Valentine’s Day 2022 is only two weeks away! As the most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some ideas for unforgettable romantic activities to enjoy in Cape Town.
Cape Town is the perfect place for romance. It has magnificent views, beautiful wine farms and world-class restaurants. It offers classic romance as well as unique adventures to share with your loved one. Think couples’ spa days, candle-lit dinners, exciting trail runs and sunset cruises! As Valentine’s Day takes place on a Monday this year, many of these activities can be enjoyed on the day or during the weekend of 11 - 13 February.
In honour of February 14th, here are 14 romantic things to do in Cape Town for Valentine’s Day 2022:
1. Spa Day
Enjoy a day of ultimate romance with a couple’s spa day! Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to sit back, relax and engage in the ultimate pampering session with your partner. While you are able to book couple’s spa days and massages throughout the year, the great thing about Valentine’s Day is that there are often great couple’s spa specials and romantic packages available at this time of year! Spas at hotels including the One&Only, Amani Spa at the Radisson Blu, the Cape Grace and more in Cape Town offer Valentine’s Day packages. Travel into the Cape Winelands and enjoy a spa experience at hotels like La Residence in Franschhoek for a day of luxury!
Be sure to check the venue’s websites and social media for up-to-date deals and information.
Delicious food, a beautiful setting and your loved one? Sounds like a winning combination to us! Pack a picnic of your favourite treats and select a scenic spot to enjoy a couple’s picnic on Valentine’s Day. Choose from great locations such as one of Cape Town’s gorgeous beaches, Signal Hill or Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Alternatively, enjoy a mouth-watering picnic experience at one of the region’s wine farms. This year, you could enjoy a romantic sunset picnic for two at Spier in Stellenbosch, complete with a bountiful picnic and live cellist and singer, while Jordan Wine Estate, also in Stellenbosch, is hosting a Valentine’s Day evening summer concert on Sunday 13 February.
3. Wine Tasting
Why not treat your loved one at a world-famous wine farm this year? Cape Town boasts hundreds of incredible wine farms and sprawling wine estates; from the historic wine farms dotted along the Constantia wine route, to the famous wine farms of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Durbanville and Paarl.
Select the area and wine farm you’d like to visit for Valentine’s Day. There are a variety of wine tasting options available, some with unique twists including wine and nougat, wine and chocolate, wine and cupcakes and even wine and biltong pairings! Be sure to book ahead of time to ensure a spot.
For something off the beaten track, take a trip up the West Coast’s wine routes and discover the fantastic wine farms in this area.
4. Fine Dining Experiences
Speaking of wining and dining… this list would not be complete without mentioning fine dining experiences! Cape Town is home to a number of world-class restaurants, some of which run Valentine’s Day specials and all of which are worth a visit! Destinations like the 12 Apostles hotel in Camps Bay, Cellars-Hohenort, Le Pommier and Grande Roche (both in the winelands) are running great specials. Alternatively, book a table at Cape Town’s hottest fine dining destinations such as Belly of the Beast, Grub and Vine, Chefs Warehouse and more.
5. Helicopter Trip
This is one for the adventurous couples! Get your hearts racing this Valentine’s Day with an unforgettable helicopter trip! There are a variety of flight options for a scenic helicopter tour in Cape Town, most of which start from the V&A Waterfront. Explore the skies around Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, see Camps Bay and Hout Bay, fly over the historic Robben Island or even fly out to the Winelands for lunch or a wine tasting!
6. Trail Run
Are you an active couple? Hit the trails for Valentine’s Day! Work up a sweat and enjoy the fresh air and natural scenery of Cape Town! Travel to the stunning D’Aria Winery in Durbanville for a trail run hosted by Lifestyle Challenge on Saturday 12 February 2022. Distances are 5km and 10km and the run can be completed with or without obstacles. Crush a challenge with your partner this Valentine’s Day! This is also a great option for active families looking for a fun day out.
7. Cooking Classes
This is a Valentine’s Day gift that will keep on giving! Learn a new skill, enjoy tasty food and bond with your loved one during a Valentine’s Day cooking class. Regardless of your cooking skills, it is sure to be full of fun and laughter! Ginger and Lime is offering an interactive cooking class complete with canapes and dessert, while you will learn how to whip up a variety of mains. Love Italian classics? Old Town Italy in Constantia is hosting a pizza making class on 14 February- couples will receive wine and a plate of antipasto while learning to make traditional pizza.
8. Live Music
If you and your partner are music aficionados, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to soak in some great live music. Whether you love classical music, old school tunes or modern beats, there is sure to be a live event or two happening around you on Valentine’s Day. As mentioned above, several wine farms are hosting picnic and live music events. Alternatively, enjoy local artist Ard Matthews who will be performing at Cafe Roux in Noordhoek on Sunday 13 February
2022. It’s sure to be a vibe!
9. Rose Picking at Chart Farm
Another great way to spend a romantic morning or afternoon outdoors is rose picking! Nestled in amongst the Southern Suburbs, you’ll find Chart Farm in Wynberg. Here, you can wonder through the gardens and select and pick your own roses. Snip your favourites and pay for what you’ve picked at the end. There is also a quaint coffee shop and farm stall on the property to for a lovely cuppa’ post-rose picking!
10. Open-air Movie
A classic film, popcorn and snuggling up to your loved one under the starry night sky? Sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day date to us! The Galileo Open Air Cinema hosts screenings in beautiful venues across the Cape Peninsula. Movie lovers can look forward to special Valentine’s Day screenings in 2022, from 10 to 14 February. Watch The Proposal at Kirstenbosch on 10 February, Crazy Rich Asians at Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront on 11 February, The Notebook at Warwick Wine Estate on 12 February, and Pride and Prejudice at Kirstenbosch on 13 February. There will be a special Valentine’s Day Screening of Notting Hill at Nooitgedacht Estate on 14 February - ticket price includes a welcome drink, a sweet treat, a blanket and a back rest.
11. Scenic Drive
Stuck on ideas for Valentine’s Day? Hop into your car and take a scenic drive! Cape Town boasts road-trip worthy stretches that wrap around the scenic coastline. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world’s most scenic drives; with the sheer rockface of the mountains to one side and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other, it’s not difficult to understand why! More scenic drives to enjoy include trips through the Cape Winelands and a road trip up the West Coast Way.
12. Couple’s Golf
Here is a unique event for sporty couples! Fairview Golf Estate in Gordon’s Bay is hosting a couples’ golf day on Sunday, 13 February 2022. It’s set to be an exciting nine holes set in a beautiful location, with a snack included once the course is complete!
13. Sunset Cruise
End Valentine’s Day on a spectacular note! Cape Town is known for its incredible sunsets and appreciating the sun go down from the water is a truly unforgettable experience. There are a
number of charter boats and sunset cruises which depart from the V&A Waterfront. Book a ticket and set sail! Several companies include a drink with the ticket, giving you the chance to toast to the end of Valentine’s Day with a glass of bubbly or two!
14. Sundowners somewhere beautiful!
If boats aren’t really your thing, don’t worry! You can still toast to the end of a beautiful Valentine’s Day in Cape Town with sundowners somewhere spectacular. Take a look at our list of sublime sunset spots around the city. Whether you choose to watch the sunset from the beach, head to the top of Table Mountain, enjoy a drink at one of the spots along the Camps Bay strip or stroll along the Sea Point Promenade - it’s sure to be an evening full of romance and great memories as long as you’re with your special person!
In the spirit of sharing love, here is an extra suggestion for a great Valentine’s Day activity! Treat yourself and your partner to a memorable night away at one of Cape Town’s best boutique accommodation options. dk villas is running a fantastic Valentine’s Day special across our properties - book to stay between 1 and 28 February for two nights or more and enjoy a 10% discount plus a free bottle of bubbles on us!
Are you ready to get romantic on Valentine’s Day 2022? Enjoy one of these top Cape Town activities with the special person in your life this year! Be sure to book early where necessary to avoid disappointment!