Whether you’re browsing staycations for all those long weekends coming up or looking for somewhere cosy to hole up this coming winter, checking into any of these Airbnbs with hot tubs could never be a bad idea.
Dotted all around the country are plenty of Airbnbs with hot tubs – because there’s no need to fly when there’s gorgeous scenery here, right? Sure, they’re not a white-washed apartment in Santorini but they are close to home, affordable and promise you a good dose of R&R.
And to persuade you that they’re really no cop-out, WH has found plenty of places for all groups and travel tribes. Are you a couple on a cosy mini-break? Head to Rawsonville for a tub with a view. A group of 10+ women on a hen-do? We’ve found you an oasis in Lichtenburg.
Plus, did you know that soaking in a hot tub before bed can help fix insomnia? They’ve also been proven to ease back pain too.
Keep scrolling to see 22 Airbnbs with hot tubs. The best part? We’ve found at least one in every province so everyone can get in on the action!
1. Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Nestled on the banks of a farm dam overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains, this eco-friendly pod has a luxurious king-sized bed and an outdoor shower. Plus, each Pod is equipped with fishing gear to catch some bass as well as canoes, board games and a JBL speaker. Ideal for couples who want to get away and enjoy farm life.
Price: From R2 077 per night
Location: Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Highlight: It’s on a buffalo breeding farm.
Remember To Bring: Binoculars. Guests often see buffalo and rhinos from the pods.
2. Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Amongst the fynbos and Tsitsikamma forest, you’ll find this cabin and glamping tent that takes outdoor living to the next level. From an outdoor kitchen and bathroom to a social fire pit and hot tub, this is the perfect double-date couple’s retreat. Plus, take a LISS-ful walk along the Salt river hike which starts at this Airbnb before soaking in the hot tub.
Price: From R1 667
Location: Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Highlight: Secluded location that still has tons to do around it.
Remember To Bring: Comfortable shoes for the Salt River hike.
3. Brenton-On-Sea, Western Cape
This airbnb is luxe, luxe, luxe! Alkira’s Sky Private Conservancy is protected as part of UNESCO’s world heritage sites and forms part of the most botanically diverse floral kingdom in the world. Because of this, you’ll have easy access to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt white beaches in South Africa.
Price: R7 000 per night
Location: Brenton-On-Sea, Western Cape
Highlight: That view!
Remember To Bring: Your shades. With views of the Garden Route, protected indigenous fynbos, estuary waters, the whale sanctuary, the Outeniqua mountain and pristine white beaches, you’ll want to soak up the rays from the hot tub all day long.
4. Cape Town, Western Cape
This house is perfect if you like your Airbnb to have a sleek touch and couldn’t be in a better location. Everything you could possibly need is only a matter of minutes away (YogaLife is just down the road if you fancy some movement), although, the chances of you venturing into town once you’ve cracked open the rosé in the hot tub are pretty slim.
Price: R3 655 per night
Location: De Waterkant, Cape Town
Highlight: How central it is to everything
Remember To Bring: Your camera. The world-famous Bo Kaap is just down the road.
5. Rawsonville, Western Cape
A secluded Airbnb in Rawsonville with uninterrupted views of the fynbos and mountains, you’ll love spending time in the hot tub of this bolthole. It’s ideal for couples who really need to get away and relax with an isolated escape. There’s a roaring fire, decking that allows you to maximise your time in the sun and even robes for you to relax in.
Price: R2 500 per night
Location: Rawsonville, Western Cape
Highlight: Hiking to the nearby waterfall
Remember To Bring: Your favourite body scrubs; there’s also an outdoor shower.
6. Johannesburg, South Africa
This glamorous suite above the bustling streets of Jozi gives you a gorgeous rooftop hot tub to take in the city views. All of the bedrooms and the main living area have triple-glazed windows to keep the city sounds out when you want some tranquillity. Want a city getaway that feels a world away and smack bang in the middle of it all at the same time? This is the spot.
Price: R1 961 per night
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Highlight: It’s only a 7-minute Uber ride away from Maboneng, Newtown and Braamfontein.
Remember To Bring: Sonos app (well, remember to download it). This Airbnb has a high-tech Sonos sound system and you can control everything via the app. You can even play different music in different rooms.
7. Johannesburg, Gauteng
This Airbnb is spread over the 9th, 10th and 11th floor of the heritage (listed), former Barclays Bank HQ on the oldest street in Johannesburg, so you’re bound to experience the best of Jozi’s history here. There’s a fabulous wood-burning stove perfect for cold winter nights and the gourmet kitchen is unparalleled, perfect for trying your hands at a new fancy recipe.
Price: From R2 068 per night
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Highlight: The swinging day bed on the private roof terrace.
Remember To Bring: Sun cream and a hat: the apartment is less than a 10-minute walk to a City Sightseeing open-top, hop-on-hop-off tour bus stop.
8. Midrand, Gauteng
Perfect for those who want to be out of the city but still be close enough to enjoy it; you’ll be close to Sandton, Mall of Africa, Woodmead shopping and the N1, M1 and N3 freeways. But you’ll still get a tranquil escape that’s partially thanks to the hot tub overlooking the Jukskei river. It’s perfect for a girl’s trip as the estate has permanent security on-site and code access.
Price: R2 393 per night
Location: Midrand, Gauteng
Highlight: The estate also has a lifestyle centre with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, games room, football field and day spa.
Remember To Bring: Your golf clubs if you play; it’s close to World of Golf
9. Simbithi, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Thanks to Durban’s almost non-existent winter, this spot is the perfect escape for any time of the year. And it’s only 300m from the well-known Thompson’s Bay. Plus, Simbithi Eco Estate has an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse with The Fig Tree restaurant, equestrian centre, a community centre, hiking and mountain bike trails, so there’s something for everyone. It’s a real crowd-pleaser.
Price: R2 340 per night
Location: Simbithi, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Highlight: So close to the beach you can get up at 6.30am and be running along the water’s edge by 6.45am.
Remember To Bring: Your mountain bike.
10. Waterfall, Kwa-Zulu Natal
For a hot tub experience with a difference, head to this sanctuary. There is literally a tub outside that you can lounge in while taking in the serene nature of the Nkutu Nature Reserve. Your host, Kerri, has even seen two wild cats walking along the banana palm whilst submerged in the bath. But, tub aside, The Floating House is a truly tranquil retreat that even has a yoga studio.
Price: R2 686 per night
Location: Waterfall, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Highlight: Tranquil retreat
Remember To Bring: Your yoga mat.
11. Mapuzi, Eastern Cape
Experience the stunning Eastern Cape how it’s best done – by taking to the great outdoors and driving straight off the beaten track… This traditional rondavel sits right in a local village just 3km outside of Coffee Bay for a cosy retreat and has an incredibly placed hot tub, toilet with gorgeous forest views and interesting sleeping spaces (one bedroom is on a mezzanine floor with ladder access). It’s just what your mental well-being needs.
Price: From R850 per night
Location: Mapuzi, Eastern Cape
Highlight: The hosts! Duncs and Dre are happy to show you around the area and if you want to see the local dive and surf spots, Duncs is an avid spear fisherman and surfer.
Remember To Bring: Drinking water, any cash you might need and groceries.
12. Stormsriver, Eastern Cape
Enjoy a romantic stay in this unique, fully transparent dome located on Misty Mountain Reserve. Burrowed in the Tsitsikamma forest, this is an ideal trip for those who really want to relax. With the combination of a real oak wine barrel hot tub, a net that overlooks the Indian Ocean and the dome that lets you stargaze all night long, you’re set to do exactly that. Plus, there’s even a restaurant on the premises.
Price: R4 200 per night
Location: Stromsriver, Eastern Cape
Highlight: Sleeping under the stars
Remember To Bring: A good book for when you relax on the net.
13. Western District, Eastern Cape
Fancy getting away from it all? This luxury suite looks like something straight from Pinterest and promises to be just as blissful and calm as those decor pictures always look. Nestled on Brooklands Reserve, a private, family-owned game farm on the banks of the Kariega River, it is an ideal spot for a relaxing retreat. Take a book and settle into your private hot tub to unwind amidst the beautiful scenery or crank it up a notch with mountain biking, trail running, hikes, game viewing, river fishing, canoeing or tennis.
Price: R1 850 per night
Location: Western District, Eastern Cape
Highlight: The endless activities
Remember To Bring: Bikes and fishing rods.
14. Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape
This Airbnb is a must for those who like to surf. It’s positioned right on Lower Point Surf Spot and as such, the breaking waves will lull you to sleep at night. The hot tub is not heated so this is more of a summer spot. You’ll love the rustic outdoor entertainment area and hammocks overlooking the waves.
Price: R3 050 per night
Location: Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape
Highlight: Being a stone’s throw away from the beach
Remember To Bring: A surfboard.
15. Springbok, Northern Cape
Another Airbnb with hot tub views, this one offers the best of Namaqualand and shows you exactly how to do a getaway right. Liefland Luxury Unit sits on a farm where you can see Sprinboks roaming and is of the grid so Eskom can never get in the way of your fun.
Price: From R1 200 per night
Location: Springbok, Northern Cape
Highlight: The inside and outside braai
Remember To Bring: Some tasty meat or ingredients to make this braai pizza recipe
16. Calvinia, Northern Cape
A home that’s tranquil and unique, this really is your place for a romantic break or to reconnect with family and friends. Spend your days climbing the mountains and evenings snuggled up by the log fire, experiencing the Karoo night skies. It’s worlds away from fast-paced urban life. Stay here when you find your mind creaking under the weight of your work inbox – leave your phone at home or in the car to maximise on the barely-there signal. You can even order roosterkoek, bread and lamb from your hosts for an authentic Karoo experience.
Price: From R1 150
Location: Calvinia, Northern Cape
Highlight: The snow you might see in winter
Remember To Bring: Books, puzzles or board games.
17. Lichtenburg, North West
This is the ultimate girl’s trip or get-together with family in the heart of the North West. Spend your days laughing in the lapa, diving in the freshwater river or using the two canoes, paddle ski’s and tire tubes available for guests. Plus, if you want to extend your stay and work from here, there is free uncapped wifi.
Price: From R2 297 per night
Location: Lichtenburg, North West
Highlight: The dolomitic eyes (Wondergat, Marico Eye and Molopo) in the area
Remember To Bring: a picnic blanket
18. Hartbeespoort, North West
We love this Airbnb with a hot tub in Hartbeespoort. The real highlight is the glass conservatory that houses a hot tub and a built-in braai for you to enjoy (perfect in winter or in summer). And the waterfront is right on your doorstep. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Price: From R1 380 per night
Location: Hartbeesport, North West
Highlight: The romantic atmosphere
Remember To Bring: A bottle of bubbly
19. Northern Free State, Free State
Hop in the hot tub and you’ll be met with views of the Vaal De Grace golf course. This Airbnb is on an “island” that is surrounded by the Vaal river so you’ll get a different kind of island experience. The best part is you’re on the border of the Free State and the North West and only and hour’s drive from Johannesburg so it’s accessible to so many people for a weekend away.
Price: R3 086
Location: Northern Free State, Free State
Highlight: How accessible it is to travel to
Remember To Bring: A cute outfit for golf
20. Marloth Park, Mpumalanga
For a hot tub experience with a difference, head to Zinkwazibush and stay in this treehouse. Sure, your neighbours might look a little different (guests can see giraffe, zebra, kudu and bush babies right on their doorstep) but that’s part of the charm of this place. If you’re looking for a private, romantic escape this one will feel like it’s just you and your lover, and well, some animal friends, too.
Price: R1 356 per night
Location: Marloth Park, Mpumalanga
Highlight: The privacy
Remember To Bring: Everything you need for a charcuterie board.
21. Marloth Park, Mpumalanga
This airbnb has everything you need, including an outdoor bath and a pizza oven. It’s a nature lover’s dream. Plus, from your hot tub there are incredible views of the bush veld, which is good news as viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, anxiety and stress. Want more of an adventure? Drive, or walk to the river to view the Big 5.
Price: From R1 455 per night
Location: Marloth Park, Mpumalanga
Highlight: The animals that visit you
Remember To Bring: A Wild Card, The Kruger National Park is nearby.
22. Haenertsburg, Limpopo
Now this is how you glamp in style. Africamps has become synonymous with high-end glamping, having places dotted all around South Africa. At Magoeskloof, you’ll find 10 glamping tents surrounded by beautiful gardens. This one has a view of the river and looks like something straight out of a movie. And if you’re keen to get moving, you can hike or mountain bike, too.
Price: From R1 440 per night
Location: Haenertsburg, Limpopo
Highlight: The gardens
Remember To Bring: Something to lounge on in the river
Kelleigh is the Managing Editor of Women’s Health. When she’s not convincing her colleagues to try the latest TikTok trends, you can find her planning a holiday that never leaves the group chat, binge-reading or eating her way through Cape Town.
*Additional words by Charlotte Daly & Roshina Jowaheer