When you think about it, realistically, the ultimate away-from-home accommodation amenity is a water feature, part of your cottage or chalet. Be that a splash pool or a hot tub.
Cooling off in a pool on a hot day or going for a dunk-n-stew in a jacuzzi = bliss. Especially when the experience is accompanied by bubbly and a bush, beach or green landscape view.
Here are a few local spots to get your cool or your prune on:
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1. Mount Ceder
Stay in one of the 4-star Cederberg cottages and sip on a cold drink as the sun sets behind the mountains. Mount Ceder has various cottage options to choose from, all ideal for groups of friends or families wanting a remote getaway in the mountains.
2. Imbali Safari Lodge
Enjoy being (very) close to nature as you take a dip in your splash pool or jacuzzi sitting on the deck of your cottage in this private game farm in the Kruger.
The lodge has 12 suites ideal for couples wanting to get out of the city for some RnR.
3. Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge
In Ladysmith you'll find this 5-star lodge situated in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Featuring nine luxurious suites with panoramic views, some stays offer guests a small pool or a jacuzzi.
4. Brahman Hills
In the Natal Midlands, the grass really is greener. Especially in summer. Book yourself and a few friends into one of the 4-star, self-catering cottages on the lush estate and sip bubbles in the jacuzzi on the deck as you take in the views with the occasional buck walking past.
5. Tankwa Karoo National Park
Not just for burners, Tankwa offers couples romantic Karoo getaways with stays at Elandsberg Cottages. Be one with the bush as you immerse yourself in water on the deck overlooking the bushveld plains.
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6. Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sabona
In Montagu lies a place that epitomises seclusion, the Dwyka Tented Lodge inside the private game reserve at Sabona Wildlife Reserve.
Expect to see striking rock formations from your heated deck jacuzzi as you let the world go by at an, almost alarmingly, slow pace.
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