Romantic accommodation

Avianto is a stunning romantic venue. Image (c) West Rand Tourism

Gauteng is the economic hub of South Africa, and business and busyness take up much of the time for most people, but there are a host of tranquil venues where you can take time out with your loved one.

Whether you’re looking for a glamorous evening at a hotel restaurant overlooking the city lights of Johannesburg, or a night spent curled up next to a warm fire, Gauteng has a range of accommodation venues suitable for any romantic experience.

The Peech Hotel, Johannesburg

Step into the sparkling world of Carrie Bradshaw and her Mr Big with a glamorous night at Johannesburg’s chic and sexy The Peech Hotel in Hyde Park. Enjoy drinks and dinner at the elite bistro and champagne bar that overlooks the pool and an indigenous garden.

At The Peech you’ll feel like you’re in the Manhattan of Africa, as the hotel has been described as "contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric" by Condé Nast Traveller UK.

With 13 bedrooms and three suites, the experience at The Peech is focused on attention to detail and exclusivity. The bathrooms have top-class finishes and guests also have access to the adjacent Planet Fitness gym.

Per night rates include breakfast and WiFi access.

Address: The Peech Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose.

Contact details: Phone +27 (0)11 537 9797, fax +27 (0)11 537 9798, Skype thepeechhotel

Take someone special to Avianto. Image (c) West Rand Tourism

Coeria Lodge, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

If you want to clear your head after a week of boardroom strategising head south to scenic Heidelberg. Only 70km from OR Tambo International Airport, Coeria Lodge & Conference Facilities is situated next to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and is ideal for a country getaway.

There is a variety of accommodation at this four-star lodge, which has 20 rooms in total. The honeymoon suite has its own Jacuzzi and fireplace, while three of the five rooms in the guesthouse are fitted with a vintage stone bath and shower.

All rooms have DSTV (eight channels), air-conditioning, a bar fridge and a desk.

Enjoy dinner with your partner at the on-site restaurant Steakmasters.

Address: 45 Voortrekker Road, Heidelberg

Contact details: Phone Alta Senekal tel +27 (0)16 341 6441, fax +27 (0)86 606 8211, mobile +27 (0)83 929 7756

Riveria on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, Sedibeng

This hotel has 89 rooms ranging from standard twin rooms to more luxurious garden suites and executive suites. Situated on the Vaal River, it is the perfect location for an intimate picnic. Guests can order picnics from the hotel.

Take a romantic cruise on the luxury Petit Verdot and enjoy a delicious dinner as the moon rises over the Vaal River. There are also three restaurants at the Vaal Hotel.

Next morning enjoy a workout at the hotel’s cardio-gym or play a round of golf at the country club.

Contact details: Phone +27 (0)16 420 1300,