We get so caught up in our professional lives and city traffic that we rarely set aside time to just appreciate each other, or to simply be. Come weekend, a long drive to the countryside or coast leaves little energy for closeness. Sometimes we just need a place that’s near enough to be able to decide on a whim, “Honey, let’s hit the road!”

This is why TravelGround handpicked 13 great places to stay in and around Gauteng where the two of you can have a private Jacuzzi all to yourselves. So toss a few necessities in a day bag and head to one of these romantic retreats!

Safari House ─ Dinokeng

The Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve is just a stone’s throw from Pretoria, yet totally immerses you in the bush where you’ll hear the jackals howl at night. Here you’ll find Safari House, an amazing 6 sleeper villa with magnificent views of the Boekenhoutskloof Valley. The main bedroom has its own Jacuzzi.

Stornoway Lodge ─ Lanseria

Stornoway Lodge’s unique accommodation options range from a farmhouse and tents to luxury suites ─ you can even sleep in renovated silos. No less than four units have their own Jacuzzis. It has a tranquil location next to a dam with canoes at your disposal, yet only five minutes from Lanseria Airport.

Isiphiwo Boutique Hotel and Spa ─ Pretoria

This boutique hotel boasts quite a handful of fantastic features  it’s eco-friendly using solar power and growing its own vegetables; it’s a fabulous wedding venue with two charming chapels; and they offer unique outdoor spa treatments along with fruit platters and champagne. If you’d like your own Jacuzzi, you can book either the Villa or Honeymoon Suite.

Forum Homini Boutique Hotel ─ Cradle of Humankind

The 5-star acclaimed Forum Homini Boutique Hotel is on a private game estate in the archaeologically treasured area known as the Cradle of Humankind, less than an hour’s drive from both Pretoria and Johannesburg. The fascinating history of mankind is incorporated into the interior of these cave-like units, two of which boast their own Jacuzzis.

Amadwala Lodge ─ Roodepoort

Amadwala Lodge is located on 5.5 hectares of bush in Roodepoort. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay in their Pool Chalet with its own private deck, splash pool, secluded garden with waterfall and pond, and of course, the Jacuzzi in the bathroom. The only time you’ll want to leave the unit would be to dine at their African fusion-style restaurant!

Villa Simonne ─ Houghton, Johannesburg

This Art Deco boutique hotel in the sought after Johannesburg suburb of Houghton offers everything in terms of wellness treatment. Apart from the expected massage therapists and beauticians, their team of professionals also include dietitians and even psychologists to ensure that you’ll be properly taken care of during your stay. To top it off, two of their suites have private Jacuzzis.

The Residence ─ Houghton, Johannesburg

The upmarket The Residence, a 5-star hotel which is also in Houghton, offers a tennis court and luxury suites with underfloor heating and Nespresso machines. Four of these units have private Jacuzzis. The Pool Villa even has its own heated plunge pool!

Map’s View Guesthouse ─ Glenvista, Johannesburg

You’ll feel so close to nature at this 4 sleeper self-catering house with its panoramic views of the Kliprivierberg Nature Reserve that you’ll hardly know you’re in Johannesburg. The Jacuzzi and pool make Map’s View Guesthouse an ideal retreat for any time of year.

La Dolce Vita Guest House ─ Hartbeespoort Dam

Hartbeespoort Dam has become a popular destination for Gauteng residents who need a respite from the city rush. If the two of you are longing for a quick romantic breakaway, La Dolce Vita Guest House will suit you perfectly  sunset cruises on the dam, relaxing spa treatments, and your own Jacuzzi overlooking the dam. Kick it up a notch and book a private romantic dinner aside from the main dining area with soft lighting and classical music.

Cocomo Guest House, Spa and Conference Centre ─ Hartbeespoort Dam

Young Gauteng slickers rarely have the luxury of time on their hands to undertake the six plus hour drive to the nearest beach. Luckily Cocomo Guest House, Spa and Conference Centre, with its tropical island theme, is there to fill the niche. Their courtyard even has sea sand and a Tiki Beach Bar. Other features include a Caribbean shaped heated swimming pool, a spa and private Jacuzzis in four of their suites. Have a look at their romantic getaway packages if you’re looking to celebrate that special occasion.

Thuladu ─ Bela-Bela

Another popular breakaway destination is the hot springs resort town Bela-Bela about two hours from the metropole. Thuladu, a designer home in Mbizi Game Lodge, combines access to the lodge’s luxury facilities with the opportunity to be steeped in the magic of the Bushveld among birds and animals. Time spent in the outdoor Jacuzzi and Bushveld boma will ensure everlasting memories. Take note that you might need a high clearance vehicle to reach the house.

Jamila Game Lodge ─ Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

The Welgevonden Reserve is situated in the enchanting wilderness of the Waterberg in Limpopo, about three hours from Gauteng. These lodges cater for those who don’t mind extravagance. The chalets at Jamila Game Lodge do not disappoint  each has its own outdoor shower, private deck and Jacuzzi. All meals are included and served in the boma, on the deck, or in lamplight along the gently illuminated waterhole.

Sediba Private Game Lodge ─ Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

This full board lodge boasts spectacular suites where you’ll have a range of facilities all to yourself  a lounge with a fireplace, a viewing deck and a Jacuzzi. Sounds like a great spot to pop the question, don’t you think?

Let these Jacuzzis be a source of inspiration for you to chuck all the planning, schedules and obligations out the door for a weekend and go wherever the wind blows you!

Feature image: Jamila Game Lodge (TravelGround)