Okay, so this place is sort-of like a beach shack. It won't win any design awards- it's a functional space- but the location is breathtaking. You have to walk down a steep mountain to get to this spot, and your reward is an entire section of coastline all to yourself.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Okay, so this place is sort-of like a beach shack. It won't win any design awards- it's a functional space- but the location is breathtaking. You have to walk down a steep mountain to get to this spot, and your reward is an entire section of coastline all to yourself.

The best of everything important is at your disposal at the Strandloper- luxuriant accommodation, fynbos and wide, white beaches.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

The best of everything important is at your disposal at the Strandloper- luxuriant accommodation, fynbos and wide, white beaches.

Such a cute cottage set in a wide valley fringed by tall mountains. The hike to the waterfall is one of the highlights of staying here- it's one of my best hidden swimming locations in South Africa.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Such a cute cottage set in a wide valley fringed by tall mountains. The hike to the waterfall is one of the highlights of staying here- it's one of my best hidden swimming locations in South Africa.

When visiting Paternoster, you wouldn't necessarily think of staying anywhere but at the beach. This spot may change your mind- it certainly did for me. The wide outside swing bed was a huge hit.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

When visiting Paternoster, you wouldn't necessarily think of staying anywhere but at the beach. This spot may change your mind- it certainly did for me. The wide outside swing bed was a huge hit.

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The ideal place to go for walks and explore rivers and pools. Accommodation is basic but has everything you need.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

The ideal place to go for walks and explore rivers and pools. Accommodation is basic but has everything you need.

Okay, so this outside rooftop section is on my wish-list romantic evenings. The rooftop has a fireplace and numerous candles/fairy-lights and overlooks the ocean and is just divine. Down below, this pool holds one of my favourite memories- awaking to the sounds of splashing, I opened the curtain of my ground-floor room to see three otters having the time of their life, happily running and diving in the moonlight. This went on for at least half an hour, and is apparently a common occurrence.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Okay, so this outside rooftop section is on my wish-list romantic evenings. The rooftop has a fireplace and numerous candles/fairy-lights and overlooks the ocean and is just divine. Down below, this pool holds one of my favourite memories- awaking to the sounds of splashing, I opened the curtain of my ground-floor room to see three otters having the time of their life, happily running and diving in the moonlight. This went on for at least half an hour, and is apparently a common occurrence.

Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudí's first house will open as a museum after extensive renovations

Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudí's first house will open as a museum after extensive renovations

Ramshackled and relaxed, this converted boat shed is incredible as a rustic hideaway for two, where you can wake up to views of the river and cook or read to candlelight.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Ramshackled and relaxed, this converted boat shed is incredible as a rustic hideaway for two, where you can wake up to views of the river and cook or read to candlelight.

Vermaaklkiheid really surprised me. I didn't expect this area to be so rich in natural beauty, from flora to fauna. Thorn and Feather is a bohemian retreat made for a group, an artsy, shabby-chic find overlooking the river below.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Vermaaklkiheid really surprised me. I didn't expect this area to be so rich in natural beauty, from flora to fauna. Thorn and Feather is a bohemian retreat made for a group, an artsy, shabby-chic find overlooking the river below.

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