From delicious dining to intimate staycations, Cape Town is brimming with options to celebrate the month of love and make Valentine’s Day extra special. Stretching from land to sky, here’s the ultimate guide to romantic activities with a touch of class that is sure to score you brownie points.
Set the scene for a date straight out of a rom-com with Hot Air’s breathtaking hot air balloon rides that elevates guests high over the Cape’s majestic scenery and hosts fantastic sightseeing tours.
Hot Air hosts a series of enchanting trips among the skies for partners, friends and family to experience extraordinary views that would make any picture simply breathtaking. The balloon rides tower over lavish landscapes spread across areas of the Cape, and the safari tours offer guests an exhilarating activity travelling over Africa’s most spectacular wine regions, vineyards and mountain ranges.
Guests can also choose to combine their tours with fantastic wine farm experiences that feature beautiful locations and spots to unwind after your flight.
Spoil your better half with Hot Air’s rare romantic adventures and experience the magic of floating away. Guests can book Hot Air’s sightseeing journeys and travel the surrounds via their exciting helicopter ride. For More information please visit Hot Air’son their website.
The epitome of opulence, One&Only Cape Town spoils couples with a series of romantic experiences, featuring idyllic and gourmet dining, luxurious Spa Suite pampering and an exclusive romantic island getaway.
One&Only’s secluded island retreat is an intimate oasis nestled between palm trees and the cool blue waterways of the V&A Waterfront. Set up with private dining on your exclusive balcony, serving bountiful breakfasts and romantic dinners complete with roses and candles.
The Valentine’s menus are a feast for the senses and serve a rich mix of flavours. The sleek and sexy Nobu offers a tantalising six-course set menu crafted for the occasion and an indulgent three-course menu in Vista Bar & Lounge, perfect for enjoying floor-to-ceiling views of Table Mountain.
Treat your partner, family or “the girls” to a Shimmering Valentine’s Tea. The special gemstone theme boasts unparalleled scenic views and an assortment of brightly coloured pastries such as the Diamond Cupcake, Sapphire Cheesecake or Emerald Mousse.
Take a load off and pamper your partner at the One&Only luxury couple’s Spa Suites. The award-winning Spa is set on its own private island and features several serene spaces such as the Thermal Suites, Relaxation Room and Spa Garden for guests to relax and enjoy peaceful, intimate moments together.
Where: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Feasting, pampering and picnicking: Spier offers an abundance of wonderful ways to celebrate love – and spoil your loved one this Valentine’s and host village-style accommodation at the Spier Hotel.
Cosy up with your partner and enjoy a romantic picnic under the ancient oaks of the Spier Werf and feast from a picnic basket crammed with locally sourced deliciousness. The basket includes gourmet salads, a charcuterie and cheese selection, a baguette with various dips, and a half lemon & herb rotisserie chicken. Finish off your spoils on a sweet note with a decadent triple Chocolate Mousse. You can book a picnic on their website www.spier.co.za
Their Tapas and Tunes is a symphony of flavour and intimate serenades, offering guests a selection of sundowners and exquisitely stylish, flavour-packed tapas on Spier’s River Deck. Take a load off and be pampered in their relaxing Valentine’s Spa Specials, featuring soothing massages and complimentary drinks/mocktails and delicious lunch.
The Spier Hotel Restaurant offers a romantic supper under the stars. The three-course feast features goat’s cheese panna cotta starter, a choice between beef short rib, trout or mushroom pasta for mains. Ending things off with an enthralling dessert: dark chocolate crème, cassata kisses or poached strawberries with chocolate custard.
Spier’s brand new Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classique is launching on Valentine’s weekend, and exclusively available from the Spier online shop and at the farm’s Tasting Room to celebrate the occasion.
Where: Spier, R310, Stellenbosch
A lavish rendezvous spot nestled at the end of Klein Constantia Road, Little Stream hosts a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic inviting couples to share the occasion on nature’s doorstep in the serene garden setting.
Guests can choose to be seated at a table for two in a private intimate picnic spot or opt to bring their own blanket and cushions and laze on the lawns.
The Little Stream chefs are bringing the best of the Cape’s produce onto their picnic platter, serving house-made chicken liver pate with onion marmalade and crackers. Followed by baby crumbed grilled camembert and a semi-hard cheese (by Dalewood Formage), complimented by poached pear & green fig preserve.
Also included on the platter is mini slices of salami, coppa and prosciutto (by Wild Peacock ) olives, fresh slices of ciabatta bread and butter. Rounding off a hearty meal with coffee or tea and red velvet cupcakes. Drinks can be ordered from the Farmhouse Deli – R385 per couple
The Valentines Picnic Package is available at the estate from 12 to 28 February. Couples can book their Valentine’s Day Picnics by contacting 021 794 9147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details please visit their www.littlestream.co.za
Little Stream is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets, the small rustic daytime venue is situated on seven beautiful acres of the garden estate at the foothills of Constantia. Guests can take a romantic stroll through the garden that features hidden sculptures, a secret swing set and a giant bamboo fort.
Stir Crazy offers exclusive Valentine’s Day experiences, featuring a scenic helicopter tour overlooking the beauty of Cape Town in the thrilling NAC Hopper flights, and an exclusive dinner at the immaculate Stir Crazy Cooking Theatre.
The unforgettable helicopter flights offer you and your partner romantic adventure, sumptuously coupled with Stir Crazy’s indulgent 3-course dinner.
The chefs have stirred up a delicious 3-Course Gourmet dinner with a complimentary drink and Canapés on arrival. A full course that features mouth-watering starters such as ceviche paired with crispy capers and wakame.
The mains include slow-roasted teriyaki chicken thigh prepared with tasty additions or try out their gorgeously prepared shredded lamb serving. For dessert, be spoiled with a decadent peanut butter smoothie or the gooey chocolate brownie to end off the romantic feast.
The Bistro at Stir Crazy is now serving their all-new and delicious breakfast and lunch menus, perfect for early birds and lavish lunches and hosts a superb range of dishes. Please visit www.stircrazycooking.co.za/bistro/ to view The Bistro’s menu offerings.
To secure your seats for their exclusive Valentine’s Day experiences, please visit www.stircrazycooking.co.za/events/valentines-day-experiences/
Where: Stir Crazy Cooking School, 14 West Quay Road, Waterfront, Cape Town
The Cape Milner Hotel is a modern and boutique-styled gem and an elegant couples escape to set the mood this Valentine’s Day. The team of chefs are cooking up a divine four-course dinner accompanied by romance-inducing non-alcoholic sparkling wine on arrival.
Situated in the heart of Cape Town cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Tamboerskloof, The Cape Milner is an unforgettable destination to unwind and enjoy your quality together.
The Valentine’s Day menu features citrus cured salmon trout salad or an exotic mushroom ravioli, succulent meat and seafood platters to share and raspberry and pistachio semifreddo for dessert.
Couples can book their romantic stays via their website capemilner.com to experience boutique-style living surrounded by compelling scenery at The Cape Milner. Unwind at the pool deck and trendy Glass Lounge, enjoying the luxury dining and breakfast offerings, the hotel also has a few gifts in store on the night of arrival and breakfast.
Where: Cape Milner Hotel, 2 Milner Rd, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Rollercade is Cape Town’s very first roller-skating amusement park and a one of kind experience for couples and friends to try out something new and experience 8-wheeling fun at V&A Waterfront’s Battery Park.
A trendy venue and a great idea for date night or spending time with friends and family. Partner up this Valentine’s Day as DJs are on deck providing tunes throughout the day and hosts pool tables for your one-on-one matches or doubles challenges, featuring a series of arcade machines to enjoy.
Rollercade is the first indoor arena dedicated to roller skating, providing a safe and friendly environment for everyone. Strap on your skates and get rolling to good vibes and great music, perfect for new arrivals to test their skills and die-hard skaters, this is an enjoyable venue for anyone looking to have good old fun.
Guests can visit www.rollercade.co.za to book their skating sessions, and find out more about the dedicated party areas.
Where: Rollercade, V&A Waterfront, Alfred St, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Make it a breezy seaside Valentine’s Day at Harbour House! Cape Town’s top seafood restaurant has compiled their exclusive Harbour House Tasting Menu Concept, a fine dining experience for couples, family or friends to celebrate the month of love.
Guests can indulge in a special menu crafted by renowned chefs Michael Jonker and Odette Olivier, featuring superb seafood, meat and vegetarian cravings.
The 3 and 5-course tasting menus throughout the month of February, offering great selections such as the Harbour House Arancini to Caramelle En Brodo that serves seared scallop delicious additions. The menus will evolve over time to provide new customer taste experiences and offers variety of culinary innovation.
Harbour House is situated in the luxurious setting of the V&A Waterfront overlooking the buzzy Victoria Basin and outdoor splendour of Kalk Bay, inviting guests to grab a seat next to magnificent ocean views and perfect for a summery seafood dining occasion.
Harbour House restaurants offer international cuisine with Mediterranean influence in a sophisticated setting. Serving only the freshest seafood and ingredients, crafting a compilation flavour and gourmet infusions of delicious seafood dishes for locals and visitors to enjoy.
To reserve your seats please visit the Harbour House website www.harbourhouse.co.za
Where: Harbour House, Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront & Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town