You could sleep in Juliet's house for Valentine's Day + romantic destinations closer to home

2020-01-27 11:45
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O Romeo, O Romeo...

... is what you might be tempted to say if you and your partner are the lucky couple to win a Valentine's Day stay at the renowned Juliet's House in Verona, Italy - including flight tickets.

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Hosted by Airbnb, the medieval house comes complete with the iconic balcony where you can practice your lovelorn wails, and the original bed from the 1968 Italian film version of the tragic play. 

During the day immerse yourself in a tour around Verona with a professional photographer - revealing the secrets of the romantic city.

At night the starstruck couple will sit down to a candlelit dinner, cooked by two Michelin Star chef Giancarlo Perbellini, and end off the evening at the fireplace responding to love letters sent to 'Juliet' every year from around the world. 

And how can you win the hearts of the judges?

You must pen a letter to Juliet in English, sharing your own love story and why you and your partner should enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The criteria will look at how romantic the story is, how original it is and how much it reflects the spirit of Juliet's story.

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But if you have writer's block or rather prefer to surprise your partner with a romantic jaunt closer to home, here are a few destinations to help spark your love.

A spa in the forest that's like a fairy tale come to life 

Surrounded by a twilight forest encased in glass walls, the spa at Trogon House is all the reason you need to take a trip down the Garden Route in winter. 

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Jacuzzi in a forest spa

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Falling in love with Tintswalo Atlantic

Tintswalo Atlantic has had some bad luck in the past with not one, but two devastating fires. Like a phoenix, it has risen from the ashes, and has erected something quite special.

Read more here. 

Cape Town
(Photo: Marisa Crous)

Spending two nights in a cocoon in the Hemel-and-Aarde Valley 

Be enveloped in the comfort offered by this new luxury, Hemel-and-Aarde valley pod in Hermanus.

Read more here. 

wine

(Photo: Marisa Crous)

See the other Big 5 at the Waterberg's Lapalala Wilderness 

A safari like no other, Tintswalo at Lapalala is not just about chasing snaps of the kings and queens of the wild.

Read more here. 

lapalala

(Photo: Marisa Crous)

The 5-star lodge where elephants drink out of the pool 

The Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa in Welgevonden Game Reserve is the place where animals come to you.

Read more here. 

mhondoro's famous elephant pool

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Keeping wildlife wild and humans tame at Shamwari Game Reserve 

Just 75km outside Port Elizabeth awaits a luxurious, malaria-free, wildlife experience like no other.

Read more here. 

game, wild

(Photo: Marisa Crous)

Take a hop-on, hop-off wine safari through the Robertson Wine Valley 

Relatively untapped, it's time to explore the micro- and boutique artisans of McGregor, Robertson and Bonnievale.

safari, wine, olives, robertson

(Photo: Marisa Crous)

Montagu: A Route 62 trip down memory lane 

Regardless of the season, Route 62 is the perfect place to take a trip down memory lane to unwind. Here's how to have a relaxing weekend in the heart of this iconic route.

Read more here. 

montagu

(Photo: Marisa Crous)

Glamping between the ocean and flowers at this Northern Cape beach camp 

Lined up right on the beach, the Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp is luxury, tented accommodation in the heart of some of the most beautiful locations in the Northern Cape.

Read more here. 

beach flower camp, namaqua national park, south af

(Photo: Ethan van Diemen)

Have a farm-fresh experience just 2 hours outside of Durban 

Drive out of Durban and discover the undeniable allure of the Midlands countryside.

Read more here. 

tour guide

(Photo: Marisa Crous)

Chintsa: The Wild Coast’s Secret Coastal Town 

White lions, ocean luxury, and fun in the sun – SA’s hidden gem Wild Coast town has it all.

Read more here. 

Chintsa, the Wild Coast's best kept secret
(Photo: Jared Ruttenburg)

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