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10 TOP ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN

August 27, 2017
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"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." - Nothing else matters, really. Nothing else. Life is not about Netflix and chill, neither it is about money or success. Life is all about LOVE. Loving and being loved. This quote was said by Audrey Hepburn. 

SEE THE BEAUTIFULL CAPE FROM ABOVE 
It’s not every day that you get to see Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula from a scenic bird’s-eye view, and what better way to experience this premium scene than with a loved one by your side? So why not opt for an hour long helicopter ride with NAC helicopter tours. The 60- minute aerial tour begins at its V&A Waterfront base and then flies high up -  treating you to incredible views of one of the New7Wonders of Nature, the flat, water-locked form of Robben Island and the oval anatomy of the Cape Town stadium! stadium! 

The journey also includes gorgeous views of suburbs Sea Point & Camps Bay as well as celebrated marine route Chapman’s Peak Drive. For an even more matchless experience, why not jet off to your desired location via helicopter? Recommended destinations include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Hermanus and Gaansbaai. Visit their website for more information.

BREAKFAST AT FESTA RESTAURANT
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, you can go all out and utilise the gracious 24 hours in the day to pamper your loved one.. Why not start off at Festa – a charming restaurant that’s located at the picturesque Kleinevalleij Estate in Wellington. Their breakfast menu includes a delicious variety of choices; you can try the ‘Festa Salmon Breakfast’ that includes a baked croissant, scrambled egg, smoked salmon and balsamic tomato relish.

Or opt for a pizza or steak off the regular menu to start off your day – all the while soaking in the lush Wellington hills that etch off into the distance. The rustic décor with its low-hanging chandeliers, as well as the wide patio that houses comfortable sofas, create the perfect setting for a romantic breakfast with your sweetheart. 

COUPLE'S SPA SESSIONS
Pair up for a pamper session and treat your valentine (and yourself) to a day of sensual spa therapy. Cape Town has a variety of spa options on offer to suit any sweetheart (and any gift giver’s wallet, for that matter). If you are looking for something that puts both your body and your bank balance at ease, consider a trip to Ways of Wellness (WOW!) to enjoy relaxing packages that include options like a body scrub, body peel-off and full body massage (no booking required). 

Especially for Valentine’s Day, the organic house of beauty is also offering couple’s a 30 minute cream facial as well as a 30 minute back and neck massage topped off with a complimentary glass of bubbly to get the loved-up vibes flowing. Though, if you’re looking for something a little more varied, Langaro Wellness Centre, an upmarket Camps Bay urban sanctuary, boasts a handful of pamper packages and body treatments. 

Couples can enjoy a romantic couple massage in a private double room as part of their 2015 Valentine's Day special. Each couple will receive complimentary champagne and chocolate.

BUY BEAUTIFUL DIAMONDS OR TANZANITE JEWELLERY
How about surprising your companion with a dazzling jewelry piece? For the diamond-loving type, Linde Collection, located on Shortmarket Street in the CBD, offers contemporary and unique local diamond necklaces, rings and earrings that can fit beautifully into any occasion – so much so that the company can make custom pieces fit personal design preferences and specifications. 

If you’ve been thinking of making things more official with your beau, you’ll be happy to know that Linde specializes in engagement rings! For something a little more unique and an alluring blue in colour – a tanzanite encrusted ring or necklace might just do the trick! Shimansky, along with its diamond ring offerings, also boasts a blue-violet tanzanite ring and earring collection. 

SHOP AT SEX BOUTIQUES
Spice up a special occasion and make your own happy ending with an assortment of high-end sexy and sensual products from Whet Sensuality Emporium or The Bedroom, both online boudoir boutiques. Browse and be aroused by naughty and nice playthings, from chiffon silks and body lotions to a saucy selection of games and toys; after all, there’s nothing like a range of raunchy bells and whistles to whet the appetite and reignite the passion in your relationship. 

So, whether you’re shopping to knock the socks (and other items) off your lover or searching in tandem for a little something to enliven the future, you’re bound to come away feeling attractive, excited and eager for the steamy evening ahead. 

Tip: For a more personalised, guided shopping experience, Whet Sensuality Emporium also offers a viewing and shopping room in Milnerton; by appointment only.

HORSE DRAWN CARRIDGE RIDES FOR TWO
Here’s something for all the hopelessly romantic Jane Austen readers out there! Why not whisk your nearest and dearest through the city streets on a horse-drawn buggy with the Cape Town Carriage Company (CTCCO)

The stylish chauffeured ride will take you past all the major historic sites in the CBD: St George’s Cathedral, Church Square, the South African National Gallery and the Grand Parade, to name but a few (the trip also includes a stopover at the Company’s Garden). The trip is between an hour and an hour and a half in length, and a bottle of sparkling grape juice is provided (patrons are also allowed to bring along their own refreshments). CTCCO runs Monday through Sunday and rides are available all day at your request.  

WINE TASTING AND CELLAR TOUR AT BOSMAN FAMILY VINEYARDS
Take a trip to Wellington and impress your amour with a private cellar tour and tasting at Bosman Family Vineyards, an eighth generation winery with a past as rich and romantic as the age-old tale of Saint Valentinus and his abiding love. 

Sip and swirl your way through the winery’s award-winning reds and whites as your tour guide stirs in snippets of the farm’s rich heritage and history (the cellar is over 250 years old), and make the day even more meaningful by learning about Bosman’s extensive ethical fair trade mantra. Do note: tours and tastings are by appointment only.

SUNSET CABLE CAR TRIP
Take your love to dizzying heights and watch from atop Table Mountain as the sun sets and the city becomes awash in hues of pink and orange. Affording spectacular 360-degree views over Cape Town and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, this iconic landmark is the ideal location from which to sweep that special (or soon-to-be special) someone in your life off their feet while twilight comes to rest. 

During summer, the sunset cable car trip up Table Mountain is half price after 6pm (until 28 February 2014), so you can break into new heights in your flourishing relationship without breaking the bank. The last cable car goes up at 8:30pm, and it comes down at 9:30pm (during the month of February; times vary during other months of the year). 

LINDT CHOCOLATE STUDIO
For some there is no love greater than the love of chocolate; treat your sweet-toothed darling to a personally selected gourmet goodie bag from the Lindt Chocolate Studio, the first of its kind in South Africa. 

Pick and mix elegant chocolate creations, from mouth-watering pralines to creamy truffles, or, alternatively, stock up on chocolate-creating kitchen supplies perfect for conjuring up a devilishly decadent fondue at home. For those dating true chocoholics, enquire about the Lindt Chocolate Studio Courses and enroll yourself and your partner to learn and taste your way through a variety of 

PICK YOUR OWN ROSES AT CHART FARM
Forget shop-bought roses, why not go for the real deal and pick your own this Valentine’s Day? Surprise your partner with a bouquet of hand-selected stems carefully chosen to include her favorite colors, varieties or aromas. Choose from a wide selection – there are over 6000 plants – of breathtaking buds at Chart Farm in Wynberg and pay less for the beautiful blooms than you would if you purchased a less lively bunch from stock-standard retailers. 

For a paired activity, invite your partner along and wander the scented paths of the rose garden together. Round off your picking trip with homemade cake and a cup of coffee on the charming venue’s terrace as you marvel at the mountainous views unraveling beyond.

HORSE RIDING ON NOORDHOEK BEACH
Take your cue from a classic movie and ride off into the sunset together on horseback along the idyllic Noordhoek Beach. This picture-perfect stretch of sea and sand – it hugs the portion of coastline just around the bend from Chapman’s Peak – is the quintessential setting to celebrate a special occasion with your star-crossed lover. 

A handful of horse riding companies operate in and around the area, but one seasoned service provider is Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding, a company that offers expertly guided tours for experienced riders and saddle newbies alike. 

HIRE A HARLEY FROM CAPE BIKE TRAVEL COMPANY
For placid types and adrenaline junkies alike, there’s nothing that can quite beat cruising along Chapman’s Peak Drive or off-roading through the towering Cederberg mountains on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Hiring one of these hogs with a loved one for a day could provide you with the perfect excuse for a close encounter with your sweetheart (think Marlon Brando and Mary Murphy in The Wild One and not Kimye in Bound 2). 

Mother City company Cape Bike Travel has a range of these bad boys for rent, and if you haven’t got around to getting your motorbike license, don’t fret; chauffeured rides are also available. Prices vary depending on the model, and all bikes come equipped with a helmet, 24-hour roadside assistance and fully comprehensive insurance. Plus, delivery and pick-ups can be arranged for an additional fee, which means that you and your lover can just drive one leg of the journey if you so wish. Jackets, a GPS and panniers are available at an extra cost.

WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Why not cosy up with your sweetheart beneath the stars at one of the Mother City’s open-air theatres? These scenic outdoor cinemas seem to be cropping up all over the city, and we’ve picked some of the finest of them here. 

Firstly, there’s The Galileo Open Air Cinema, which has branches at the Hillcrest Quarry, Kirstenbosch , V&A Waterfront  and the Cape Winelands that screen cult classics, romcoms, scifi movies and dramas every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening respectively during the summer months. Take note that considering that the setting is outdoors, the event is weather dependent. 

Doors open at 6pm and the flick starts after sunset. Otherwise, there’s also the Pink Flamingo Cinema, a vibey rooftop movie house at The Grand Daddy Hotel that shows classics under the African sky. Depending on your mood – and budget – there are a number of different ticket options available, and the various price categories include extras like popcorn, sweets, picnic baskets and even a sleepover in one of the hotel’s famed rooftop trailers. 

BUY A YUMMY TABLE MOUNTAIN SHAPED CHOCOLATE
The chance to surprise your loved one with a sweet and edible version of the beloved Table Mountain is now a very delicious reality that could make for a unique V-day gift. The indulgent treat comes in milk (43% cocoa) and dark chocolate (72% cocoa).  

Creator Jan de Jager puts it like this: “the chocolate bar is beautiful to look at, it’s soft to touch, you smell its cocoa aroma as soon as it is unwrapped and then you can hear the snapping sound when biting into it. Finally, your taste buds enjoy the smooth silky taste as the chocolate melts in your mouth.” Sounds delicious, right? Visit their website for more information.

Reference: Capetown Magazine. Visit www.capetownmagazine.com for more date night ideas in Cape Town. 

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