If you’re looking for a place to cosy up this winter, look no more. I have five weekend away getaway spots for you that are worth braving the winter cold.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

They don’t advertise it as a luxury lodge, but Aquila sure is elegant and lavish. The main objective of the reserve is to educate guests on the significance of wildlife conservation. They have exquisite luxury suites and cottages provided for guests. The lodges are proudly four-star accommodation and you are almost guaranteed your comfort shall not be compromised. Enjoy a winter sunset here amid the soothing sounds of nature.

WHERE R46 South Street, Touws River
CONTACT +27 21 430 7260, [email protected]

Under Oaks Wine Farm

Wine, darling wine. Imagine going on a weekend away to a wine farm. Wine cellar barrels all around you. Under Oaks Wine Farm will give you that experience. They don’t only offer wine, but pair their wines with pizzas made in traditional wood-fired ovens. The farm has an authentic old wine cellar and is sheltered under splendid oak trees. It really is the perfect place to be, as you watch farm animals stroll by. Under Oaks is very particular about the detail of their guest houses, so you know you’ll be well cared for.

WHERE Main Road, Paarl
CONTACT +27 21 869 8962, [email protected]

Kolkol Mountain Lodge

We all need some time away after a long week of work. When muscles get tense and joints are stiff, I think a hot tub is a definite necessity. Kolkol Mountain Lodge has just that, and more. Adventurous individuals are in for a treat with Kolkol’s outdoor entertainment which includes, waterskiing, scenic flights and mountain biking. If you’re not one for an adrenalin rush, have a round of golf or enjoy some wine tasting. There’s something for everyone here.

WHERE Bot River
CONTACT +27 76 913 6014

Bon Hotel Shelley Point

Just a 90-minute drive away from Cape Town, Bon Hotel Shelley Point invites you for both business and pleasure. The hotel is surrounded by clear, cyanic waters. Don’t worry about the winter chills, there’s a cocktail bar where you can warm up with a drink and relish the winter sunset. A number of activities such as tennis and bowling are available for kids. While adult guests can enjoy a pampering at the hotel’s spa.

WHERE Golden Mile Boulevard, St Helena Bay
CONTACT +27 22 742 1394, [email protected]

Indigo Blue Beach House 

Gravity Adventures provides experiences that may completely be out of your comfort zone, like camping and rafting. They connect you with not only nature, but with friends, family and yourself too. When you’re done with the activities, they have amazing accommodation waiting for you. Indigo Blue Beach House is one of them. It is a classic beach house that offers a laid back holiday.

WHERE Basson Street, Langebaan
CONTACT +27 21 683 3698

Before you continue with your search of getaway places in the Western Cape, make sure you’ve visited all five of these spots.

Photography courtesy Aquila Game ReserveUnder Oaks Pizzeria, Kolkol Mountain LodgeBon Hotel Shelley Point, Gravity Adventures

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