Set high above the Sabie River valley with abundant emerald views lies an extraordinary Balinese-cum-Moroccan-styled romantic getaway inspired by Timimoun of the Sahara.
The Timamoon Lodge complex is a bushveld paradise with a difference that's pretty much faultless – and it should be for its hefty price tag.
The owners spent years travelling the world collecting unusual pieces for the arresting décor.
Ornate turquoise panels from India, hand-carved doors from Bali, silk sheets imported from London, an enormous mosaic two-person Turkish bath surrounded by carvings from Mozambique and Tanzania. Each of the villas also has its own private pool and an outdoor daybed perched on stilts overlooking the valley. It is perfectly dreamy.
It sounds a little over-the-top, but the décor is tasteful and the amber mud-coloured lodge near Hazyview is an inspiring space to retreat to and lives up to the origins of a small enchanting oasis visited by the lodge’s owners many years ago.
During the day you’ve got Kruger National Park just 40-minutes drive away, the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window nearby or an easy waterfall hike on the property.
Rates include a set three-course gourmet meal in heavenly settings. Salmon starters, succulent duck with cardamom infused mash and cranberry sauce followed by Irish coffee crème brûlée is served beside delicate fairy lights hung in the trees, countless candles and patterned lanterns.
It costs from R4200 per couple for dinner, bed and breakfast. The incredible food measures up to the surroundings making for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime stay and you can expect thoughtful details like the latest magazines, craft beer in the mini bar, bucket-loads of bath salts. Book here.