Can you believe it’s already the third month of the year?! You’ve worked so hard for the last two months, you deserve to treat yourself to a weekend away – plan your next super-relaxing vacay now! Too often we wait for holidays, the festive season, or a special occasion to travel. Author, Germany Kent wrote, “happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.” If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that life’s too short; you have yourself, your health and your family – pack your bags and get going already.
The seasons are changing and so are you. Autumn leaves Summer behind, just like we leave a version of ourselves behind. Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself and reimagine the life you’ve always wanted. Change is good, it’s liberating! We should all strive to better ourselves and believe that we can achieve anything we set our minds to – and that’s facts. It’s a new month, a new season, and a great opportunity to do something NEW, something BOLD, something BEAUTIFUL!
We all set goals for the year, and often we aim to travel more, spend extra time with loved ones, and prioritize self-care. But with busy schedules, it can be difficult to achieve a good balance between work and play. Life gets in the way. But, as the new season approaches, we encourage you to book the holiday you’ve been yearning for, host a family get-together and go for that spa retreat – you deserve it.
Why wait for December? March brings the end of Summer, but not really. The days are sunny enough to hit the beach or go hiking, but the Autumn breeze keeps you cool and comfortable. Simply perfect. Plus, you won’t start sweating at 10 in the morning! The temperature stays around 22 to 27 degrees throughout the day and the sun still sets late – perfect for sundowners as you round off your day’s adventures.
If you’re desperate to disconnect your phone and reconnect with your people, we feel you! Head to Magalies Park for a mountain of fun and leisure. Or opt for Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort for the best of both worlds. Left your heart in the Midlands? Bushman’s Nek and Midlands Saddle and Trout promise a peaceful countryside haven. If you’re ready to carpe diem, then head to one of our seaside resorts for blue skies and blue waters.
No passport? No problem! Wriggle your toes in sun-soaked sand or experience the African bush without crossing the border. With so much diversity right here in South Africa, your next adventure could just be a two- or three-hour drive away.
So, there’s only one question left: bush, berg, or beach?
Bush – Into the wild
Combining the best of nature with the best of leisure, Magalies Park offers a peaceful retreat situated alongside the tranquil Magalies River and Magaliesberg Mountains. Relish delicious continental cuisine at Pica Pau before heading for a round of golf or a scenic hike and end off the day cozied up around the boma.
Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life at this Harrismith accommodation and enjoy privacy, entertainment, and high-end hospitality. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family activities. Canoe down the breath-taking Sterkfontein dam where you can also spend the day teaching the kids to fish and catch a “drive-in style” movie as the sunsets.
Berg – Countryside living
Situated in the picturesque foothills of Southern Drakensberg, Bushman’s Nek is bound to bring out your adventurous side to this rustic living experience. Revel in the beauty that the Berg has to offer while taking your morning coffee on the pool deck and enjoying a hearty meal at The Bushpot onsite restaurant. Plan an exciting day filled with fly fishing, mountain biking, archery, and tractor rides.
Explore the Midlands Meander to enjoy all the exhilarating activities on offer, from canopy tours to horse-riding and fly fishing, experience country luxury at its finest. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at La Vita Spa, sit around a bonfire, and marvel at the night sky while cuddling up to your loved ones.
If you’re in the mood for the ultimate countryside experience, look no further. Whispering Waters is set on rolling hills and pastures of the Natal Midlands, along the gorgeous Lions River. With fully kitted, spacious accommodation and an endless stream of outdoor activities and nearby attractions, you’ll never want to leave!
Beach – Seas the day
Unwind by the pool, take a long walk on the beach or indulge yourself with a relaxing treatment at Margate Sands, situated along the warm South Coast. Your luxury home away from home, Margate Sands is the perfect place for your family holiday – braai away, hop in the pool, or challenge someone to a game of table tennis at this relaxing beach resort overlooking the Indian ocean.
Located on Durban’s Golden Mile, with the beachfront on your doorstep, The Palace All-Suite Hotel offers convenience and comfort for a fantastic fun-filled holiday. The magnificent sea views are a feast for the eyes and the soul. Let the ocean breeze calm your mind and take all your troubles away. Grab the kids for some Vitamin D and a salty seaside escape.
Enjoy stunning sea views and romantic sunsets at La Montagne, situated on Ballito Beachfront with a poolside restaurant, bar, and café. Hire bikes and cycle down the promenade or enjoy a swim in the crashing waves to cool off. Lounge around with a cocktail in hand at the poolside bar (make sure to take a selfie for the ‘Gram.) Hit the squash courts to keep active and pamper yourself at the wellness-spa. You deserve it all!
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