L is for the lovely views you get to see.

O is for the one on one time you get to have.

V is for the variety of things to do.

E is for the extraordinary relationship you have to keep building.

L.O.V.E is all we feel for Cupid’s month of February (my birth month *wink, wink*), and what a great way to spoil your partner than with a romantic getaway in the Midlands. I have looked through the heart of the Midlands to find the best for every couple, from luxury and spa relaxation to rustic romantic and horseback riding.


Lovely Fordoun

Once, an old dairy farm, complete with milking sheds, a grain silo, and a plethora of old stone buildings, was transformed into the renowned Fordoun Hotel and Spa, an oasis of pampering for the mind-body, and soul.

Located near Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, it ensures spectacular views across rolling hills and pastured valleys towards the distant Drakensberg Mountains, where you can spend your time together with a lovely curated picnic by Fordoun on their beautiful grounds overlooking the view. Who wouldn’t want a romantic picnic, or to simply relax at the spa?

It is a place to love and relax, especially with their month of love special, an overnight spa package. The  Amoré package is a romantic evening for two lovebirds indulging in pampering sessions and the enjoyment of delicious food! It includes; one-night accommodation including breakfast, three-course dinner, Royal Zulu Bath, Ndlovu Deep Tissue Massage, Phumuza iKhanda Massage (head massage) and a Romantic Turndown.

Spoil your loved one and pamper not only your body but your love for each other at Fordoun.



One-on-one at Stormy Hill Horse Trails

Just like country love and beautiful horses, you get to enjoy the incredible scenery of rolling hills and explore the countryside and forestry on horseback with your loved one at Stormy Hill horse trails.

They offer horse trails, self-catering accommodation and horsey holidays, perfect for a romantic day out or getaway. Stormy Hill horse trails only take one group out riding at a time, so the ride is exclusively yours. The owner accompanies you personally as a guide, and the ride is tailor-made to suit the guests’ abilities and enjoyment. All the horses are friendly, and each has its own personality, which is taken into account when matching horse to rider.

Savour the moments by getting some photos taken along the ride for you to enjoy afterwards.


Valuable Moments at Brookdale

 Escape with your loved one and retreat where calmness is restored, and revive the natural balance in your life.

Situated in the village of Nottingham Road in the heart of the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Discover a haven of relaxation bordered by lush forest and farmland, with the soothing sounds of a meandering stream and beautiful gardens of herbs and flowers. At Brookdale Health Hydro deep relaxation is at the core of de-stressing, and their qualified consultants present a range of pampering treatments focused on restoration in body, mind and soul. Choose from various packages ranging from two to six nights, or indulge in a treatment at their Day Spa. Book a stay in one of their en-suite accommodations that are bordered by gardens in a tranquil environment to value your romantic time with your partner truly.


Every Child’s Dream

This one is for all my ‘still a child at heart’ couples. It is your time to rediscover your childhood, shed your earthly cares and responsibilities and nest with the birds in one of these six unique, artistically designed Tree Houses at the amazing Sycamore Avenue Treehouses. The treehouses inspire dreams, represent freedom from adulthood, duties and responsibilities from an earthbound perspective. Offering Spa-baths, cosy fireplaces, beautiful views of the Drakensburg Mountains, Private balconies and en-suite bathrooms. Dinner and breakfast are included. On clear nights they offer a Sky Tour of the heavens on request. Truly experience your childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse this romantic month, and share it all with your loved one.


Words by: Kai Coates