Where the heart is… Sometimes the best vacation is a staycation!

Where the heart is… Sometimes the best vacation is a staycation!

Booking flights? Hiring cars? Exchanging currency? How about no? Hello Joburgers, this month we’d rather opt for a staycation just a short drive from the city of gold. You can still experience the finest culinary cuisine and luxurious pampering, except it’s right on your doorstep….

A country escape at Mount Grace Country House & Spa

60 minutes from the city

The splendours of the Magaliesburg landscape will amaze local and international visitors. Showcasing the surrounding natural wonder are their villa accommodation options, where you can stretch out and relax to the max. You’ll also have access to your own private plunge pool!

Try this: It’s a sin to leave here and not visit their world-renowned spa. Known and admired by all who visit, this is the cherry on top. Book a full body massage and scalp massage, and then enjoy the spas other offerings.

Indulge in the Hydrotherapy spa garden – outdoor heated Jacuzzi, liquid sound flotation pool, waterfall and rock pool, reflexology walkway and hydrotherapy pools. This timeless hospitality and soothing spa experience is priceless.

Also: Don’t forget to enjoy a lazy luncheon from the delicious café style menu.

A: Old Rustenburg Road, Magaliesburg

T: 014 577 5600

W: www.marriott.com

A traveler’s favorite, the Orient Hotel

45 Minutes from the city

Located inside the majestic Francolin Conservation Area, you might not believe that you are in the core of Pretoria. This location provides all the comforts of a 5-star hotel and so much more. The boutique hotel is encapsulated amongst trees, spring blossoms and evergreen shrubs, and all nine exclusive suites blend beautifully with their contemporary, colonial and Moorish décor and design.

It’s like stepping into a time machine, only with all the extra-added amenities.

One word best describes the scene and that is romantic. Its romance lies in the sequestered location and connection with nature. Emulating the all-encompassing feeling, it celebrates love, connection, relaxation and the finer things in life.

Try this: Visit Mosaic restaurant and book a Cosmorganic menu adventure. Then await the magic carpet ride that Chef Chantel Dartnall so effortlessly navigates. Order the Grande Degustation with wine pairing and prepared to be swept off your feet.

It’s an all-star lineup, beginning with the ‘Song of the Sea’ (salmon, Kombucha and Yuzu) and ending off with the belle of the ball ‘The Gift of Quetzalcoatl’ (chocolate heaven). From the delicate velvety textures of the salmon, to the local and European cheese selection, to the grand finale; the gift of love, the extra bitter blend of dark chocolate.

Also visit the Tienie Pritchard Museum on site. This is a rare privilege to view the unique pieces by sculptor Tienie Pritchard.

A: Francolin Conservation Area, Crocodile River Valley, Elandsfontein, Pretoria

T: 012 371 2902

W: www.the-orient.net

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Bianca Spinner

Lifestyle Editor at SpinnerCom Media
Bianca Spinner is the Lifestyle Editor at Hello Joburg Magazine. Bianca is taking strides as in independent woman in the workforce and combined with her deep seated passion and love for her community, she is sure to increase her insatiable appetite for success. She lives by the motto “ have courage and be kind".
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