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Romantic local getaways

23 March 2023

Love is in the air! For the best romantic getaways in South Africa, we’ve got you covered with our favourite loved-up local destinations. Whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day mini-break or long-weekend escape – maybe even options for a local honeymoon – take a look here: 

Give your loved one a Red Carnation

What is more romantic than spending a weekend away in a luxurious setting, with breathtaking views, world-class cuisine and indulgent spa treatments? For the ultimate 5-star getaway, take your pick from three legendary Red Carnation Hotels in South Africa: The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in Ceres, and The Oyster Box hotel in Umhlanga.  

Go wild for each other

How does a romantic luxury safari sound? With Big 5 game drives in the Kruger National Park, sumptuous spa treatments at Dees African Spa, sundowner cocktails at the Pool Bar and 4-star treetop-style accommodation on the menu, a stay at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate sounds like the perfect couple’s getaway.  

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Beginners guide to a self-drive Kruger Park holiday 

Local Romantic Holidays - Protea by Marriot Kruger Gate

A royal romance

Treat your SO to a stay at The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City. Splurge on 5-star dining and in-room spa spoils. Toast the rising sun on an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the Pilanesberg National Parkdiscover the Big Five up close on a game drive, or lounge around the adults-only swimming pools, The Royal Baths.  

Local Romantic Holidays - The Palace of the Lost City

Ain’t no mountain high enough…

Take your romance to new heights at Cathedral Peak hotel in the Drakensberg. Choose romantic honeymoon suite, with a king-size bed, fireplace, Victorian slipper bath and private verandah. You even get the use of a golf cart to explore the resort during your stay.  

Local Romantic Holidays - Cathedral Peak Hotel

Slip into cruise control

MSC local cruises are always a great option for a romantic breakHeading up and down the South African coast from Cape Town and Durban or to Portuguese Island, these cruises are the perfect way to unwind. Plus, every night on a cruise ship can be date night! Sip sundowners on deck, dine out at a restaurant and then enjoy a live show and a few turns around the dance floor at the onboard nightclub. 

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What to expect on a local cruise 

Local Romantic Holidays - MSC Orchestra

Need more inspiration? Browse our local holidays and book your romantic stay with us today.  

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