Romantic Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Cape Town
Celebrate the day of love and woo your boo in the ‘Lover’ City with our overview of romantic to-dos!
Love is in the air, cupid is cocking his bow and the shop shelves are overflowing with chocolate, teddies and beautiful bunches of red roses; in short, it’s Valentine’s Day in Cape Town!
Truth be told, it’s one of those days you either love or loathe, but as the second most popular card-giving holiday in the world (Christmas is the first), there are few that manage to avoid the occasion all together.
So, if you find yourself in a (new or old) relationship without a clue of how to impress and woo your … (insert pet name here), don’t panic, we’ve sourced some of the most romantic places to go and things to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape Town in 2016.
THINGS TO DO FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN CAPE TOWN
1. SPEND VALENTINE’S WITH DESMOND & THE TUTUS
Feel like foregoing the usual, predictable dinner and chocolate affair for something more upbeat? Love Desmond & The Tutu’s lyrics, think Majozi is magic and can’t wait to listen to sweet croons from Ryan Kidwell and Crimson House? You’re in luck! Hillcrest Quarry is hosting a Valentine’s Day picnic concert on its sprawling lawns with performances from each of the artists listed above, along with food for sale and a fully-stocked bar. Dance the day of love away, whether you’re loving your own moves or someone else’s.
COST: Tickets are available from Computicket.com and cost R250 per couple or R150 for a single ticket. Kids aged 12 to 18 pay R80 and children under 11 enter for free. You’re not permitted to bring your own alcohol, but feel free to bring food, picnic blankets and chairs.
2. VALENTINE’S DAY AT PARK INN BY RADISSON CAPE TOWN FORESHORE
If you want to spoil your Valentine with a delicious three-course meal and one of the best views in the Mother City then best you book this option soon! Park Inn by Radisson Foreshore is offering a delectable dinner with a glass of bubbles under the stars at its sleek, chic Harald’s Bar & Terrace on the 11th floor. High up, you’ll feel like you’re dining in the clouds, with phenomenal vistas of Table Mountain and the city lights and your partner’s sparkling eyes to gaze into. Experience the ultimate in romance, with exceptional service, sublime food and a gorgeous setting to boot.
COST: The three-course dinner and bubbles costs only R275p/p and bookings can be made by emailing email@example.com or phoning +27(0)21 427 4811. Dinner is at 7pm.
3. THE LOVE MARKET AT D’ARIA FUNCTION VENUE
What do you get when you combine a market with a love theme? A seriously lovely market of course! And that’s exactly what you can expect from this gem, situated along the Durbanville Wine Route. Taking place on Saturday, 13 February at D’Aria, there’ll be an assortment of gifts, treats and surprises for sale to pamper your paramour. Additionally, there’ll be pre-packed picnics on offer, should you wish to tuck into a convenient and delicious basket for four. The picnic baskets include ham, sweet & sour-filled Camembert, figs, Brie, ciabatta and more, and there are two menus to choose from because variety is the spice of life!
COST: Entry to the market is free and it runs from 9am until 5pm. Book your basket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. FEEL THE LOVE AT ANTHONIJ RUPERT
‘Tis that time of year again when hearts flutter, lovers whisper, stars shine more brightly and the world is cloaked in a mantle of magical amour. Anthonij Rupert is the perfect location for a romantic rendezvous, with a host of activities for you and your boo. On Saturday, 13 February, enjoy a delicious picnic whilst watching a special screening of A Good Year and drinking bubbles. The picnic includes delicacies like duck liver pate, smoked salmon pate, a strawberry and feta salad and a macaroon gift box. Alternatively, book for brunch on Sunday, 14 February, and enjoy an elegant high-tea inspired affair with a smorgasbord of treats.
COST: Tickets for the movie and picnic on the 13 February cost R480 per couple, whilst brunch on 14 February is R180 per person. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited, so phone +27(0)21 874 9041 to secure your spot or email email@example.com.
5. VALENTINE’S DAY MOVIE AT THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA
February is the one month of the year when romance films are mandatory (the cheesier the better), so why not sigh and swoon with your sweetheart underneath the stars at the Galileo Open-air Cinema? This year, the lovely people behind the scenes present lovebirds with the timeless classic Casablanca in the stunning setting of Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. Let Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman charm you and get swept up by the action and amour as you sip your Savannas and settle in for a night of top-notch entertainment. That’s not all; before the movie starts there’ll be welcome drinks for guests, along with live music and a festive market selling a smorgasbord of artisanal food, Nooitgedacht wines and soft drinks. All movie-goers will be treated to a chair, blanket and small gift, and there’ll be a photo booth to capture all the kisses on camera. The evening starts at 6pm and the movie will be screened at 8pm.
COST: Tickets are available via TheGalileo.co.za, and cost R190p/p. Click through to the individual events for more information.
6. VALENTINE UNDER THE STARS AT CENTURY CITY
Spend this year’s day of love under the stars enjoying a ‘classic-meets-pop’ open-air concert with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) at The Square in the newly renovated Century City Conference Centre. Joining the lauded Mother City orchestra on stage at this alfresco event is a string of singers, namely South Africa’s world-renowned soprano Magdalene Minnaar, soprano Lynelle Kenned, tenor Jonathan Roxmouth and the Afro-operatic crew the Gugulethu Tenors. The concert will be hosted by Katlego Maboe. Tickets include a soft drink or a glass of bubbly or wine; food and drinks will be on sale on the night. Doors open at 6:30pm.
COST: Tickets for this exclusive experience cost R290p/p and can be purchased via Computicket.com or Valentinestars.co.za. A limited amount of VIP tickets can also be booked at R1500p/p (included in the ticket price are prime seats for the concert, access to the VIP lounge as well as snacks and drinks throughout the night). Click through to the event for more information.
7. VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE HOPE @ PAUL CLUVER SUMMER FESTIVAL
Treat your love to a screening of Satine and Christian singing their hearts out at the Hope@Paul Cluver Summer Festival in the Elgin Wine Valley on Saturday, 13 February 2015 (we know it’s a day early, but that could be a plus in terms of the surprise factor). Moulin Rouge is the perfect tragic love story to sing along to whilst weeping silent tears of passion. Set in the majestic Paul Cluver Wine Estate amphitheatre and surrounded by a forest of towering eucalyptus trees, this outdoor venue not only offers patrons a romantic spot to spend this international day of love but also makes for a memorable experience. What’s more, the venue hosts a handful of food and drinks vendors as well as serves up vinos from the Paul Cluver cellars.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and cost R100p/p. Click through to the event for more information and tips for a cosy night out.
8. VALENTINE’S DAY COUPLE’S TREATMENT AT WOW! SPA
Pamper your partner this Valentine’s Day with a relaxing spa treatment from South Africa’s first all-natural house of beauty. Ways of Wellness (WOW!) organic spa in Gardens is offering a special couple’s package that spoils two lovebirds with a 15-minute Fish Nibble, a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, as well as a mini mani/pedi for only R780 per pair (the deal also includes a glass of bubbly per person). Bookings for the special can be made anytime from January until the end of February but are only applicable for dates in the month of February (1-29 FEB 2016).
COST: In order to take advantage of this wallet-friendly special, interested parties must book in advance a 100% deposit is needed to confirm the booking. To book, contact Dominique on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 21 424 5503.
9. VALENTINE’S DAY AT CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB
One of the cornerstones of a relationship and one of the keys to surviving tough times is the ability to laugh at yourself as a couple; your significant other, of course, being the obvious inspiration. Thus, why not spend Valentine’s Day at the stand-up show at Cape Town Comedy Club at the Pumphouse in the V&A Waterfront? Beaus can look forward to an evening of belly-aching giggles and guffaws to celebrate this Hallmark holiday, coupled with welcome drinks and the option to indulge in a three-course set menu. This special meal includes delights such as fried calamari with aioli, rosemary and garlic lamb chops, and white chocolate cheesecake with berry coulis.
COST: Tickets to the stand-up show ONLY cost R120p/p and are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets. Do note that this excludes the three-course dinner. The show starts at 6pm; for more information please email email@example.com or phone +27(0)21 418 8888.
10. FLY AND DINE WITH YOUR VALENTINE AND NAC HELICOPTERS
If you want to fly your favourite person to the moon (well, not quite), or rather just around the peninsula, then best you opt for NAC Helicopter’s special Fly & Dine deal. Nothing says romance like a helicopter flight, especially one that ends with a delicious two-course meal at the Greek Fisherman, City Grill Steakhouse or Meloncino Ristorante! Prices vary according the the length of your flight – a 12 to 15 minute flight is R985p/p and a 45 to 60 minute flight is R3499p/p – and all flights include a meal at one of the affiliated restaurants. Let your heart soar with your amour and take photos galore with this riveting ride!
COST: The price varies according to the length of your flight. Bookings can be made by phoning +27(0)21 425 3868 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. T’s & C’s apply.
11. VALENTINE’S DAY AT SPIER WINE FARM IN STELLENBOSCH
This Valentine’s, the illustrious estate is pulling out all the stops with a romantic picnic and movie experience under the stars. Snuggle up to your special someone as you watch the timeless classic Sleepless in Seattle – let Meg and Tom get you hanks-ering for amour. Each couple will receive a delectable picnic full of appetising aphrodisiacs. Sample a selection of sensational cheeses, tuck into crispy baguettes, enjoy rare roast beef, smoked trout pate and baby potato and biltong salad, and then revel in lemon cheesecake mousse and Belgian chocolate truffles to finish the feast. Wash it all down with a bottle of Spier Signature Methodé Cap Classique and you know you have the makings for a magical night.
COST: The picnic and movie costs R500 per couple, and bookings can be made via Webtickets.com. The picnic starts at 6pm and movie will be screened at 8pm.
12. VALENTINE’S DINNER AT HQ
Headquarters Restaurant is usually closed on a Sunday, but the steakhouse is making a special exception this Valentine’s Day. There’s a lot at steak on the Day of Love, so make sure you woo your boo through his/her stomach – there’s few things as enjoyable as a romantic meal for two. Revel in live entertainment as you tuck into the establishment’s famed meal of salad, steak and chips (there is a veggie option available), followed by a dessert tasting platter to share. The evening also includes a glass of Pierre Jourdan bubbly to set the mood.
COST: The meal costs R550 per couple and bookings can be made by emailing email@example.com or phone +27( 0)21 424 6373.
13. SECRET VALENTINE’S WITH [SPASIE]
The city’s favourite underground dining affair will be hosting a special couples-only dinner in a lavish, clandestine location. Let your taste buds get titillated by the one and only executive chef Nicolas Charalambous, who’ll be serving up his signature a la carte [spasie] menu. With only the freshest, seasonal local ingredients used, guests are in for a gastronomic treat and are welcome to opt for the four-course set menu to sample an array of the culinary creations on offer. Private, relaxed and intimate, the night promises to be one of unsurpassed service and sensory enchantment.
COST: The four-course set menu without wine pairings is R450p/p. To book, please phone +27(0)21 422 1492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. VALENTINE’S DINNER AT SAVOUR RESTAURANT AT AFRICAN PRIDE 15 ON ORANGE HOTEL
If your sweetie is a foodie then this divine dinner at 15 on Orange should be just the ticket for you to win a billion brownie points. Chic and sophisticated, the CBD-based hotel is known for its elegant ambiance and sensational cuisine. The menu for the night starts with an amuse-bouche of goats cheese and thyme stuffed figs served with Armenian flat bread and truffle honey. Next up, there’s a starter of duck liver crème brulee accompanied by smoked duck pancetta, pumpkin seed streusel and apple puree. The fish dish is a decadent selection of seafood, including freshly shucked oysters (a known aphrodisiac), Mozambican prawns and West Coast black mussels, with a honeybush sorbet palate cleanser to follow. For your mains, choose between Norwegian salmon served with a miso glaze and Asian greens, and a fillet accompanied by an oxtail croquette, butternut puree and naartjie jus. Lastly, delight in an assiette of chocolate desserts, followed by coffee, truffles and bon-bons. If your mouth is watering, we don’t blame you!
COST: The dining extravaganza costs R495p/p which includes a complimentary glass of bubbles. Phone +27(0)21 469 8000 or email email@example.com to book.
15. CELEBRATE A MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY AT PARK INN BY RADISSON
Whether you’re mad or just mad about a special someone, this unbirthday bash promises to be a treat, with some unusual menu items to eat. Head down the culinary rabbit hole and get ready for a taste explosion in the form of the following: start your tea with the Mad Hatter’s punch, caterpillars on a stick and a savoury jam tart or two. Next, enjoy a starter of salmon or tomato tea, served with a cup full of goodies, scones, and a glass of salad. For your mains, get ready for some magical mushrooms, accompanied by beef fillet or chicken supreme. Lastly, dessert is a fun selection of sandwiches that go pop! By this we mean a maple syrup cookie sandwich, filled with butterscotch ice cream and popping candy with sweet pink jelly. Remember to dress to impress – no tea party attendee can arrive without a hat.
COST: The tea party costs R595 per couple, and bookings can be made by calling +27(0)21 822 6500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. VALENTINE’S DINNER AT TOWERS RESTAURANT AT AFRICAN PRIDE CRYSTAL TOWERS HOTEL & SPA
Another delectable dining affair to give your Valentine’s some flavourful flair, this four-course dinner promises to be a romantic and tasty night out. The menu commences with Vietnamese duck terrine with smoked duck, beetroot, biltong, gorgonzola and raspberry. Next up there’s cauliflower soup with watercress and truffle, followed by braai beef wing ribs served with rib eye, parsnip, asparagus, pear and kohlrabi for mains. Dessert includes millionaire shortbread and yuzu ice cream, with friandise to end the eating portion of your evening. If you’re in the mood to extend your eve, pop over to the sexy Ruby Bar for a night cap.
COST: Dinner costs R545p/p, which includes a complimentary glass of bubbly. To book, phone +27(0)21 525 3888 or email email@example.com. Do note that vegetarian options are available upon request.
17. CELEBRATE LOVE AT BOSCHENDAL
The beauteous estate is going all about to be Cupid’s envoy this Valentine’s, with a host of activities for couples to enjoy. If you’re in the mood to celebrate your passion with a picnic then pop over to the Rhone Classic Picnic area between 12pm and 3pm to listen to sultry tunes from the Palm Strings duo, whilst tucking into a special feast prepared by executive chef Christiaan Campbell (R520 per basket to share). Top up your amorous experience with a bottle (or two) of the Boschendal MCC Bubbly, and you’ll be set for a stunning afternoon. If your heart beats green instead of red then join food garden manager Megan McCarthy as she conducts a Valentine’s food garden tour between 10am and 11:30am. The tour price (R150p/p) includes a veggie gift pack and glass of bubbles, so you can watch your plants grow, like your love. Alternatively, pop into The Werf Restaurant for a farm-to-table menu, visit The Farm Shop & Deli for wholesome casual dining or head to the Rhone Homestead for a lavish Cape Buffet.
COST: To book for the picnic and food garden tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +27(0)21 870 4274. To book for the restaurants, please visit the Boschendal.co.za website to book online.
18. A COFFEE COURSE FOR TWO AT MISCHU
If the only thing you love more than coffee is your bae, then this beginner’s course could be just the thing for you. This Valentine’s, Mischu has a two-for-one special on its coffee course, meaning that both you and your sugar could become brilliant baristas. Dedicate six hours to learning how to get the best possible kick from your caffeine, including the intricacies of preparing a French Press, Aeropress, Chemex and Pourover. You’ll also delve into the history of coffee, perfect the art of extracting consistent espresso shots, learn to calibrate the grinder, steam milk correctly to get silky micro-foam, practice pouring techniques and try your hand at Latte art. If the perfect brew is the way to your heart, this is the place to start.
COST: The special means that you pay R2500 for both of you to enjoy the six hour course. T’s & C’s apply. To book please phone +27(0)72 563 8090 or email email@example.com.
19. WEBERSBURG WHIPS OUT THE CARD OF HEARTS
If music be the food of love, be sure to grab your sweetheart and take them to the serene setting of Webersburg to listen to an ensemble of lovely live bands. While immersed in the mood music, tuck into a delicious picnic as you sit on the sprawling lawns in front of the Manor House and gaze out across the still waters of the lake, framed by magnificent mountains. Each gourmet picnic comes with a bottle of Webersburg Wine, so you’ll have something to sip as you whisper sweet nothings in your loved one’s ear. Turn your Valentine’s day into a weekend, and take advantage of the love bird special, which includes a two night stay at the estate for R1800 per five-star suite per night, with a delectable breakfast and bottle of bubbles as part of the rate.
COST: The gourmet picnic is R450 per basket, and the weekend away is R1800 per night. To book, phone +27(0)21 881 3636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
20. THE MONTH OF LOVE AT 12 APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA
With too much love to fit into just one day, this illustrious sea-facing establishment is extending its amorous adulations for the entire month of Feb. This means that lovers can treat each other to the tantalising Valentine’s menu at their own discretion, and avoid the Cupid Day rush. Amour at Azure Restaurant includes a five-course menu, available for both lunch and dinner, and featuring all manner of tasty delights. Aside from the February menu, the famed Twelve Apostles Tea by the Sea will take on an ‘I Love You’ theme throughout Feb, and will include a smorgasbord of scrumptious titbits, accompanied by bubbles. On the 14th, there’ll be a special Valentine’s Lunch Buffet, and a five-course dinner that includes a welcome drink, live music and red rose for the lucky ladies.
COST: The February Valentine’s menu costs R695p/p, while the ‘I Love You’ Tea by the Sea for R215p/p (R240p/p on the 12, 13, 14 Feb). On Valentine’s Day (14 Feb), the lunch buffet is R340p/p and the five-course dinner is R955p/p. To book, call +27(0)21 437 9029 or email email@example.com.
21. LOVE YOUR LIEFIE AT LA PETITE FERME
Pack your sweet pea into the car and head for the hills – or rather the lush verdant valley of Franschhoek. La Petite Ferme is a boutique wine estate nestled on the slopes of Oliphants Pass, with a reputation for revving up rustic and providing an unparalleled dining experience. The estate will be serving both lunch and dinner on Valentine’s Day, and ladies will receive bubbles and a rose, while a live band will croon tunes to make hearts swoon. There’s lavish accommodation available for those wishing to stay the night – pretty private cottages await, all set amidst the picturesque vines.
COST: To find out more about the cost of accommodation and lunch/dinner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or phone +27(0)21 876 3016.
22. A MEAL TO SHARE AT LA MER RESTAURANT AT RADISSON BLU HOTEL
Located in the heart of stunning Sea Point, this is a place where love is reflected in the colours of the sunset, and the fresh caress of a gentle ocean breeze. Wander along the pretty promenade and then pop into La Mer Restaurant & Grill for a memorable Valentine’s Dinner, starting with Kir Royal cocktails, expertly mixed at your table. Following cocktails, you’ll commence with your starter of smoked salmon trout served with parmesan crackling, chive and truffle potato salad and lime dust or seared ostrich Carpaccio with cranberry dust, olive tapenade and baby greens. For mains, choose between grilled beef fillet with fondant potato, butternut squash, oxtail ravioli and wild mushrooms or hot seared salmon with wasabi mash, fine beans and a salad of plum tomato and baby spinach. Dessert will be a special sweet surprise. Additionally, if you want to add to your weekend of amour then be sure to book a discounted all-day wine tour with Radisson Blu on 13 and 14 February (20% off normal rate).
COST: The dinner costs R600 per couple, which includes the Kir Royal cocktail pairing. Wine tours are priced separately depending on the block booking made. To book, please phone +27(0)21 826 5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
23. L’AMOUR AT GRANDE PROVENCE
If you want to show your boo that you go together like ‘copy and paste’ then best you bustle off to the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek for a romantic lunch or dinner. Sample sumptuous cuisine as you gaze out at a mountainous backdrop framed with vines. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted with a glass of Grande Provence MCC and a rose on your table, following which you’ll be treated to an array of executive chef Darren Badenhorst’s finest dishes, promising ‘pure seduction.’ Start with canapés of oysters and wild mushroom arancini, followed by starters of Marsala marinated quail, a caraway spiced labneh-infused ragout or a barrel-smoked Franschhoek trout gravlax. For mains, choose between fennel crusted sea bass with lobster croquettes and sous vide Karoo lamb neck. Lastly, pick either hot fondant with semi-frozen crème anglaise or Turkish delight ice cream with vanilla sponge genoise, followed by mini rose and white chocolate macaroons and coffee.
COST: Lunch costs R595p/p, while dinner is R895p/p with some extra delights from the chef. If you want to seriously up the romance factor then book a private gazebo dinner in the Sculpture Garden, under an Oak decked out in twinkling fairy lights. This experience, which includes Grande Provence Brut Cap Classique, is R2500 per couple. To book phone +27(0)21 876 8600 or email email@example.com.
24. THE LOVE BOX AT GABRIELSKLOOF
Looking to charm your partner’s socks off? This box of pure, indulgent food-porn may be exactly what you need! The ‘olive and wine jewel of the Overberg’ is giving its popular Lunch Box experience a lovely twist this Valentine’s month, with plenty of tempting treats to charm hungry couples. Restaurant owner and chef Frans Groeneweld will be putting together a smorgasbord of scrumptious, home-made eats for guests to share whilst languishing on the sprawling lawns and sipping the estate’s fine wines. Love Box contents will vary according to the magic ‘love potion’ in the kitchen on the day you visit, but think chocolate, candy floss, milkshakes, strawberries and other delights.
COST: The Love Box must be booked in advance by calling +27(0)28 284 9865 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
25. LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT THE BELMOND MOUNT NELSON HOTEL
This Valentine’s Day, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel lives up to its prestigious name by offering irresistible packages laced with romance. Couples can spend Saturday the 13 February at the illustrious Planet Restaurant enjoying a four-course dinner complete with singer Ilzelke to create the perfect alluring atmosphere. On Sunday, 14 February, treat your special someone to a dreamy four-course lunch experience with a pianist to keep your ears satisfied and your partner starry-eyed. Additionally, the Librisa spa leaves no room for stress or worry with the Bliss Spa packages. Beginning with a couples massage and ending with Morning or Afternoon Tea, these relaxation options offer the chance to unwind and pay attention to quality couple time. As Cape Town’s romantic go to destination, The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and Spa boasts passion and romance this enchanting weekend.
COST: Dinner at Planet Restaurant is R1500 per person, which includes bubbles, a decadent gift and live entertainment. The Afternoon Bliss for Two package includes a 60 minute massage and is R2225, while the Morning Bliss for Two package involves a 40 min massage and is R1650.
26. VALENTINE’S DAY AT RICHARD’S SUPPER STAGE & BISTRO
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape Town at this charming storytelling eatery in Sea Point. Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro dishes up a dreamy love-inspired affair on the slopes of Table Mountain, with a sensational production directed by Basil Appollis. Guests can expect a selection of lovey-dovey sing-songs, such as ‘Endless Love’, ‘Embraceable You’ and ‘Malaika.’ Aside from the mood music, there’ll also be sumptuous cuisine, and an ambience of pure elegance.
COST: The night costs R480p/p. To book call +27(0)76 1444 809 or email email@example.com.
27. VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL AT THAI SABAI
Get your Valentine’s Day celebrations off to an early start and spoil your love with a pamper session at an original Thai massage house and skin clinic. Nestled in the Helderberg region in what can only be described as an oasis just beyond the humdrum of the city, the Thai Sabai day spa offers lovebirds two wallet-friendly de-stress treatments from Wednesday, 10 to Monday, 29 February 2016. Visitors can take advantage of a relaxing 60-minute lotus flower massage, accompanied by Champagne, chocolates and strawberries. Alternatively, opt for the deluxe package, with a 60 minute Lotus Flower Massage, 30 minute pedicure, light lunch, Champagne, chocolates and strawberries.
COST: The 60-minute massage costs R500p/p and the 60-minute massage, pedicure and light lunch treatment costs R800p/p. Do note that each option includes bubbly, strawberries and chocolates. Booking is essential and can be done by calling +27 (0) 21 855 4057 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Do note that terms and conditions do apply and existing vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with this offer.
28. LOVE AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT STARDUST RESTAURANT & DINNER THEATRE
Take your Valentine’s Day experience to the next level at StarDust, the Mother City’s famous theatrical dinner venue, which is pulling out all the stops for what promises to be an entertaining evening! Aside from being serenaded by the talented servers, diners can tuck into a yummy selection of V-day themed dishes.
MENU FOR THE 2015 VALENTINE’S DAY AT STARDUST RESTAURANT & DINNER THEATRE
Duck and roasted vegetable tacos with guacamole, lime, red pepper, shallot and a coriander salsa. Paired with a double shot glass of red Margarita * Non-alcoholic also available.
Garden asparagus spears wrapped with home smoked duck breast set on an avocado fan and trickled with a fragrant apricot and orange reduction.
Oven roasted butternut ravioli accompanied with a saffron infused red pepper pesto, parmesan shavings and micro herbs.
Parmesan gratinated scallops topped with a South American Chimichurri dressing.
Mixed berry sorbet
Mature beef fillet accompanied with chunky potato chips, an array of seasonal grilled vegetables and trickled with a piquant beef jus.
Roasted chicken roulade with a lightly seasoned prawn and Swiss chard filling then rolled in vermicelli and toasted. Accompanied with grilled ribbon veg and steamed quinoa.
Grilled Norwegian salmon served on a bed of dauphinoise potatoes, grilled ribbon veg and surrounded with lime infused butter sauce and parsley oil.
Aubergine farcie- filled with Quinoa Pilaf, tossed with braised wild mushrooms, accompanied with Kalamata olives, topped with parmesan gratinated, and finished off with a trickle of chimichurri dressing.
Rum and raisin scented vanilla ice cream topped with forest berries and finished off with a wafer
Dark chocolate fondant accompanied with vanilla ice cream and strawberry coulis.
COST: Dinner costs R550p/p and booking is essential; to do so, call +27 (0) 21 462 7777.
29. A LIFESTYLE OF LOVE AT LANGARO
State-of-the-art, chic and unique, the Langaro Lifestyle Centre is one of Camps Bay’s gems, with a multitude of facilities all designed to bring out the best in their stylish clientele. If you and your partner are seeking a relaxing, rejuvenating way to celebrate Cupid’s favourite day then opt for a couples massage on Valentine’s weekend and receive complimentary Champagne, along with a selection of delectable sweet and treats. Alternatively, if you purchase a gift voucher to pamper your prince or princess then you’ll also receive a complimentary gift (to keep for yourself or add to the voucher). Ladies will receive gorgeous pink bracelets, while men will get REF shampoo and conditioner.
COST: A 60 min Swedish massage is R550p/p, and a couples massage is R1100. To book phone +27(0)21 437 1690 or email email@example.com.
30. VALENTINE’S AT THE RADISSON BLU WATERFRONT HOTEL
What better way to celebrate your love than with a romantic picnic by the sea? Couple exquisite vistas of the Atlantic with decadent cuisine and you’ll have yourself a merry little afternoon in a stunning setting. The Radisson Blu Waterfront’s talented chef has prepared a delectable menu of treats to enjoy whilst sprawled out on the hotel’s lawns, with a picnic blanket and umbrella provided by the establishment. The basket includes:
Freshly baked baguette
Smoked salmon terrine
Biltong pate Humus with smoked paprika
Sundried tomato pesto
Marinated olives with cumin, garlic and orange
Summer berry salad with wild rocket
Asian basted chicken skewers
Cured meat platter with pickles
Selection of local cheese and biscuits
A bottle of Protea red, white or rosé wine to be selected at time of booking
COST: Only two picnic times are available, with limited spots for each: 12:30pm – 3:30pm and 5pm – 8pm. The picnic experience costs R645 per couple. To book phone +27(0)21 441 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
31. A HAZE OF LOVE AT HAZENDAL
Nestled on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills, the beautiful Hazendal Estate is an idyllic retreat for nature-loving lovers. This year, the estate is offering a Love Affair Basket for Two, which boasts wine and a selection of goodies to keep sweethearts happy and well-fed. The basket includes:
Bottle of Red/white wine
Smoked chicken and peppadew wrap
Beans, chunky tuna, olive and roasted peppers salad
Basil, mozzarella and cherry tomato sticks
Smoked salmon and cream cheese patè
Yogurt and cucumber dip
Selection of cold cuts
Cheese, biscuits, homemade pickles, and fresh fruit
COST: The picnic costs R450 and can be booked by emailing email@example.com or phoning +27(0)21 903 5034.
32. WINE & MUSIC PARING AT MARIANNE ESTATE
Two is truly a party this Valentine’s Day with Marianne Estate’s Wine& Music Pairing on Sunday, 14 February 2016. Hosted in the wine cellars of this stylish establishment, couples can enjoy the swanky sounds of French Gyspy Jazz band ‘Manouche’ after treating their taste buds to tasty canapés. Beginning with a welcome sundowner at 7pm, lovers will be whisked into a world of simple elegance, where music dominates, wine rules and people communicate through the language of love. Don’t miss out on this classical evening of unique tastes and musical magic.
COST: The Wine & Music pairing costs R400 and includes one bottle of Marianne Rose, Sauvignon Blanc or Cape Blend. Limited spots are available and tickets can be purchased via Webtickets.com. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or +27(0)21 875 5040.
33. LAZY AND CRAZY IN LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE PIANO BAR
In the mood to dial it down this Valentine’s Day? The Piano bar is offering the perfect opportunity to do just that on Sunday, 14 February 2016. If you have big love for your special sweetheart, as well as a big appetite, then get ready to sink your teeth into the mouthwatering tapas offering. With four different meal options and two desserts to choose from, this set menu offers a unique variety, such as a Piano Bar favourite, teriyaki glazed seared Norwegian Salmon. Additionally, this offering includes sweet strawberries and a glass of bubbly for you to fill your heart and tummy with yummy goodness! Abandon the heels and save the suit for a different day, because this special night is all about comfort food, and quality time!
COST: Cost for the tapas offer is R155 p/p and includes strawberries and a glass of bubbly. Booking is recommended and can be made by calling +27(0)21 418 1096 or by emailing email@example.com
34. SPREAD THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH ST LUKE’S HOSPICE AND BUITENVERWACHTING
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that love makes the world go around. Therefore, on this international day of all things romantic, spend your Sunday, 14 February 2016 spreading the love with St Luke’s Hospice Valentine’s Day in Wonderland picnic. Taking place on the gorgeous green lawns of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate, this picturesque setting boasts everything that Constantia has to offer, from stunning scenery to world-class wine! Take the love to a whole new level this year, and spend your evening accompanied by all those you hold dear to you heart. So bring along the boyfriend, the brother and the babies for a breezy evening with a benefit. Gather the whole gang and enjoy this starry night for a good cause. What’s more, you don’t have to stress about the small things, as this offer includes a three-course picnic meal prepared to perfection by Hearty Foods. The more you give the more you get, and this event understands that with giving, comes receiving. Take a chance on love and enter the lucky draw, where you could be the winner of a R5000 gift voucher from Peter Gilder Jewelers (to spoil your sweetheart with!). Live, laugh and love whilst listening to sounds from the band, Spectrum on this day that promises fun for everyone!
COST: Tickets cost R600 per couple and includes a three-course picnic meal, live entertainment and a bottle of Buitenverwachting Wine. Secure your ticket by contacting Joy Booysen or Melissa Zaayman, on +27(0)21 761 1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
35. VALENTINE’S DAY AT CHARCOAL DINING
Casual, intimate and cosy, CBD bistro Charcoal Dining is one of those hidden gems that oozes romance without trying to, and accordingly, it makes for a great spot to celebrate your love. Each visit to this quaint venue offers patrons a unique experience with a personal touch, and this V-day is no different. Lovebirds can order from the a la carte menu, which in itself is a special experience, and guests will receive a special Valentine’s dessert and a complimentary liqueur to end off the evening.
COST: Normal menu costs apply, and patrons can expect to pay between R49 and R89 for starters and from R99 to R249 for mains. Booking is essential as space is limited; to do so, call +27 (0) 21 422 3232 or email email@example.com.
36. VALENTINES EVE DINNER AT FLOREAL BRASSERIE
Boasting culinary brilliance on Saturday, 13 February, Floreal Brasserie’s Valentine’s Eve Dinner Special bursts onto the romance scene. For starters and mains, couples can choose between four different dishes. For dessert, prepare to be absolutely awed by sensational sweetness that is the chocolate fondant fondue, served with fresh fruit, marshmallows and honeycomb. Included in the dessert is a bottle of Floreal 2006 – a unique wine for this unique experience. Whilst in the skilled and capable hands of Patron Chef Ian Lilley, take time to indulge in le good life, letting your taste buds do the talking and feeling. The symphony of flavours and romantic atmosphere will make this Valentine’s evening one to remember. However, if you’ve already promised your bae a different way to spend the eve of the international day of love, join the Floreal Brasserie from 12pm until 4pm on Sunday, 14 February for their lip-smacking a la carte menu.
COST: Valentine’s Eve Dinner costs R300p/p for food only. The cost for food and wine pairing is R450p/p.
37. VALENTINES PICNIC AND DINNER AT MOYO
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a romantic picnic for two on Sunday, 14 February 2016 at Moyo. Located in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, this popular restaurant offers the perfect atmosphere to exist in pure romantic bliss. The menu includes a variety of tastes for you to try, such as smoked salmon, roasted courgette and dill quiche. To satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in a selection of chocolates and macaroons all packed into a basket secured with a red ribbon for that extra touch of love. If a romantic picnic for two doesn’t sound tempting enough already, Moyo’s pre Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, 13 February will certainly have your sweetheart swooning. Turn up the heat this night of love with a complimentary welcome cocktail before gazing into your soulmate’s eyes over a three-course meal. For dessert, lovebirds will be in for a surprise, as Moyo goes the extra mile to set the mood and create a fairy tale night that will leave a lasting impression on your heart.
COST: The cost of the Valentine’s Day picnic is R450 per couple, excluding drinks. Optional extras are available. The cost of the Valentines pre-dinner is R700 per couple. Bookings are essential as space is limited. Bookings be made by calling (021) 762 9585 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
38. WEEKEND GETAWAY AT AFRICAMPS
Escape into a world where only passion and romance exist with a romantic getaway for two this Valentine’s Day weekend. From Friday, 12 February to Sunday, 14 February 2016, head to AfriCamps Oudtshoorn for a two-night glamping experience that will leave your special someone breathless. This spectacular destination offers lovebirds the advantage of a full camping experience with the added touch of luxury. So leave the sleeping bags at home and move into a fully furnished tent where you’ll be given the time of your life on this weekend of love. With a romantic sunset game drive under the starry sky and a private tapas dinner for you and your boo, even Cupid can kick back and relax. Save the predictable Valentine’s Day dinners for another year and get ready to make your love story a memorable one with this wild and unique experience.
COST: This weekend for two costs R3950 and includes sundowner drinks, a sunset game drive, and a tapas dinner. To book, email email@example.com.
39. VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE VILLAGE IDIOT
Dare to be different on Sunday, 14 February 2016 by spending your Valentines Day at The Village Idiot! Break the rules a little, and enjoy your romantic day by embracing the unconventional with the Village Idiot’s meal specials. Situated on Loop Street, this restaurant and bar offers the perfect escape from traditional romance and invites you to gather a gang, spread the love and chill out. If you’re a foodie, then this is the place to be as you can sink your teeth into one of three meal specials. Bite down into biltong gazpacho, finished with sliced biltong and tempura parsley, or treat your other half to a lamb rack with whole-grain mustard sauce. Satisfy a sweet tooth craving with a dessert of berry, meringue and vanilla cream Eton. If you feel like going all out, express your love by purchasing all three meal options for a truly intense and complete Valentine’s Day. After all, it doesn’t matter if they’re an idiot; all that matters is that they’re your idiot.
COST: individual costs of dishes range from R50 – R130, or pre-order all three courses for R200. Booking is essential as space is limited. Secure your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It is worth noting that the Village Idiot’s drink specials to not apply on Valentines Day.
40. SPREAD THE LOVE IN WELLINGTON
Express your love from Friday, 12 February 2016 until Sunday, 14 February 2016 with gifts from one heart to another! Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands is Wellington, a town that serves as the ideal romantic destination for a weekend of activities that you love. Couples who are as crazy about wine as they are about each other can immerse themselves in a wine tasting experience or sit back with a glass in hand, enjoying a romantic picnic or dinner. Surprise your sweetheart with a camel drawn cart ride complete with breathtaking views or spend the evening with artists, taking in the culture and art galleries of the area. Savour each moment as you make special memories doing what you love with the one you love.
COST: Prices range from R60p/p –R300p/p and depend on the choice of activity. Full details can be found on the programme by visiting #heartWellington on www.wellington.co.za, FB and Twitter or by contacting the Tourism Office at +27(0)21 864 1378.
41. LOVELY LUNCH AT DORNIER BODEGA WINERY
Ditch the love potion number nine this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town and rather enchant your better half with a dose of Dornier Bodega’s pastoral charm. With its dramatic views, rich history and old-fashioned architecture, the Stellenbosch wine estate restaurant could very well pass as an aphrodisiac; though on Sunday, 14 February 2016, couples looking to get the good vibes flowing would do far better tucking into Chef Neil Norman’s four-course lunch menu. Housed in an 18th century Cape Dutch-style barn that peers out onto hulking mountains and sprawling vineyards, the eatery has developed somewhat of a reputation for infusing traditional fare with twists of creativity. The Valentine’s Day set menu follows suit, and both young starry-eyed duos and old married sweethearts can look forward to juicy cuts of meat and sharing platters that inspire romance. And if lovers really want to elevate the experience to cloud nine, they can choose to add a wine pairing option to their meal.
COST: This four-course Valentine’s Day lunch costs R395p/p for food only, and an additional R160 for wine pairing. Bookings can be made by by emailing email@example.com or calling +27(0)21 880 0557.
Original article featured on capetownmagazine.com