Gauteng, South Africa’s historically rich province that just keeps on giving. With a rich landscape that is dotted with, world class destinations, famous landmarks, a city of gold and explosive culinary experiences, it is no wonder it is becoming a popular holiday destination. Seeing as those of us that live in this wonderful province always tend to go elsewhere for the holiday’s, this summer why not get creative and adventurous by trying something new in our own backyard. Gatueng has so many amazing nooks and crannies, it makes for an epic summer staycation. Everything old, new, urban, eccentric, organic, traditional, contemporary, you name it, Gauteng has it. To help guide you through this unique maze, here is my Ultimate Gauteng Staycation Guide For The Summer:
Where to stay
Whether you are looking for something in the city or country, these two hotels are the perfect destinations where to lay your head and recharge while getting that much needed holiday pampering while you plot your daily takeovers 😛 :
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch – If you are more of a city slicker and looking for electric culture, art, architecture and gourmet food then this hotel is in the heart of a buzzing Melrose Arch precinct and just a few minutes away from some of Johannesburg’s most historical monuments, buildings and booming food and party scenes. The hotel offers luxurious classic black & white colour themed rooms, celebrity studded Friday night entertainment, delicious burgers (there is an amazing slider special for just R300, that gets you 9 sliders, 3 loaded fries and 3 draughts, now that’s a crazy deal!) and mouth water milkshakes (imagine a rainbow of flavour exploding your mouth :)). If you are a huge movie fan then you will also appreciate that every floor is decked out with classic images of some of the world’s best movie stars, adding that elegant flair to the hotel.
The staff are attentive, friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. When it comes to all the essentials we love like WiFi, a chilled pool and bar area, fitness centre and easy access to fine dining and shopping experiences, the Fire & Ice has it all. Always expect a good time when you stay here!
African Pride Irene Country Lodge & Spa – Now if you are a country mouse like me, then Irene Country Lodge & Spa is truly what countryside fairytales are made of. Tranquil views, sounds of chirping birds, bunnies roaming around and blissful sounds of the water fountains. The rooms are deliciously warm and cosy with a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Spend your days sipping on fine red wine on the terrace while taking in the views of the lake and Irene golf course. When you are ready for some pampering and reviving of the senses then the Camdeboo Day Spa is a definite must, sparkling pools, luxury treatments and intimate spaces designed to enhance your wellbeing. When heading to the spa just always remember to take a deep, breath, relax and get ready to be seriously pampered.
Once again when it comes to essentials you can expect nothing but world class service, epically fast WiFi, funky pool areas, fine dining restaurant, DStv, and 24-hour room service. Be prepared for a relaxed staycation.
Where to eat
For foodies who are a bit on the adventurous side then, Sushi Burrito & Co in the Melrose Arch precinct is one place to try out! Just imagine delicious sushi but now served as burritos (truly creative and something to marvel at), the mouthwatering bowls and bao are also worth a try.
If you are looking for a fine dining experience but in a creative and inspiring space then you should take a drive to Urbanologi at 1 Fox Precinct. The open kitchen, industrial interior, dramatic art all add to the excitement while waiting for the beautifully designed tapas made from farm to table.
Now if you happen to be around on Sunday’s then pop in for the delicious Sunday lunch that will give all of Grandma’s Sunday dishes a good run for their money at the African Pride Irene Country Lodge & Spa. The hearty dishes and decadent desserts are the perfect cheat day meals for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.
Where to play
Gauteng is the King of provinces when it comes to fun times and epic experiences. From cool city walks and cycles to swanky party scenes, street/contemporary art displays, and craft markets, you are bound to find a unique good time in every corner. For the nature loving and relaxed souls Living Room at the Maboneng precinct is a perfect rooftop jungle escape. Funky tunes over chilled cocktails or champagne while taking in the views of the city that never sleeps are what’s in order at this funky establishment.
For those looking to get in some fitness while enjoying the views of the city architecture, then a cycle tour through Johannesburg is the perfect way to do it. Book a afternoon tour at the Maboneng City Cyclists, explore the city and then make a stop at Hangout Jozi for craft gin cocktails, view some beautiful art and then shop around for unique craft items made by the locals.
For comedy lovers, why not book yourself a seat at the Friday Night comedy shows at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marrio,t Johannesburg, Melrose Arch.
There is plenty more awesomeness on offer in Gauteng but you must be willing to explore a little to find all the amazing hidden gems. This holiday why not go out, explore your city, live on the edge a little, eat well, enjoy expensive wine, be merry and create lasting memories. Take advantage of the amazing specials on offer this summer like getting 30% of your Jozi stay when you book 7 days in advance at any participating Protea Hotels by Marriot Gauteng. Once you have booked your hotel stay then get ready for a summer to remember! Sit back relax and let Gauteng take your breath away! You really don’t have to travel far to get world class experiences!