Valentine’s Day specials – part 1

The month of love has arrived, and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. We’ve compiled a selection of romantic specials available in and around Gauteng. Here’s what you and your loved one can look forward to:

Spa experiences

Kloofzicht Spa & Lodge

At the foothills of the Zwartkops Mountains in Muldersdrift in the Cradle of Humankind, the Kloofzicht Spa & Lodge is perfect for a weekend getaway, romantic dinner or spa day. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Enjoy an intimate five-course Valentine’s Day dinner for R410 per person

  • Go on an adventure with your beloved and make the most of the gorgeous sunset. Enjoy a romantic heli-flip with a bird’s-eye view of the Cradle and marvel at the natural habitat. Have a glass of sparkling wine while you wait to depart. The rate is R1 095 per couple 

  • Indulge in a full day of spa pampering and massages with your partner, for R2 250. Or choose the overnight spa package, including treatments and a night in the lodge, for R5 650

For bookings and enquiries, contact Kloofzicht Spa and Lodge at tel +27  (0)11 317 0600 or email pro@kloofzicht.co.za; for Heli-flip bookings, contact tel +27 (0)72 219 3264 or email info@helivate.com.

Vaalnest Boutique Hotel

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for Valentine’s Day? The Vaalnest Boutique Hotel in Vaal Marina on the Vaal Dam offers a fabulous Lovenest Package valid until 1 July 2018. The two-night package is R1 100 per person sharing per night. It includes:

  • A welcome gift of sparkling wine, flowers and chocolates, and a snack basket to enjoy in your room

  • Daily breakfast for two

  • A dinner voucher worth R150 per person on the first night and candle-lit set menu for two on the second, with dessert and a cocktail

  • A couple’s spa voucher worth R500

  • A Vaal Dam boat cruise.

Booking is essential. Contact +27 (0)16 372 1075 or email info@vaalnest.co.za.

Kievits Kroon

This Valentine’s Day, whisk your loved one away to Cape Dutch-style Kievits Kroon, and spend some time enjoying its expansive facilities, gardens, gourmet dining and Cape feel (it’s been labelled Gauteng’s “winelands”). The upmarket spa offers plenty of pampering and luxury for couples looking for romance. Offerings on 14 February 2018 include:

  • A seven-course Valentine’s gourmet dinner for R980 per person, including a welcome cocktail, wine pairings and a nightcap

  • A gourmet picnic and movie for R760 per person, with welcome cocktail, wine and nightcap

  • An inclusive Winelands Spa Journey, with tapas buffet, wine, cocktail, treatments and more, at R2 350 per person

To book or enquire about specials, contact +27 (0)860 543 848 or email reservations@kievitskroon.co.za.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to relax, detox and unwind with your partner and, if it’s holistic healing combined with modern touches you’re after, head to the Balinese-style Fairlawns Spa about 6km from Sandton. This award-winning space at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is known for its relaxing spa garden and sumptuous interior.

For the month of February, indulge in a 90-minute romantic spa experience, including a rose petal- and strawberry-infused foot ritual, side-by-side full body massage and glass of French champagne at R2 080 per couple.

For bookings and enquiries, contact +27  0)11 808 7300 or email reservations@fairlawns.co.za or spa@fairlawns.co.za.

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Adventure

Saddle Creek Adventures

Located in the Hekpoort Valley at the foot of the magnificent Magaliesberg, Saddle Creek Adventures offers outdoor fun and incredible views. Various packages are available throughout the year.

  • For something truly special – and indulgent – this Valentine’s Day, treat your better half to a thrilling helicopter flight, one-hour horse trail and romantic bush picnic, all for a cool R9 990

To book your spot, call +27 (0)79 467 9906 or email info@saddlecreekadventures.co.za.

Orlando Towers

Take a leap of faith and get the adrenaline pumping this Valentine’s Day at the colourful Orlando Towers in Soweto. Bungee jumping, abseiling and power swings are among some of the cool activities on offer and prices range from R60 to R480 per person. Alternatively, head over to the viewing platform and see Johannesburg as you’ve never seen it before. Bring your camera!

For bookings and enquiries, call +27 (0)71 674 4343 or email nico@orlandotowers.co.za.

City tours

In the mood for exploring the city with your loved one? Past Experiences offers tours of many Gauteng attractions, as well as many Joburg inner-city tour options. Take your partner on the I love Newtown guided walk for an enlightening journey through this vibey cultural precinct.

The tour will showcase the history of the area, from its beginnings as Jozi’s biggest fruit and vegetable market to the present day. The walk also includes visits to Museum Africa and the Workers’ Museum. Prices range from R130 to R260 per tour.

For bookings and enquiries, contact +27 (0)83 701 3046 or email past.experiences@hotmail.com.

Hennops hiking trails

In the heart of Gauteng, 30km from Johannesburg and Pretoria on the road to Hartbeespoort Dam, the Hennops hiking trails comprise three different routes. For a relaxing Valentine’s Day, head to the Hennops picnic area. Have a braai and mellow around the swimming pools. Entrance is R70 per adult and R40 for children

The gate opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. For bookings and enquiries, contact +27 (0)82 825 9205 or email hubert@hennops.co.za.

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Dinner

Waterkloof Guest House

How about an intimate dining experience with your sweetheart? If you’re in Pretoria, head to Waterkloof Guest House, set among leafy greenery, making it a birdwatcher’s heaven. This year, the venue’s inaugural Valentine’s Day dinner promises to be something special. Indulge in a romantic buffet dinner and dine outside in the beautifully decorated garden for R350 per person. Booking is essential.

Call +27 (0)12 460 2014 or email info@waterkloofguesthouse.com for more information.

Monte De Dios

The Spanish-style equestrian villa Monte De Dios in Pretoria is well known for hosting stunning events and weddings. The venue has two special treats planned for Valentine’s Day this year:

  • Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner for two for R650 per couple

  • For more lighthearted fun, enjoy a romantic movie screening, with a bottle of wine and a picnic basket to share, for 520 per couple

For more information, email info@montededios.co.za.

Afro-Boer

Enjoy a laid-back Valentine’s Day breakfast, lunch or dinner at Afro-Boer in Pretoria. The popular cafe is known for its delicious cakes and confectionery. Order a glass of wine, enjoy the garden setting (where you can have a picnic at one of the benches) and spend some relaxing, quality time with your partner. A picnic basket for two, including a bottle of wine, is R380.

For bookings and enquiries, contact +27 (0)12 807 3099 or email info@afroboer.co.za.

Palazzo hotel

For Tuscan-inspired luxury and atmosphere, Tsogo Sun’s Palazzo hotel in the Montecasino complex in Fourways definitely has the edge. Take advantage of the fabulous Love is in the Air package on 14 February for an intimate night out. Included in the offering, at R615 per person, is a five-course menu, live entertainment and a gift.

Booking is essential. Contact +27 (0)11 510 3000 or email danielle.peters@tsogosun.com.

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff is the luxurious, romantic destination in the heart of Johannesburg’s urban jungle – if you seriously want to impress your date, take him or her there. The Valentine’s Month Package, valid from 8 to 18 February, includes:

  • Buffet breakfast for two at the iconic View restaurant

  • Valentine’s dinner for two at View or Flames restaurants

  • Bottle of sparkling wine

For bookings, contact, +27 (0)11 481 6001.

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