If you are itching for an amazing girl’s getaway destination that is not too far from Johannesburg, you should consider Brahman Hills. Earlier this month I went on a much-needed, three-day girl’s getaway in the Midlands, KZN, with 6 media ladies.
We had a fantastic time. The amazing thing is that we started out as strangers but by the end of the weekend it was like we had been girlfriends for years. I think it is safe to say that we are in agreement that it was indeed an epic girl’s trips. Thanks to Brahman Hills ( and our hostess Theresa Gibbon) who made sure were spoilt rotten.
Situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in the foothills of the Drakensburg Mountains, Brahman Hills is only 3 hours drive from Johannesburg. It is perfect for a road-trip.
The hotel is nestled in the rolling hills of the 1000 hectare Blue Crane Nature Reserve, where herds Brahman cows and wildlife roam freeadding a relaxing touch to a luxurious weekend.
Here are my suggestions for how to have a perfect girl’s getaway in Brahman Hill
WHERE TO STAY
My idea of a perfect girl’s getaway includes staying in luxury and being pampered and the bubbles should flow like a river.We stayed in Brahman Hills’ self-catered cottages that are the perfect mix of modern comfort and rustic charm. The décor and colour of the walls were soothing to the soul.
The cottages are clearly designed to be a home away from home. Each cottage is comfortably laid out with a lounge and dining area, full DStv and a cosy fireplace to cuddle up in front of on cold winter nights. I was so glad we went during the winter months because I love sitting in front of the fire reading a book and listening to the crackling of the fire.
The cottages are fully-equipped and serviced every day. The Brahman Hills team took care of everything from making our beds to washing the dishes. We also arranged to hire one of the chefs to prepare a meal for us in the comfort of our own cottage, while we had a good laugh and bubbles in the Jacuzzi. We had such a great laughoverlooking the hills on their wooden deck.
WHAT TO DO
I have two teenage daughters with hectic social lives that require me to play mom’s taxi plus demanding job as a Travel Planner so I am always happy to squeeze in a Spa Day into my schedule.
When I saw the Brahman Hills’ itinerary my eyes got stuck on full body massage. The rest of the team luckily was also on the same page so we all headed to the Spa as soon as we dropped off our bags in our rooms.
We each indulged on a full body massage, I opted for a deep tissue one, on the menu was a hot stone massage, deep relaxing and aroma therapy. Brahman hills has one of the best beauty spa I have ever been to. After that we went straight to bed for a nap until dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The Midland Meander
I loved visiting The Nelson Mandela Capture Site which long been on my bucket list. It’s the perfect place for that sizzling hot Instagram shot.
The Midland Meander has a lot of quaint coffee shops that we explored and enjoyed a cup of freshly brew coffee. There is quite a lot to be discovered and enjoyed there.
My favourite was the Steam Punk Coffee shop that we visited. It is decorated in a grungy and ragged way that I found intriguing and pleasing.
The Meander is so beautiful and refreshing characterized with rolling hills and rustic vintage buildings that draws visitors from all over who come for a quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
WHERE TO EAT
Brahman Hill has amazing free range and wholesome food! They have a team of talented chefs, that have put Brahman Hills on the culinary map.
Guests can either their have their breakfast, lunch or dinner in the elegant Brahman Café overlooking the rolling grasslands, or you can make your weekend adventurous and move around for your meals. On our first morning we made use of our private chef and had breakfast in our cottage before our morning walk.
We had a truly exceptional experience on our final night. We dressed up descend to the dimly lit and cosy 89 on Copper restaurant.
We enjoyed a night of a five course dinner surrounded by rich coppery hues and exposed brickwork, while sipping on some of Brahman Hills’ fine wines.
Our lunches were at The Midlands Kitchen, many might have seen it at the turn-off for Nottingham Road on the way to Durban. The Midlands Kitchen is not just a handy stop for motorists, it has become a stop in its own right, as part of the popular Midlands Meander, as an Artisan Food destination.
It boasts 15 different kitchens including Mexican, Mediterranean, Burgers, Pies, Indian, Vegan, Artisan Bakery, anything Chicken, Wood fired Pizzas, a Gelato stop with a Coffee bar complimented by a pastry and sandwich section that win anyone and everyone over.
Contact us to help you plan your next girl’s getaway.