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Gorgeous Portfolio spots that bring the romance

It’s a love-hate relationship really: Valentine’s Day is either something you look forward to each year, or it’s something that makes you roll your eyes a little and question what all the commercial fuss is about. Here at Portfolio, because we appreciate a little romance every now and again, we thought we’d put together some places that make our hearts sing and our knees go weak. Romance can come in many forms, so sit back and glean some romantic inspiration from these dreamy getaways across the country.

Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge (Franschhoek)

Just the word “Franschhoek” conjures up that feeling of romance and old-world charm… Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge is that irresistible combination of country hospitality, dramatic mountain backdrops and understated luxury. Surrounded by the dazzling vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, you’ll enjoy hearty farm-style breakfasts, days spent lazing by the secluded pool and carefree explorations of the many surrounding wine farms. Its prime position on the banks of the Berg River only adds to the natural beauty and romance of the space.

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Hacklewood Hill Country House (Port Elizabeth)

This Victorian country escape provides a classic experience complete with elegant furnishings, lush gardens, impressive cuisine and a healthy dose of privacy. The spacious, luxury quarters are nothing short of charming, offering all the modern comforts with each leading out onto a private balcony - perfect for appreciating the beauty and abundant birdlife of the gardens. The feature bathtubs, plush bathrobes and romantic candles help to create an intimate atmosphere, perfect for you and your special someone. The sparkling pool provides the ideal place to cool off and there’s even a tennis court for those who fancy a game or two.

Added extras: Roaring fireplaces and an authentic wine cellar complete with a selection of vintage wines are the cherries on top.

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Arum Hill Lodge B&B (KZN Midlands)

If it’s a modern take on country living you seek, then no need to look any further than Arum Hill. Settled on top of a hill close to the well-known Midlands Meander, this distinctly colonial lodge boasts a beautiful main house with an impressive wrap-around veranda - a serene spot ideal for casting an eye across the endless countryside. The stylish lounge will make you feel right at home with its fireplace, billiards table and amazing collection of books. Take a load off here, enjoy a dip in one of the dams or take a leisurely stroll through the 7 hectare property before returning to the privacy of your room, a space well-appointed with all the necessities and complete with a patio offering panoramic views. Arum Hill is a true tranquil retreat, perfect for getting away from it all.

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa (Johannesburg)

Although conveniently located in the pulsating suburb of Sandton, Fairlawns still manages to deliver peace and quiet. Set on an enchanting parklike estate, you’ll be welcomed like royalty by a staff committed to offering guests superb service. The grand suites reflect a great attention to detail as well as the Euro-centric influence evident throughout the hotel. Everything from the fine finishes to the Egyptian cotton linen, artworks and antiques help to create sumptuous spaces that ooze luxury. And if you’re a foodie, the choice of dining options is sure to leave your palate satisfied.

Pamper yourself: The Balinese-inspired spa offers a range of treatments that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Sessions can be held in one of the garden salas allowing the serenity of the gardens to add to the experience.

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Timamoon (Mpumalanga)

Anytime you have to travel through what can only be described as a magical forest, you know you’re in for a treat – and Timamoon is certainly all this and more. Six secluded thatch lodges are the epitome of luxury, each with their own private pool that overlooks the breathtaking Sabie Valley. The large baths are perfect for two, while the outdoor showers allow you to connect with the beauty of your surroundings while enjoying uninterrupted views. With influences from Zanzibar, Morocco and the Sahara, everything is a feast for the eyes and a pick-me-up for the senses, particularly the exotic treasures dotted around that have been collected over the years by the owners. Being so close to the Kruger National Park, you’re able to enjoy its magic in between pampering massages, hot-air ballooning and picnicking alongside waterfalls. Bliss.

Dine under the stars: Indulge in exotic, candle-lit dinners prepared by talented chefs at the amazing restaurant built on stilts – something truly special.

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Tshwene Lodge (Waterberg)

For a romantic getaway that includes Big Five safaris, fiery African sunsets and the magic of the wilderness, you simply have to choose the gorgeous Tshwene Lodge that overlooks the Taaibos River Valley in the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. The secluded lodge ensures an undisturbed bush experience, with the only sounds being those of the animals that call the reserve home. The private, luxury rooms are linked to the pool deck, lounges and dining room by winding walkways and each has a deck of their own, as well as a refreshing outdoor shower. After a day of game drives and lazing by the pool, you can kick back and share stories around the fire in the traditional boma. Not only is the setting an authentically African one, but it’s undoubtedly an effortlessly romantic one too.

For the honeymooners: The Honeymoon Room features its own fireplace, Jacuzzi and free-standing stone bath – all of the right ingredients for an unforgettable honeymoon.

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Dersley Manor (Bloemfontein)

Inspired by the glamorous world of film, this boutique guest house is where drama meets style and class. Each of the 15 rooms has been individually and lavishly decorated, using Oscar-winning movies as inspiration. Antique pieces and Hollywood glam combine beautifully with contemporary touches to create spaces bursting with colour, texture and a distinct sense of luxury. Kitted out with all the comforts of home, including robes, slippers, air-conditioning and a minibar, your stay is set to be enjoyable and hassle-free. A complimentary English breakfast each morning ensures you start the day right.

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Searching for romance further afield perhaps?

The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel (Namibia)

The Olive is by far one of those places you fall in love with instantly. It’s contemporary and cool, yet with an obvious African soul, and is a masterful mix of eco-friendly design and modernity. Seven suites pay homage to the various regions of Namibia and make it incredibly easy to unwind and forget all your worries. Extra-length beds, spacious decks and free-standing bathtubs offering sweeping mountain views are just a few of the gems that will make your stay both easy and memorable. Dedicated personal service and food to die for, round out an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Baraza Resort & Spa (Zanzibar)

Oh, it’s hard to say that island vibes don’t hand-in-hand with romance. You’ve got pearly-white beaches, sparkling blue waters, delicious food and endless cocktails – what more could you wish for, really? Baraza Resort & Spa is an exclusive, all-inclusive boutique resort boasting 30 stunning villas that honour the heritage of Zanzibar while at the same time showcase modern interiors that are like something right of the pages of a glossy magazine. Sample the local flavours of the island in between experiencing its rich cultural heritage, with the Frangipani Spa being a tranquil sanctuary designed to leave you feeling calm and reinvigorated. This resort is a little slice of paradise and one that effortlessly facilitates romance from start to finish.

Book your stay HERE.

These are just a handful of the romantic spots available from Portfolio, so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re after, get in touch with us so we can help you find the perfect place to woo that someone special. Alternatively, search our site to see what’s available.

Main image: Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Walking Safaris