Organise a romantic retreat to Paarl or Wellington to put some passion back into your life. Spoil your loved one with a laidback escape to these historic Boland towns, a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town and enjoy special spoils ranging from spa treatments to picnics and unique dining experiences. The incredible scenic beauty and rural tranquillity will add a dreamy quality to a memorable date.
Let romance bloom in Paarl
Soak up the rich culture of the region, while enjoying an elegant picnic on the sprawling lawns in front of the manor house at Nederburg. Attention to detail and the magnificent views make this picnic for two something to remember.
Add the allure of yesteryear with a visit to the new cocktail bar at the exquisite Grande Roche Hotel. Brandies are showcased in scintillating ways to mark the origin of this unique liquor that has been distilled in Paarl for centuries. The bar epitomises old-school glamour with a print of the enigmatic Mona Lisa smiling down over the polished brass counters.
Be rejuvenated at the luxurious Cascade Manor which offers a spectacular waterfall, a heavenly spa for pampering yourself and your partner and deluxe accommodation. Enjoy an invigorating couple’s massage in the spa boma set next to the waterfall for the ultimate indulgence. Alternatively, try the Garden Spa at Babylonstoren set in a bamboo pavilion in the heart of the lush gardens.
Unique dining experiences each add a distinctive atmosphere to your Paarl romantic retreat. At Noop, guests are welcomed by centuries’ old oak trees and treated like family by the owners. The homely atmosphere of this heritage building and fantastic food create the ideal setting. The Polo Club Restaurant and Black Bar at Val de Vie Estate offer elegance and serenity with striking views of the pristine polo fields and surrounding mountain ranges.
The trendy La Paris Bistro presents wholesome and authentic fresh food sourced locally and responsibly, to be savoured in the subtle and tranquil surroundings, while time slips by almost unnoticed. Go back in time at the beautifully renovated blacksmith’s cottages on Pearl Mountain, which now houses the cosy Blacksmith’s Restaurant. The restaurant serves a selection of Pearl Mountain and locally sourced wines with a Mediterranean-inspired menu as well as decadent pizzas from their wood-fired pizza oven. Many of the original features of the cottages have been repurposed in the restaurant to create space for romance to blossom.
Romantic retreats in Wellington
The Oude Wellington restaurant promises to rekindle romance with The Exclusive Alternative, a passionate dining affair featuring country-style continental cuisine with a unique South African twist. Well-known for their reputation for exceptional food and service, the Oude Wellington Restaurant is also a popular tourism destination.
Unwind at Diemersfontein Wine by visiting their tasting room to sample their full range of wines, including the renowned Pinotage. Enjoy a delectable food and wine pairing or a delicious platter from Aan Tafel on the deck. Take a stroll through their peaceful gardens and be delighted by the huge wooden animal sculptures dotted between the shrubs.
The timeless elegance of Grand Dédale Country House will soothe and destress. The estate offers relaxing outdoor activities including hiking and mountain biking. The labyrinth is the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle and will transport you to a peaceful state of mind. The enticing River Walk winds along the river for two kilometres and over three pedestrian bridges. The Vineyard Walk is suitable for more active hikers and meanders through the vinyeards to reveal the majestic mountains surround the estate. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, hike to the top op Bainskloof Pass for exquisite views of the entire valley. Stay the night in luxurious accommodation to make the most of all the activities available.
Nothing says romance quite like roses and at Langkloof Roses visitors are literally spoilt for choice with more than 14 000 rose plants. This boutique guest farm tucked away between oak trees and a valley of roses lies a mere 6km outside Wellington. Enjoy fragrant foot soaks, pick your own roses in season and relax in the quaint tea room with delicious treats and sumptious harvest table lunches.
Enjoy a lazy Sunday summer picnic in the beautiful gardens of Au D’Hex Restaurant. Picnic baskets can be pre-ordered for the first Sunday of every month and is packed with delicious fresh, home-made goodies paired with stunning Wellington wines.
If you really want to get away from it all, book a stay at the Little Farm on a Stream, which is hidden away on a 23-hectare olive farm located between a natural spring and the Spruit River. Be soothed by the sound of running water, while enjoying your morning coffee and catching a glimpse of the bird population. Grab your bikes of hiking shoes to explore the olive grove, buchu field, fynbos and proteas or spend some quiet time basking in the sun next to the river.