Honeymoons

Garden Route

The following are regions in the Garden Route area:

HERMANUS REGION
Known as the heart of the whale coast, this coastal resort offers the best land based whale watching in the world. Whales visit Walker Bay from July until December every year. About 60 to 100 of these magnificent animals come here from Antarctica to calf. Often coming to within 5-10 meters of the coast. Hermanus also offers great beaches, mountain walks and the craft market is famous for its art. Hermanus also has many fine restaurants and is a wine lovers paradise with nearby wine farms offering wine tasting.

Hermanus boasts some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. Walker Bay has become the nursery and breeding ground of the Southern Right Whale, and can be seen as close as 10 metres from shore, breaching, sailing, spyhopping and lobtailing and playing with their babies.

KNYSNA REGION
The Garden Route, stretching along the Southern coast of Africa is an area of unspoiled beauty and majesty and quite unlike any other region in Africa.

With a temperate climate and mild, year round weather, the Garden Route has a relaxed tranquility which makes it unique. The coastline is at times rugged and rough with towering cliffs and turbulent seas, at times it is placid with gentle lagoons and golden white beaches, such as at Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Wilderness.

The Garden Route is ideal for exploring on a self drive vacation, driving either from Cape Town along the coast through Hermanus - the Whale capital of South Africa - or from the east at Port Elizabeth.

The traveller can also access the Garden Route by scheduled flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town to George or Plettenberg Bay.

The region has a number of magnificent hotels, golf estates and country lodges. This is an ideal area to relax in after a wildlife safari, or to include in a romantic getaway or honeymoon as well as being ideally suited to families.

PLETTENBERG BAY REGION
Plettenberg Bay boasts a glorious temperate climate all year round and offers one of the best climates in South Africa. Summers are pleasantly warm with comparatively low humidity, while winters are particularly mild, with year-round rainfall. Spring starts by mid September.

Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa's top holiday destinations. The attractive bay is home to two unbelievable beaches, that is Lookout Beach and Robberg Beach. Robberg beach is a true favourite with most visitors to the idyllic coastal town.

A highlight during spring is the arrival of Right whales which breed and calve in the sheltered waters. Lookout Beach offers the best vantage to view these amazing creatures and also offers impressive vistas of the surrounding Outeniqua Mountain range.

The sunsets at Plettenberg Bay are impressive and the ritual of the sundowner are way of life in this relaxed community.


Maldives

TAJ EXOTICA

7 NIGHTS
R24,647.00 per person - Economy class flights
R32,655.00 per person - Business class flights

INCLUDES:
• Economy flights from Johannesburg to Maldives (via Seychelles)
• Return airport transfers from the Airport to Hotel (by boat 20 minutes)
• Accommodation in a Lagoon Villa
• Dinner & breakfast daily

EXCLUDES:
• Lunch and drinks
• Airline Taxes

The Taj Exotica Resort was built using only natural organic materials found locally and provides a sense of being at one with nature. Overlooking a beautiful white sand beach on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives this island combines sophisticated comforts with a romantic ambiance in an idyllic, natural setting.

The upgraded deluxe beach villas give you the added luxury of your own private plunge pool and a beach front veranda complete with sun beds, allowing you to savour the magnificent scenery and surroundings. With a choice of restaurants, along with the option of arranging private sundeck dining in your villa, meal times become a delight.

Water sports are readily available from the water sports centre and if you don't want to get your feet wet there is a selection of land based activities open to you. and for that extra bit of pampering and personal well being visit the Mandarin Spa which offers a selection of treatments to rejuvenate and refresh you from aromatherapy to massage and mediation. For that romantic getaway and rustic enchantment, look no further than this island. Awarded Top Hotel in the World.


COCO PALM BEACH RESORT

7 NIGHTS
R29,678.00 per person - Economy class flights
R37,843.00 per person - Business class flights

INCLUDES:
• Economy flights from Johannesburg to Maldives (via Dubai)
• Return airport transfers from the Airport to Hotel (sea plane transfer 40 minutes)
• Accommodation in a Lagoon Villa
• Dinner & breakfast daily
• Airline Taxes

EXCLUDES:
• Lunch and drinks

Magical, intimate and an exclusive haven of serenity. The Coco Palm Resort & Spa is all this and more. Set on the private island of Dunikolhu in Baa Atoll Maldives, it is half an hour by sea plane from the airport. When you arrive, prepare to be enchanted. Acclaimed as the most beautiful of all islands in the region, the island is a sparkling gem. Caressed by sea breezes, it offers post card views of sandy white beaches fringed with swaying palms. A breathtaking lagoon astounds the eye while soothing the senses.

Built over lagoon at the extreme point of the island, twelve superbly fitted villas of 87 sqm with bedroom facing the ocean, sundeck and bathroom. A four poster king-size bed and its mosquito net matches authentic antiques and the warm wood tones of the walls, floor and ceilings. Unique ocean view bathroom offering a stunning outdoor atmosphere with large windows overlooking the lagoon and nearby islands all the comfort of a shower and a Jacuzzi bath to pamper you. The sundeck offering all privacy has its own splash pool and direct access into the lagoon.


Mauritius

BELLE MARE PLAGE HOTEL

7 NIGHTS
R12,138.00 per adult - Junior Suite

INCLUDES:
• Return economy flights from South Africa to Mauritius
• Return airport transfers from the Airport to Hotel
• Accommodation (as indicated)
• Dinner & breakfast daily

EXCLUDES:
• Lunch and drinks
• Airline Taxes

The Belle Mare Plage The Resort, situated along one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of the island, offer an extensive range of amenities. It is an ideal location for novice or professional golfers with its two 18-hole Championship Golf Courses, set in a 150-hectares private natural park.

The Belle Mare Plage Hotel consists of 235 rooms of different categories which has been designed to suit the needs of our distinguished guests.

Our Boat House offers a wide range of water sports activites and is located opposite to the Junior Suites directly on the beach.


LE PRINCE MAURICE

7 NIGHTS
R18,886.00 per adult - Junior Suite

INCLUDES:
• Return economy flights from South Africa to Mauritius
• Return airport transfers from the Airport to Hotel
• Accommodation (as indicated)
• Dinner & breakfast daily

EXCLUDES:
• Lunch and drinks • Airline Taxes

76 JUNIOR SUITES
70 m² surface area

In buildings of a maximum of 8 suites with thatch roof, 68 on either ground floor or first floor and 8 on stilts on a natural fish reserve. They comprise of one bedroom with a sitting area indoors and a terrace or balcony, one bathroom with double vanities, separate shower, wc and bath. Junior Suites with connecting corridors are available.


ONE&ONLY LE TOUESSROK HOTEL

7 NIGHTS
R15,940.00 per adult - Junior Suite

INCLUDES:
• Return economy flights from South Africa to Mauritius
• Return airport transfers from the Airport to Hotel
• Accommodation (as indicated)
• Dinner & breakfast daily

EXCLUDES:
• Lunch and drinks • Airline Taxes

Set on the island of Mauritius in the sparkling Indian Ocean, One&Only Le Touessrok is a pinnacle of tropical luxury and one of the most romantic places on earth.

The resort reopened in December, 2002, adding contemporary sophistication to its original Mediterranean village style. A wooden bridge links to Frangipani Island, where there are new suites. On Ile aux Cerfs there is a new restaurant and the new championship golf course, endorsed by Bernhard Langer, due to open September 2003. Ilot Mangénie, the resort's retreat island, is five minutes away by private boat.

The One&Only Le Touessrok is reborn after comprehensive rebuilding and restyling. Acutely sensual, with contemporary haut chic, it has new rooms and suites, new cuisines, new Givenchy Spa relaxations, and a new championship golf course.


Mozambique

MARLINS LODGE

CLASSIC CHALETS
R12,551.00 per adult x 2 - Including all meals
Total: R25,102.00

Mozambique quotations based on travel in October 2004:

INCLUDES:
• Flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos on a return basis
• Transfers from Vilanculos Airport to the properties
• 7 nights accommodation
• Water & land sports as per the hotel brochure
• Airline Taxes

Flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg still need to be added to the above cost.

Marlin Lodge is situated on Benguerua Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. This chain of islands – because of their exquisite beauty – have been named "Crown Jewels" of the Western Indian Ocean Marlin's elegant wooden structures are beautifully integrated into the environment. The wood-reed-and-thatch chalets, constructed on elevated stilts, offer an unspoiled view of the white beach and Archipelago Ocean.

All 21 en-suite chalets are sea facing with a private patio and walkway to the white sandy beach.
  These Chalets at Marlin are a unique blend of Luxury, romance but yet a more rustic combination. The classic chalets have undergone a soft re-furbishment and have all received the new linen, furniture and little extras. The Marlin Lodge Classic Chalets all have a roof fan and new mosquito netting ,with an en-suite bathroom. the roof is thatch and the walls are cladded with Mozambican reed, and are all west facing , towards the sunset. Each Chalet has its own balcony with deck chairs as well as direct access to the beach in front of the room.

Scale the highest dunes during a round-the-island tour, or grab a sun-umbrella and picnic basket for a day on a desert isle. The glassy shallows in front of the lodge are ideal for motorised water sports like water-skiing or parasailing. Or delve the deep... Two Mile Reef is a favourite among divers.   Here you'll find a protected pool known as the Aquarium, one of Southern Africa's finest snorkelling spots. The archipelago's world class dive sites offer the chance to see Mozambique's gentle giants: whale sharks and manta rays. Try your luck saltwater fly-fishing from beach or ski boat. Hook a kingfish or barracuda in Kingfish Alley or head out into deep Indian blue on an 11-metre T-craft to hunt for the lodge's namesake. When the trade winds start to lick the palms it's time to harness canvas to air.

Slip across translucent shallows on a sailboard or fly a hull on one of Marlin's catamarans. When the sky turns salmon, watch the sun sink over the mainland while ghosting along on a dhow sundowner cruise. The sibilant splash of the bow wave... creak of rigging... flutter of canvas as the sail catches the last of the day's breath.


INDIGO BAY ISLAND RESORT

STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM
R14,734.00 per adult x 2 - Including breakfast & dinner
Total: R29,470.00

Mozambique quotations based on travel in October 2004:

INCLUDES:
• Flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos on a return basis
• Transfers from Vilanculos Airport to the properties
• 7 nights accommodation
• Water & land sports as per the hotel brochure
• Airline Taxes

Flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg still need to be added to the above cost.

Indigo Bay is an exquisite island resort, situated on the idyllic and pristine Bazaruto Island. It offers visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday, as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago.   All chalets and main living areas at Indigo Bay Island Resort Hotel are constructed of natural materials like reed, thatch and wood to blend harmoniously with the perfect surroundings.

The luxury is understated, yet elegant and the emphasis is on making the most of the superb location on the golden shores of Bazaruto Island. Bazaruto Island is one of five principal islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which lies just 30km off the coast of Vilanculos in Inhambane Province. It is the largest of all the islands, approximately 37km long and up to 7km wide. The Bazaruto Archipelago's islands were formed when sand was deposited here hundreds of thousands of years ago by the waters of the Limpopo River. The river estuary has now been shifted through various tectonic forces several hundred kilometres to the south. During low tide many white sandy islands pop up, covered in shells. Only six hours later they will be ten metres underwater again. Legend has it that the Portuguese disposed of prisoners this way, by dropping them off on a beautiful deserted island.


Safari

Please select a Safari Area:

 The Garden Route
 Kruger National Park
 Madikwe
 Manyeleti
 Sabi Sands
heart Timbavati


Seychelles

LE RESERVE HOTEL

RATES
R23,517.00 per person

INCLUDES:
• Flights from Cape Town to Seychelles (via Johannesburg)
• Return airport transfers from the Airport to Hotel
• 10 nights accommodation in a Double Jacuzzi Water Villa
• All meals

EXCLUDES:
• Lunch and drinks
• Airline Taxes

La Reserve Hotel is privileged to dominate on of the most beautiful and private bays in the Seychelles. Jealously protected by reef, the shallow waters are ideal for snorkelling and exploring the hidden coves that lace the bay. A powdery white sand beach edges the lawn where the randomly scattered bungalows reside, some beach-front and some further back in well manicured gardens not far from the new swimming pool. The luxurious villas and suites are more spacious and enjoy a more elevated position on the rocks above sea level. Dining at La Reserve Hotel is always a delightful experience. The romantic and stunning Pier restaurant serves a delicious range of Creole, European and Chinese cuisine, enhanced by the soft lapping of waves below you and reflections on the sea from the flickering lights.

The colonial-style bar serves a traditional afternoon treat of tea, cakes and sandwiches and throughout the day a selection of tropical cocktails, champagnes and wines are available. Evening entertainment is carefully balanced, designed to enhance the subtle evening atmosphere and accompany the elegant ambience of this very special hotel. A complimentary “Sundown Cruise” to neighbouring islands is available to all La Reserve Hotel guests as well as afternoon tea and cakes.


Zanzibar

BREEZES BEACH CLUB

RATES
R10,233.00 per adult x 2 - standard room
Total: R20,466.00

Zanzibar quotations based on approximate rates:

INCLUDES:
• Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar (via Johannesburg & Dar-es-Salaam)
• Return airport transfers from Zanzibar Airport to Hotel
• 7 nights accommodation (as indicated)
• Dinner & Breakfast daily
• Water & land sports as per the hotel brochure

breezes

If you like all the comforts of a luxurious beach resort hotel with a few personal touches, Breezes Beach Club is an excellent choice. We think Breezes is one of the most romantic of the large resorts in terms of décor, service and style. It’s also ideally situated on the east coast, so endless white beaches; shady palm trees and a dazzling blue ocean lie in wait. You’ll find all the expected beach resort facilities to keep any hint of boredom at bay - dive centre, watersports equipment, fitness centre (with a gym, aerobics classes, African dance classes and massage rooms), themed dinners and even a floodlit tennis court. There’s a band playing most evenings. You can slip into that little black dress and boogie the night away at the disco or kick back and sample cocktails in one of two bars. Life is, after all, a breeze.

The atmosphere of the main lodge is romantic with flowing fabrics, draped from the makuti (palm-thatch) roof, fluttering in the balmy shore breezes. Hand-carved furniture, spice tables and antiques add a touch of Zanzibar charm. The hotel has recently been given an interior decorating facelift and is looking beautiful. The Eastern side of the island is influenced dramatically by the tide. At high tide you can plunge into the warm water and swim out from the top of the beach. At low tide the water recedes towards the distant, fringing reef, so you’ll need to walk out far in the shallows looking at the starfish and sea cucumbers (and minding you don’t step on a sea urchin). The gloriously large swimming pool is a welcome alternative for cooling off during low tide.

This family-owned hotel has been awarded a five-star grading and strives towards the philosophy of providing a home from home (if only home was this good). Families with children are catered for. Although this 70-roomed hotel is smaller than some, it can get pretty crowded over peak season. So if you’re desperate to escape the human race, best choose a more intimate and exclusive guesthouse setting during the busy months. If money is no object, the hotel’s next-door residence, The Palms, provides the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity.


BLUE BAY

RATES
R9,651.00 per adult x 2 - standard room
Total: R19,302.00

Zanzibar quotations based on approximate rates:

INCLUDES:
• Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar (via Johannesburg & Dar-es-Salaam)
• Return airport transfers from Zanzibar Airport to Hotel
• 7 nights accommodation (as indicated)
• Dinner & Breakfast daily
• Water & land sports as per the hotel brochure

Blue Bay

Bluebay is one of the newest and largest beach resorts on Zanzibar, able to accommodate more than 170 guests. Appropriately named, it’s set along a beautiful stretch of idyllic palm-fringed white beach with deep-blue sea in the Kiwengwa area on the northeast coast. Unfortunately, the beauty of this region has attracted several other big resorts and Bluebay is almost in the middle of them. If you’re a fan of luxury beach hotels, with all the bells and whistles, which could be located in any tropical setting this won’t faze you one bit. But, for the adventurous traveller,there are wilder, more remote lodgings to choose from on Zanzibar which are more in tune with local village life.

That being said, the hotel itself is fantastic. Run and owned by Kenyan hoteliers (known for their professionalism) this is a slick and efficient hotel. The kind of place where everything runs as it should. You’ll find all the usual facilities and activities, including a state-of-the-art watersports centre, high-tech PADI-affiliated scuba centre, fitness centre, kiddies club, tennis court and disco. It’s also an ideal place to access some of Zanzibar’s best diving sites around the magnificent Mnemba Atoll. There’s also good snorkelling for non-divers.

This side of the island is greatly influenced by the tide. We found a pleasant sandy strip at the top of the beach where we sunbathed and plunged straight into the water. At high tide you can swim far out in the safety of the coral reef. However, at low tide we found the water receded dramatically, leaving only shallow water in which to wade. No problem, the sparkling swimming pool is only a few paces away. There’s a pleasant patch of lawn under the palm trees with sun lounges.

The makuti-thatch bungalows are set on a slope some distance from the beach and main lodge area. They’re well appointed with all the necessities you’d expect from a top beach hotel. The service is outstandingly polished and, in true Swahili character, warm and friendly. The hotel has 176 staff which equals one staff member for every hotel bed.