Honeymoon in Mpumalanga

20 Jan


Mervyn and I recently had the pleasure of planning our honeymoon trip.

We set a few qualifying factors to get us started:

-No Planes. This was for sure to be a Landy Adventure. Towy had been laid up long enough due to busy schedules and it was time for her to get out of the garden!

-No more then 5 hours away.

-A little luxury and a bit of nature.

-Must have a spa, I wanted to be pampered!

After what seemed like a month of searching Mervyn came across Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa just outside of Hazyview. We were sold almost immediately. I had been holding out for a private infinity pool but compromised for the bath on the deck over looking the forest. Summerfields fulfilled all of our specifications and had availability for our dates. With our luxury safari tent booked and paid for all we had to do was anticipate.

From before the moment we arrived we were in good hands. A couple hours behind our scheduled arrival time and still about 30 minutes out, we received a call from Michelle making sure we were still coming and nothing had happened to us on our drive.


Our view upon arrival.

We were greeted in the parking lot and escorted to our tent. The tent was scattered with vases and petals of roses. The manager Joan treated us to a complimentary romantic ritual bath which was set up and waiting for us to enjoy. It included champagne and these out of this world chocolate mouse tarts with strawberries. WOW!



It was late in the afternoon and we were beat from the days activities. We opted to have dinner and wine brought to our room to enjoy on the deck instead of in the restaurant.

After a peaceful night sleep we woke up and made our way down to the restaurant for breakfast.


Our table was decorated with rose petals shaped in a heart. It was a lovely touch and made us feel special. I wanted to try everything on the menu. With the help of Merv I was able to try just about everything on the breakfast menu. Loved them all! We never made it to lunch as we were still full from breakfast and busy enjoying our spa appointments in the afternoon. Dinner was always something to look forward to.


We made our spa appointments in the afternoons so we would not have any pressure of a schedule. This gave us the morning and early afternoons for reading by the pool, playing cards, or just doing nothing.


 For treatments we choose the Sabie Valley Coffee Envelopment, Summerfields Natural Signarure Facial, and the Sunny Eudora Pedicure. We both really enjoyed the coffee scrub. We are slight attics of the caffeinated bean. The smell floated through air as the most beautiful subtle breeze blew.



The farm is a little slice of heaven on earth. In addition to the roses they grow lychee’s and macadamia nuts. There are two restaurants the River Cafe where we ate most of our meals and Kitchen which is positioned closer to the road for the convenience of locals and drive by guests. We ventured up to the Kitchen one afternoon for lunch. Below is a picture of the lovely presentation of the gazpacho which was hands down one of the best I’ve ever had. The flavors were blended to perfection. We also shared a cheese board that was accompanied by delicious house made bread.


Summerflieds gets an enthusiastic 2 thumbs up from the Duffield’s. The staff was personable, attentive, and always available for any of our wants or needs. Joan the manager was a most gracious and lovely host. She and Precious really made our stay most memorable!

Check them out at!



Posted by on January 20, 2013 in South Africa


2 responses to “Honeymoon in Mpumalanga

  1. Patty

    January 20, 2013 at 16:18

    Hi the Duffield Lovebirds!
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Such an amazing place by the description.
    So hope that you two will continue to share many wonderful exciting adventures together.
    Sure hope that you will take a trip down our way sometime.
    Lots of love
    Des and Patty😄

  2. Patty Potgieter

    January 24, 2013 at 20:10

    Thank you so much for sharing with us! Sounds like a little piece of heaven.

    May married life continue to be one adventure after the other.

    Lots of love Des and Patty xxxx😃

    Sent from my iPhone


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