The Westcliff Hotel is a popular destination for couples | Courtesy of Ken Seet/Four Seasons
Johannesburg has loads on offer for those after a romantic getaway, and you don’t even have to leave the city. From luxurious boutique hotels to spa stays and guesthouses offering complete privacy, we guarantee that these spots will impress your significant other to no end.
The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff boasts an incredible 117 luxury rooms and suites and is designed in such a way as to reflect a village, with fountains and courtyards scattered all over. Set on a hilltop, the panoramic views over Johannesburg are unmatched and add to the romantic atmosphere already so evident at the hotel. The spa is world-class and the ultimate treat for a couple’s break. Meals and drinks are served in five different restaurants, bars and lounges, just take your pick and enjoy the locally inspired cuisine.
Kleine Constantia Boutique Hotel in Weltevredenpark is a Cape Dutch style building with beautiful gardens and a countryside feel. From the indoor heated pool to the braai area, every facility adds to your stay. The four en suite rooms are all equipped with full television services, WiFi, gowns, slippers and toiletries, making it the ultimate retreat.
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa is the place to go if you’re after relaxation. Situated in Sandton, the onsite Balinese-style spa is set in a bamboo forest garden, creating a peaceful cocoon with city sounds well out of earshot. The suites all differ in style but each is as beautiful as the next. Whether you prefer décor with an Eastern influence or a French Provençal feel, there’s something to suit all tastes.
The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, each with a different theme | Courtesy of The Forum Company
The Forum Company is known for their impressive venues, delicious food and five star service, and The Quarters at White Light in Lanseria is no different. The small (but spacious) guest house is a short stroll from the White Light wedding venue and has five en suite bedrooms, each with its own door leading to the gardens. There’s no kitchen in the house but breakfast is included and there are coffee facilities and a mini bar. Step outside to the massive sunken boma, perfect for late night marshmallows around the fire. This is the perfect luxury couples retreat!
Morrells Boutique Estate in Northcliff is a quaint escape from the busy city of Johannesburg. Accommodation is decorated in a French Provençal style, with vintage pieces dotted throughout, adding to the romantic feel. The rose-filled garden is ideal for soaking up some sunshine while the old-world dining room transports guests back in time while listening to French music.
Only a short drive from Sandton City, AtholPlace Hotel and Villa is the ultimate home away from home. The boutique hotel is decorated in a stylish mix of eclectic and classic pieces and all nine suites ensure absolute comfort. The lush gardens surround a swimming pool lined with sun loungers, and is where guests spend much of their time during summer months.
This five-star hotel is an amalgamation of Johannesburg’s diverse cultures all in one spot. The eclectic décor is reminiscent of a bygone era and the impressive library is a book-lover’s dream come true. Take a dip in the large swimming pool to cool off during balmy summer days and sip on gourmet cocktails at the bar.
Situated in the bustling neighbourhood of Rosebank, Monarch Hotel is close to many shopping centres, restaurants and local transport options, making sightseeing and getting around a breeze. The 12 rooms and suites on offer all include top class facilities. Although situated in such a busy area, you’ll be surprised at just how tranquil the environment is, giving you the best of both worlds; peace and quite when you need it, but the city on your doorstep.
The Peech Boutique Hotel in Melrose has 16 beautifully decorated rooms, each with an African touch. Fresh flowers welcome guests into their suites and the immaculate gardens offer an escape from the city. All rooms include WiFi and a flat screen TV, so lounging around for hours on end is definitely an option.
The View Boutique Hotel, named after its breathtaking vistas over the city, is a five-star mansion you’ll never want to leave. In summer months live orchestral music is played in the manicured gardens while the alfresco restaurant overlooks Johannesburg. The hotel boasts six suites, each equally glamorous, and an onsite spa offering massages and manis and pedis. There’s also a high tea, an amazing breakfast spread and fine dining in the evenings.