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Romantic Weekend Getaways around the Western Cape

Lounging in an infinity pool with a drink in hand at Sugar Bird Manor to secluded beach walks in Paternoster, here are our picks for romantic weekend getaways in Cape Town and the Western Cape. 

Last Update:  29 October 2018

The Western Cape’s picturesque landscape is the perfect backdrop for couples’ getaways. From spots a mere stone’s throw from the CBD to secluded, outlying destinations, there’s a romantic escape beckoning to be explored.

ROMANTIC GETAWAYS WESTERN CAPE

THE OLD PASTORIE – AN 1860S MANOR HOUSE IN DARLING
Only an hour from Cape Town, Darling is a quaint town in the heart of wildflower country. Securely situated on 40 hectares of private reserve, The Old Pastorie is ideal for relaxing and enjoying nature. Have a picnic in the garden or stop by Evita Se Perron for an evening of comedy and cabaret with Pieter Dirk Uys. After a day of exploring the town and surrounds, drift off to sleep in spacious rooms with high ceilings. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong courtesy of herons, spoonbills and geese on the nearby lake. Visit The Marmalade Cat for breakfast or stop by the monthly Groote Post Country Market. Hosts, Kneale and Robert, are friendly and accommodating and if you’re lucky, you may be treated to an impressive piano solo.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour
Rates: R1020 per room per night. Valid until the end of 2019.

The Old Pastorie, Pastorie Street, Darling | 022 492 3715, 072 083 9990, firstreserve@worldonline.co.za, www.theoldpastorie.co.za

TRANQUIL KAROO ECO FARM ESCAPE
Comfy private suites with every rustic luxury overlooking grazing eland in the mornings. 100% solar powered, natural living and organic food from farm to table in the Bavarian restaurant – run by health consultants who cater for and can consult on any diet. Chlorine-free swimming pool, spa options and hammocks as far as the eye can see. Real farmyard experience and a farm-drive with loads of wildlife and hiking and biking options. Check out eco farm accommodation at Njalo-Njalo.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 2 hours 16 minutes (191km)
Tip: Pay 10% less by booking directly on the Njalo website.


34 Vredefort, Touws River | +27 (0)87 55 00 724 | info@njalosafari.com

ESCAPE WITH YOUR LOVE TO THIS LUXURIOUS FIVE-STAR MANOR IN PAARL
Visit the beautiful Grande Roche with your loved one this winter for a luxurious five-star experience. The restored Cape Dutch manor situated on a working wine farm has a collection of suites that you can choose from scattered around the property. The original farm stable has become a romantic garden suite with a spa bath, double shower, private sun terrace and enclosed patio. There is also free Wi-Fi on the property and even private wine tastings, so you can snuggle up and do those couple things together.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 10 minutes (58km)
Rates: From R3960 to R6120 for two people per room per night, and includes breakfast as well as complimentary mineral water, wine and flowers on arrival.


1 Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 5100

LIVE MUSIC AND TAPAS BY THE FIREPLACE, FOUR-POST BED AND A THIRST FOR ADVENTURE
Imagine sharing a late breakfast (served up to midday) before heading out on an adventure to explore Cape Town – a boat cruise? paragliding? tasting traditional Cape Malay cuisine? It’s easy from this boutique hotel’s central location. Return to this vibey part of town and share a plate of 2-in-1 burger sliders or deluxe European tapas with a bottle of wine and live music performances in front of the fireplace. Stay as late as you like, knowing that you’re going back to a romantic room with a big old four-post bed, plush sheets and every reason to sleep as late as you like tomorrow morning. This is The Grey Hotel.
Approximate travel time from the CBD: 7 minutes.
Rates: Starting from R988 per room.
Winter special: Two-night stay for two, with bubbly on arrival, wine and complimentary tapas dinner and live music at Cape Town's Piano Bar for R2500. Use booking code CAPETOWNMAG to book this exciting winter getaway deal.

49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 421 1106 | reservation@thegreyhotel.co.za | thegreyhotel.co.za

SEDUCTIVE LUXURY SUITES
Each of the 10 bespoke studios at La Bella Vita Studios have the romantic getaway staples: They are large enough to live in for a few days, have sizable beds and baths (the estate has boreholes, so is little affected by the water restrictions), lavish upholstery and bay windows from which to nap or soak up the sun or the exquisite views of the Winelands, plus fireplaces for the chilly months. And each studio is individually designed: Haven Studio, for example, has a hanging pod to cocoon in and a white cotton cloth draped sensually above the bed; Rhino Studio has a four-poster bed, Blush, in pretty pinks and flowers, is old-school romance and Ebony Studio is seductively dark.
Approximate travel time from the CBD: 50 minutes
Rates: R2950 per studio per night. There’s a winter special of R2360 per studio, if you book for two nights or more, and if you book two nights (Friday and Saturday), you get to check out at 5pm on Sunday. The special ends in September 2018.


La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081

GELUKKIE
This family-run farm near Paternoster is ideal for couples looking for a cosy home away from home. The accommodation here consists of a gorgeous cottage which was created with serenity in mind, blending in perfectly into the rugged West Coast landscape. Sit down to a good book while soaking up the sun in the day bed at this lush private garden in this self-catering retreat, and a definite must-do is a braai for two under a starlit night sky.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 45 minutes (160km)
Rates: R1100–R1300 per night

Farm 31 | Seemeeu Crescent | Pelgrimsrust | Paternoster | +27(0)22 752 2001 or reservations@gelukkie.co.za

BOSJES
Couples looking to celebrate a honeymoon or an anniversary, or just in search of the perfect hideaway need look no further than Bosjes. Tucked away in the Breede Valley near Worcester, here you’ll find the iconic Bosjes chapel, an architectural masterpiece in itself, with stylish accommodation and majestic mountain views to complete the picture. This boutique hotel oozes romance and activities include hiking, bird-watching or simply enjoying Mother Nature. 
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 20 minutes (approximately 111km)
Rates: R2 500–R3 500 per night

Bosjes | R43 | +27 (0)23 004 0496 or info@bosjes.co.za

HAESFARM
Get the break you and your partner deserve at this organic farm and fynbos retreat in the Overberg. If reading and writing is your pastime of choice, you will be delighted with Haesfarm’s library that features a wealth of books across multiple genres, along with a stunning collection of modern art. The farm’s tranquil environment lends itself to relaxation, and couples will take delight in the sauna, steel dam pool and spring water pool to bathe in during the summer months.  
Approximate travel time from CBD: 2 hours (approximately 160km)
Rates: R1950–R2900 per night


Elim Road | Stanford | Papiesvlei | +27 (0)71 569 799 or info@haesfarm.com 

SUGAR BIRD MANOR
Devon Valley in Stellenbosch is home to the idyllic Sugar Bird Manor. What’s particularly great about it is that it is a relatively short distance from Cape Town but far out enough to warrant a romantic weekend away. Sugar Bird is on a farm that boasts expansive views of the Helderberg mountains and False Bay. Activities here include swimming in a beautiful infinity pool, hiking trails, a nearby golf course and wine tasting at the surrounding estates.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 45 minutes (50km)
Rates: R1560–R2860 per night


Sugarbird Manor at Protea Heights Farm | Devon Valley Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)79 124 2124

UNDER OAKS WINE ESTATE
Under Oaks on the Paarl Wine Route is a dreamy getaway. Bursting with a feel-at-home ambience and spectacular natural scenery, this is the ideal spot for a quick romantic escape. Most of the suites have a private patio that looks out over the farm dam and vineyards, along with a small saltwater pool where couples can cool off on a hot summer’s day or night.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 30 minutes (65km)
Rates: R1440–R1990 per night


Northern Paarl | Paarl | +27(0)21 869 8535

RADISSON BLU HOTEL AND RESIDENCE
Tucked away in the inner-city Riebeeck Street locale, the art deco-themed Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence sports a stylish rooftop bar and pool — ideal for reclining with views of the city. On-site facilities include The Stratus Room, the resident restaurant which houses an intimate backdrop with an impressive food and wine menu to match. Suites feature Smart TVs, mini-bars, Wi-Fi and full kitchens, with accommodation ranging from single and business class options, and finally, a luxury 166m² penthouse for those willing to pull out the stops for a modern inner-city getaway.
Approximate travel time from CBD: The hotel is within the CBD
Rates: Prices range from R3812–R16 312, depending on the choice of room.
22 Riebeek Street | Cape Town City Centre | +27 (0)21 467 4000

KENNEDY’S BEACH VILLA
A private piece of paradise resting on the edge of the Onrus lagoon, Kennedy’s Beach Villa overlooks a pristine beach and extends out onto a spacious sundeck, complete with a bubbling jacuzzi and a fireplace for winter nights. Be sure to experience the sensual massage at this tucked-away destination near Hermanus.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 2 hours (122 km)
Rates: Accommodation rates range between R1880 and R2080, and includes a continental muesli basket for breakfast. No one-night stays are allowed over weekends.

5 Disa Street | Onrus River Beach | Hermanus | +27 (0)82 823 3625

ZULA BEACH HOUSE
If your idea of romance is taking long walks on the beach and retreating for peaceful afternoon naps then Zula Beach Cottage in Paternoster is what you’re looking for. This self-catering cottage offers sea-facing views, a cosy fireplace, and comes pet-friendly for couples wanting to bring their furry little friends along.
NOTE: Zula requires a R200 fee per dog paid on arrival.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 45 minutes (160km)
Rates: Costs R1 600 per night from Sunday to Thursday, and R2200 per night on Fridays and Saturdays


9 Langstrand Close | Mosselbank | Paternoster | +27 (0)83 449 8144 or zularental@gmail.com or zulabeachhouse.co.za

AALDERING LUXURY COTTAGES
In the heart of Stellenbosch's Devon Valley lies Aaldering, a charming five-star guest lodge which lures lovers into their own vineyard for exclusive getaways. The Cape Dutch-style luxury suites overlook an infinity swimming pool and the estate’s dam. The scenic surrounds are best enjoyed with a glass of wine produced on the estate. Sleek kitchenettes come standard in every suite here – there’s a microwave, Nespresso machine etc. Guests can watch the sun sink over the grapes as they laze on the lodge’s cosy veranda, fish in the on-site dam, walk the edge of the 24-hectare estate and make use of the recently built 26-metre-long infinity swimming pool, with bubble tub. A cellar tour and wine tasting, three complimentary bottles of the estate’s wine and a hearty farm-style breakfast are included in this five-star accommodation venue.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 45 minutes (50km)
Rates: R3500 per night, and this includes breakfast, three bottles of estate wine and a cellar tour and wine-tasting. There’s a minimum stay of two nights throughout the year.


Devon Valley Road | Devon Valley | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 865 2495

J’AIME LA MER
Imagine staying with your significant other on a private beach in Paternoster, just 15 metres away from the high-water mark and waking up to the scent and sound of the cool ocean breeze. This is the J'áime La Mer experience! Couples can also enjoy romantic boat trips, canoeing and long walks on the beach here. Whales and dolphins are frequently spotted too.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 45 minutes (160km)
Rates: R1100–R2500 for the unit on a self-catering basis


9 Strandloper Road | Paternoster | +27(0)22 752 2040

De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Nature Reserve is situated in the Overberg’s coastal region and is one of the largest reserves managed by Cape Nature. Perhaps one of the most isolated retreats on this list, couples can enjoy whale watching and mountain walking, while overlooking a spectacular view of the pristine fynbos surroundings. The popular five-day Whale Trail hike runs through De Hoop, and its well-equipped accommodation places emphasis on remoteness.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 3 hours 30 min (235 km)
Rates: Rates between R1050 and R2750

Overberg District Municipality | +27 (0)28 542 1114/5

BOSCHENDAL
This wine farm is synonymous with magnificent wining and dining. Nestled in the Drakenstein Valley, guests are greeted by out-of-this-world views of mountain landscapes, vines and gardens, which provide a fantastic romantic setting. Couples can experience bonding sessions through cycle trails, peach picking and wine cellar tours. The self-catering accommodation blends modern comfort with country style, and a stay here is incomplete without dinner at the Werf Restaurant.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 1 hour 30 min (70km)
Rates: From R3495 to R4595

 

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Boschendal Estate Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 870 4274

TINTSWALO ATLANTIC
This lavish five-star hotel is nestled at the foot of the iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive. If it isn’t the luxurious hospitality or fine dining that appeals to you, then the scenic views certainly will as they set the tone for the ultimate romantic weekend away.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 41 minutes (21km)
Rates: Starts from R4 945 per person sharing per night. Selected meals are included, depending on the accommodation package.

1 Chapmans Peak Drive | Hout Bay |+27 (0) 21 201 0025

MARIANNE WINE ESTATE

A laid-back romantic vibe is the standard at Marianne Wine Estate. The luxury boutique hotel on the estate reflects a charming Huguenot style that was first brought to the Cape by the French in the 1800s.
Couples can enjoy wine pairings and tastings of wines produced on the estate, while the estate restaurant Floréal Brasserie, with its fusion of Franco-South African cuisine, is perfect for date nights and anniversary dinners.
Approximate travel time from CBD: 45 minutes (50km)
Rates: R1500–R2500 per person sharing, including breakfast. Be sure to check their website for changing rates

Valley Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 875 5040

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