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 the lodge is only five minutes from Lanseria Airport.

Windsong Living – Heuningklip

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Book a spectacular stay in a lush, green environment at the foot of a mountain and forget all about your office worries. Windsong Living is ideal for a small group of friends and your pets are welcome too! When you’re not chilling in the Jacuzzi or having some laughs around the fire, you can visit the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden and the Cradle of Humankind which is located close by.

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.

Starry Night Farm – Bronkhorstspruit

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Shake off the year’s stress in the scenic hills and valleys of the Wilge River at this well-equipped house that can accommodate ten guests. Take some stunning photos at the 1.2-metre rock pool with a waterfall and colour-changing lights, spend lazy afternoons on the hammock and end the day off by snuggling up in front of the wood-burning fireplace.

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.

Graceland Conference and Lifestyle Centre – Pretoria

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From Johannesburg, it will take you less than an hour to reach this oasis where you can finally let your hair down and put your feet up. Book one of the luxury rooms and enjoy 10.9 hectares of lush gardens and pamper yourself and your loved ones with the beauty and health therapies available. Unwinding in the Jacuzzi, swimming some laps in the Olympic-size swimming pool and simply indulging in the cuisine served at the on-site restaurant will make this a rejuvenating weekend escape.

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.

Aloe Rock Cabin – Rustenburg

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On this game farm just forty kilometres from Rustenburg, lies your opportunity to enjoy a private and peaceful stay in an enchanting stone cabin located on a eighty-metre high cliff. Immerse yourself in nature in the rock pool, Jacuzzi, or the outdoor shower to ensure the city’s stress is yesterday’s worries. Game drives are available upon request!

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: Sediba Private Game Lodge (TravelGround)