So, you haven’t done anything romantic in a while, the kids are driving you nuts, and you really need a quick getaway to relax and unwind…

It’s time to surprise your other half with a weekend getaway.

You’re in luck, March, April and May have some convenient public holidays that you can take advantage of and take your other half away for a long weekend treat.

Avukile Mabombo, Group Marketing Manager for Protea Hotels by Marriott & African Pride Hotels has put together a list to give you some couple’s inspiration, adding “Long weekends are the perfect opportunities to reconnect.

“Do things you know your partner will appreciate, and your long weekend could turn into a strong weekend for you and your loved one”.

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Here are some of his recommendations across the country:



Magaliesburg is just an hour-and-a-half away, and offers plenty of romantic opportunities. Book a romantic hot air balloon experience that gives you unparalleled views of 48 000 hectares of wild countryside. You can see up to 40 species of game on this trip.

In Magaliesburg, you’re also right next to the Cradle of Humankind, thought to be the birthplace of the human race. You might not think this is the height of romance, but it will put any tiny relationship quibbles into perspective.

Getting out into nature is also a must. But why not pack some adrenaline into it? Canopy Tours offers zip lining through the mountains.

Nothing screams romance like a day at the spa. The tranquil African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa will get both of you in an ultimate state of relaxation with couple’s massages, body wraps and facials in a serene, tranquil environment.

Then treat your palate at the Rambling Vine for some award-winning fine dining. Notable for its stunning wine list and ever-changing menu of international cuisine, Rambling Vine is a must-visit restaurant for foodies.


For those Jo’burgers wanting to drive a few extra hours, or for those Durbanites who need some couple downtime, why not head to Umhlanga?

Umhlanga Ridge is known for its sandy beaches and some of the area’s best surfs. The warm Indian Ocean allows for the ultimate snorkelling experience just outside the breakers and yes, you might see dolphins! Diving into the big blue may seem daunting, but not with your partner by your side.

For those who want to splurge (or seriously need to make it up to their loved ones), a helicopter ride and picnic will surely get you out of the woods. This treat will definitely make it to the top of the most romantic date’s list.  Grassland and ocean views can be seen on the trip, followed by a picnic along the mountainside.

Top it off with sundowners on the rooftop pool at the Protea Hotel by Marriott, Umhlanga Ridge. They make a mean Martini.

Cape Town

Capetonians live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But sometimes you just need a break from the mountain. While most may head to the winelands for a long weekend, you can always head in a different direction. Just over an hour outside Cape Town lies the town of Hermanus, packed with a range of activities to suit all couples.

Kick off your weekend with a Horseback Ride in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, which by the way, is also one of the country’s top, but slightly lesser known wine routes. You can also cycle up the valley, from farm to farm, if you’re a strong weekend kind of couple

Sticking with sports, there’s something quite bonding about learning a new one together. The African Pride Arabella Hotel and Spa is one of South Africa’s top golf courses, so you’ll be in good company getting your first lesson on the same greens that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have frequented. And after all that club swinging get a relaxing couple’s massages to fix those tired muscles.