Mountainous wilderness, luxurious oceanside retreats and spectacular sunsets, South Africa excels at romantic settings. Whether you’re looking to disconnect and revel in a South Africa Natural Heritage Site for a while or explore a buzzing city while also having stunning beaches on your doorstep, this is a region that offers it all. From helicopters rides over Cape Town to a picnic in the Cederberg Mountains, it’s easy to find romance in South Africa. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, here’s our pick of the most unforgettable romantic experiences on offer in South Africa.
Engagement Package at The Twelve Apostles
Whether you are planning on popping the question, recently engaged or simply loved up, the Engagement Package at The Twelve Apostles is a true celebration of romance. In addition to a sumptuous stay in a beautifully appointed room or suite, couples are swept off their feet on a helicopter flight over Cape Town. Taking in iconic landmarks such as the V&A Waterfront and Green Point Lighthouse against the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain, it offers an unforgettable bird’s eye view over one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
Disembark back at the hotel and head in to The Spa to relax and unwind together in the soothing salt water flotation pools. Return to your room to pop the cork on a complimentary bottle of Champagne as the sun sets. It’s an intimate aperitif before a romantic star-lit dinner in your choice of The Café Grill or Azure Restaurant, famous for their stunning ocean views. End the day with a rose petal-scattered turndown followed by a decadent breakfast in bed the following morning.
A Touch of Romance at The Oyster Box
Sun, sea, spa and someone special are the key ingredients of the thoughtful A Touch of Romance package at The Oyster Box in Durban. Enjoy spectacular views over the Indian Ocean from a Luxury Sea Facing Room for two nights. An intimate romantic dinner is served al-fresco in the Gazebo or in the cosy and private surroundings of the Clock Library. You’ll also be indulged with a couples’ spa treatment in the hotel’s luxurious white-marble Hammam. Based on the ancient Middle Eastern ritual, it uses heat and massage therapy to invite deeply restorative results.
Romantic Retreat at Bushmans Kloof
The Cederberg is one of South Africa’s most awe-inspiring landscapes and there are few better ways to experience it than with the one you love. The Romantic Retreat at Bushmans Kloof promises an unforgettable two days exploring the stunning scenery and basking in the luxury of the retreat itself. Soak up the magic of this ancient and unspoilt region with a guided rock art excursion and an afternoon nature drive, where sundowners and canapés are served with soaring views. Get back to nature with a spot of hiking, biking, swimming and canoeing before unwinding in The Spa at Bushmans Kloof. Rejuvenate the senses with a 90-minute B/Together treatment, which harnesses the healing properties of rose quartz, the stone commonly associated with love, in a restorative massage to relax body and mind.
For the ultimate romantic retreat, join us at The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s South Africa hotels.
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