Thursday, February 07, 2013

Dreaming of Luxury and Romance

My husband is very bah humbug about Valentine’s Day. He quite rightly reckons that if you love someone you tell them so every day and in every way without being dictated to by the hype of one particular occasion. So we’ve never done the roses and dinner by candlelight 14th of February thing. Instead we have our own funny little tradition that I shared at the end of this post with hearts on our hands.

However it looks like this year I’m going to have a luxury romantic break come my way anyway. Out of the blue yesterday I received an invitation from Grootbos Nature Reserve to come and stay for a night. Now this is a stunning nature reserve two hours from Cape Town, overlooking the ocean.  A place of beach picnics, whale watching (in winter and spring) of beautiful views and pristine fynbos, it’s a five star luxury retreat with fabulous food, and a whole story behind it that I’m looking forward to discovering. So romance in a luxury nutshell, and I get to take my husband!

We probably won’t get there till March, things being busy here right now, but Grootbos do have a fabulous special offer on for the whole of February if you are feeling tempted to go overboard with the spoiling. Their Month of Love offers a Valentine’s half price special  (half price is R2100 a night per person sharing, so think lavish!) which includes all meals, a selection of activities including that beach picnic, horse-riding and all sorts, and a free spa treatment.

I’ll let you know all about it after our visit, but if you do get there first let me know what you think... or, on second thoughts perhaps, keep it a secret so it’ll be a wonderful surprise for me!

Disclosure: I am being offered a complimentary night at Grootbos but am receiving no other remuneration for writing about them and all opinions are my own.


  1. Oh, Kit - congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it. I'm jealous just for the spa massage alone... after shoveling three feet of snow, my back and neck are dreaming of THAT!

  2. We're so looking forward to it, Marcheline. It seems like bloggers are starting to be recognised as the wonderful, savvy, sassy, influential people that we really are, at last!!

    Here's hoping that some of your local 5 star resorts start approaching you for reviews!

  3. How great is that! I know you'll thoroughly enjoy it. Lots of photos, please!


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