Year-Round Getaways

Compiled by Naomi Larkin INDIA HOUSE WHERE:  Bastiaanskloof Estate, Bainskloof Valley, Western Cape, WHY WE LOVE IT: Tucked away in the breathtaking Bainskloof mountain pass, India House is an elegant and luxurious self-catering guesthouse that sleeps six (cabins on the property allow for more guests). The two main bedrooms are spacious, private and open out onto small gardens, and the beautifully decorated en-suite bathrooms deserve special mention. A huge fireplace, underfloor heating and a large swimming pool make it the perfect weekend getaway – any time of the year. X-FACTOR: For foodies: a well-equipped kitchen with a superb coffee machine and veggie garden make it the perfect spot for Christmas in the mountains. SHEPHERD’S TREE GAME LODGE WHERE: Pilanesberg Game Reserve, 20km from Sun City, 0861-101-200, WHY WE LOVE IT: This lodge is a serious boon for Gautengers, as it’s located just a two-hour drive from Joburg or Pretoria, and offers spectacular Big Five game viewing in a malaria-free park. Morning and evening game drives are interspersed with fine dining at the gourmet restaurant. Facilities include a swimming pool with a gorgeous view, luxury suites and a chilled-out bar where you can watch game lazing around the waterhole. X-FACTOR: The prize-winning Amani Spa’s Kurhula Body Ritual is a sublimely relaxing option. FLY RIGHT Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) is set to win over more South African travellers with its latest accolade: the Skytrax World Airline Award for ‘Best Business Class Catering’. The annual award is presented following a survey of some 18 million air travellers from more than 100 countries, carried out by the UK-based Skytrax consultancy company. What makes it tops? Its superb culinary offering, along with outstanding service. ‘With our “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” in-flight catering concept for first and business class on intercontinental routes, and our “SWISS Traditions” product for business class in Europe, we strive to offer our guests an optimum culinary variety, originality and regional flair,’ says Frank Maier, head of product and services at SWISS. The carrier last year won ‘Best Airline Western Europe’ in the same awards. The airline flies daily from Joburg to Zurich, and from there to over 70 destinations in 38 countries.