15 Retreats in South Africa Creatives Will Love
If you fancy yourself as a creative person, in any of the many forms it manifests (graphics designer, painter, writer, costume maker, et al.), then burning out and struggling for inspiration isn’t something new to you. Life is often described as art and it is only through changing your perspective that you will find inspiration hiding in plain sight everywhere you look. So what better way to rediscover your hidden muse then by travelling and immersing yourself in a gorgeous weekend retreat?
Serenity Retreat is a little self-catering gem in the lush Storms River Village. It offers cosy rooms, companionship in the form of two little Staffie dogs, and there are plenty of area activities to choose from, like horse riding, hiking, and bungee jumping off of the Storms River Bridge.
De Lusthof Guest Farm is surrounded by fresh water springs, mountains, and country paths often used by ambling sheep. The beautiful, rustic sandstone built cottage is equipped for six guests at a time and provides a cosy kitchen, lounge, and rooms that vary from twin and double rooms, to bunk beds.
De Zoet Rust is an estate set in Centurion. It will provide you with an arty mansion stay and you are invited to roam the gorgeous hectare estate and enjoy the oriental-styled pavilion, lush grounds, and swimming pool. With an on-site wine cellar, meals available by arrangement, and plenty of unique touches, your creative side will flair back to life after spending a night in one of the Bali-styled bedrooms.
Netcoral guest house is a perfect stay over for those after sun, sea, and sand to enliven them again, with a prime perch overlooking the ocean. The fresh sea air will bring back clarity and the roar of the ocean at night will call to your primal instincts and invite you to tap back into your creative well.
Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a fantastic country haven coupled with sincere, warm service. Encircled by mountains, indigenous plants, and scenery that will take your breath away, the outdoors practically begs to be explored while you’re here.
Millgate Cottage is a beautiful little gem, set amid lush gardens with colourful flowers in summer, and plenty of snow and ice in winter. The self-catering units are well equipped, and the labyrinth is a great walk to clear your mind as you follow the ancient pathway which is reputed to rejuvenate your soul and mind.
Amukela Game Lodge, in Hoedspruit, invites you to tap into your wild side as you enjoy animal sightings from the viewing deck. The rustic rondavels provide perfect acoustics to hear the wildlife roaming well into the night, and common animals sighted include giraffe, buffalo, elephants, and kudu.
Acra-Retreat Mountain View Lodge, is a place where you can become one with nature during your stay. Drink in the lush green views, enjoy the birdlife, relax in luxurious rooms, or let your inner child out by bouncing on the outdoor trampoline. Gather inspiration by experiencing a day trip to attractions like Adams Calendar and the Blyde River Canyon.
The Guesthouse Manor in De Aar offers 4-star luxury with plenty of romantic and special touches including rooms which boarder on Victorian styles, with oriental influences shown in the rich red and black décor hues. If you book a stay in the cooler months, ensure you pick one of the rooms with a fireplace! The Karoo landscape beyond your door showcases ancient weathered scenery, complete with vivid sunsets and gnarled trees.
Orange Apple Guest Lodge offers country-styled accommodation on the outskirts of Upington. Here, you can unwind in the luxury room provided, enjoy the eclectic collection of décor, or take a walk to the nearby river. Quad biking, fishing, a golf course, and nearby wine cellar are recommended entertainments which will help bring out your playful side.
Kassaboera Lodge, set along the Hartbeespoort Waterfront, offers rich luxury in their double, single, and honeymoon rooms, which all have views of the indigenous garden and the Hartbeespoort dam. The rich birdlife makes it a treat for those who love sweet songs in the mornings, and the hearty breakfasts served will keep you full until lunch. Take a drive to the Cradle of Humankind to learn more about our ancient ancestors, or take to the dam and enjoy the numerous water sports offered.
Ravenna Mountain Retreat in Montagu is a place I can fully endorse, since I’ve visited them quite recently with my husband. With an icy spring-fed swimming pool, cosy cottages surrounded by the bushveld, friendly pets, and amazing stars at night, you’ll definitely fall in love with the tranquil environment, as you clear your head and spend some well-deserved time away from technology.
Reading House in Newlands is a perfect soul soother and being an 1896 heritage house, it’s certain to delight those with a love of period pieces. Surrounded by large trees and green lawns, you’ll get an exclusive feel while still remaining close to civilization. Their reading room, shown above, is fantastic to explore and lounge in.
Le Petit Karoo Ranch is just what the doctor ordered if you’re lacking any kind of lavish fun in your life. From windows which allow panoramic views of the endless horizon and green landscape, to a large bathtub you can soak your cares away in, you’ll definitely find a stay here one to remember.
Acorn Guest House has you covered if you’re after a warm, friendly stay. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi and DStv as entertainment, complimentary sherry, electric blankets and wall heaters to ward off the cold, as well as gorgeous rooms that invite you to relax. Several restaurants are within walking distance if you’re hoping to tantalize your taste buds.
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