You need not fret about making an impression on your honey with our handy Valentine’s Day guide. Don’t wait until the last moment to plan something special.
Valentine’s Dinner under the stars
Surprise your Valentine with a romantic dinner under Franschhoek stars in the Sculpture Garden at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.
Couples will be treated to a seductive 7-course Valentine’s menu courtesy of Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst. This culinary indulgence begins with an enticing menu with canapés, petits-fours, and a long stemmed rose.
You can either opt for the regular Valentine’s dinner at R885 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, or go all out for the private gazebo at R3250 per couple. This romantic al fresco dinner includes oysters and a bottle of Grande Provence Brut Méthode Cap Classique crafted on the estate. There are also some optional extras such as Imperial Heritage Caviar and more oysters for couples who want to throw all caution to the wind.
For bookings, call 021 876 8600; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For accommodation enquiries, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, or send an email to email@example.com.
Celebrate love and the full moon
Start getting into the mood with a special concert by beloved local group Sterling EQ in Paarl in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 11, at Cascade Country Manor.
This performance will be a tribute to the full moon while enjoying one of the most romantic venues in the Winelands.
Sterling EQ is known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats. The trio is lead by flute virtuoso Carina Bruwer, with Ariella Caira on the electric cello and ace violinist and composer Luca Hart, known for her Grappelli-inspired improvisations.
Gates open at 6pm, with food and drink on sale. No picnic baskets or drinks. Children 10 and younger attend for free.
Tickets are R165 at Quicket.
Toast your Valentine in style
Woo your beloved this Valentine’s Day with a Brut Rosé MCC French Breakfast or Antipasto sharing platter at Constantia Glen. Framed by outstretched vineyards and mountain views, this tranquil setting is the ideal backdrop for a day of romance.
Turn on the charm with a glass of Rosemarie & Funa Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classique, the companion for one of two French breakfasts served until 12.30pm on Tuesday, February 14. Choose between a freshly baked croissant served with cheese and jam at R60, or smoked trout ribbons, dill and lemon crème fraîche at R80. Both breakfasts include a complimentary glass Brut Rosé and your choice of tea or locally roasted coffee.
If you prefer to sleep in and skip breakfast, celebrate your love with a bottle of Rosemarie & Funa MCC and a generous Antipasto Platter for two filled with creamy Buffalo mozzarella, a variety of cured meat, vegetables, condiments and crispy bruschetta at R500.
Constantia Glen will be open from 10am to 8pm. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021 795 5639, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.constantiaglen.com.
Romantic Valentine’s picnic by the sea
This Valentine’s Day enjoy an exclusive picnic for two on the rolling lawns of the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Soak up the scenery and watch the sun go down while enjoying a picnic prepared by Chef Norman Heath.
The picnic basket includes freshly baked baguette, marinated olives, summer berry salad, Asian basted chicken skewers, a selection of local cheese and biscuits, peanut butter brownies and a bottle of wine. Guests also get a blanket, umbrella and a great spot on the water’s edge to picnic with your loved one.
The picnic starts at 6.30pm on February 14 and the cost is R695 per couple.
Book on 021 441 3000; or send an email to email@example.com.
Romance in the winelands
Boschendal, located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, are makes romance easy: mountain views, beautiful vineyards and gardens, heritage dining venues with special menus, plus romantic touches like bubbly tastings, carriage rides, and relaxing couple spa treatments.
On Valentine’s Day, dining options for couples include a romantic dinner at the Werf Restaurant featuring a surprising aphrodisiac menu, a farm-to-table inspired dining experience at the Farm Shop & Deli, or simply relaxing beneath the trees at the Rhone picnic area.
For reservations and more information, call 021 870 4200; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.boschendal.co.za.