The winter chill is upon us, and snow-capped mountains and wet weather wait for us on the other side. If you believe the rumours that this may be the ‘coldest winter’ Cape Town has had in a long time, you’re probably stocking up on hot chocolate sachets and fuzzy blankets.
While staying at home and enjoying your cosy interior may seem like a safe bet, it may just leave your traveller’s soul screaming out of sheer boredom. Well, fear not! Indulging in a hot tub getaway is a wonderful way to explore the nooks and crannies of the Western Cape, embrace the cold, and enjoy some cosy relief.
Here are five incredible hot tub destinations to choose from:
Melozhori Pods serves up the perfect combination of luxury, mesmerising views, and tranquillity. Oh, and there’s a hot tub too! Nestled on a 2500-hectare private game reserve near Bonnievale, guests can enjoy a safe and family-friendly escape from the city, with nothing but nature as far as the eye can see. It’s a beautiful destination if you’re looking to get cosy this winter while pressing the ‘reset’ button.
- Location: R317, Bonnievale, Stormsvlei
Nature, nature, and more nature! This is how we like our accommodation, and Faraway Cottage in the beautiful town of McGregor is serving it to us on a silver platter. This off-the-grid accommodation entices guests with its modern yet rustic charm, with glass doors that fold away to reveal magical views, which you can enjoy while taking a dip in the accommodation’s wood-fired hot tub.
- Location: Vroljkheid, Robertson Road, McGregor
If you’re looking to skip the bells and whistles and enjoy the simplicity of your surroundings, then De Pakhuys in Clanwilliam is a great choice. Located in the always beautiful Cederberg, relax in your private hot tub as you gaze at the incredible rock formations this area is famous for. Prices are reasonable and the accommodation is more than comfortable – what could you ask for?
- Location: R364, Clanwilliam, Rocklands
The epitome of luxury and eco-conscious living, Copia Eco Cabins is situated on a working farm in the rugged Overberg Region. The cabins are converted from shipping containers and offer a contemporary off-the-grid stay with an abundance of nature to drink in. No Wi-Fi or TV, and limited cell reception make this a paradise for those looking completely immerse themselves in Mother Nature.
- Location: Van Der Stel Pass Road, Keisseseskraal Farm, Bot River
If heading to the seclusion of the mountains doesn’t tickle your fancy, then breathe in fresh ocean air and head to Gansbaai’s popular Black Barn. Hugged by a sea of fynbos, this stylish accommodation is the ideal place to kick up your feet and allow the bubbling hot tub to melt all your troubles. Enjoy an afternoon stroll on the property’s private walkway to the beach, you may even spot a few zebras and springboks.
Location: 375 Heron Street Romansbaai Beach Estate Dangerpoint
Picture: Copia Eco Cabins / Instagram