This Valentine’s Day, get caught up in the romance and magic by spoiling the special someone in your life with a getaway they will never forget. Whether you are caught up in the excitement of a new relationship or settled into a long-term partnership, Valentine’s Day is a reminder to celebrate what you love and appreciate about your partner. But, getting the perfect gift to show how much you can be a daunting experience so, this year, consider choose an experience to share with your loved one instead! Here are some ideas for romantic getaways that will have your special someone buzzing this Valentine’s Day!
1. A cosmopolitan Valentine’s Day at the Adderley Hotel, Cape Town
A stylish oasis amongst the urban setting of Cape Town’s historical district, the Adderley Hotel is the perfect venue for a cosmopolitan Valentine’s Day in the Mother City. Book a luxury suite and enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and a fruit platter on the day of arrival. Whether you choose to sip cocktails on the deck overlooking the city, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the restaurant, or get out and explore the vibrancy of Cape Town, your Valentine’s Day will be elegant and sophisticated.
Valentine’s special: R1 950 per night sharing – bed and breakfast (minimum two-night stay). Offer Valid 12 – 14 February 2016.
2. Get loved up in the bush at Madikwe River Lodge
Just four hours from Johannesburg, the Madikwe River Lodge is an exquisite African bush experience that combines luxurious accommodation with the magic of being close to nature in a big five nature reserve. Get a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates and a soothing massage for the ladies included in the Valentine’s Day special. Spend your days taking in the breathtaking setting, go on game drives, relax by the pool or sip a sundowner whilst appreciating the African sunset.
Valentine’s special: Pay for 2 nights and stay for 3 at R1800.00 per person sharing per night. South African Residents only.
3. Find a hidden gem at River Place Country Estate, Johannesburg
Just a 20-minute drive from Fourways, River Place Country Estate is a hidden gem nestled on the banks of the Hennops River that will transport you to the traditional elegance of a country manor. Book an intimate dinner at their al Fiume restaurant and step into a romantic fairytale with subtle river lighting and bush lanterns against the backdrop of stunning mountain views. V
Valentines special: Romantic River Rendezvous: R995 per couple, which includes a bottle of champagne, Swiss chocolate truffles, a delectable 3 course set menu and roses.
4. Soak up the sunshine at the Riverside Hotel, Durban
Against the backdrop of Durban’s laid-back atmosphere, golden weather and tropical scenery, the Riverside Hotel is a fabulous destination for a couple looking to spend Valentine’s Day unwinding and soaking up the glorious sunshine. Situated on the banks where the Umgeni River meets the ocean, the unique and fascinating ecosystem of a mangrove swamp is a short walk away, should you want a change of pace from luxuriating on the beach. The
Valentines special: R1100 per night bed and breakfast (valid from 12 – 14 February 2016).
5. Have a chic and trendy getaway at the Urban Park Hotel, Umhlanga
A chic and trendy apartment-style hotel in Umhlanga, the Urban Park Hotel boasts an award-winning Aqua Spa, which offers a variety of relaxing treatments and a Jacuzzi for an indulgent Valentine’s Day trip filled with pampering.
Valentine’s special: R1700 per one bedroom apartment per night, including breakfast daily, a romantic dinner on Saturday night and a R200 spa voucher. Minimum two-night stay.
6. Have a five-star experience at Auberge Hollandaise Guest House, Durban North
Opulent and exclusive, the five-star Auberge Hollandaise Guest House will make your Valentine’s retreat one to remember. Their décor and setting give you the feeling that you are relaxing on the French Riviera. For a romantic Valentine’s Dinner, their highly trained chefs will create a French-inspired meal to delight your senses.
Valentine’s special: R700.00 per person sharing per night for the month of February. Included is breakfast, sparkling wine and homemade chocolates on arrival and late checkout (11:00).
7. Indulge in tranquility at Casa Do Sol Hotel and Resort, Mpumalanga
Escape to the lush and scenic beauty of Mpumalanga by booking a stay at Casa Do Sol Hotel and Resort. This tranquil haven is 15 minutes from the Kruger National Park and is surrounded by picturesque spots perfect for an idyllic picnic. The hotel’s sub-tropical gardens make it a peaceful sanctuary where couples can connect and delight in each other’s company. Enjoy a couple’s massage, dinner and breakfast included in their Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s special: R2120 per room per night.
For more information or to make a booking at any of these venues, visit the Aha Hotels & Lodges website.
One lucky MenStuff reader stands the chance to win one night stay for 2 people at Urban Park Hotel including breakfast, a romantic dinner and a R200 spa voucher! To enter simply email your name, and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include the subject line; “Aha Entry” in your email!
Competition closes on Monday 8 February at 17:00. One email entry per person please. Please note, winners must provide their own transport to and from the Casa do Sol. Terms & Conditions: Prizes are for 2 people sharing for one night only (subject to availability). Valid for 6 months dated 14 Feb 2016. Inclusive of dinner, bed and breakfast (all extras to be settled). Excludes beverages.