The Best Romantic Getaways in The Cape

The Best Romantic Getaways in The Cape

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 its 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 cliffside sojourn: Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House: The Best Romantic Getaways
Birkenhead Hotel: The Best Romantic Getaways
Birkenhead: The Best Romantic Getaways

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, reserve wines and spa treatments) is included in the room rate. But it’s attentive service, 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 the 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 R3 800 per person sharing (depending on season)
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Where to find it Corner 11th Street and 7th Avenue, Voelklip, Hermanus, Western Cape

The boutique bolthole: The Robertson Small Hotel

Robertson Small Hotel: The Best Romantic Getaways
Robertson Small: The Best Romantic Getaways
Robertson Small Hotel Room: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by endless farmlands and majestic mountain ranges, the historic town of Robertson along Route 62 oozes small-town charm. Victorian architecture and flowering Jacaranda trees line the wide streets, with a scattering of restaurants, shops and wine-tasting spots creating a pathway between past and present.
Romance cred Situated in the heart of town, this stunning five-star boutique hotel has just 10 en-suite bedrooms: three Manor House rooms, four Pool Suite rooms, and three Stable rooms. Each has its own charm and appeal, and all feature a spacious verandah, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a small lounge area with a TV, and a self-service mini bar. The hotel is also home to a top-drawer restaurant that’s open for lunch and dinner, a wine and cocktail bar, and a wellness spa – the full package for a perfect couple’s retreat. A delicious breakfast is served daily.
Things to do Stroll through town browsing local shops and restaurants, or take a drive out to one of the neighbouring farms (Arabella Wines, Springfield Estate and Robertson Winery). Beer lovers might enjoy a trip to Saggy Stone Brewery, a rustic pub and brewhouse amid plum orchards on Amandalia Farm.
Cost From R1 630 per person per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it 58 Van Reenen Street, Robertson, Western Cape

The luxe safari stay: Dwyka Tented Lodge

Dwyka Tented Lodge: The Best Romantic Getaways
Dwyka Tents: The Best Romantic GetawaysCedarberg Travel
Dwyka: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where R62, between Montagu and Barrydale
Distance from CT 3 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 – which can be seen at various points around the reserve. It’s around three hours 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 civilisation – with just nine luxury tents enhancing the sense of intimacy and seclusion. The comfortable lodge facilities, featuring a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, fully stocked mini bar and a private deck boasting a Jacuzzi, 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-game drive sunset sessions. In addition to two daily game drives (where you have the opportunity to spot the fabled Big Five), the reserve also offers comprehensive guided walks, birdwatching, stargazing, a boat safari (weather-dependent), and an on-site relaxation retreat.
Cost From R7 400 per adult per night sharing (depending on season)
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Where to find it Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Route 62, between Montagu and Barrydale, Western Cape

The stylish vineyard cottages: La Chataigne

Romantic Getaways: La Chataigne
Romantic Getaways: La Chataigne Blanc Cottage Interior
Romantic Getaways: La Chataigne Noir Cottage 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, en-suite 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, cottage type and day)
Where to find it R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape

The scenic sanctuary: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve: The Best Romantic Getaways
Grootbos Private Reserve: The Best Romantic Getaways
Grootbos: The Best Romantic Getaways

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. These include guided nature walks and hikes, horse-riding, birdwatching, botanical safaris, the art of beekeeping, cooking classes and spa treatments. Marine safaris, microlight flights, quad-biking, river cruises and whale-watching from a boat can also be arranged by the hotel.
Cost From R11 480 per night for two people (depending on season)
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Where to find it R43, Gansbaai, Western Cape

The blissful break: Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge

Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge: The Best Romantic Getaways
Cederberg Ridge Lodge: The Best Romantic Getaways
Cederberg Ridge: The Best Romantic Getaways

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 tranquility; nature lovers will be in their element.
Romance cred Overlooking the farm and the untouched Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, the nine-roomed lodged offers a quiet sense of luxury and style. Boasting beautiful views and lovely living quarters, complete with private wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor showers, a restaurant, bar and in-room spa treatments, this out-of-this-world oasis is 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. There are also various guided or self-guided walking trails and mountain-biking trails, water sports on the dam, excursions into the Cederberg, rock-art tours, as well as storytelling and star-gazing around the fire-pit at night.
Please note Families with children under the age of six can only be accepted if arranged prior with management.
Cost From R1 895 per night per person sharing (depending on season)
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Where to find it Cederberg Ridge, Old Klawer Road, Clanwilliam, Western Cape

The picture-perfect paradise: Emily Moon River Lodge

Emily Moon River Lodge: The Best Romantic Getaways
Emily Moon Lodge: The Best Romantic Getaways
Emily Moon: The Best Romantic Getaways

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 surrounds.
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 and nearby golf courses, and Plett is known for its pristine beaches, vibey restaurants, bars and shops.
Cost From R1 820 per night per person sharing, includes breakfast (depending on season)
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Where to find it Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

The peaceful farm retreat: Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse: The Best Romantic Getaways
Bartholomeus Klip: The Best Romantic Getaways
Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse Room: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Riebeek Valley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Idyllic farm life is exemplified at this secluded getaway, situated on a working wheat and sheep farm beside a peaceful lake. Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and the West Coast are all within easy reach, and a host of adventure activities are on offer in the scenic surrounding fynbos reserve.
Romance cred The beautiful old Farmhouse sleeps just ten guests in four double rooms, and there’s a separate suite outside, with a verandah overlooking the veld. The beautiful surrounds, coupled with the Farmhouse’s old-world charm, conspire to create the perfect combination for a romantic weekend away. And then there’s all the extras: a full country brunch and three-course dinner, afternoon tea, snacks and sundowners, early-morning coffee and pastries, two daily activities, use of the retreat’s mountain bikes and canoes, which are all included in your stay.
Things to do Stretch your legs on one of the many view-drenched walking and mountain-biking trails on the reserve, or go for a relaxed couples’ horseback ride through the Winelands. Canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, freshwater fishing and birdwatching are all popular activities at the nearby dam, while those looking to try their hand at something new can partake in an archery lesson. The surrounding Swartland is home to an abundance of wineries, while Riebeek Kasteel and Tulbagh are only a short drive away for those looking for a cultural diversion. The real highlight, however, are the daily sunrise and sunset nature drives through the reserve.
Cost The Farmhouse: From R2 600 per person per night
Heron House: From R5 088 for 12 guests per night
Wild Olive House: From R3 400 for 6 adults and 2 children per night
(depending on season)
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Where to find it Elandsberg Private Nature Reserve, Riebeek Valley, Western Cape

The five-star wine estate: Lanzerac

Lanzerac: The Best Romantic Getaways
Lanzerac Room: The Best Romantic Getaways
Lanzerac Dining: The Best Romantic Getaways

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 surrounds.
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 a fireplace and 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 cosy up to the roaring fireplace and 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, and the use of its indoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
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 R6 850 per night for two guests (depending on season)
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Where to find it Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch

The Cosy Farm Hideaway: Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages

Romantic Getaways Western Cape: Bergsicht Cottages
Romantic Getaways Western Cape: Bergsicht Interior
Romantic Getaways Western Cape: Bergsicht Lady Red

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away beneath trees and overlooking the fields of this working farm, the Lady Red cottage at Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages is a private self-catering stay that oozes comfort and rustic charm. With mountain vistas and the immersive surrounding orchards, this cosy spot is just a short drive from Cape Town and has all the makings of a romantic countryside escape – complete with a wood-fired hot tub and a fireplace.
Romance cred 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 kitchen, braai facilities, air conditioning, fireplace and even a wood-fired hot tub for evening relaxation.
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 the 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 320 per night for two adults, self catering (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it Vrolikheid Farm, Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh

The coastal hideaway: Tintswalo Atlantic

Tintswalo Atlantic Romantic Getaways
Tintswalo Atlantic Exterior Romantic Getaways
Tintswalo Atlantic Suite Romantic Getaways

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. Recently reopened after a devastating fire ravaged it earlier in 2019, the hotel boasts an unparalleled seaside setting, which – coupled with sumptuous interiors and stellar service – make this scenic sojourn 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. Therefore, although open to the public for Wednesday lunch, you’re gifted with a sense of privacy highly sought-after on a romantic retreats.
There are just 11 suites, each of which offer uninterrupted ocean views, a luxurious en-suite bathroom, and a private balcony. Wake up to the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of lapping waves outside your suite 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 Hout Bay is brimming with small shops and quaint cafés, but should you wish to stay put, the wonderful on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests, while the expansive wooden deck is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner sundowners. Book yourself a sumptuous treatment at the resident spa, or simply lounge by the sea-facing swimming pool with a cocktail and a good book before taking a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak. And before you go, browse the small gift shop for a take-home token of your stay.
Cost From R6 500 per suite per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape

The chic valley escape: Haes Farm

Haes Farm: The Best Romantic Getaways
Haes Farm Exterior: The Best Romantic GetawaysBack in Town
Haes Farm Interior: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This 40-hectare fynbos farm has an enviable location in the hills above Walker Bay, close enough to enjoy the cool ocean winds, while offering uninterrupted views of the inspiring Overberg landscape.
Self-sustainability and harmony with nature is taken to a whole new level here, with produce from the vegetable patch and olive, peach and lemon trees used to create wholesome dishes. In addition, the farm is solar-powered; it even has its own water supply.
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 en-suite 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.
Good to know Haes Farm will be closed for bookings from 10 June 2019 until end-August for winter break.
Cost From R2 250 per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Papiesvlei / Elim Road, Stanford (via N2)

The forest hideaway: Cliffhanger Cottages

Cliffhanger Cottages: The Best Romantic Getaways
Cliffhanger Cottages Exterior: The Best Romantic Getaways
Cliffhanger Cottages interior: The Best Romantic GetawaysRooms for Africa

Where Rheenendal, near Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting Perched among the trees on the edge of a cliff, overlooking indigenous trees and close
to the Knysna forest, these two elevated log cabins offer a wonderful sense of
seclusion and uninterrupted views of the valley below. With the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop, and a private deck to soak up the beauty of every sunrise to sunset, these cottages are a true hidden gem.
Romance cred The indigenous forest holds you in its embrace, with not a neighbour or interruption as far as the eye can see. The cabins themselves are spacious and comfortable, with CliffEdge featuring an open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area warmed by a fireplace, and a semi-enclosed private deck that invites you to gaze out upon the rolling blanket of greenery, while Cliffhanger has a separate bedroom and an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area, all warmed by a fireplace. The spectacular view is visible from every room including the bathroom. Both cottages feature large windows throughout allow you to fully immerse yourself in the unspoilt vistas of forest, mountains and sky.
Things to do Enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sunset over the mountains, before striking up the braai. Then, curl up with a good book next to the fireplace. If you’re looking to get out and about, the surrounding hiking and mountain-biking trails are wonderfully scenic, while the Knysna Lagoon and Buffalo Bay (a blue-flag beach) are great options for a day trip. There’s also Thesen Island, full of shops and restaurants.
Cost From R1 460 per night per person sharing (depending on season)
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Where to find it The Surfboard, Rheenendal Road, Knysna, Western Cape

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

Farm 215: The Best Romantic GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe
Farm 215 Fynbos Suit: The Best Romantic GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe
Fynbos Suit: The Best Romantic GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe

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 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 scenic 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 en-suite bathroom to the spacious lounge, all of which offer front-row seats to the sweeping surrounds, while 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. The on-site restaurant is perfect for romantic dinners and scrumptious breakfasts, while nearby attractions include wine-tasting at Lomond Wine Estate (booking is essential) and whale-watching in Walker Bay.
Cost From R1 650 per person per night sharing, includes breakfast (depending on season)
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Where to find it Farm 215, Gansbaai, Western Cape

The nature-lovers’ escape: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

Cederkloof Botanical Retreat: The Best Romantic Getaways
Cederkloof Retreat: The Best Romantic Getaways
Cederkloof: The Best Romantic Getaways

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. The interior features a king-size bed, and a spacious open-plan interior with a 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 400 per night on weekends (depending on season)
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Where to find it Cederkloof Botanical Retreat, Baths Road, Citrusdal, Western Cape

The luxury trailer park: Old Mac Daddy

Old Mac Daddy: The Best Romantic Getaways
Old Mac Daddy Activities: The Best Romantic Getaways
Old Mac Daddy Interior: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Elgin
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Brought to you by Daddy Brands, the people behind The Old Biscuit Mill and The River Club, Old Mac Daddy is a luxury trailer park that offers a variety of accommodation options – from glamping and Airstream vans to luxe, self-catering eco lodges. Situated among the trees in the Elgin Valley, alongside a peaceful lake with a white-sand beach, this retreat is perfect for any season – whether you cosy up inside your trailer with a hot water bottle and a book during winter, or relax in a hammock, Huckleberry Finn-style, with a cocktail from Daddy’s Beach Bar in the summer… The pool, with its breathtaking views of the lush valley, is wonderful for refreshing dips.
Romance cred Although Old Mac Daddy may be famous for its Airstream trailers, it also offers glamping accommodation in the form of two glampsites: Daddy’s Den and Daddy’s Hideaway. The latter occupies a secluded spot overlooking a valley, while the former features three expertly placed luxury tents which allow for utmost privacy – not to mention they feature their own hot tub! Their unique, quirky interiors, combined with a wonderfully comfortable living space, provide a truly special experience for couples.
Things to do Where to begin? Archery, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tractor rides, fishing, and spa treatments are all available at the retreat itself, while the scattering of nearby wine farms make for a great day out. The Lebanon Mountain Biking Trail (requires a R30 permit) is perfect for adventure seekers, and The Barn Restaurant & Bar offers wholesome country fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cost From R1 695 per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Old Mac Daddy, Elgin Valley Road, Elgin, Western Cape

The secluded stone cottage: Fossil Hills

Fossil Hills: The Best Romantic Getaways
Fossil Hills Exterior: The Best Romantic Getaways
Fossil Hills interior: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where McGregor
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This secluded stone cottage on Thornvilla, a working wine farm in McGregor, is like a getaway straight out of a romantic movie. Named after fossils discovered on the property, the cottage is perched above grape vines on a quiet hill overlooking a valley.
Romance cred The quaint stone walls and thatch roof imbue the fully equipped house with rustic charm, making it a wonderfully peaceful place to rest your head. With an indoor and outdoor fireplace, a braai (firewood included), covered verandah, heater, bath as well as a shower – not to mention a private outdoor hot tub – this special spot ensures a comfortable stay during any season. After a few days in this tranquil haven, you might find yourself considering moving to the Karoo for good.
Things to do The spectacular surrounds provide the perfect backdrop for picnics and lazy strolls, while two mountain bikes are incentive enough to get some exercise. You can also go kayaking on the dam, enjoy a spot of fishing and birdwatching. The nearby town of McGregor boasts some lovely restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries, while the R62 wine route is a slice of heaven for vino lovers. And, for a little something special, treat your significant other to a boat cruise up the Breede River from the nearby wine farm, Viljoendrift.
Cost From R1 200 per weeknight (depending on season)
From R1 400 per weekend night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Fossil Hills, Thornvilla Farm, McGregor, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

The hidden haven: Wolwehoek Private Reserve

Romantic Getaways Western Cape: Wolwehoek
Romantic Getaways Western Cape: Wolwehoek Glamping
Romantic Getaways Western Cape: Wolwehoek Bedroom

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, owned 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 completely solar-powered, and is only reachable with 4×4 vehicles. If you do not have a 4×4 you can arrange (prior to arrival) for the manager to drop and collect you at Leopard’s Kloof Cabin for a fee of R200. Your vehicle will be safely parked at the collection point.
Cost From R2 200 per night for two adults (depending on season)
Where to find it Farm 105, Wolwehoek, Keisie Valley, Western Cape

The chic countryside retreat: Bosjes

Bosjes: The Best Romantic Getaways
Bosjes Chapel: The Best Romantic Getaways
Bosjes Interior: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Breede Valley (between Ceres and Worcester)
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Nestled between Ceres and Worcester at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain, Bosjes is a breathtaking breakaway, boasting awe-inspiring architecture, landscaped gardens, stunning views and a peaceful ambience.
Romance cred Housed in a converted barn, with stylish interior design by Liam Mooney, the five gorgeous suites provide a contemporary twist on a traditional farm stay. There are two luxury double rooms for couples, featuring a queen bed, an en-suite bathroom, and a cosy
indoor fireplace. A continental breakfast and the chef’s-choice dinner is served daily, just to make your stay a little sweeter.
Things to do The ultra-modern on-site restaurant serves an array of mouth-watering meals, while teatotallers will love relaxing in the peaceful tea garden. The guesthouse pool is the perfect place to lounge, while the chapel is breathtaking in its architectural design, making it a firm favourite for couples to snap romantic pics with this awe inspiring backdrop. Surrounding farmlands offer a number of game- and birdwatching trails, as well as mountain-biking, hiking and golf. Wine lovers will be in their element, with 27 nearby wineries.
Cost From R2 750 per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Bosjes, off the R43, Worcester/Ceres, Western Cape

The valley idyll: Sondagskloof

Sondagskloof: The Best Romantic Getaways
Sondagskloof Interior: The Best Romantic Getaways
Sondagskloof Room: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Sandies Glen Valley, near Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Towering poplar trees, a natural dam and fynbos-covered mountains set the scene at this idyllic retreat in the scenic Sandies Glen Valley – a short drive from the town of Stanford in the heart of The Overberg.
Romance cred Modern style meets rustic comfort in these picturesque wooden cabins hidden beneath the trees in a secluded part of the Stanford countryside. With an intimate number of just two units, spread far away from each other, this stunning retreat is what romance dreams are made of. The Forest Cabin is tucked among the poplar trees and sleeps two, and boasts a wood burning convection fireplace for chilly evenings, while the light, bright and airy Vlei Cabin sits on the edge of the forest, and features an extra sleeping pod to accommodate four for couples traveling together. Each unit has its own outdoor fire pit and braai for shared meals under the stars, as well as a big wooden sun deck and wooden hammocks strung between the trees for lovely late-afternoon relaxing.
Things to do The natural swimming dam is the place to be when the sun is out, while your private deck and gorgeous room epitomise comfort. The scenic surrounds are a nature-lover’s dream, and are best explored with a stroll through the trees. Those looking to spend the day exploring will enjoy the nearby Stanford village, or the popular coastal town of Hermanus.
Cost From R2 500 for two nights (depending on season)
Please note This is an extremely popular property, so we advise booking two to three months in advance to avoid disappointment.
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Where to find it Farm D30, Sondagskloof, Sandies Glen, Stanford, Western Cape

The mountainside reprieve: Fazenda Swellendam

Fazenda Swellendam: The Best Romantic Getaways
Fazenda Swellendam Exterior: The Best Romantic Getaways
Fazenda Swellendam Interior: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting In a valley at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains lies Swellendam, South Africa’s third oldest town, home to historic architecture, quiet roads, and scenic surrounds. It’s also the site of over 50 provincial heritage sites, and a popular stop-off point for travellers en-route to Knysa or Plett.
Romance cred Hidden in the Hermitage Valley just outside of Swellendam, these two stylish stone cottages overlook a sparkling dam, with breathtaking views of the Langeberg Mountains beyond. The newly renovated self-catering cottages sleep two guests, and boast stylish interiors, with a spacious open-plan living area, kitchen and bedroom, as well as a private outdoor patio with a braai and two deckchairs. With nothing but the sounds of nature to punctuate the peaceful silence, this mountainside escape is a true hidden gem.
Things to do During the warm summer months the natural swimming dam, right on your doorstep, 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 From R2 200 per cottage per night (two guests per cottage, depending on season)
Minimum stay of two nights.
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Where to find it Fazenda Farm, Hermitage, Swellendam, Western Cape

The unique glamping experience: Southern Yurts

Southern Yurts: The Best Romantic GetawaysLuke Moore
Southern Yurts Porcupine Hill: The Best Romantic Getaways
Porcupine Hill: The Best Romantic Getaways

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Just when you thought cabins and canvas tents were the norm, we found a new first: you can now gaze up at the stars through the crown of a magnificent yurt. “A yurt?” you say, “what’s that?” Made from wooden beams and draped in canvas, yurts offer all the amenities of a luxury chalet, without any of the dust and schlepp associated with traditional camping.
Located on a hidden hill overlooking the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy at Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, this private yurt is surrounded by mountains, streams and extensive flora and fauna, making it an unforgettable reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Romance cred The secluded yurt provides majestic views of every sunrise and sunset over the valley below.The indoor fireplace and an outdoor (yet enclosed) bathroom with a hot shower provide the backdrop for a romantic stay. There’s also a stone deck, heater, open-plan kitchen with drop-down blinds offering views of the night sky, and a wood fired hot tub. There’s hardly a better way to get away from it all than waking up to the sounds of birds, and falling asleep under the stars!
Things to do Should you tire of sitting on your private porch, soaking up the peaceful surroundings, the farm offers countless activities to explore. Swing under an ancient oak tree, venture out on one of the many hikes, birdwatch, take a dip, or enjoy a sundowner on the floating raft in the dam. 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 000 per weeknight (depending on season)
From R1 200 per weekend night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, Diepklowe Private Nature Reserve, 113/7 Van der Stel Pass Road, Bot River, Overberg District

Researched by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, and Michelle de Bruin

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