Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14th, is synonymous with expressions of love and affection. But have you ever wondered how this tradition began? And how does The Nest Hotel in the Drakensberg Mountains honor this time-honored celebration of love? Let’s delve into the origins of Valentine’s Day and explore how The Nest Hotel creates a unique and romantic experience for couples during the month of love.


The Historical Tapestry of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day’s origins are a blend of ancient Roman festivals and the legend of St. Valentine. The celebration dates back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. This festival celebrated fertility and the coming of spring, with rituals aimed at fostering love and fertility in the community. As Christianity spread through the Roman Empire, pagan traditions were often Christianized. Lupercalia was no exception, and it was eventually replaced by St. Valentine’s Day.

The story of St. Valentine, however, is shrouded in mystery, with several legends surrounding the figure. The most popular legend suggests that St. Valentine was a priest who performed marriages for young lovers in secret, defying the Roman Emperor Claudius II’s decree that young men remain single to make better soldiers. St. Valentine’s defiance in the name of love eventually led to his martyrdom. Over the centuries, St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers, and February 14th became a day for expressing love and affection.


Celebrating Love at The Nest Hotel

The Nest Hotel, nestled in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains, embraces the spirit of Valentine’s Day throughout February, transforming it into a month-long celebration of love. Recognizing the importance of creating special moments and memories, the hotel offers an array of romantic experiences designed to bring couples closer together.


Romantic Retreats

The Nest Hotel becomes a sanctuary for couples, with its serene environment and stunning mountain views providing the perfect backdrop for romance. Special Valentine’s packages are available and we have a Valentines Dinner Available to non residents which is included in our Valentines Day Special offer. You can view the menu HERE


A Commitment to Sustainability and Love

In keeping with its commitment to sustainability, The Nest Hotel ensures that the celebration of love extends to love for the environment. The hotel’s eco-friendly practices are a testament to the belief that true love respects and nurtures the world around us. Couples staying at The Nest Hotel can take comfort in knowing that their romantic getaway contributes to the preservation of the Drakensberg’s natural beauty.


Valentine’s Day is a time-honored tradition that celebrates love in its many forms. The Nest Hotel’s month-long embrace of this celebration is a reminder that love is not confined to a single day but is a continuous journey shared between partners. By blending the rich history of Valentine’s Day with the unique offerings of the Drakensberg Mountains, The Nest Hotel provides the perfect setting for couples to express their love and create lasting memories. Whether it’s through a romantic dinner, a shared adventure, or simply enjoying the tranquility of nature together, The Nest Hotel ensures that the month of love is truly something special.