Sexy city break

2013-05-24 08:34

It's interesting to note how, taking a romantic break with your partner has become synonymous with heading away somewhere remote and unpolluted by technological interference

It makes perfect sense - we're all over stimulated and often just need to get away from it all. However, this doesn't mean that cities can't be romantic in their own right.

In fact, the energy, movement and variety that comes with the territory can be quite a turn-on, the perfect opportunity to leave all that baggage and just play!

So, in celebration of bright lights and busy streets, we present our perfect city break itinerary. Splash out and enjoy with your partner.

Check in somewhere stylish 

The first and most important factor for a successful weekend break, is finding somewhere fabulous to stay. While you may look for charm and quaint accommodation during a weekend in the country, a city break demands something suave, sexy and stylish. In Cape Town you simply can't go wrong with 15 on Orange, in Johannesburg Fire&Ice! Melrose Arch is bound to get your pulse racing, while Durban's Oyster Box will definitely do the trick!

Leave work just after lunch and head straight to your hotel for an early check in. Spend the afternoon luxuriating, relaxing and revving up for a fun-filled evening with your other half. Have a couple's spa treatment, order fancy cocktails and why not celebrate with an oyster or two? 

Dinner & drinks = dress up

As the sun starts setting, get ready to head out for a proper dress-up dinner & drinks. If going to your hotel's in-house restaurant seems too mundane, be sure to make a booking at that fancy spot you've been eyeing for a while. Check out Food24's picks of top restaurants in Cape Town, Johannesburg andDurban.

Ladies, this is the perfect opportunity to crack out those underutilized stilettos and don the little black number you bought all those moons ago. Guys, indulge your girl and wear that silly little bow tie and overcoat you've been trying to avoid (you'll look exceptionally dapper!).

Start your meal off with a classy glass of bubbly at the bar. You could even order a bottle, but the idea isn't to get trashed just yet, so go slow and take the rest to the table when it's time to move through for dinner. 

Go out dancing

Even if you aren't normally into clubbing and dancing, make an exception this weekend. Chances are good that you once did dabble in some sort of clubbing scene, back in the days when you were free and out on the prowl. However, being in a relationship often brings an end to the craziness, which is good, but dang, there are few things as invigorating as having a really good night out with the one you love! 

So, there are two ways to approach this - either decide on a club beforehand or just let the evening take you where it will. 

The important thing is to be somewhere you both enjoy. Not much of a house music fan? In Cape Town, head out to Deco Dance or Ace 'n Spades, in Durban try The Origin and in Johannesburg, The Red Room or The Woods come highly recommended. 

However, if you're looking for something more swanky, try Cape Town's Fez, Johannesburg's Movida or Durban's Panama Room. 

Sleep and order in

If you did the previous night properly, you may need some time to sleep off the aching feet and thick head. Indulge in the luxury of relaxation, sleep as late as you possibly can and then order a nice, big room service breakfast. Like they do in the movies. 

Use the morning to really enjoy your hotel room - on business trips and holidays one often doesn't have time to make use of all the little luxuries. 

Take an urban walk

Another thing you may never have time for in the ordinary rat race of life, is to explore your home city and all its hidden wonders. 

Use the afternoon to do a walking tour, checking out all those places you always have to rush past - it really is amazing to discover how much one misses when one's always in a hurry. But what's so romantic about this?

Well, what's not romantic about going on a journey of discovery together? Your little walk is guaranteed to deliver a whole lot of fodder for interesting conversation, private jokes and grand new ideas - all things that bring brilliant new life to a relationship.

Read more on:    weekend escapes  |  travel south africa  |  lifestyle

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