It must be an irrefutable fact that Cape Town and surrounds provide some of the most beautiful and memorable scenic experiences in the world. For idyllic getaways to simple fun, there’s no city that combines the romance of sea, mountain and country jaunts in quite the astonishing way that Cape Town does. February is romance month – and you can celebrate it right here in the Western Cape with a host of things to do, places to go, and experiences to enjoy. Here are just some ideas to fire the imagination.
In town and about
Tintswalo Lodge, Hout Bay
For a perfect getaway weekend that’s right on the doorstep, this luxurious accommodation set on the edge of the Atlantic, offers unparalleled views of sunsets and sea, and the striking outline of the Sentinel. Within minutes from the city, you are in a peaceful, sumptuous paradise! Privacy is affected through a shuttle service that brings guests down from the main road, where you are hidden from sound and sight of the general traffic. With just 11 suites, you are offered uninterrupted ocean views complemented by the sound of the waves lapping a few feet below. Hout Bay offers a range of things to do, but if you want to cocoon, the facility offers an on-site restaurant, a spa, a swimming pool, a sundowner deck, and a small gift shop. No need to move from this magical romantic spot!
A private picnic in the mountains, Camps Bay
This experience is offered by the Twelve Apostles Hotel. Pick up the picnic basket of your choice and take the short trail to where you can overlook the white curve of Camps Bay beach and the vast blue stretch of the Atlantic, while taking in the glorious vista of the mountain looming above you. The picnic is packed in hampers for two, and geared for different options, gourmet (R875), gluten-free (R595), vegetarian (R585) or backpack (R650). There’s no better way to enjoy a private romantic spot than in the midst of the grand sweep of nature.
Find the secret Diaz Beach
This has to be the most secluded and beautiful beach in all of Cape Town! Only accessible by foot from a pathway that leads from the main parking area inside the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Swimming is not recommended but you will be enjoying the pristine environment of an untouched beach, white sands and the blue roar of the ocean, not to mention the clean tang of the ozone. Set under the dramatic rise of the cliffs, this is a place of dreams and togetherness unlike any other. The Cape’s best kept romantic secret!
Horse riding on Noordhoek Beach
What could be more romantic than a canter along a sweeping beach, riding the fall of waves while watching a magnificent sunset? Whether you’re an experienced rider or not, this would be an unmatched ride across a glorious vista. Take a couple of lessons first, if you’re nervous – but the view and the exhilaration will be worth it! Whether you chose the bush trail (R285) or the beach trail (R460), you’ll be experiencing the beauty of the Cape from a different point of view, and the slow romantic pace of nature at its finest.
You simply can’t ignore…
Sunrise on Lions Head: Start early on one of Cape Town’s most popular climbs, affording outstanding 360 degree views of the city and Table Mountain under the gleam of sunrise. Give yourself time to let the beauty sink in, let the pace of the city fade away, and feel the romance and peace of the great open skies above you.
Bicycle rides, Sea Point promenade: Here is something fun and different to experience together – the great views of the sea and the gentle pace of a ride along the promenade. And when done, there are a host of restaurants to choose from to refresh with a light lunch or a decadent coffee and cake. Romance is always in the air!
Open air movies at Kirstenbosch, Camps Bay, and rooftop Grand Daddy Hotel: Nothing more romantic than cuddling up under an open sky to watch a great movie with a picnic supper and the backdrop of the mountains under the stars!
Sunset boat cruise: Getting out on the ocean to watch the sunset with a glass of champagne and the fresh sea breeze in your hair; a superb opportunity to blow out the cobwebs and refresh that beautiful space in your relationship!
For the country feel that’s not too far
Birkenhead House, Hermanus
The best whale watching location in the world, Hermanus offers a romantic getaway like no other. Shops, restaurants, beaches, superb ocean views, and luxurious accommodation to suit all tastes. This cliffside facility is particularly geared to privacy, glamour, intimacy, top-notch service and unparalleled views. The romance of the sea beckons, and idyllic moments are promised in this very private paradise.
The Robertson Small Hotel, Robertson
Robertson offers serenity, history, and the old-world charm of a small country town. It’s the get-away-from-it-all romantic destination with all the trimmings. Rolling farmlands and majestic mountains fill your senses, along with enchanting Victorian architecture, Jacaranda trees, restaurants, wine-tasting and the opportunity to dally in the relaxing ambience of this small, private and intimate five-star boutique hotel. Just 10 ensuite bedrooms, restaurant and spa facility. It’s the perfect romantic treat.
Cedarberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge, Clanwilliam
Experience the grandeur of the mountains and the glorious light of sunset on breathtaking red sandstone rock formations. For tranquillity, nature, views, luxury and inimitable style, you can’t find a better romantic spot close to Cape Town with a perfect pitch of peace, privacy and romance. A pool, spa, mountain trails, biking, water sports on the dam, and rock-art tours, your days will be filled with things to do and explore. It’s romance on tap!
Elegance and the distinctive ambience of heritage await you at this grand old lady of Stellenbosch. Understated luxury melds exquisitely with old-fashioned, updated accommodation, and the ambience of three centuries of a working wine farm. From the splendour of the surrounding Jonkershoek mountains to the tranquility of traditional interiors, you will have found the most restful, romantic spot on the map. Old values linger in the creature comforts of fireplaces in every room, a cigar bar modelled on a gentleman’s club, a luxurious spa, and indoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. Here, there is nothing to do but relax and revel in the romantic ambience made for the quiet enjoyment of two people lost in their own world. From the old Oaks to the cosy pub cluttered with memorabilia, to the green haze of the vineyards, romance is in the air!
Make February 2020 your most romantic time yet!
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