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Idyllic Retreats

Compiled by Naomi Larkin BUSHMAN’S KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE & WELLNESS RETREAT WHERE:  R364 to Lamberts Bay/Clanwilliam, 021-437-9278 (reservations), 027-482-8200 (lodge), WHY WE LOVE IT:  There is so much to see and do at this five-star, Relais & Chateaux lodge in the foothills of the Cederberg mountains, but in such an idyllic retreat, you may just want to relax in one of the 16 luxurious suites, or wind down at the spa. Chef Floris Smith uses produce from his organic garden to create the delicious cuisine on offer, and nature walks allow guests to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. X-FACTOR:  The South African Natural Heritage Site is home to over 130 sites of Bushman rock art that guests can visit. AUGUSTA DE MIST WHERE: 3 Human St, Swellendam, 028-514-2425, WHY WE LOVE IT:  Tucked away in the historic Drostdy Quarter of Swellendam, this attractive bed and breakfast is a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. The rooms are all equally luxurious, and the beautifully maintained gardens offer pretty walkways and private recesses, perfect for whiling away the afternoon with a book. X-FACTOR:  Augusta’s African Kitchen features dishes with a pan-African influence. Put in a request to try co-owner Michael Metford-Platt’s home-preserved olives. SPA OF THE MONTH The popular Urban Beauty Anti-Aging Spa in Cape Town has had its own makeover. It’s been refurbished with a more intimate, ‘homely’ feel. The walls are painted in soft, pale cream and white and the interiors are uncluttered – resulting in a ‘Zen’ ambience that is relaxing and calming. The signature facial using QMS Medicosmetics is worth forking out for. Alternatively spend some time in the steam room before enjoying a massage from the broad range on offer. This article was originally featured in the November 2012 issue of House and Leisure.