaurant and bar of its own, and the choice of lodgings includes elegant suites in the manor house or self-catering cottages.
Romance cred For your own private little abode in the Winelands, opt for the Orchard Cottages  – each with its own private garden and plunge pool. These simple, traditional houses have been spruced up, with colourful walls and furnishings, sleek ensuite bathrooms, an open-plan living area with a fireplace, and French doors opening onto a quintessential wide stoep. The lavishly simple Forest Cottages nestle at the edge of the forest, with glorious views from their shaded verandahs, and give access to a communal pool. You have all the privacy and charm of a working wine farm, but are still in close proximity to all the attractions of the bustling town centre.
Things to do Laze next to the swimming pool, meander along the farm tracks, or head to the view-drenched bar for afternoon tea and evening drinks. La Cotte Restaurant serves breakfast and brunch, and you’re just a short stroll from Franschhoek’s many restaurants, coffee shops and delis. Explore the surrounding wine farms (hop on the wine tram so you don’t have to drive) and the area’s many art galleries and boutique shops.
Cost Orchard Cottages: From R2 457 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Forest Cottages: From R2 700 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it 24 La Cotte Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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The mountainside reprieve: Fazenda Swellendam

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Fazenda Swellendam Greenhouse Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Fazenda Swellendam Greenhouse Stoep
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Fazenda Swellendam Greenhouse bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023 Fazenda Swellendam Hacienda

Where Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Just outside Swellendam, hidden in the Hermitage Valley at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, you’ll find that sweet spot – Fazenda Luxury Retreat & Farm – a place of breathtaking natural beauty and sumptuous guest accommodation. Situated on the edge of a working farm, among towering pines, with the Langeberg mountains beyond, the escape is host to three stylish cottages (Forest Retreat, Ultimate Retreat and Perfect Escape), the Greenhouse (a glass cabin immersed in the shade of a secret forest) and The Hacienda (a designer villa conjuring all the romance of a Spanish estate).
Romance cred  The Greenhouse in particular is the ideal location for a romantic getaway in sumptuous style. Lined with double-volume glass panes that boast 360-degree views of the stunning surrounds, it’s a tranquil hideaway completely out of sight of other guests.
The stylish self-catering cottages (each sleeping two guests) overlook the sparkling dam, with nothing but the sounds of nature to punctuate the peaceful silence – laidback living at its dreamy best.
At the cool and elegant Hacienda (two ensuite bedrooms, one detached from the main villa), you’ll find informal luxury with four-poster beds, a spacious lounge and dining area, a large patio with sun loungers, and your very own swimming pool.
Things to do During the warm summer months the natural swimming dam is the place to cool down after a hike or cycle on one of the many mountain trails. There are also numerous rock pools for mid-adventure dips, while the lush forest makes for the perfect alfresco picnic spot. And neighbouring Swellendam is a heritage-rich outing for those looking to immerse themselves in local culture and history.
Cost Cottages: From R2 600 per cottage per night (depending on season; minimum stay of 2 nights)
Greenhouse: From R2 800 per night (depending on season; minimum stay of 2 nights)
Hacienda: From R4 800 per night (depending on season; minimum stay of 2 nights)
Where to find it Fazenda Farm, Hermitage Valley Road, Swellendam, Western Cape
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The unique glamping experience: Southern Yurts

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Southern Yurts Hot Tub
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Southern Yurts exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Southern Yurts interior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Southern Yurts dam

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Located in the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy on Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, a short drive from Bot River, Southern Yurt’s five sites (three with yurts and two with cabins) are immersed in endless nature, providing a get-away-from-it-all escape. Made from wooden beams draped in canvas, and attractively decorated, the yurts offer all the comforts of a luxury chalet without any of the dust and schlepp associated with traditional camping. However, if canvas is not your thing, choose one of the rustic cabins tucked deep into the riverine forest.
Romance cred There’s hardly a better way to get away from it all than waking up to the sounds of birds, and falling asleep to a view of the stars through the crown of your yurt. The secluded Forest View Yurt in particular is made for romantic escapes, and will give you majestic views of every sunrise and sunset over the valley. The comfortably equipped yurt sleeps two, and you’ll find an outdoor (yet enclosed) bathroom with a hot shower plus a self-catering kitchen with a fireplace and daybed. There’s also a wood-fired hot tub, hammock and a wooden viewing deck.
Things to do Should you tire of sitting in your hot tub, soaking up the peaceful surroundings, the farm offers countless activities to explore. Swing under an ancient oak tree in the Secret Forest, venture out on one of the many hikes, birdwatch, take dips in the farm dam, or fish or canoe on its waters. For those with a little more time to kill, zipline through the Overberg mountains with Cape Canopy Tours, visit one of the nearby wine farms, or go horse-riding.
Cost From R1 750 per unit per night (depending on season, day and unit type)
Where to find it Diepklowe Private Nature Reserve, 113/7 Van der Stel Pass Road, Bot River, Western Cape
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The original hot-tub escape: KolKol Mountain Lodge

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: KolkolLodge Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: KolkolLodge Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: KolkolLodge Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: KolkolLodge Exterior

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and the impossibly peaceful sounds of nature set the scene for this secluded getaway. Run by passionate owners Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse, KolKol Mountain Lodge is a luxurious retreat that appeals to discerning (nature-loving) couples seeking quiet time together in stunning surroundings.
Romance Cred Nine Log Cabins and five Fynbos Pods hidden in the mountains feature everything you need for a picture-perfect (self-catering) stay in nature. Relax in a private wood-fired hot tub while enjoying a glass of fine local wine, curl up in front of the stone fireplace or simply sit on the deck and watch the birds that flit between the fynbos.
Things to do This scenic spot is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing, but if you’re looking to explore the area, there’s a three-kilometre hiking trail and a mountain-biking trail. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is a short drive away, as are the wine farms of Bot River, Hermanus and Stanford.
Cost Cabins: From R 1 950 per night (minimum stay of 2 nights over weekends)
Fynbos Pods: From R2 480 per night (minimum stay of 2 nights over weekends)
Where to find it Van der Stel Pass (via N2), near Bot River, Western Cape

The fynbos fantasy: Fynbos Suites at Farm 215 Nature Retreat and Fynbos Reserve

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Farm 215 Fynbos Suite Exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Farm 215 Fynbos Suite lounge
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Farm 215 Fynbos Suite Stoep
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Farm 215 Fynbos Suite Bedroom

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Situated in the breathtaking Uilkraal Valley – somewhere between Stanford and Cape Agulhas – Farm 215 Nature Retreat and Fynbos Reserve is a dream getaway for those who prize silence and wide-open spaces. The sweeping views, enveloping fynbos and the silence of the landscape create an overriding sense of tranquillity and seclusion, while the wonderful lodgings whisper luxurious comfort.
Romance cred The three secluded Fynbos Suites each boast a wooden sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise the uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains, dam and vineyards. Inside, the stylish, open-plan space connects the luxurious bedroom and ensuite bathroom to the spacious lounge, all of which offer front-row seats to the sweeping surrounds, with crackling woodstoves and comfortable furnishings to keep things snug.
Things to do The 800-hectare reserve offers over 30 kilometres of hiking, mountain-biking and horseback-riding trails, while nearby attractions include wine-tasting at Lomond Wine Estate (booking is essential) and whale-watching in Walker Bay. Otherwise, simply laze on your sun deck between dips in your private splash pool or hot tub.
Cost From R2 400 per person sharing per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Farm 215, Gansbaai, Western Cape
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The chic guesthouse: Haes Farm

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Haes Farm View
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Haes Farm exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Haes Farm bedroom

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This 40-hectare fynbos farm takes you off the beaten track to the hills above Walker Bay, where you’ll find views that stretch from the stunning Stanford valley all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and Hermanus coastline. The immaculate property was redesigned from the ground up to take sustainability and harmony with nature to a whole new level, with solar power and all products sourced locally. It’s also home to a private art collection, collected by the owners on their travels over 40 years.
Romance cred The guesthouse caters to small groups of travellers (no more than four guests at a time), thereby preserving the intimacy and warmth of the experience. There are just two double ensuite bedrooms, each equipped with a hospitality tray, Nespresso machine, writing desk, books and magazines, as well as a standing fan for hot summer days. The open-plan terraces are perfect for soaking up the views with a glass of wine as you watch the sun set over the valley.
Things to do The gardenside verandah beckons on hot days, while the cosy library warmed by a fireplace is perfect for winter huddles. Those looking to get out and about will love the walking, running and biking trails, canoeing on the nearby Kleinrivier, and the nearby Walker Bay Nature Reserve, beaches and wine estates.
Cost From R2 800 per room per night, including breakfast (depending on season)
Where to find it Papiesvlei/Elim Road, near Stanford, Western Cape
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The bucolic hideaway: Languedoc Cabin

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Languedoc Cabin exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Languedoc Cabin horse
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Languedoc Cabin bedroom

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Languedoc Farm is a little slice of bucolic England in the Blaauwklippen Valley, with stunning gardens, mountain views and horses in the paddocks. The rustic log cabin under age-old trees offers a secluded space to enjoy the romance of nature: birds singing, frogs croaking, crickets chirping, the flowing river and sometimes golden silence.
Romance cred The luxuriously furnished (self-catering) ensuite cabin boasts an open-plan living area with a closed-combustion fireplace that quickly cosies up the entire space. Outside, a large covered verandah overlooks a fire pit and rock pond with a dreamy outlook of the paddock and horses in the background. For a relaxing, soul-restoring break from daily life, with some of the best wines from the Golden Triangle on your doorstep, this is a simple Winelands gem.
Things to do There are many marvellous wine-tasting options, with Dornier, Waterford, Keermont and de Trafford nearby. Stellenbosch with its cultural and historic attractions, its many eateries and popular bars, is just 10 minutes away. But you’ll be forgiven for not wanting to leave the farm… Wander through the gardens and beside the river, hike in the nearby forest and up into the Helderberg, then end the day around the firepit, glass of bubbly in hand, as you gaze up at the stars.
Cost From R1 800 per night
Where to find it Languedoc Farm, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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The ultimate refuge: Melozhori Pods

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Pods bathroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Pods exterior
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Pods lookout
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Melozhori Pods Lounge

Where Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Though it’s a mere two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town, this 2 500-hectare game reserve feels like it’s a million miles away. With nothing but an acacia-shaded valley extending to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the distance, and the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves to keep you company, Melozhori is the ultimate reprieve.
Romance cred Valley Pod and Waterfall Pod perch on an untouched area of the reserve that overlooks the game-dotted plains beyond, offering an ideal setting for a private escape or romantic retreat. Each secluded pod is built to maximise the sweeping views across the verdant valley, and offers barefoot luxury aplenty. There’s a wood-fired hot tub, a cosy indoor fireplace, a large bathtub perfect for a long soak, and a 14m hammock from which to watch the passing game or gaze up at the starry night skies.
Things to do A complimentary game drive is included in every two-night stay, so let an experienced guide show you around the reserve and help you spot the myriad birds and wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, sable, bontebok and wildebeest. Hike the trails through the veld, or opt to tackle them on the mountain-bikes available to rent. Return to soak in the hot tub or simply read your book in the hammock. You’re unlikely to want to leave your quiet retreat, but if you do, the wine and olive farms of the Robertson Wine Valley are there to be explored.
Cost From R4 000 per pod per night
Where to find it Melozhori Game Reserve, Overberg, 5km from the N2 turn-off to Stormsvlei, Western Cape
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The secret garden: Nibbana Farm

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nibbana Farm Bedroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nibbana Farm view
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nibbana Farm seating
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Nibbana Farm pool

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
The setting Flanked by two towering mountain ranges in the Witzenberg Valley near Tulbagh, this 190-hectare working farm is the picture of bucolic paradise. Handwritten signs along a dusty farm road lead to a stylish manor house and a smattering of farm cottages, beyond which paddocks and grazing sheep complete the storybook scene.
A short walk further up the dirt road, you’ll stumble upon the farm’s pièce de résistance: an enchanting Secret Garden. Archways of ancient cypress, eucalyptus and oak trees create natural tunnelled pathways that lead to a sylvan paradise, where a trickling stream, natural rock pool, life-size wooden sculptures and hammocks await.
Romance cred Master-of-all-trades interior designer Don McCarthy has created an acutely unique artistic-farmhouse vibe matched by an exacting attention to luxurious detail. (Think deep verandahs, a colour-coded antique bookcase, built-in fireplaces, oversized, sumptuous furniture, beautifully folded monogrammed towels, super-comfortable king-size beds, high-thread-count linen, Rain toiletries). A breezy lack of stuffiness ties everything together beautifully, creating stylish yet cosy lodgings. The charming Karoo Cottage in particular lends itself to a romantic getaway, situated away from the main buildings in quiet seclusion.
Things to do Relax in your private outdoor space, sipping coffee and watching the birds as the sun comes up, taking dips in the wood-fired hot tub/plunge pool, and drinking wine around the crackling fire as the stars light up the night sky. Wander through the Secret Garden, rock-hopping and swimming in the natural pool to the sound of croaking frogs, chirping birds and oak leaves rustling in the breeze. If you can bring yourself to leave the farm, the Tulbagh Winelands are right on your doorstep, as are a number of hiking, mountain-biking and horse-riding trails.
Cost From R2 100 per cottage per night (depending on season and type of cottage)
Where to find it Boontjiesrivier Road, Wolseley, Western Cape
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The cliffside sojourn: Birkenhead House

Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Birkenhead House Pool
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Birkenhead House Bathroom
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Birkenhead House Breakfast Spot
Best Romantic Getaways 2023: Birkenhead House Bedroom

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Occupying pride of place on Walker Bay’s spectacular sunshine coast, Hermanus is widely known as the best land-based whale-watching destination in the world! As such, this once-sleepy fishing village is now a bustling seaside resort, home to top-notch restaurants, picturesque beaches, spellbinding ocean views, and of course, beautiful places to stay.
Romance cred Perched on a peninsula overlooking the entire coast of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House’s cliffside location gives some of the swankiest spots on the Amalfi Coast a run for their money. The 11-room hotel has a particular glam-beach-resort feel, with pillars and marble floors setting the scene throughout, and deep, white, slip-covered couches in all the communal lounge areas. Perhaps the most unique aspect of this intimate lodge is that everything (except cigars, premium wines, spa treatments and boutique purchases) is included in the room rate. But it’s attentive service, an unparalleled cliffside location and lashings of luxury that make this stay a perfect private paradise.
Things to do In addition to two ocean-facing pools, a sun deck and cliff-hugging dining area (where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served), there are a couple of ocean-facing sofas, where sipping a G&T while watching the whales and dolphins frolic in the bay is imperative. Nanny’s Beach, arguably the most beautiful beach in the Western Cape, beckons below, while the town centre is a three-minute drive away.
Cost From R5 400 per person sharing per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Corner 11th Street and 7th Avenue, Voelklip, Hermanus, Western Cape
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Time of publication: 19 January 2023

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