What’s new in your New Year’s resolutions?

We did it, we made it to 2020! Can you believe it? Besides some of the expected family, home and work planning that usually occupies our minds in this period, it’s also New Year’s resolution-making time! New year, new you… right? Well, how about new travel too?

The great thing about a spanking new year is that it’s a chance for each of us to recommit ourselves to being and doing a little better than the year before. New Year’s resolutions are often challenging because they require serious personal introspections and reflections, followed by real action.
But fear not, we’d like to ease some of that pressure with a resolution item that we know you want and need: new travel!


As you get into gear for 2020 and set your sights on amazing personal and professional milestones, here are some of First Group’s finest properties to help you visualise new travel as part of your renewed MO.

To make the prospect even more exciting, you can enjoy an easy and convenient online experience by navigating our new websites through fantastic customer journeys that let you look up our different properties, plan and book your holidays, add holiday extras and so much more.

With us, life is really easier online.

Midlands Saddle & Trout – A Country Escape2

For a relaxing country escape, look no further than Midlands Saddle & Trout – where comfort and convenience are the order of the day. Besides the well-appointed accommodation, you’ll also enjoy the best cuisine and get access to a remarkable wellness spa, perfect for couples or friends needing a quick January booster before settling into the expected routines of a new year. Midlands is ideal for those looking to try something new: canopy tours, candle dipping, horse riding and a lot more will keep you entertained throughout your stay.

Bushman’s Nek – The Best of the Berg3.png

​Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort, situated in the picture-perfect foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, offers accommodation in a selection of luxury hotel rooms, exquisite self-catering apartments and rustic log cabins. Enhance your holiday with delectable cuisine at the onsite restaurant, indulge in one or more specialised wellness spa treatments, go horse riding or try some paintball. There are loads of entertainment facilities and activities fit for the whole family. Choose Bushman’s, captivate your imagination and quench your thirst for the ultimate outdoor adventure.

Knysna River Club – Explore the Garden Route 4

Shady trees and well-tended gardens surround Knysna River Club, a resort that offers security, privacy and comfort for guests looking to unwind. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to explore the famous Garden Route. The chalets, situated just metres away from the lagoon, have spectacular views. Make your holiday trip an active one with walks or bicycle rides to the Thesen Islands or do a family walkabout in the town of Knysna. You can also visit the Knysna Heads to take fun family snaps. What’s more, your fine dining needs will be fully catered for by the fabulous staff at The Terrace Restaurant, the lovely onsite restaurant.

Hole in the Wall – Coastal Bliss5

Situated in Coffee Bay and surrounded by vast stretches of unspoiled coastline, Hole in the Wall offers some of the most picturesque scenery in South Africa. This Wild Coast gem has ideal accommodation for those wanting to get away from the stresses of modern-day city life. Its remoteness lends itself to excellent birdwatching, walking and hiking trails, and fishing. The beach is located directly in front of the resort. Here, you’ll be free to enjoy the spoils of relaxing in a coastal holiday haven.

Lake View Cabanas – Wildin’ Out6

Travel to St. Lucia in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom and stay at Lake View Cabanas, where affordable self-catering accommodation awaits you. Located close to the estuary and serving as the perfect setting for fun activities for outdoor-lovers, this is a prime location to enjoy a memorable KZN North Coast holiday. Nearby, you can ‘wild out’ by opting for a unique wildlife experience; choose from Bhangazi Horse Safaris, Croc and Hippo Tours, Turtle Tour Safaris, Fishing, Whale Watching, Bird Tours or Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Game Drives.

Mount Sierra – Sun and the City 7

Mount Sierra is where it’s at in the Mother City, with a beautiful backdrop of Table Mountain. You’ll find stunning, fully-equipped self-catering apartments that offer style and comfort. From here, you can explore the city’s best and most vibrant tourist spots. Do some shopping at the V&A Waterfront, visit one of the trendy Camps Bay beaches, stroll along the Sea Point Promenade and take in the sights at Lions Head and Signal Hill. All this and so much more is yours when you choose Mount Sierra for your next sunny city holiday.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and kick off 2020 with a special treat for you and the most important people in your life. You deserve to embrace new travel and to make this a Ja-no-worry kind of month. 😉

Don’t forget: La Vita Spas offer the best in luxury pamper treatments, including specialised body and beauty packages. And by joining First Loyalty Plus, the spoils don’t have to come to an end because with SA’s best all-round loyalty programme, you get access to loads of discounts for a range of amazing lifestyle benefits.

Share some of your New Year’s resolutions with us on social media using #MagicalMemories.

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