This weekend was magical. We stayed at the 5 star Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa in a luxury riverfront tent.

From the minute we arrived at Summerfields to the minute we left we felt so relaxed. Would I go back? In a heartbeat – in summer…and now you can read why.

A little bit of farm, a little bit of 5 star luxury

Summerfields is a working farm with Macadamias, Litchis, Granadillas – and roses.  Hidden at the far end of the farm is the retreat and spa.

Be a VIP

Arriving at the gate, your name will be on a list. Arriving at the retreat you get escourted to the reception – while your bags make their way to your room. 5 minutes later you have a booking at the restaurant for dinner and in your room that smell like roses.

Everyone is friendly and ask how your stay is or how your meal was. I know they are paid, but it is nice to be looked after sometimes you know.

What makes Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa one of the most romantic establishments?

Each luxury tent is secluded and connected to the rest with wooden walkways. Your room is filled with roses from the farm, Charlotte Rhys products, an outside shower and bath that overlooks the forest – and in our case, the river too.

When you fall into bed it is like a soft cloud that catches you. From here you have a view of the beautiful forest and hear the river pleasantly making its way towards the rest of the retreat.

The most romantic part of our stay was the sunset baths with a lit candle and rose scented bath salts. It does get a little chilly after sunset in winter 🙂

The decor in the room and bathroom is just gorgeous…

Orga(smic)nic dining

At Summerfields you will find not 1 but 3 restaurants. If ever you find yourself in the neighbourhood – make a plan to book for breakfst, lunch or dinner.

We had dinner at the main restaurant. All vegetables on our plates came from the gardens at Summerfields (so you know it is fresh).

I loved everything – except the Ostrich Tartare. I’m a fussy eater that barely eats meat – let alone raw meat hidden in a salad pile. Aikona.

We ordered the same starters and desserts. Our salad starters had the normal greens and things in, but had homemade ricotta and the most delicious pesto I have ever tasted.

Dessert was a pear butter, butternut ceignet and chocolate macadamia bar. It was so sweet, but I couldn’t stop eating.

My main meal was quail with pumpkin puree, roasted beetroot, quinoa and cinnamon jus.

Hubby had Karoo lamb, sweet potato and lavender puree (yummy) and onion brûlée.

Service at this restaurant is just amazing. You will only have 2 options per course every night, but… whatever they make, I’m sure it’ll be delicious.

Summerfields would be the perfect choice for:

  • romantic couples weekends (no kids allowed)
  • a place to propose
  • your honeymoon


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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