You may remember our post-lockdown, road trip itinerary. Fortunately, with the recent regulations allowing accommodation for leisure travel within provincial borders, there's no better time to escape the house, dust off your tekkies and break away from routine and responsibilities.
Discover that long-awaited escapism we've all been craving. As we once again, step outside and explore a forgotten world of bliss.
Here are our Dreamy picks for a short-haul holiday.
Blue Marlin for a movie-like getaway (KZN)
The Blue Marlin is the embodiment of comfort, as it sweeps you up and rests you down in paradisiacal awe. This Scottburgh hotel coats you in bountiful, panoramic views, and crystalline oceans. World-class golf courses, croc parks, hiking trails, bird sanctuaries and diving triumphs - the Blue Marlin has it all.
For more information, check out The Blue Marlin here.
Finfoot for a tranquil wildlife experience (North West)
This resort is without a doubt, one of our favourites in the North West. The 3500-hectare reserve shows you a world of escapism as you traverse through the neighbouring wildlife and catch a glimpse of over 400 fiery bird species as they light up the sky. The spectacle wouldn't be complete without its mesmerising 8km body of water. Float across the lake, tackle tranquility with bush walks and top it off with a sunset barge cruise. Conclude the journey as you burrow into the toasty accommodation that sets you aside exceptional braai-ing endeavours, crystal clear pools, mouth-watering restaurant facilities and wooden coated verandahs.
For more information, check out Finfoot here.
Little Switzerland for cosy escapism at its finest (KZN)
Little Switzerland derives its name from the towering Drakensberg mountains that coats you in an off the grid wonder as it seemingly brings Switzerland to your doorstep. Take your pick from hotel rooms to chalets, either way; you're guaranteed an extraordinary getaway. Find yourself engulfed in mountainous streams, indigenous forests and a 3000-hectare body of green indulgence. For a toasty stay that overlooks the heavens, we'd recommend the cosy chalets, as you huddle up to a crackling flame. With tennis, hiking, horseback, mountain biking and pool-induced indulgence. It's ideal for families and couples alike.
For more information, check out Little Switzerland here.
Nibela for a secluded getaway in the African bush (KZN)
Nibela Lake Lodge sets you aside a graceful body of water first thing in the morning. With tastefully equipped timber chalets and private balconies; it's paradise to behold, as you un-drape the curtains, step outside, sip on your coffee and soak up the fresh air, chirping birds, and panoramic scenery. Atop of this, Nibela brings old and new friends a barrage of enticing facilities. From swimming pools to bush boma's, a delectable bar, Spa induced tranquility, outside chess, a games room, playground for the little ones and everything in between from scenic boat trips, fishing endeavours, guided hikes and dusty quad biking bliss.
For more information, check out Nibela here.
Piekenierskloof for a luxury getaway in the mountains (Western Cape)
This Citrusdal resort nestles you atop mighty goliaths as you overlook the radiant sky and vast dunes that seemingly chase into the horizon. While being a sought-after destination for mini-golf, cycling, hiking and bird-watching joys. The mountain resort is known to indulge wonders in extravagant awe, from their broad outside pool that invokes feelings of swimming in the mountains, to their modern coated interiors, that stretch from their tasteful rooms to their bar lounge. And with a Kom Proe farm stall and Sandveldhuisie country shop and deli, the possibilities of indulgence are endless. For an exciting stop, we'd recommend the Citrusdal Museum, conjured in an old stone church.
For more information, check out Piekenierskloof here.
Jozini for family fun in the African bush (KZN)
Topping off our list is none other than the Jozini Tiger Lodge and Spa. Here, you'll uncover nothing short of paradisiacal cruising endeavours, sided along the banks of the Jozini Dam. And if you opt for the main lodge, you'll be invited into a world that flaunts a top-class restaurant, Spa and children's playroom.
For more information, check out Jozini here.