We think the perfect idea for a Valentine’s Day present is a relaxing weekend away in one of the most scenic locations in the world. Let Stellenbosch envelop you and your loved one in a romantic interlude filled with wine, candlelit dinners and carefree strolls through the vineyards and streets.
Dinner for two
No Valentine’s Day is complete without a dinner where you can feast on fabulous food and gaze into the eyes of your loved one over a glass of premier South African wine. Stellenbosch has plenty of wonderful places to choose from.
This well-known steakhouse has been serving succulent cuts of AAA grade meat and melt-in-your-mouth sides for over 50 years. The trick lies in the restaurant sourcing, aging their beef in their own cold rooms and, of course, the top secret basting sauce. The signature dish is the fillet béarnaise. The Hussar Carpet Bagger (fillet stuffed with smoked oysters and cheddar, topped with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce) or the fillet topped with a Madagascan peppercorn sauce are honourable mentions. Expect a flawless and varied menu and wine list complemented by world-class service.
Find them at: 23 Plein Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Indochine at Delaire Graff
With the outside terrace providing picturesque views of Stellenbosch and a distant Table Mountain, Indochine’s atmosphere is uniquely dreamy. An Asian fusion delight, Indochine is known for their full flavoured seafood geng gati –neither a red nor green curry but made with a fiery curry paste. Along with the curries, there are fabulous starters like the Vietnamese pork belly and tom yum goong soup to savour. With a mesmerising backdrop and beautifully presented food, Indochine presents a Valentine’s meal both of you will remember.
Find them at: Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Along with wine tastings and pairings, treat you and your loved one to a day of relaxation at one of Stellenbosch’s luxurious spas. Set amidst lush vineyards means you will be pampered with treatments infused with viticulture. Visit Lanzerac Estate’s spa and treat yourselves to a soothing Chardonnay grape face mask or intense exfoliating facial, which uses natural fruit peel. End off your treatment with a Pinotage Vino bath or grape-infused soap sponge exfoliation to leave your skin glowing. At Clos Malverne, expect royal treatment from rejuvenating facials and couples aromatherapy, to body wraps and massages. With each treatment, the spa gifts clients a free bottle of Clos Malverne wine.
Find Lanzerac at 1 Lanzerac Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600
Find Clos Malverne at Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, 7600