Whether you’re a fan of a food, wine or spa treatments, sometimes you just need to spoil yourself… no excuse necessary!
Here are a few of our favourite indulgent experiences….
1. An Island Escape
Imagine relaxing under the shade of coconut palm trees overlooking a white powder beach and listening to the waves of the warm Indian Ocean lapping, mere metres from your massage bed...
Where: Located on the isolated east coast of the exotic Spice Island of Zanzibar, The Palms Resort is a sanctuary if you're looking for tranquility.
Why: Head here for a fusion of Arab, African and European cultures and cuisine. The beachfront Sanctuary Spa offers a selection of world-class treatments to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.
What: Stimulate the senses and experience the very best of Zanzibar with a visit to a Spice Farm or Stone Town’s central food market.
2. A Bush Break
They say silence is golden and in today’s loud life we lead, silence truly is worth gold. Sitting in the stillness of the African bush while watching the sun set has got to be one of the most indulgent experiences on earth
Where: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the Kruger Lowveld is sculpted into the earth and is almost invisible in the landscape, making it one of the most perfect places to experience the Big 5 in their natural habitat.
Why: A meditation garden leads to the Amani spa, where you'll find a mix of nature and texture that invokes a sense of peace and space. Enjoy holistic body, skin and beauty treatments, or just sit and let your body relax. Share the experience with your partner in the couple’s treatment suite or simply indulge yourself because you deserve it.
What: The famous Sabi Sabi safari experience of close encounters with wildlife is unsurpassed.
3. A Weekend in the Winelands
What else speaks to indulgence than a decadent weekend in the winelands? Take a slow sojourn from one wine farm to another tasting the spoils of the vine and stopping off to enjoy an alfresco meal or vineyard picnic on the way.
Where: Set on a wine farm against the mountain, Mont Rochelle is a luxurious boutique hotel offering panoramic views of the Franschhoek valley.
Why: Franschhoek is a foodie’s fantasia. Many of the restaurants in the village feature in the awards lists, and culinary highlights at Mont Rochelle include fine dining at Mange Tout and alfresco dining at the Country Kitchen.
What: You must try an authentic Cape Winelands experience with cellar tours and wine tasting. For the more energetic, add a walking trail or a spot of horse riding and mountain biking - just some of the activities that you can savour.
4. A Wilderness Experience
Whiling away a few days in the wilderness that is the wild waterways of northern Namibia is an exclusive experience that not many get to enjoy in their lifetimes, making it one of the very best ways to spoil yourself.
Where: Situated 70km upriver from the Victoria Falls, Ntwala Island Lodge is found on an untouched cluster of islands amidst the Mambova Rapids in the Chobe area of Namibia.
Why: This is the perfect place for exclusivity and intimacy, offering great service, stylish accommodation and excellent food.
What: Marvel at the intricate floating walkways, swim in private plunge pools, feel like royalty in outdoor showers and enjoy big game viewing by boat. This is wilderness luxury at it’s finest.
5. A Superior Spa Stay
A spa experience is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think indulgence. Enjoy being enveloped in a warm cocoon of soft music and calming fragrances as you are thoroughly pampered into a state of absolute well-being…
Where: Set amongst peaceful citrus orchards, Woodall Country House & Spa in the Eastern Cape is the ideal base from which to explore the adjacent Addo Elephant Park, home to the densest population of elephant in the world.
Why: Woodall’s spa facilities are unrivalled, but they are also renowned for their exceptional gourmet cuisine and award-winning wine cellar. If you prefer animal spotting, hop in an open Landcruiser for the daily game drive.
What: Local therapists with world class skills offer every kind of massage, health and beauty treatments in 5 star luxury and comfort. The health spa has sauna, hydrotherapy bath, steam room, gym and vitality studios opening onto a salt water pool.
6. A Gorgeous Getaway
Spending time in nature is an indulgence few in this world really appreciate. Hiking trails through indigenous forests, swimming beneath waterfalls and watching unusual birds in their natural habitat are all experiences you want to tick off your bucket list.
Where: Stay at The Gorge in an exclusive luxury villa hugging the very edge of the impressive sandstone cliffs of the Oribi Gorge overlooking the Mzimkulwana River in KwaZulu-Natal.
Why: Enjoy friendly, attentive service and exquisite fine dining at this contemporary lodge and spa.
What: While gazing out at the breathtaking setting, you might spy the endangered Cape Vultures gliding on thermals. An exhilarating 4.2km zip-line experience is also an option for adrenaline junkies.
7. A Secluded Seaside Stay
Staying on a secluded peninsula, accessed only by boat, is surely the ultimate way to spoil yourself...
Where: Set on the Vilanculos peninsula on the coast of Mozambique, Dugong Beach Lodge lies within the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary.
Why: A unique beach and wilderness experience in a sub-tropical setting, Dugong is set on 30 000 hectares of pristine marine and wildlife territory. Characterised by crystal clear water and coral reefs, you'll find dolphin, manta rays, leatherback turtles, whale sharks and the nearly extinct Atlantic Dugong, which resembles a sea lion, and has lent it’s name to this exclusive lodge.
What: Spoil yourself by spending time doing exactly what you want to do… try your hand at windsurfing, brave some water-skis, relish in parasailing or pick a selection of snorkelling, diving, kayaking, fishing, sundowner and dhow cruises, birdwatching or nature drives.
Text: Kathryn Rossiter