African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel – Melrose, Johannesburg
This location is a definite no-brainer. Not only will you and your girlfriends be staying at a luxurious hotel, but you’ll also have an abundance of restaurants and shops to visit, all right on your doorstep. Melrose Arch is a little precinct all on its own, filled with plenty of activities to keep you and your girls busy over the weekend. Stop by the Orient, JB’s Corner, Moyo or Piza E Vino for a bite to eat or a few sundowners, head to Camelot Spa for a little pampering, and last, but certainly not least, get your credit cards ready and treat yourselves to some retail therapy at Aldo, BOSS Orange, Bobbi Brown, Cavalier, Fabiani and Forever New, just to name a few. And one of the best parts about staying in this vicinity is the fact that you’ll get a bit of a workout as everything is within walking distance from the hotel. Score!
Sun City Resort – Pilanesberg, North West
When we say Pilanesberg, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? If sea, sun, sand, sundowners and loads of fun with the girls come to mind, then you’ve definitely thought of the right place – Sun City Resort! Just imagine spending a day at the beach, soaking up a few rays at the Valley Of The Waves; dancing the night away at their slick club, Encore; and getting lost in the largest permanent maze in the southern hemisphere. And no girls’ weekend away is complete without some shopping, spa treatments and a few glasses of wine. Talk about the ultimate ladies vacation!
Steenberg Farm – Constantia Valley, Cape Town
Do you and your girlfriends love wine? And when we say love wine, we mean ‘luurve’, as in a level or two more than others? If you answered yes, then it’s time to pack your bags, gather the gals and make your way down to Cape Town for a vino weekend away. And there is no destination more serene and historic than the Steenberg Farm in Constantia Valley. Only 30 minutes away from Cape Town, you’re not too far or too close to the hustle and bustle of the city. You can spend the weekend sipping on wonderful wines, tucking into delectable cuisine at Bistro Sixteen82 or Catharina’s Restaurant, enjoying the beautiful sites of the vineyard and rejuvenating with a massage or two at the Steenberg Spa. Sounds like an indulgent weekend escape.
Tiffindell Ski Resort – Southern Drakensberg
You don’t need to spend a fortune and fly to the Alps to enjoy a weekend of skiing with your girlfriends – simply take a trip to Tiffindell Ski Resort in the Drakensberg. From June to August, it’s all about snow! You and your ladies will have a blast making snowmen and snow angels, getting caught in snowball fights, and doing some skiing and snowboarding down the slopes. And after a long day of chilly fun, you can all meet up at Yeti’s Pub for a few lattes, or glasses of gluhwein if you’re looking for something a little stronger to beat the cold. Their snow season ends on August, so make sure you plan your girls’ winter weekend away ASAP!
Bongani Mountain Lodge – Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
If you and your girls enjoy the great outdoors, then a weekend in the bushveld is an absolute must! Not only will you all get away from the buzz of your everyday lives, but you’ll also get the opportunity to reconnect with nature, recuperate and relax to the sounds of Mother Nature. Bongani Mountain Lodge in Nelspruit offers just the sanctuary you need, complete with adventurous game drives, rock art tours, cultural village tours and bush walks through the game reserve. And to round off an exciting day of exploring, why not head to the Viewing Deck for a few sundowners while watching the sun set over the horizon.
The Clarens Country House – Clarens, Free State
Have you ever been to Clarens? If not, then you certainly must! Clarens is a small and quaint little town in the Free State that offers all things unique, from stunning artworks at their collection of art galleries and local craft beer to an abundance of outdoor activities, hiking trails and, of course, the popular Ficksburg Cherry Festival in November. If a weekend out in the country sounds like just the escape you and your girls need, then what are you waiting for – Clarens awaits! As for accommodation, you can plan a visit at the Clarens Country House, which offers four luxury apartment suites (take your pick depending on the size of your troop) that’ll make you and your besties feel right at home. Once you’re settled in, it’s on to exploring!
La Montagne – Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal
Spend a weekend strolling on the beach, squishing sand between your toes, picking up seashells and indulging in the freshest and best seafood possible in Ballito! There’s no better sensory experience than going to the coast – ocean views as far as the eye can see, the sounds of the crashing waves and the scent of salty seawater wafting through the air. Gather your ladies and make your way to La Montagne Resort Hotel for a well-deserved beachfront getaway. The hotel not only offers guests a central location to all the fun and interesting activities around town, but also indulgent spa treatments, room service, a sparkling swimming pool just waiting to be splashed in and delicious seafood at The Crayfish Inn.