If you're planning a romantic break with your significant other, you don't have to look too far from home: Gauteng offers beautiful getaways within a stone's throw of the major centres.
Munro Boutique Hotel
Right in the middle of Johannesburg’s leafy upmarket suburb of Houghton, with stunning views that stretch to the far horizon over the city’s urban forest of 10-million trees, is the gorgeous Munro Boutique Hotel.
Select from one of only five suites, all differently furnished and with every modern convenience, from Wi-Fi to air con. Choose what you would like to eat and super-chef husband-and-wife team Dimitre and Komnia Minkova will produce a memorable meal just for you that you can enjoy alone in your suite, inside the lovely dining room, or under the stars on the Mediterranean terrace.
De Hoek Country Hotel
Further afield in the Magaliesberg, another five-star boutique hotel, the award-winning De Hoek Country Hotel, is perfect for a weekend getaway. Enjoy a five-course menu that changes every day according to the freshest produce available; ramble along the river; sit under the trees and listen to the birdsong; or just snuggle down in your comfy room.
Enjoy more country comfort, excellent food and lovely surroundings at the Valley Lodge & Spa, set on the private banks of the Magalies River, less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Be pampered at its world-class spa, play tennis, go for a country walk, swim, or visit the nearby Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the Sterkfontein Caves.
You’ll find peace, privacy and a beautiful garden setting at Budmarsh Country Lodge in the heart of the Magaliesberg mountains, where every room has beautiful antique furniture, a spacious bathtub, a shower, heated towel rails and a king-sized bed fitted with a super-down duvet. All meals are a delight, but don’t miss out on the afternoon high tea, or a picnic under the trees.
In Pretoria, the Cape Dutch award-winning country retreat of Kievits Kroon is the perfect hideaway for that romantic weekend, as is Oxbow Country Estate in Bronkhorstspruit, with its stunning Highveld scenery and perfectly manicured gardens.
Just 40 minutes from Johannesburg on the edge of the Krugersdorp Game Reserve you’ll find the attractive Mogale Private Game Lodge, a perfect base for spotting game in the reserve (take a day or night game drive) or visiting the world-renowned gorgeous Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.