Road tripping with the girls can be a lot of fun! It’s a great way to connect with each other outside of our busy schedules - and what could be better than a full-on girl power weekend?
To celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa, we’ve rounded up three Ultimate Road Trip spa destinations to take with your girls… Think long drives, endless chatter, spa dates and wine pairings - all while you relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company.
Guys may have fishing trips and camping destinations listed as their number one “boys weekend” adventure, but girls have an abundance of out of town spas that can make for the perfect weekend road trip destination.
For girls in Gauteng
Harties is always a popular choice for mini road trips, but how about heading towards Pretoria to enjoy a little girl time?
Kievits Kroon is a great spot to mark as your Ultimate Journey destination, and it’s less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.
This Cape Dutch Country Estate is well known for its luxurious accommodation and beautiful gardens, while boasting a magnificent wellness spa and gourmet wine pairings.
When you book your accommodation – we suggest rooming up in either the traditional Zulu Rooms or the VIP Suites, which are completely detached units.
Once you’ve arrived following your short road trip, book one of the many treatments on offer at the Winelands Spa on the estate. The Thermae and Wet facilities are offered to all guests free of charge (between certain times), otherwise a small fee per guest is required should you not book a spa treatment, but still want to enjoy the use of the spa facilities.
Another draw card Kievits Kroon has on offer is its delectable Gourmet Dinner Menu that is served in the Granita Restaurant. This comprises of a six course-tasting menu, where each course has been paired with a selected wine.
Help Kievits Kroon increase its count by voting for it as your Ultimate Journey Destination. Click here to vote for Kievits Kroon.
For girls in Cape Town
Franschhoek is a perfect road trip destination all on its own. No wonder the pristine “old town” already has over 115 votes as a top destination on South Africa’s most epic road trip route. Click here to vote for Franschhoek if you love it too!
So much to do in this scenic gem, and a perfect spot to enjoy good friends, coupled with good food and great wine. Speaking of wine, the Franschhoek Wine Tram has been recommended on the Ultimate Journey website. Sample some of the best wines in South Africa without worrying about drinking and driving, simply hop-on and hop-off the tram.
Now add a magnificent hotel with spa venue as your final destination, and you’ve got the Ultimate Girls Road Trip down.
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa is mere 78.3 kilometers outside of Cape Town and offers a luxurious retreat nestled in the heart of the winelands.
The views are out of this world, with magnificent mountain vistas taking your breath away.
If you’re traveling with an all-girls entourage, Le Franschhoek’s Villas are a great choice for your accommodation. They offer 2 two-bedroom villas, 8 one-bedroom villas or 8 two-bedroom villas, so you can live it up in style!
Spend your second day in Franschoek for at Camelot Spa at Le Franschhoek. Enjoy body wraps that harness the healing power of the ocean, or how does a serene outdoor massage area sound for the ultimate relaxation?
If you’ve been to Le Fraschhoek Hotel and Spa and you think it should feature on the road trip route we’re creating, click here to vote!
For girls in Durban
A short escape to the marvelous Midlands and Drakensburg mountains are a hot favourite for many Durbanites. You and your gal pals can enjoy wandering through the many stops along the way, sampling various country style cuisine, checking out local arts and crafts and even picking up some delicious, home made cheese and jam for your trip back home.
If you’re into exploring the outdoors on horseback, the Midlands Meander Horse Trials was recommended as a fun road trip activity on the Ultimate Journey website.
A top Midlands destination is the relaxing Granny Mouse Country House & Spa. Only 119km outside of Durban, this country house is a “home away from home”. Think cozy thatch roof accommodation equipped with fireplaces to warm up in the Midlands Chill. You could also warm up in the hydro-bath or steam room at the Granny Mouse Spa; enjoy mani’s and pedi’s, facials and spa treatments, set in the lush Granny Mouse gardens.
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Remember to make sure you’re safe by ensuring your car is fit for the journey. Before embarking on a long journey, ensure that your car is roadworthy and take the time to conduct a few pre-trip car-checks. Click here for more information: You car’s happy road tripping check list.
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Everyone needs a spontaneous go-where-the-road-takes-you road trip at least once in their life – but for all those other road trips, a little planning could mean a lifetime of happy memories. Before hitting the road, it’s wise to do a little research, answer a few questions and create an itinerary.