A little bit of love goes a long, long way… 

French novelist, memoirist, journalist, and women’s rights champion, George Sand, wrote that there is only one true happiness in this life – to love and be loved. And while it’s easy to become jaded at the concept of Valentine’s Day, we’re a bunch of suckers for love! No, seriously… We LOVE love – and we love getting to find new ways to spoil the special person who lights up our world.

Just pause for a second. Who was the person that popped into your mind a moment ago? Who is it that matters most to you – and why do they matter? Is it because they’re kind and also drop-dead-gorgeous (hot damn!), or is it because they’re the smartest, funniest person you know? Does this person feel like your other half, like whatever our souls are made of, yours and theirs are the same? Are they warm like sunlight, filling your life with joy, growth, and good things? Do they make you feel like you can do the impossible and conquer the world, inspiring you to be better and believing in you with unwavering support?

Have you found this person yet? If you have, don’t let go. Grand, epic loves are rare and when you find your sundered half, the person you didn’t know you needed, the one who makes your worst day feel like the best day of your life with just one smile, never stop showing them just how much you love them – and our recommendation is to do it with travel!

We also believe that the month of love is about more than just romantic love, which is why we want you to start thinking about how you’re going to share the love with us and your tribe in 2022. Plan your year in advance; give the gift of travel to somebody for your anniversary, their birthday, Valentine’s Day, or any other romantic, friendly, or family-filled occasion.

Plus, ladies, think about including a trip to one of our 22 lavish La Vita Spas around the country with your girls for some perfect pampering! And gents, everyone needs to eat, so why not start your own beer & bacon breakfast tradition with your mates, maybe adding some golf or fishing after to the mix to keep things rugged and manly on your getaway. You deserve a chance to chill out and bond with your gals and bros. 

So, in this month of love, we want to focus on love in all its beautiful, different forms. Forget the pink and white streamers, red hearts, and (admittedly adorable) stuffed teddies. Instead, this year, focus on the true meaning of the holiday – a chance to celebrate love in all its wondrous variations. The world needs more love, and you have the opportunity to start putting the kind of goodness you want to feel out there.

Whether you’re truly, madly, deeply in love and want to escape for an intimate weekend getaway, or you need something to reignite your spark, make the time to reconnect with your partner. It could be the ultimate family vacay, a girls-only holiday, or a wild boys’ weekend. Forget the flowers and chocolates; celebrate your love by exploring somewhere new with your favourite people.  

Ain’t no mountain high enough – Getaways in the Cape

Mount Sierra

Offering affordable, luxurious living in the quiet area of Gardens near the heart of Cape Town, Mount Sierra is all about relaxation, comfort, and convenience.

Riviera Suites

Enjoy highly affordable, self-catering accommodation and holiday apartments with sea views and mountain vistas in Sea Point, surrounded by the best Cape Town has to offer! 

Hastings Hall

One of the leading Tamboerskloof hotels, tucked away in the shadow of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, these elegantly furnished apartments provide an ideal base from which to explore the city and its surroundings.

I wanna bathe with you in the sea – KZN Coastal Holidays

Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa

A coastal utopia complete with luxury spa, championship golf course, marvellous accommodation, sumptuous dining (including breakfast in bed), and miles of beautiful coastline to explore just a few minutes away.

The Palace All-Suite

The very best accommodation on Durban’s Golden Mile, with incredible ocean views, a secluded pool area, relaxing sun lounge, trendy restaurant, and luxurious spa. And uShaka Marine World, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, and golden beaches are right on the doorstep! 

La Montagne

Explore the stunning Dolphin Coast from a modern, fully-equipped apartment with gorgeous ocean views and a welcoming pool area. Enjoy Blue Flag beaches, incredible fishing, shopping, and dining opportunities!

We’ll always have the Midlands – Escapes to the Countryside

Midlands Saddle and Trout

 Spacious, airy chalets in the peaceful, laid-back Midlands, with delicious, hearty cuisine, horse riding, fishing, and other outdoor activities available. Plus a luxurious spa and, of course, the famous Midlands Meander. 

Whispering Waters

Whether you need to just get away from it all and relax with the family or long for a delightfully romantic getaway to recharge and reconnect with your partner, this is the ideal spot to explore the multitude of attractions that the Midlands Meander has to offer.

I wish I knew how to quit the Berg – Explore the mighty Drakensberg

Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort

For those who love mountains, fresh air, cool nights spent cuddling in front of a fire, and a little bit of outdoor adventure, this lovely resort, nestled in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, offers a range of exciting activities and luxury amenities. 

Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort

One of the Berg’s hidden jewels, the Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort offers accommodation on the banks of the Sterkfontein Dam that’s perfect for the whole family – including your fur-babies! 

I will always love the wild – Adventures in the bush

Magalies Park

Lose yourself in nature at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains. A declared bird sanctuary, this beautiful resort boasts unrivalled scenery, comfort and hospitality, and everything else you need to escape city life and reconnect with your loved ones.

There are dozens of musicians, actors, writers, and other celebs with swoon-worthy quotes about love, relationships, and family, but sometimes the simpler option says it best.

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” -Winnie the Pooh

We wish you a blissful month of love with the people that make your world a better place!

Xo xo,
Team First Group


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