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Six Luxury South African Honeymoon Destinations

By Bidvest Bank
If there’s ever a time to splurge on a luxury holiday, it’s for your honeymoon. Besides it being extra memorable as the first holiday you’ll take with your husband or wife, it’s also the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself after the typically stressful task of planning a wedding.

While there are plenty of spectacular honeymoon destinations to choose from the world over, you’ll find a host of luxury options right here in South Africa. The country’s geographical diversity means you can choose from bush getaways to decadent coastal hotels and everything in between. Staying local also means shorter flights, no visa or passport hassles – and better value since you’ll be paying in Rands. With this in mind, here are our top six luxury South African honeymoon destinations: 

1. Singita

All three Singita lodges are located in the exclusive private Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so you’ll have front row seats to exceptional Big Five game viewing. You’ll also enjoy sumptuous accommodation, quality food and wine, and the kind of exceptional service that you find only in the most exclusive five star hotels. Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders lodges are both located overlooking the banks of the Sabi River. Each suite contains an ensuite bedroom, a private sitting room and a game viewing deck with a private plunge pool overlooking the pristine bush landscape. For the ultimate private South African honeymoon destination, Singita Castelon is the former family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather. It’s a beautiful private lodge set on 45,000 acres of private reserve that’s exclusively yours during your stay. As a guest here, you’ll get traversing rights of neighbouring properties, your own vehicle and private guide, as well as your own chef-aided kitchen and bar staff. 

2. Grootbos

Just a two hour drive from Cape Town, Grootbos offers the ultimate luxury five star accommodation amid the floral and marine eco-paradise that is the Grootbos Nature Reserve. In a secluded location overlooking the beautiful coastline below, the reserve’s Forest Lodge is the ultimate romantic getaway for discerning honeymooners, offering both peace and privacy. Soak up your own slice of paradise in your luxurious suite that includes a canopy bed, a large bathroom, cosy fireplace and untouched ocean and forest vistas. You’ll also have your own private deck with an outdoor shower, and access to an infinity swimming pool with spectacular ocean views. Enjoy unforgettable 5-course gourmet meals al fresco in a magical private boma under a Milkwood tree or in the stunning restaurant, laze in the pool, or enjoy a romantic couples massage at the Forest Spa. There are also an array of things to do and see nearby, from beach horseriding and 4x4 Fynbos safaris to rejuvenating hikes or getting up close and personal with Great White sharks and Southern right whales. www.grootbos.com

3. Ellerman House

As one of the most scenic cities in the world, Cape Town is an ideal option for a luxury South African honeymoon for even the most discerning traveller. Taking full advantage of the city’s breathtaking coastal scenery, the exclusive hotel and villas of Ellerman House are located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean between Bantry Bay and Clifton. The ultra luxurious rooms in the boutique hotel are a worthy option, or you could stay in one of the two villas if you’re looking for even more privacy and seclusion. The hotel features a world-class collection of fine art, and a stay here means you get your own butler, chef and sommelier to help you navigate their renowned wine collection. 

4. La Residence

Located on a private 30 acre estate in the lush Franschhoek valley, La Residence takes full advantage of the beautiful surrounding winelands with a dramatic mountain backdrop. La Residence is all about opulent beauty and sophistication, with its ornate chandeliers, copious artwork and plush furniture.  Choose from one of 11 suites, each of which features its own unique interior, from the exotic Oriental Suite to the Provencal-influenced Chambre Bleu. The six luxury rooms and five vineyard suites are ideal for a honeymooon splurge, with four poster king sized beds, spacious seating areas and private verandas with beautiful views across the sunlit vineyards. For a honeymoon treat, indulge in a variety of beauty treatments at the hotel spa before relaxing around the hotel pool – which is also a great option after a day of wine tasting in the valley. 

5. The Oyster Box

With its iconic lighthouse views, the Oyster Box is an institution on Durban’s Umhlanga coastline, and is the ultimate in colonial charm and style. The five-star hotel features 86 luxurious rooms including three luxury suites, each of which boasts either sweeping tropical garden views, or vistas of the Indian ocean. If you opt for one of the suites, enjoy a cocktail on your own private terrace with its own plunge pool while drinking in the fresh sea air. The hotel’s food and wine selection is impressive, with freshly caught seafood and local curries among the highlights you can expect. Besides the fine dining, you can also enjoy a personalised massage in the hotel spa, watch a movie in the hotel’s cinema, or simply enjoy the garden and sea surroundings for true relaxation.

With these high-end South African honeymoon destinations, keeping things local doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury in the process. But, staying in the country’s inevitably means you’ll save more since you’re paying Rands rather than Dollars or Euros. If you’re looking for a place for those extra savings, consider extra savings, consider opening a Bidvest Bank Notice Account and earn higher interest rates on your money. Find out more.