South Africa is one of the most perfect places for a romantic getaway, with varied and incredible landscapes. Whether it’s nature sounds drowning out the city or total immersion in a bush wonderland, here are 10 of the most romantic suites in South African hotels — not to mention most luxurious.
At the Mount Nelson Hotel, you and your partner will be sipping on some of the finest vintages with your meals. You enter the presidential suite through a marbled hall and find a private dining room, a master bedroom with a gorgeous marble-floor bathroom, and a generously sized lounge that connects to the balcony looking out onto Table Mountain.
This looks like it belongs in a colonial manor house, with an elaborate gold headboard on the bed, extra plush blankets, elegant drapes, a free-standing marble tub set by the window overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and a wraparound terrace where guests can order a private dinner.
Sun City looks like a fairytale palace and sits across from one of the largest game parks in South Africa so the views are spectacular. The Royal Suite has its own separate foyer, which spills into the luxurious welcome lounge. The suite has two bathrooms: a guest bathroom and an en suite in the bedroom, which has marble vanities and a separate dressing area. The bed is draped in a romantic tent and the room is filled with prints and patterns resembling a rain forest.
The Oyster Box has the reputation for being one of the most beautiful hotels in South Africa, and the Presidential Suite does not disappoint. Spread over two levels, the suite has its own elevator, a private rim-flow swimming pool and two bathrooms with ocean views. The suite has two bedrooms and a dining room that seats eight so it’s perfect for two couples traveling together.
Sitting on the longest wine route in the world, this boutique hotel is known for its signature restaurant, Reuben’s. The hotel architecture is like several small houses spread out on a property, with none more than a few stories high. The poolside suites have a covered patio with shutter doors that open up right over the swimming pool. Inside, everything is white and airy, with shutters inside so that you can open almost any room up to the next.
When you’re staying at the Fusion Boutique, you can almost smell the sweet scent of baobab trees in the air and hear the sounds of the bush. The Kiss Suite was made for lovers and inspired by a painting by artist Gustav Klimpt. You’ll find touches like worn suitcases and teddy bears, complimentary sherry, a large spa bath and a private garden terrace.
The Table Bay Hotel was opened by South African President Nelson Mandela and sets the standard for luxury. The Table Mountain Suite is the height of elegance with a four-poster bed, marble floors in the bathrooms and a large walk-in shower and dressing room. The suite even has a piano and telescope in the living room, plus a balcony with sun lounges and butler station.
The open airy suites of the Saxon, with the warm hues on the walls and furniture will relax any couple. Plush couches sit in front of open verandas that are almost immersed in the forest. Authentic African art and antiques ornament every corner and shutter doors open up onto sweeping windows surrounding the four-poster bed.
Every room is a suite at La Residence, and it is hard to pick just one, but the Honeysuckle Suite has one of the best views of the vineyards, with a private veranda that leads directly into the garden. The linens on the mahogany four-poster bed are all warm, dramatic oranges and golds and on the bedroom ceiling is a stunning crystal chandelier.
There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of seeing leopards run by your bedroom window to spice up a romantic getaway, which is exactly what you’ll get here. There are three Granite Private suites, each looking right onto an elephant bathing pool. The suites are actually individual houses, each with a living room, bedroom and bathroom that opens up onto a veranda with a private swimming pool.