Holiday Stay Specials From Around The Country…

Yes – believe it or not, it IS time to plan where to go for your Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve celebrations!  And where better than at a first-rate hotel that pulls out all the stops?

To make your planning a breeze,  here are some fabulous special offers for both day visitors and overnight guests, from  a few top hotels  around the country – in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa’s beautiful lush ‘Garden Province’, The Cape, arguably one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions and in Mpumalanga, the ‘Place of the Rising Sun’.  Take time out to indulge in a Christmas Day Lunch at an idyllic country getaway in the Midlands, a nature lover’s paradise in the Cape or a peaceful countryside boutique hotel that offers country cuisine and fly- fishing, or both Christmas Day Lunch and New Year’s Eve Dinner at the only original Art Deco hotel in South Africa, a world-leading luxury destination atop a hill, or at a funky boutique hotel housed in an old power station.

In the Garden Province – Kwazulu Natal

                Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the 4-star Brahman Hills Hotel, Cottages & Spa in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Known for its spectacular views and superb venues, and as the destination of choice for idyllic country escapes, conferences and weddings, it is also the best destination if you want to enjoy a stress-free Christmas Day Lunch… buffet – style.  A welcome drink on arrival, a buffet table ladened with a mouthwatering selection of cold dishes from the Cold Buffet; and from the Hot buffet, on the Carvery – a choice between Roast Turkey with cranberry sauce or Roast gammon with home-made apple sauce –  and then, the  decadently delightful array of desserts, including dark chocolate mousse, Pecan nut pie and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing; a photo booth to capture those memorable moments, live music and  in the  play area a Jumping Castle for the kids. The Christmas buffet is only available on Christmas Day from 12:00 to 15:30. R525 for adults and R265 for kids u/12 years (kids 6 years and under – no charge) – all prices exclude drinks. And there’s more – there is a 20% discount on accommodation for the nights of 24 and 25 December. Bookings are essential – 033 266 6965 or 082 259 8939,


In the Cape, one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions 

                                The Cape Country Routes’ luxurious 4-star Arniston Spa Hotel is internationally known as one of the world’s great getaways – a leisurely two-hour drive from Cape Town it’s where you can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy excellent cuisine.  Celebrate the end of 2019 with the popular Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch buffet, and the start of 2020 with the New Year’s Eve dinner and party – there’s a DJ, parties in both restaurants, AND a spectacular fireworks display that fires off at midnight. Christmas Eve Dinner: two- course plated – R195 per person; Christmas Day Lunch Buffet – R450 per adult (R250 u/12) and New Year’s Eve Party: a five-course set menu – R595 per adult (R250 u/12). Bookings are essential.

                                A member of Cape Country Routes De Hoop Collection in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape – one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems – offers not only world-class whale-watching, luxury accommodation options designed to suit all budgets, outdoor activities galore, but also amazing food. Its Christmas Day three-course lunch menu – with deboned Turkey and cranberry sauce and glazed gammon and a traditional Christmas pud for dessert – will satisfy the most discerning palates! From 12 noon for day visitors and overnight guests at R285 per person and children u/12 half price – bookings are essential.

                                Nestled between the Langeberg mountain ranges of the Western Cape and within a comfortable driving distance from Cape Town  is  the charming 4-star Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu. You’ll be transported to a 1920s era of elegance in this original Art Deco hotel – the only one in the country. It offers comfortable accommodation, excellent facilities, and warm hospitality and is gearing up for and two end-of the-year celebrations – on Christmas Day – 25 December its crackling good Christmas Buffet Lunch at R395 per person, and its New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance at R395 per person. At this hallmark Cape Country Routes property you are guaranteed a Christmas and a New Year’s celebration with a difference! Bookings are essential – contact

                                And at Cape Summer Villas’ Sky Villa Boutique Hotel, a world-leading luxury destination perched atop a hilltop overlooking the entire Plettenberg Bay, the fun kicks off with its Christmas buffet style Lunch with Christmas crackers included – R650 per person (kids from 6 to 11 half price/under 5 yrs – no charge) Then – Get ready to Party!  New Year’s at Sky Villa – always the most lavish and entertaining party in Plett – R750 per person includes a welcome drink and canapés, free flowing party food during the evening and, just before midnight you can count down the last seconds of 2019 with the ‘ring in the new year’ toast. Guaranteed to be the most fun and flamboyant way to spend your last night of 2019 – Don’t miss it!  Reservations: 087 550 2967,

                                The 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa, the eclectic boutique hotel in Knysna in Thesen Island is preparing to steam up things for your Christmas and New Year! Celebrate with your family and friends at the  Island Café on 24 December for Christmas Eve Dinner from 19:30 to 22:00 – R295 per person (children u/12 R145), and on 25 December for the Christmas Day three-course Lunch with live music by KeeZee from 12:30 to 16:00 at  R425 per person (children u/12 R200) and/or the Christmas Day Dinner – harvest table and hot buffet and a delectable dessert table – from 19:30 to 22:00  at only R295 per person (children u/12 R145). Celebrate the end of 2019 on 31 December informally at the Gastro Pub’s New Year’s Eve Braai from 18:30 to 21:30 at R295 per person (children u/12 R145) OR ring in the New Year in style at the Champagne Fête New Year’s Eve Dinner Party – with a touch of glitter, glamour, bubbles, dinner, live music and a gift – from 20h00 at the Island Café.  Happy New Year! Booking is essential – 044 302 5746,


…and in Mpumalanga – the Place of the Rising Sun

                                The 5-star Walkersons Hotel & Spa, set in the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga highlands just beyond the picturesque hamlet of Dullstroom, with its endless vistas, well stocked trout dams, private hotel rooms and self-catering family and luxury cottages and spa is renowned for its stylish country charm. And it is the perfect place to relax and unwind and to indulge in a superb Christmas Day luncheon – the delicious three- course set Christmas Day lunch menu, with various choices – R390 per person and R125 for children under 16 (with accompanying adults) is from 12.30 to 15.30. Booking is essential – 013 253 7000,

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