Whatever time of year it may be, planning a romantic beach holiday does not have to be limited to Valentine’s Day if you find just the right choice of South African villas to set the tone…
Blessed with an abundance of coastal destinations, plenty of glorious beaches and year-round good weather throughout almost every one of its provinces, South Africa has long been a favourite for honeymooners. But for other happy couples wanting to enjoy a blissful escape near the beach, the country offers a diversity of choice – both in location and in the variety of South African villas to be found from coast to coast.
If you are looking for somewhere perfect to whisk your other half away to this month (or any month!), here are some of our suggestions on choosing the right villa.
Finding Romantic South African Villas for Your Beach Getaway
Unlike family holidays, which may be somewhat limited in the choice of facilities, accommodation and activities, romantic holidays have an abundance of possibilities. This means that everyone is catered to – those who prefer things simple and fuss-free, those who love all the luxury of lavish surrounds, those who want to be right on the beach, those who want to be close to all the action and even those who love long walks on moonlit beaches.
Whatever your tastes veer towards, here are some tips for finding the perfect villa for your romantic escape.
1. Start planning in advance.
If you plan to stay in a popular area such as Clifton in Cape Town, you will need to start your planning as early as possible. The busiest times of year for travel in South Africa is the end of the year, with December, January and February being peak season in Cape Town and many other popular tourist destinations. This can make it harder to book your ideal villa unless you get in there with enough time to plan ahead. Our top villas in this part of the country include the lovely 15 Views Penthouse, which has a to-die-for jacuzzi, cosy outdoor area with views of the ocean and many high quality facilities to ensure a memorable stay.
2. Consider group booking a larger villa.
It can be more affordable to pool resources with close friends (other couples of course, to ensure that no-one is left feeling like a third wheel!) and book a larger villa to share. Many villas are designed to offer everyone ample space, with en-suite bathrooms providing each couple with privacy. Shared spaces such as living areas, kitchen and dining areas, as well as swimming pools and decks can then be used for cocktails, dinners and other couples events. A great larger sized villa in Camps Bay, Cape Town is the gracious Terrace Villa, which has an expansive pool, beach views and an alluring contemporary style.
3. It’s all about the views.
The key to a truly unforgettable beach holiday is making the most of those incredible ocean views. After all – what could be more romantic than the sight and sounds of waves crashing over the sand? Look for villas that have outdoor decks, infinity pools, balconies and other outdoor areas that make the most of the views. This will allow you the perfect place to sip evening sundowners, watch the sun set or rise and enjoy the sea breezes as you watch the tides come and go. A great villa for watching mesmerising sunsets is Hamaya in Camps Bay, which has a spectacular rim-flow pool and some of the best sea views in Cape Town.
4. Privacy is an absolute must-have.
Even if you are holidaying with close friends on a couple’s retreat, you still want to get as much privacy as possible. Look out for villas that offer lots of spaces to enjoy alone time with your loved one – tranquil hot tubs or private pools, garden areas with seating, personal decks or balconies and other areas that can be made private will all be ideal for those wanting some time together away from the others. One such example of a place that gets the privacy factor spot-on is the Knysna villa Crystal Waters, which a large wrap-around deck that makes it possible for every guest to enjoy having their own space.
5. Consider looking further afield, too.
There is no doubt that there are many outstanding choices on hand when it comes to villas in South Africa, but looking a bit further afield can offer some great options, too. Places like Mauritius are so perfect for romance that they appear to have been created purely for this purpose. White, sandy beaches, warm tropical waters and private, well-positioned chalets positioned near the beach, warm breezes, spices and fragrances… all that is needed is you and your loved on to make your escape post-card perfect. We suggest Paradise Beach for a taste of exclusive luxury that few other villas can beat.
Now that you have a better idea of how to choose the right South African villa for your romantic beach holiday, all you need to do is make your selection and start planning a trip that you will both treasure for years to come.