6 places near Cape Town with wood-fired hot tubs

Posted on 13 June 2022 By Anita Froneman

Hot tubbing is the ideal way to warm up, relax and unwind. And while we’re at it, let’s ditch the electricity. Wood-fired is the way to go. We found a few sublime accommodation spots near Cape Town that have steamy, heavenly hot tubs to take a dip in. While away the hours with stunning views, good wine and soak away the worries that come with city living. You can thank us later.

Berseba Farm

No shortage of views here. Credit: Berseba Farm

Berseba is an essential oils farm in the Overberg district near Botriver, perfect for a soothing and tranquil break from the city. Here, you can explore the area on the numerous walking and mountain biking trails, or grab the binocs and go bird watching. If you’re keen to hit up the beach in between soaking sessions, Hermanus and Kleinmond are not far away. Don’t forget to shop some of the farm’s heavenly oils like tea tree and rosemary.

Price: From R1500 per night for 2 guests

Contact: 079 469 8789

Visit their website here. 

Kolkol Mountain Lodge

Sink into this ground-level tub. Credit: Kolkol Mountain Lodge

Situated on the Van der Stel Pass near Bot River, this lodge is surrounded by the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Each cabin has a private outdoor tub, designed by the owners, Karen and Rudi Ootshuyse themselves, which are heated up to 38 degrees. They also sell their hot tubs to the public. Cheers to that!

Price: From R 1,780 per night for 2 guests (mid-week, minimum stay of two nights)

Contact: 076 9136014

Visit their website here.

Honeybee Suite at Platbos Forest Reserve

Romantic might out? Yes please! Credit: Jon Meinking

The Platbos Forest Nature Reserve near Gansbaai is home to ancient trees of over 1000 years old. The Honeybee Suite, a tented room for two, is the perfect rustic getaway. The hot tub is situated underneath a white stinkwood tree and uses untreated river water for a really authentic experience!

Price: From R1,050 per night for 2 guests

Contact: 0769233349

Visit their website here.


Don’t mind if we take a splash here. Credit: Oewerzicht

Outside of Greyton, the cottages on this working farm provide a cosy, home-like atmosphere to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Enjoy some mountain biking, hiking or relax around the braai with a glass of local wine.

Price: From R1,300 per night for 4 guests

Contact: 028 254-9831

Visit their website here.

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Under Oak Cottage

Soak in the warm waters while looking at the cold waters. Credit: Elsabe Viljoen

Under Oak Cottages is an idyllic escape from real life. This little piece of paradise is situated in the Breede River Valley near Wolseley. After your hot tubbing, you can go horse riding on trails through indigenous fynbos, or pick-your-own cherries on the nearby Klondyke Farm. If you’re more interested in the relaxation and unwinding side of things, indulge in the extensive range of wines in the area or browse the charming farm stalls.

Price: From R1,350 per night for 2 guests

Contact: 072 870 4326

Visit their website here.


The vineyards have never looked better. Credit: Bergsicht

You won’t find a better place to enjoy stunning views of the Winterhoek and Witzenberg mountain ranges. Bergsicht is located near Tulbagh and the cottages are each more cosy and quaint than the next. From here, you can head out for an olive tasting, a scenic tractor ride or go horse riding at nearby establishments. If that’s not your scene, we won’t blame you for just relaxing in the tub all day.

Price: From R1,200 for 2 guests

Contact: 079 435 2124

Visit their website here.


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