Top 5 romantic hidden gems for Valentine’s Day

by Tia

Kokstad and its surroundings, with its understated charisma, is a magical part of KwaZulu Natal, conveniently located just three hours from Durban and less than an hour from Port Shepstone along the South Coast. This beautiful region holds numerous discreet and undiscovered romantic spots, far away from the usual tourist routes.

Nestled amidst seemingly boundless indigenous forests, the region is an ideal destination for couples seeking a secluded escape, especially those in search of the perfect spot for a wedding proposal! 

Dean Gilder, ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest Kokstad’s General Manager, recommends these five off-the-beaten-path places for a more intimate and charming location for Valentine’s Day.

1. Mountain Currie Reserve, Kokstad:

Voted the top attraction on TripAdvisor in the area, head to Mountain Currie Reserve in Kokstad for a romantic and scenic setting. This nature reserve offers striking views of the surrounding landscapes and mountains. Take a hike to one of the panoramic viewpoints within the reserve, such as Mount Currie, and enjoy a romantic moment with the stunning Drakensberg Mountains in the background.

2. The Flitwick Ranch Deli

Explore The Flitwick Ranch Deli, located in the laid-back hills of the Southern Drakensberg.  This easy-going spot sits on a working ranch with a history dating back to the late 1800’s.  Surrounded by manicured gardens, calming water and rolling hills, it’s a relaxed settling to enjoy a picnic with treats from their impressive deli.

3. Lighthouse dreams

Venture a little bit further with a 45-minute drive from Kokstad to The Port Edward Lighthouse, gracing the stunning South Coast. Its towering presence against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean provides a dramatic scene with the rhythmic sounds of the crashing waves and panoramic views of the coastline.  Though no longer open to the public, the lighthouse, stands as a symbol of steadfastness and guidance, providing a metaphorical foundation for a love.

4. The La Vita Spa

Indulge your senses with spa treatmentsandmassages at the newly opened La Vita Spa. The spa specialises in top of the range beauty products and offers a range of treatments to ensure that you leave feeling rejuvenated.

5. Enchanting forest

The enchanting forest at ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest Kokstad is an extremely popular setting for romantic moments. The peaceful surroundings of the dam, surrounded by lush greenery, and towering trees, provides a peaceful backdrop for intimate moments. Couples can wrap up their perfect day in the cosy lounge by the fireplace. It’s a great spot to chill with a good book, play board games, and share a glass of wine. Simple, laid-back, and just right.

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