The notorious day of love is looming and couples are desperately scrambling for date ideas. Yes, Valentine’s Day 2017 is upon us and romance is the order of the day. Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape is usually preceded by a flood of advertisements for dates and getaways. This can be quite daunting, especially if you have no clue whether you and your date are going to be happy after spending all that money! Enter my pick of date ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape. I’ve rounded up my favourite dates and getaways over the past two years and combined them into one post. So all you have to do is make your choice knowing that the suggestions already tick all the right boxes.
River Cruises and Horseback Riding at Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge
What says romance more than a horseback ride and a river cruise? Nothing! Madi-Madi Safari Lodge in the Karoo is the perfect hideaway for couples wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stay in the river-front cottages to get the ultimate viewing experience. You’ll have front row views of the Kammanassie river and watch the horses grazing while enjoying a glass of sherry on your patio.
Stay in a Luxury Tree House at Vindoux Guest Farm in Tulbagh
I’m not talking your average childhood tree house here. Vindoux Guest Farm in the town of Tulbagh has luxury tree houses overlooking the mountains. You’ll even have zebra grazing and lounging around right opposite your balcony. All meals are also enjoyed on your private tree house balcony which allows for uninterrupted privacy. Vindoux also has a spa which offers a variety of treatments and all this makes it the perfect romantic getaway.
Glamping in a Luxury Tented Suite at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
If you want to rough it but not really, there’s the luxury tented suites of Botlierskop Game Reserve in the Garden Route. These suites come complete with a four-poster bed, a oval bath perfect for bubble baths and a totally private outdoor shower. The private wooden deck leading to your tent ensures no lack of mountain and river views. The reserve also has a spa and a on site restaurant with one of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see.
It’s Not Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape if There’s No Couples Massages
What would Valentine’s Day be without massages? Couples massages are a great way to de-stress together and get rid of some tension before having a romantic meal. That’s exactly what we did at the One & Only Spa in the V & A Waterfront for our one year wedding anniversary celebration. Start off with a glass of bubbly in the jacuzzi, thereafter enjoy the massages and end off the day with a three course dinner at Reuben’s restaurant. The perfect Valentine’s Day.
And for Those on a Budget..
A romantic date doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. It’s about the time spent together as a couple and enjoying each other’s company. So if you’re on a budget and cannot afford a fancy date or getaway – no worries! Pack a picnic basket filled with you and your date’s favourite snacks and head to Green Point Park. Chances are you’ll have most of the goodies in your grocery cupboard anyway and will more than likely not be spending much! Just make sure you’ve got a comfy blanket to sit on and adequate eating utensils as well as some hand wipes too. Check Pinterest for some interesting recipes that’ll be sure to gain you extra brownie points.