Hilton Bush Lodge, Midlands
If you’re in Joburg and in need of a quick break, head down to the Hilton Bush Lodge for a weekend of peace and quiet.
As you wind your way up the gravel drive, you’ll think you’ve stepped into a different world. Surrounded by flat-topped Acacia trees, with the rolling green hills of the Midlands in the background, it’s the best combination of bushveld and countryside.
There are only five luxury en-suite rooms, so privacy and solitude can be expected. In your room, you’ll love the African-inspired décor, enormous bed and beech wood accents – plus, the private deck is the ideal place to enjoy a continental breakfast (R75pp).
During the day, stroll through the lodge’s vast grounds or head to Nottingham Road for a bit of shopping. You’ll return home refreshed and relaxed.
For details, and to book, visit thehiltonbushlodge.co.za
Tucked along the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, this beautiful Cape Dutch winery and homestead is an amazing place to spend a weekend – and, it’s only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town.
You’ll love the old-world en-suite rooms in the Manor House which boast king-size beds, beautiful fireplaces and smooth yellow wood floors.
Wine tasting is obviously a must, so book oneat the Bistro where you’ll sample everything from crisp Sauvignon Blanc to a velvety Red Blend. Then meander back to your room for a lazy snooze.
New to the estate are their gourmet Sunday picnics – a wonderful way to end off the weekend. Executive Chef, Nadia Roux has created a menu filled with scrumptious sweet and savoury treats, including roast beef filled croissants, Portuguese-style chicken and double chocolate brownies.
You’ll get to complement your feast with a bottle of the estate’s wine, so take your time and spread out on the banks of the magnificent dam or find shade beneath the old oak trees. Picnic baskets are R450 for two, including a bottle of wine.
For details, and to book, email [email protected]
Valdior Guest House, Umhlanga
If you’re looking for a great getaway in the heart of Umhlanga, this eclectic guest house is just the ticket.
Choose between six individually decorated en-suite rooms, from black-and-white elegance in the ground floor Julia Suite to ocean views and ultimate luxury in Octavia.
The rates include breakfast, which can be enjoyed in the French-style dining area or outside on the patio, looking out over manicured gardens and the sapphire Indian ocean beyond.
You’re within walking distance from Umhlanga’s store-lined streets and the busy main beach, so fill your days with easy shopping and strolls along the coast.
For more info, and to book, visit valdior.co.za