Five date ideas for the perfect date

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PHOTO: Getty

Knowing what your partner likes is key to getting this right. Always remember to keep your idea personal and make sure it’s well thought out.

What are the secrets of a perfect date? How will you sweep that special person off their feet the next time you go out? Our dating expert, Philippa Stewart, says location, timing and knowing exactly what your partner loves are key; an original idea seals the deal and the rest is up to you!

Take flight

There’s something special about getting away and going on an adventure. If your partner prefers travelling – and you can make arrangements for your kids to stay with someone – why not spoil them with a trip for two to a remote cottage on the beach or a weekend away in the bush? A few game reserves offer romantic baths that are set up in the middle of the bush ? French Champagne, candles, roses, massages and stargazing with your favourite person! Certain lodges now even offer treehouses that are ideal for that romantic getaway.

If a weekend away is not on the cards – take a drive because, as you know, a change is as good as a holiday.

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Dinner time

Know what your partner loves, then take it to the next level. If they love dinning out, arrange a pop-up restaurant for the evening. This could be done in the comfort of your own home with a private chef or in your local restaurant where they offer private dinners.

If these ideas aren’t your style, why not get take-aways from that little restaurant you used to frequent before you had kids? Alternatively you could pack all your favourite nibbles into a basket and surprise him with an outdoor picnic once the little ones are in bed.

Let’s get wild

If adventure is what you’re after for a fun date, there’s plenty of action to be had. From shark-cage diving to paragliding, hot-air ballooning to skydiving, abseiling to bungee jumping – make sure your partner isn’t afraid of heights and would be willing to do it. A date isn’t all about what you like; it’s about doing something special for the other person, and in the process enjoying it too!

The Perfect Proposal

The Perfect Proposal helps conceptualise and set up personalised dates. Contact the company if you need a little inspiration for proposals, anniversaries, engagement parties, renewing of wedding vows or just a special evening out on Valentine’s Day. The company has some great listings for special places, and Cape Town specifically has some beautiful hidden gems that offer privacy and romance with the fun factor. Visit their website at or send a mail to 

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