Long weekend hotlist

2012-04-19 11:37

Another long weekend is just around the corner. Did you know you can make it an extra long one if you take April 30th off? That's right, you'll have five days to play around with from 27 April until 1 May.

If you're surprised by the fact that the holiday powers that be have conspired to hand you this delightful mini-break opportunity, then quickly submit that leave form and read on.

Why not use it to spoil your loved-one with a naughty weekend away, treat the kids to that quality time you've been aching for or simply get back to nature - you'll only really feel the affect it has on your psyche once you're back in the urban herd.

Choose your theme and get to planning - here are some options or otherwise check our Holidays Packages section for more.

• Romance:

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Last Word Long Beach, Constantia, Franschhoek
The Last Word is a family-owned collection of private 5-star intimate hotels, with each one offering a unique experience as hey care for your every need. When you book a three night stay at any one of their properties, they'll add a special dinner for two, a complimentary bottle of wine, romantic turndowns and a transfer to a restaurant of choice in the local area for bookings made on any of the following long weekends during 2012:


• 27 April 2012 to 2 May 2012 (Freedom day and Workers day)
• 9 August 2012 to 13 August 2012 (National Woman's day)
• 21 September 2012 to 25 September 2012 (Heritage day)
• 14 December 2012 to 18 December 2012 (Day of Reconciliation)

Arabella Hotel & Spa, Kleinmond:

Enjoy a couples' long weekend getaway at the 5-star hotel and golf course nestled in the heart of the Unesco-registered Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve in the Overberg. Receive a 20% discount on a back, neck & shoulder massage at the award-winning Arabella Spa. Access to the Arabella Spa facilities including sauna, steam room, gymnasium and hydro pool OR receive a 20% discount on a round of golf on our 18 hole championship golf course, per person, per stay!
Rate includes accommodation for two people sharing in a Deluxe Room, and a full buffet breakfast in Jamani Restaurant. Rate is per person sharing per night. Single rate R1 300 per night. Minimum 2 night stay.


Kurland Hotel in the Crags, Plettenberg Bay
Escape to the Garden Route for some pampering as you take advantage of this Relais & Châteaux member's signature Spa experiences which include a Manicure and Pedicure combo package (2 hours) at R460 per person or a Dr Hauschka facial with a back, neck and shoulder massage (2 hours) for R980 per person. These new experiences will be available from 1 May - 30 September 2012, excluding June for Kurland Hotel's annual maintenance programme. All treatments are done with natural Dr Hauschka products to ensure a healthier option. The spa facilities include a private steam room, sauna room, therapy rooms, relaxation area, gym and a refreshing plunge pool.


  • Adventure:

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Quarters Hotel, Hermanus

Make use of their Pay for 2 nights and stay for 3 nights holiday special and get ready for a bustling weekend in the heart of the Cape Whale Coats. From Tree-top zip-lining to Quad biking, you can combine the serenity of the historic harbour with all the adrenalin activities you need. Special from R3 446 per person sharing for 3 nights and includes your flights, accommodation and car rental.


Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch, Johannesburg


Located in the centre of the vibey Melrose Arch lifestyle precinct, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch is the perfect spot to stay if you're looking for an urban nightlife long weekend adventure exploring some of Joburg's hottest restaurants and the best of local clubs. It's also a great choice option if you're going to be having a drink or three, because all the nightlife you could ever want is within walking distance of the Hollywood glam hotel. R1099 per person per night sharing.


Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

A great place to start a Mother City adventure is with an April long weekend at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town, which is within walking distance of the world-famous Long Street party scene. Rate includes a snack basket, 1 x milkshake voucher per person, 1 x complimentary return transfer to the V&A Waterfront, 20% discount voucher for the Hilton Spa Boutique and 25% discount on one lunch. Minimum 2 night stay. Rates are for standard rooms. R899 per room per night.


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African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, Cape Town
Enjoy a bit of family luxury in Cape Town, with children under 12-years-old being welcomed with an in-room set up with games and a gift. There's also a movie with popcorn and cool drink per stay in the hotel's cinema for children staying, while parents can enjoy a choice of either 15-minute neck back and shoulder massage or mini facial at the in-house Suntra Spa! R850 per person sharing.
Upgrade fees applicable to family rooms.

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

A long weekend away from busy Johannesburg takes you to KZN's Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge, which is close to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping that has plenty of family activities such as bumper cars and mini golf, as well as a wave park. The hotel is a short drive away from uShaka Marine World and is just five minutes away from Umhlanga Beach. The family long weekend special is R 890 per room per night (rate is room only).


African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Pretoria:

This amazing family package ensures that the little ones enjoy the weekend as much as Mom and Dad, with fun-filled days and the latest movies showing at night, it gives parents the evening off to relax and enjoy more adult company. This package includes the kids' dinner, bed and breakfast when sharing with their parents as well as all onsite kids' activities and for the adults it includes luxury accommodation with scrumptious full breakfast buffets! R999 per person sharing. Single rate R1 650. Minimum 2 night stay.

Photo: Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Sps, Cape Winelands

New Exectuive Chef at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Oliver Cattermole, is bringing an exciting global cullinary flavour to one of the Cape's most romantic Winelands getaways, Le Franschhoek Savour Oliver's globe-trotting culinary influences not to mention the savoir-faire of new cooking ideas which fuse alchemy with taste during your stay. Le Verge is ideal for an intimate dining experience set in an orchard over-looking the Franschhoek Mountains. They've also recently introduce a new high tea menu.

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa, Cape Town

Receive a R400 hotel credit per stay to be used on the hotel facilities such as a sumptuous dinner at the fine dining Towers Restaurant if you want to pamper yourself with a romantic gourmet April long weekend getaway in Cape Town. At a rate of R725 per person sharing, this includes shuttles to the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay/Clifton and Table Mountain. The hotel is also home to the award-winning Life Day Spa, where couples can relax and spend some quality time. R725 per person sharing

The Grand Daddy Hotel, Cape Town

The `Daddy' in Cape Town, as it's affectionately known, is famous for its Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park, Pink Flamingo open-air cinema, and multi-genre live music - all novel adventures on the hotel's roof overlooking the city. They've also just launched a new menu for their in-house restaurant, L'Apero. Expect fresh fish, sizzling steaks, traditional pastas and salads, as well as decadent signature desserts, from this family-style menu. The cost is R120 per person.

  • Bush

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Shamwari, Eastern Cape

Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, situated in the Klein Karoo, outside Cape Town, both part of the Shamwari Group, present a unique walking experience called the ‘Explorer Camp', offering guests an opportunity to explore rich wilderness areas with a two day walking safari and accommodation in ‘mobile tents' within two unique Big 5 territories. The mobile canvas tents sleep a maximum of two people each and are spaced out in order to create privacy whilst learning about the flora, fauna, and exceptional rock art sites at Sanbona, stargazing and fascinating history of the area. All meals are included and present a delicious outdoor bush menu served for breakfast, lunch and dinner and are enjoyed around the camp fire. Special meals are catered for when required.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Surrounded by 80 000 hectares of African bush lie three unique properties which have gained world-renowned acclaim for providing guests with an unforgettable African experience. The flagship of these is the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. They're offering three nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis including 1 at The Boma - Place of Eating with Courtesy, transfers between VFSL/Boma
Airport Transfers Victoria Falls Airport/Victoria Falls Safari Lodge return, Tour of the Victoria Falls
Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Courtesy Bus Shuttle between Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and Victoria Falls Town/curio market

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