Twilight dinner at Singita Boulders Lodge poolFor many, there is nothing more romantic than being out in the wild, listening to the lions call while sipping champagne and watching a glorious sunset. The Game Lodge Index review team have considered the lodges and picked those that combine setting, service and special touches to bring you the list of 10 lodges ideally suited for those romantic experiences. To be romantic, lodges have to offer a magical setting, service that is professional and discreet, rooms with maximum privacy and can offer something special for those in search of romance.
1. Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve
Oceana is pure bliss. From a high vantage point the lodge overlooks a small open area around a waterhole, a coastal dune belt with sweeping views of the majestic Indian Ocean. The lodge layout is beautiful and the décor is superb right through to the very finest details…….. It’s the beach and bush combination, complimented with luxurious facilities and delicious food and staff of high calibre that make this the ideal spot for a romantic getaway
2. Singita Boulders Lodge
The rooms are inspiring and are all fitted with everything one would expect from a luxury lodge: bar, satellite TV, private pools to dip in during the heat of summer, personal fireplace to sit by on cool winter evenings and a host of accessories. As is synonymous with the Singita brand, no attention to detail or expense has been spared. The service is of the highest standard, the staff gracious and efficient and the setting is incredibly beautiful.
3. Singita Ebony Lodge
Singitas’ resident wine experts help select suitable wines to compliment the lodge’s exquisite meals. There is a grandiose wine cellar hosting over 10 000 impeccably chosen wines. In addition, the reserve has a wine boutique where guests can order any of the wines they enjoyed and have them shipped back home. The fine dining and accompanying wine selection is a definite highlight of any stay.
4. Bushman’s Kloof Main Lodge
Bushmans Kloof is a timeless and aesthetically striking camp with traditional thatched Cape Dutch style buildings set amongst stunning green lawns and bright flower beds. The camp appears to rise out of the harsh dry vegetation and red coloured rocks of the Cedarberg Mountains creating the illusion that one is in a desert oasis. A crystal clear stream runs for most of the year in front of the camp. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to having a dip in one of the four pools in camp (one of which is heated) or finding their own secluded natural rock pool on the reserve.
5. Singita Sweni Lodge
The spacious and sumptuously decorated suites merge a modern-styled urban apartment with natural materials. The glass walled rooms are situated along the banks of the Sweni River which gives the camp its name and unsurprisingly, offers fantastic panoramic views. There is a second bed on each of the private balconies where daring guests can choose to spend the night in the African outdoor air under the stars, covered only by a mosquito net.
6. Singita Lebombo Lodge
The suites are all tucked in to a craggy ridge at random points offering the inhabitants great views of the river valley below and into the wilderness on the horizon. The glass walled rooms allow maximum immersion into the surrounding natural environment albeit with all the comforts of modern age living. A second bed on each of the private balconies can be used to spend the night in the outdoor air, covered only by a mosquito net
7. Chitwa Chitwa
Every suite has its own unique design complemented with creative furnishings. The lodge is an artwork in itself set in the midst of stunning natural surroundings. The creatively designed interiors will appeal to those looking for a luxury safari experience with a difference. The essence of Chitwa Chitwa is space, from the massive deck in front of the main lodge to the overly roomy suites – each has its own plunge pool on a private deck.
8. Rocktail Beach Camp
The standard tented suites offer the perfect private setting for couples. The honeymoon suite is spectacular. Guests staying at this camp are guaranteed an experience that is conducive to relaxation and relief. Rocktail Beach Camp is situated within the coastal forest belt of the Maputaland Forest Reserve. The nature focus, however, is on the coastline and marine environment. The scuba diving and snorkelling on the reefs within this section of the Maputaland Marine Reserve is what makes Rocktail Bay so special.
9. Royal Malewane
Each room has a private plunge pool and private ‘sala’ (recreational lazing area), a large free-standing bath, spacious indoor shower and an outdoor shower. Dining at Royal Malewane is exceptional and no meal is served in the same setting more than once during your stay. Complimenting the menu is a noteworthy selection of top quality wine, carefully paired to enhance one’s culinary experience
10. Kings Camp Timbavati
The colonial styled Kings Camp is a lavish lodge situated in the heart of the Timbavati Nature Reserve providing guests with luxurious accommodation and exceptional service. The main lodge is set in green gardens overlooking an active waterhole. There is a raised viewing deck under a thatch roof where guests can watch over the waterhole or read a book whilst sipping an exotic drink during the heat of the day or the evening cool.
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