Some Valentine’s Day options…

by Karisa

So it’s the month of luuuuuuuurve… And you’re probably looking for some Valentine’s Day suggestions, right?  Right…  Here’s a quick rundown of some options which arrived in my Inbox recently:

      • “Feast on music” in the Atrium at African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel with a live performance in an intimate setting from Jimmy Nevis
        The evening kicks off at 7pm and tickets cost R395 per person (which gets you a mezze platter, small bowl dining, dessert and a complimentary bottle of Graham Beck MCC).  For bookings contact  Limited seats are available so book early to avoid disappointment.

        Jimmy Nevis

      • Watch Top Gun under the stars at The Hope @ Paul Cluver Amphitheatre (Elgin)
        Keen for something a little different?  Well watching a film in a forest theatre certainly ticks that box.  Pack a picnic basket and surprise your special someone with this old-school classic film under the stars, and with tickets only R100 each, it’s a date that won’t break the budget either.  You’ll also be doubling up by helping a really great cause, because proceeds of all Hope Festival events go to the Thembalitsha Foundation – an organisation that supports and rehabilitates some of the most vulnerable and desperate people in our society.
        Just some things to take note of:  you can bring your own food, however there will be some things on sale as well.  No alcohol is permitted, but Paul Cluver wine will be on sale along with craft beer, soft drinks, teas & coffees.  You should also bring along some blankets and cushions to sit on (and to keep you warm), but folding chairs will not be allowed to ensure everyone gets a clear view of the screen.
        Gates for Top Gun open at 18h00 and the show starts at 19h30.  Tickets are available via Computicket over here.

        Picnicking at Hope @ Paul Cluver. Image courtesy of David Morris.

      • Sterling EQ Valentine’s Concert at Tables at Nitida
        Multiple award-winning South African super group Sterling EQ returns to Nitida for what promises to be another unforgettable Valentine’s Day concert under the stars.
        This popular instrumental trio entertained lovebirds, friends and family alike on Valentines evening last year with their mix of iconic melodies, original numbers and foot tapping hits.  This year, Valentine concert goers can expect another delightful blend of music which will include old and new favourites, plus a few romantic evergreens, of course.  To round off the experience, Tables @ Nitida will spoil guests with a delectable picnic basket filled with a selection of delicious tapas and platters, as well a bottle of Nitida Roxia, all included in the ticket price. A special kids picnic basket filled with yummy treats will be available at R60 from the venue for children under 12, who can also enjoy the concert and the dedicated play area at Tables.  Kicking off at 7pm, the event will take place at Tables Restaurant`s natural amphitheater, offering ample space on the lawn for couples and groups to spread out and enjoy the open sky.
        Tickets cost R700 per couple and R350 for singles, and can be purchased via Computicket over here. Bookings for the kids baskets are essential and to be made with Tables at Nitida by giving them a call on: (021) 975 9357

        Sterling EQ

      • Hillcrest Quarry presents a Valentine’s Day Concert with Just Jinjer, The Swingsetters & more
        Against the backdrop of a beautiful quarry, you can enjoy a sunset concert with great live bands & acts.  Tickets cost only R150 and are available via Computicket over here, and you can check out their FB page for full lineup info.
        Single and ready to mingle?  No stress, cause they got you covered with a special singles area at the José Cuervo bar where you can party, enjoy the music and meet new people.
        Just a few things to note before you attend the event:
        – No beverages will be allowed into the area, thus no alchol or non-alcholic drinks. The quarry provide a fully stocked bar with enough of both to enjoy to your delight!
        – Please print out your Computicket ticket before you come to the venue
        – Tickets are limited, so buy ahead of time. Tickets will be available at the gate, but only till we’ve reached capacity.
        – Gates open at 15h30, if you arrive early, you will have to wait to enter arena
        – Camping chairs & picnic baskets will be accepted (only snacks, as we have a wide selection of food trucks available)
        – Children under 12 go in for FREE

Then there’s also various things happening in the Stellenbosch area:

  • Delheim wine farm will spread some love with a romantic Sunset Picnic on 14 February. Comfy blankets at the water’s edge beckon couples to indulge in a generous basket, fit for any Romeo and Juliet.  Expect home-made treats from ostrich meatballs, smoked snoek pâté and biltong to quiche and roasted vegetable salad, dolmades and olives.  Not to mention the farm bread, cheese trio and duo of chocolate mousse.  One basket serves two at R235 per person and comes with a complimentary bottle of estate wine.  This date under the stars starts at 18h00.  Contact 021 888 4607/079 7353257 or email to book.
  • Another good picnic spot to declare your love is at Jordan’s The Bakery.  Their baskets cost R450 for two people and fuelled with local and seasonal taste sensations, will add to memorable moments on the lawn from 17h30 until 21h00.  Email to make your booking now.
  • Vergelegen is planning an exclusive, white tablecloth Valentine’s Picnic in their enchanting camphor forest, where one can whisper sweet nothings over a sumptuous array of taste sensations.  It starts at 18h00 and for bookings email or call 021 847 1346.  Other attractions at Vergelegen on the day include their Sunset Environmental Tour, which will see enthusiasts (single or hitched) exploring the magnificent beauty of the estate, with canapés served during the tour, followed by a light meal at the Stables Restaurant. This eco-experience costs R300 per person and starts promptly at 17h00.  For bookings email or contact 021 847 2156.  Or tantalise the senses with a specially crafted Valentine’s Dinner at their signature Camphors restaurant at R585 per head, excluding wine or R795 which include selected wine pairings. Reservations are essential contact 021 847 1346 or email
  • Spier is doing a Valentine’s Picnic from their Eight to Go deli, a Sleepover & Movie Night at the Spier Hotel, and a dinner at their Eight Restaurant.  The Valentine’s picnic from Eight to Go is packed to the brim with charcuterie, home-baked breads, farm cheeses, trout pate, seasonal salads and chocolate truffles and the basket also includes a bottle of Spier’s Signature Méthode Cap Classique to toast your love.  It costs R450 per basket and can be booked at
    Your sleepover option at Spier Hotel starts with the classic romantic movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, under the stars at 19.30.  Each couple will also receive a basket filled with delicious treats and a bottle of Spier wine, as well as a complimentary blanket and cushions.  Package options include a Signature Stay which includes a picnic with a bottle of Spier Signature wine from R1945 per room and a Creative Stay which includes a picnic with a bottle of Spier Signature Methodé Cap Classique from R2175 per room. Email to be whisked away.  The romantic dinner at Eight Restaurant invites both new lovers and old married couples to celebrate their love with a divine dinner on the terrace, complete with oysters, chocolate truffles and other aphrodisiacs, whilst relaxing to guitarist Keith Tabishler.  Pre-bookings are essential, email or to claim your spot.
  • Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is doing a lavish four-course Valentine’s Dinner at R380 per person.  Think Coconut and Butternut Brûlée, Tandoori Poussin, Potato crusted Beef Fillet and upside down Honey Cheesecake.  Your evening also includes a complimentary welcome drink and a gift from the Executive Chef.  Seating is limited, so secure your table at  Or why not spoil your partner before dinner with a couples massage at the Lanzerac Spa combined with a chocolate and wine tasting at R1190 per couple.  This pamper pleasure includes a welcome foot soak and a five minute Dr. Fish nibble.  Bookings can be made at
  • No Valentine’s Day is complete without a good bottle of bubbly and at The House of JC Le Roux one can sip on fine bubbles and delight in a special Day of Love Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner at their Le Venue Restaurant.  Visit or call 021 865 8200 for more information.
  • Those wanting to get the heart racing, the natural way, can set foot for a Valentine’s Sunset Hike on Delvera Farm on Friday the 13th or lace up for a Love Run on the farm on Valentine’s morning.   Distances include 5km, 7.5km, 12.5km or 15km and runners are encouraged to spread the trail love by wearing red on the day.  For info contact Dirtopia Trail Centre on 021 884 4752 or email

AND for all the single peeps out there, if all this romantic stuff is making you want to drive your car off a cliff, don’t stress, there’s something for you guys as well:

  • A Single Taste – South Africa’s first and only dinner club just for singles – is hosting a special 4-Course Gourmet Dinner + Wine Pairing evening at a secret spot in Cape Town’s CBD.  Kicking off at 19h00 for 19h30, the dinner will cost R550/person and seats are limited, so you better hurry up and book soon.  Guests may book online at or via email at  The only requirement is that you need another single friend of the opposite sex (and who you’re not involved with) to book with you.  If you don’t have a single friend however, they’ve got a new Waiting List option where they’ll pair you up with someone.  But if you can find someone to join, it is always better to have a wingman (or wingwoman) by your side.

    This really does sound like a really cool evening out…

If all else fails, you can do what I’ve done the last few years:  Host a horror movie night with pizza and ice cream and lots and lots of wine. 😉 #EasyPeasy


1 comment

Elinza Feb 14, 2017 - 10:29 am

Your reservations are unreachable


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