Every year in the month of February, something really strange happens to the whole planet (except for maybe North Korea) where most of it’s inhabitants feel an immense amount of Valentine’s pressure to do something romantic… and red. It’s all made extra crazy by the fact that you can’t go anywhere near a shop without being bombarded with insanely packaged white bears hugging heart-shaped coffee mugs.
I’m of the opinion that you shouldn’t need to wait for one particular day to pour out every drop of romanticism in your body, which is why something like the 5 star Grootbos Private Nature Reserve might just be exactly what is called for during the month of love. After Google-ing the crap out of “romantic getaways” I managed to come across an epic special at Grootbos that was running for the entire month of February, which is great seeing as Valentine’s Day falls on some arb day like a Thursday.
They are currently running a Month of Love Special for Valentine’s Day (click here to get details) and the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, tucked away just 2 hours from Cape Town seems to be one of those places from those “Proudly South African” tv adverts. I’m going to check it out later this month and will be sure to let you know if my assumptions about this being a little gem were spot on or not.
This is the gist of what the Valentines Month Special includes:
* BOOK 2 nights & get a free spa treatment
* price includes all meals and a wide variety of romantic activities (see below)
* offer Valid for the entire month of february 2013
With exquisite free-standing suites nestled into the ancient Milkwood forests, a variety of spectacular dining venues with five-course dinners and a plethora of complimentary activities, you won’t be able to resist the spell of romantic enchantment.
Internationally acclaimed for leading the way in responsible tourism, Grootbos combines five-star luxury in a pristine natural environment with a strong emphasis on conservation and community upliftment. So spoil yourself and your loved one to a luxurious pampering in nature’s warm embrace.
YOUR OWN FREE-STANDING LUXURY SUITE
All suites include romantic canopy beds, spacious en-suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces, mini bar, as well as wooden decks with spectacular views across mountain and sea. The main lodge includes a restaurant, pool area, bar, lounge, beauty salon, library, internet access and curio shop.
FINE DINING – ALL MEALS INCLUSIVE
Savour delectable dishes prepared with organic ingredients produced by their very own Growing the Future social upliftment project. Delight in the seafood bounty of Walker Bay, enjoy extra-matured beef fillet grilled to perfection and taste award winning wines from local cellars.
Drift away on crisp white linen in a romantic canopy bed, soothe your muscles in a steaming bubble bath and sip champagne by candlelight.
BEACH PICNICS AND COASTAL TOURS
Throw a blanket out on the sand and soak up the seaside ambience. Everything you need is prepared and provided at your request – food, drinks, towels, umbrellas and transport. Take your pick from a selection of spectacular beaches and set your own schedule or join a guide on an interactive coastal meander.
4X4 FLOWER SAFARI
The Cape Floral Kingdom is by far the smallest of the world’s 6 kingdoms but it is also the most diverse, with more than three times the floral species of the Amazon Jungle! With the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin, join a specialised guide on an open-top Land Rover for an interactive and sensory adventure that will bring the fascinating story of the vegetation type known as fynbos into radiant life.
50% OFF SPA TREATMENT
After an action packed day of eco activities, a therapeutic full body massage is a must, leaving you in a state of absolute bliss. Their wide range of treatments take place in the comfort of your own suite, in our world-class spa facilities, or even in the forest surrounded by ancient Milkwood trees.
For the full breakdown of the special check out their website. Come on dudes… get planning -this one looks like a winner.