Winter getaways are the best! We love the change in season and what comes with it. Warm cosy fires, hearty meals, and family time. Plus, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to local getaways, and every province has an abundance of options that are enticing for those fireside winter escapes. To make it cosy, you need a fireplace or wood-fired hot tub of course!
Here are some of our favourite winter getaways that offer just that:
The Luxury Island Suites at Tintswalo Atlantic all offer gorgeous ceramic wood burning fireplaces, and each suite is individually decorated with a unique feel to it. Winter is the best time to try out these incredible local boutique hotels, which offer discounted rates to South African residents.
Glamping at the Africamps that are dotted around the country is also a perfect winter getaway. Several of the camps offer wood-fired hot tubs as well as a fireplace inside. The tents sleep 5, making Africamps a great option for family holidays. The beautiful tents and designer hot tubs are a great combination for a winter escape, and some of the camps offer the most iconic hot tub views in the country!
Heading to the KZN Midlands or Drakensberg? These 2 spots are very popular over the winter months. Check out Hartford House: this hidden gem offers colonial-style accommodation in an old manor house situated in the KZN midlands. Several rooms have an authentic wood-burning fireplace, so make sure you request one of those. The self-catering lodges at Alpine Heath are great for family getaways, as the chalets sleep 6 and the central lounge has a fireplace to ensure everyone stays cosy while playing board games and Jenga!
Did someone say Fynbos Pods? Check out Kolkol Mountain Lodge & Fynbos Pods in the Overberg, only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Availability is scarce so make sure you book well in advance. Their wood-fired hot tubs are gorgeous, and just what you need to warm up on a chilly winter’s day. Plus, the views are incredible! The Western Cape has an abundance of options, so ensure you chat to a Pentravel consultant to find the perfect fit for you and your family.
Around 3.5 hrs drive from Joburg you will come across to beautiful Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, which offers several luxury accommodation options. The spectacular suites have a range of incredible facilities ─ a lounge with a fireplace, a viewing deck and a Jacuzzi!
Dullstroom is also a great idea for a weekend getaway. Only 2.5 hrs from Joburg, this little gem of a village offers fly-fishing, scenic hikes, and picnic spots beside magnificent waterfalls and more. Check out the Highlander Hotel, their Highlander Suite offers a gorgeous indoor fireplace to ensure you stay warm this winter.
There really is so much on offer for us locals, so let us make the most of these incredible local holiday gems this winter.