We all wish we could spend our holidays swanning about in 5-star hotels fit for a queen but for some of us staying at a beautiful luxury hotel, resort, or lodge is simply out of our budget. But now, thanks to a brand new (and rather genius) travel concept, going on a luxury South African holiday might be easier, and more affordable, than we ever imagined. Introducing Secret Getaway, a unique online accommodation booking platform that offers fantastic deals at luxury South African hotels and only reveals the name of the hotel once the purchase has been made. That’s right ladies, spontaneous luxury breaks just became more exciting and we simply cannot wait to book our first secret getaway!

This unique concept puts the thrill back into discovering new places – and offers South Africans the opportunity to uncover hotels they may never have considered before. To get access to the incredible offers members sign up on the Secret Getaways website and once they’re ready to book a luxury, and oh-so-spontaneous trip, they head to the site to scope out the deals on offer. Membership is free and to find the trip of their dreams members can use the site to search getaways by area, the time frame they’d like to stay and the level of luxury they’d love to experience. We love the site because it’s a win-win for everyone involved – travellers get to experience luxury at fabulous prices and the brand-conscious hotels can retain their exclusive reputation by not publicly offering a discounted rate!

Hotel room

And, if you’re concerned about the quality you’re getting then you can rest assured knowing that all the secret hotels featured are carefully selected with TripAdvisor reviews over 80% positive. It’s also great to know that the property selection on the website constantly updates with some properties releasing one room and others a full suite of offers, so there’s always something new to tempt you. If a bush getaway is your idea of a great time then why not take advantage of the secret Midweek Madness deal and stay at a 4-star game reserve, just 45-minutes from Pretoria at just R995 for two people, including breakfast (was R1850)?

If you haven’t guessed it by now, Secret Getaway is designed with the spontaneous traveller in mind. It’s for the travellers who dream of jumping in their car and seeing where the road leads them. For those who love the idea of the adventure starting before they have even left their desk. But even with all the mystery, the site does give you some clues to where you’re going. Before booking, members are presented with accurate descriptions of the place they’d be visiting as well as photos of the hotel – and who knows, maybe you might even be able to guess which top secret property is waiting to welcome you. The clues are there after all: the star grading, the surrounding neighbourhood of the property; the room type and the star grading are all clearly stated. It is just the name that is hidden until post-purchase.

secret getaway

But wait, what if you’re the type of traveller who doesn’t have a spontaneous streak? The great news is, Secret Getaway has something for you too! If the fear of not knowing is too much then members can select one of the revealed hotels or apartments available on the site. These spots also offer great deals and are a surefire way to get the luxury you want without all the mystery. How does a 1 night stay for 2 people at the Cellars-Hohenort sound? With Secret Getaway you can stay enjoy a romantic date night away for just R2850 (was R4100!) and be treated to breakfast the next morning as well as R500 credit towards dinner at the hotel’s incredible restaurants.

But hurry, the deals we mentioned above are available for a limited time only so you need to be quick on the draw! To find out more about Secret Getaway visit their website here – don’t forget to sign up to get access to the incredible deals!