My romantic getaway bucket-list

Rob and I will be married a full twelve years this year and are yet to take a romantic getaway together. Real talk.

Okay we went to Knysna for our first anniversary, but he made me hike and we got lost so I call that an adventure trip instead of a romantic getaway.

I called it a lot of other things at the time, but let’s play nice.

Rob and I have taken trips over the years don’t get me wrong. There is much talk of hotel stays, family weekends and business trips on this here blog.

But its always like an hour or so’s drive and no trips where we are going for the purpose of being US…  It’s always hey look at this stunning place we got to stay at while I had to work.

The kind of trip I want is when you hop on a cheap flight (I’m frugal, like that) just the two of us and actually unplug.

I asked some blogger friends from around South Africa, where they suggest we should go, and came up with this:

Romantic getaway bucket-list

Cape Town

Mandy from Pregnant in Cape Town and Ever after knows very well that we have our own beaches here in the Eastern Cape, but believes that a meal at her favourite restaurant near the waterfront would make me #teamCT. “I’m such a beach person. I would suggest booking a dinner at one of the amazing restaurants either at Camps Bay for the California feel of Hout Bay for the more rustic small-town feel.” Personally she loves the Grand Africa Café and Beach and I can see why.  A visit to their site shows you why they are considered Cape Town’s premier destination restaurant. I didn’t even know a destination restaurant was a thing. The Café is built within a restored boathouse on a private beach and has now made it onto my must-visit list.


My Jozi buddy Shan from MomSays went a little more adventurous with her suggestion. She vouches for the hot air balloon experience in Magaliesberg. “It’s something different to do with your partner especially is you both like scenic views. It’s a bucket list adventure for me” Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris offers a majestic experience floating about the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. After landing you are treated to a champagne breakfast. This sounds idyllic. I might have some convincing to do to get Rob on-board with this plan as he isn’t the biggest fan of heights.



Chantal of Twincess diaries was my KZN link. I’ve actually never been to that side of the word so I needed some insight. Her vote was for the Oyster Box Hotel. “It is the ultimate romantic spoil in KZN. Upmarket, elegant and oozing old-world charm, this legendary Durban hotel offers world-class dining, spa treatments and sumptuous rooms with amazing views of the Umhlanga lighthouse and the Indian Ocean”.


Back home in the Eastern Cape

I could not do a list without including the Eastern Cape. Fellow local blogger Tayla from Tailored inspirations suggested we try out Hogsback. “It’s magical and whimsical, and the perfect spot for a romantic winter getaway – warm fireplaces, sharing a glass of red wine with your special someone”


All these options seem amazing and quite varied…what is your romantic bucket list destination? This post was sponsored by Travelstart they have amazing affordable travel options , do check them out

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