It feels like just yesterday that we said goodbye to 2016 and now Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re still looking for something special to do with your partner this year, you’re not alone. I’ve scouted out some fun, romantic things to do with your loved one this Valentine’s and hopefully give you a little inspiration to spend some time together and enjoy a great date night out.
Happy Carnival Valentine’s Day Edition
Looking for something different to do? How about a music festival that’s all about love and happiness? Hosted at Fort Simon in Stellenbosch, So Happy Carnival invites you to come with your partner, dress up and release your inner child to the sounds of Cape Town’s top DJs. The event specifies that there will be food trucks, arts and crafts stalls, carnival games, romantic art installations, a beer garden, tropical rock pool area and more to look forward to. Plus, if you don’t want to drive you can book a seat on the “Happy Bus” to transport you and your partner to and from the party.
Valentine’s Movie Night at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
There’s something incredibly romantic about an outdoor picnic which is why it never gets old. For R675 per couple, you can enjoy watching the classic rom-com “Love Actually” with a bottle of wine (or grape juice). Hay bale seating will be provided but guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and pillows for a comfy, snuggly movie experience.
3-course Meal and a Romantic Stay-over at Bliss Boutique Hotel
A little luxury is always appreciated on Valentine’s Day. While not the cheapest, this deal offers loads of value for you and your spouse. For R2000 per couple, you can wine and dine with a 3-course meal prepared by Bliss Boutique’s very own French chef. This will be followed by a romantic stay-over in a luxury four-star room and breakfast.
6-course Tasting Menu Created by Celebrity Chef Reuben Riffel
Famous South African chef Reuben Riffel’s Tasting Table Restaurant at The One & Only offers you the chance to sample hearty foods paired with delectable wines for R950 per person. This is the kind of special occasion that may be on the pricey side for some, but it’s not something you do every day (or even every year!). So if this Valentine’s Day is a special one for you and you don’t mind spending a little extra, it seems like it’s worth looking into.
Rock Climbing at City ROCK Cape Town
If you’re in the mood for something affordable and adventurous, this is the perfect activity for you. City ROCK in Cape Town is giving free intro courses to couples on Valentine’s Day this year so bring your partner and learn all the moves from the pros.
Romantic Valentine’s Day Cruise
Step aboard the Mirage for a fun but intimate experience with your special someone as you sail from the Waterfront to Clifton. There you will be treated to a canape dinner prepared by private chefs. There will also be a live DJ on board and all guests will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Dine and Dance at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Now here’s something you don’t get to do every day! Book your spot for a 4-course dinner in front of beautiful oceanic exhibits at the Waterfront, accompanied by Venetian waltz and salsa demonstrations for you and your partner.
Catch the Sunset Bus
Sometimes you just want to sit back and let someone else take the wheel for a change. The Sunset Bus lets you experience the city of Cape Town in a new light. Enjoy the smell of the ocean as you take a trip around the coast to watch the summer’s sun set with the one you love this Valentine’s Day.
Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro
Enjoy an entertaining show directed by Basil Appollis over a 4-course dinner and complimentary glass of pink champagne for just R480 per person.
Valentines Day Movie at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema
The Vow is a romantic drama inspired by a real-life love story. You can watch this movie snuggled together under the open sky, on top of the Grand Daddy Hotel, at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema this Valentine’s Day. Choose between purchasing your movie tickets as is, for R160 per person, or go for the Gourmet Foodie option which comes with some great menu choices including dessert (yum!).
There you have it! Wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope you get to spend it with the person that you love. If you have any other plans or ideas I’d love to hear about it! Please don’t be shy to share in the comments below.