Romantic ideas for V-Day

2013-01-31 16:30

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Whether the V-letter day makes you gag or swoon, there is always good reason to make that person in your life feel special and loved. Here's a round-up of romantic Valentine's Day escapes that have landed in our in box. Take a look.

Hotel Izulu, Ballito

This 5-star hotel will be featuring a Valentines Day menu, created by the Executive Chef, Karel Jacobs.  Expect a beautifully presented, signature 4 course menu, at R280.00 per person to be enjoy in Gigi’s Brasserie. The menu boasts smoked Franschhoek salmon trout salad with roasted beetroot and almond with rocket and gorgonzola cheese served with balsamic and parmesan vinaigrette. Next is a refreshing strawberry, Champagne and rose water sorbet followed by the main course which consists of grilled fillet of beef with seasonal roasted vegetables and spinach and mint mashed potatoes with a port jus. An equally delicious vegetarian option will be available on request. For the grand finale, a chocolate parfait with a Lindt marble chocolate parfait heart with fresh berries and spun sugar is presented.

Indigo Bay – Bazaruto island, Mozambique

Rani Resorts’ unrivalled Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa on Bazaruto Island, is one of the five main islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, southern Mozambique. Get 50% off accommodation for you partner when booking a four-night stay. The offer is valid for the entire month of February. Extra touches include bubbly in the room on arrival; one authentic dhow cruise for two (please note this activity is non-private, there may be other guests); romantic turndown and a spa Rasul treatment for two.

Vineyard Hotel - Claremont, Cape Town

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day feast for R445 per person at this Cape Town luxury institution. The experience starts off with phyllo-wrapped camembert cheese with beetroot puree, candied walnuts, roasted yellow capsicums, crispy onion and herb salad and a ponzu dressing. A raspberry mojito sorbet is then served to cleanse the palate, before mains are served: a seafood platter of grilled crayfish, grilled prawns and linefish skewer, tempura tuna and avocado makimono, steamed fresh Saldanha mussels, baby calamari and herb new potatoes. Dessert is a tasting plate to share, with rosewater nougat, Baily’s ice cream, milk chocolate slab, strawberry macaroon lollipop, pistachio marshmallow with popping candy and passion fruit jellies.

Maboneng, Johannesburg

Enjoy a Valentine's moonlight movie under the stars at R420 per couple. As you watch "Paris Je T'aime" is a movie set in the city of love, you’ll also get to enjoy couple’s love seat on Kruger Street, mini-Champaign, couple’s cupcake and a meal for two at one of the restaurants – Sha’p Braai Stand, The Blackanese Sushi / Little Addis Ethiopian PlatterEnjera Platter or Chalkboard Pizza, Little Baobab Authentic African Cuisine.  

Itaga Lodge, Bela Bela

You can indulge in their Valentine's Weekend Couple Special at this luxury safari lodge located in the Waterberg Mountains near Bela Bela. It includes welcome drink on arrival, 3 night stay at Itaga Lodge in a climate controlled chalet with en-suite facilities, High Tea each afternoon,  3 Course Candlelight dinner each night, Full English Breakfast each morning,  2 - 3 hour game drive each afternoon, and a choice of either  a one-hour Elephant Interaction experience at the nearby ‘Adventures with Elephants’ centre  or a romantic 60 minute couples ‘hot stone’ massage in the Spa at Zebula, as well as a gift from the Spa. At R3, 885 per person for midweek stays (Sun – Thu) or R4, 785 for weekend stays (If Fri or Sat night included).

Holiday Inn Sandton, Johannesburg

Holiday Inn Sandton’s Executive Chef, Chris Cloete is not holding back on this year’s Valentine’s Day Dinner offering.  His passion for food, guests and hospitality will translate into exquisite, 5 Star dining with complimentary “bubbles”, truffles, fresh baked rolls and flavoured butter.  This and more for R450 per person.

Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town

Send your sweetheart swooning and spend Valentine’s Day in Cape Town at the first-class Atlantic Grill restaurant at the seaside five-star accommodation the Table Bay Hotel. Chef Dallas Orr has conjured up an elegant four-course set menu for the occasion; though, aside from the orgasmic gastronomic experience, guests can look forward to a glass of Graham Beck Brut on arrival, local musical entertainment and a complimentary gift. The ambient eatery also offers an accompanying wine pairing menu for those who love their reds and whites as passionately as they love their partner.  Tickets: The four-course set menu costs R450p/p and, for the wine connoisseurs, a wine pairing option is available for the price of R750p/p.

54 on Bath, Johannesburg

Discover a contemporary and fashionable haven on Bath Avenue right in the heart of Rosebank, Johannesburg's trendy suburb. Classic and sophisticated, the accent is on understated elegance, and our focus is to provide an exceptional guest experience. This hotel is for the discerning traveller seeking intimacy and refinement but always with stylish flair. R 2,995 per couple per night, include welcome drink, selection of homemade chocolates in the room, Picnic lunch with a bottle house wine on the terrace lawns, early evening tickets to "Cinema Nouveau",  Pre-dinner drinks — each a glass Veuve Clicquot Champagne in the Champagne bar,  Three course dinner for two in Level Four Restaurant, romantic turn-down with candles, a night's stay in a deluxe room, breakfast on the terrace, complimentary late check out. Valid from 8 to 16 February 2013.

Samara Private Game Reserve

Head out to the Eastern Cape as you enjoy the tranquillity of Samara. For an R1950.00 per person for Karoo or Lodge suites and R1500.00 per person for Sibella suites. It includes a six course sumptuous dinner at private, candle-lit tables spread around the sprawling lawn with lanterns twinkling in the trees, under the expansive, starry Karoo sky; Lunch in the river bed with the sparkling, pure water running over your feet while you eat a delicious meal, a complimentary massage per person, a bottle of ice-cold sparkling wine in your suite on arrival and a bubble bath and romantic turn down prepared for you in your suite.  A minimum of two nights is required, offer valid for 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 February 2013

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Treat your Valentine to Oysters and Bubbles in the hotel’s plush Leopard Bar, where a glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel and six medium oysters are available for R195.  You can also make a night of it with our ‘Celebrate’ overnight package, which includes a leisurely dinner in Azure Restaurant complimentary use of The Spa’s hydrotherapy pools, and a choice of two romantic treats from R2213 per person sharing.

One&Only, V&A Waterfront

For R1999 per person, guests will each receive a the All You is Love Spa Package, a gourmet In-Room Dining Romantic menu including a bottle of Methôde Cap Classique OR a voucher for dining at Reuben's, where South African fare with flair is the signature, or at the famed Nobu, where artistic plates of Asian specialities are presented to diners one after the other. The All You Need is Love Package valid between February and March and includes -glass of bubbles on arrival, 45 min Hot Stone Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage, 30 min Colour Touch and Black Diamond Scrub on Hands OR Feet, Full use of Relaxation Suite and Thermal Suite including Vitality Pool, Steam Room, Sauna, Ice Fountain and Experience Showers. Cost R595 per person (usually R675)

Oyster Box, Umhlanga Durban

This Valentine’s Day, The Oyster Box is offering a selection of Valentine’s celebrations to make this day as special as it’s meant to be.   For those looking for fine-dining, a 7-course plated menu and live entertainment, from resident musician Wallace Nock, is on offer in The Grill Room at R590 per person. If you’re looking to make a night of it, check in to your luxury sea-facing room, with Sparkling Wine on arrival.  A drink in one of the stylish bars, leads comfortably into dinner in the elegant Grill Room as you work your way through the delectable four-course Signature Menu and a gift to seal the tryst. This one-night package is R3 490 per person. If you’ve earmarked Valentine’s Day this year to propose or get engaged, choose the offer that  includes accommodation in a luxury sea-facing room, a romantic, private three-course dinner for two in the outdoor gazebo, draped and festooned with flowers and candle and a string quartet to serenade you.    

Protea Hotel Umhlanga - Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

The name of Umhlanga Rocks evokes a vision of golden beaches, lush surroundings and the exhilaration of holidaying in an idyllic part of the world. And the Protea Hotel Umhlanga is where that vision turns to reality. The special from R2 498 per person sharing for 2 nights includes return flights from Lanseria to Durban and 2 day car rental (Group A) with standard waiver and 200kms free per day you will also get valentine’s chocolates and roses for the ladies and a bottle of Sparkling wine. Valid from 14 - 17 February 2013

Protea Hotel Saldanha - Saldanha Bay, Cape Town

Remodelled to create an atmosphere of space and light, this hotel occupies a magnificent waterfront position only 80 minutes' drive from Cape Town. The special from R3 255 per person sharing for 2 nights includes 2 nights' accommodation in a standard room - room only, Return flights from Johannesburg or Lanseria to Cape Town,  2 day car rental (Group A) with standard waiver and 200kms free per day, free parking, 1 x drinks voucher for 2 people and a romantic turndown

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch - Stellenbosch, Winelands

Situated in the heart of the Winelands, in one of the most beautiful and heritage conscious towns, Stellenbosch is the second-oldest town in South Africa and affectionately referred to as the "Eikestad".  The special l from R3 575 per person sharing for 2 nights, includes 2 nights' accommodation in a standard room - including breakfast,  return flights from Johannesburg or Lanseria to Cape Town, 2 day car rental (Group A) with standard waiver and 200kms free per day,  'Tickle me Pink' Surprise, Champagne & a fruit platter.

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